Sandra W. and her friends are back.....be aware!
Thread poster: benedetta74

benedetta74
Italy
Local time: 18:46
English to Italian
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Jul 18, 2012

Dear all,


I have just received an email from Sandra W. Here is the test she sent me:

Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles on wwwproz.com I
came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book
that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested
in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle
from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my
message for more information about the project.
Thanks,
Regards


Since it sounded weird to me ( poor grammar, and a suspected email address - sandraw120031@gmail.com), I made a quick research on the Web and on Proz, and I have found out that this kind of scam was on the net last year with male names. So, I kindly advise you to be aware if you received something similar.


Benedetta M.


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Barbara Carrara  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 18:46
Member (2008)
English to Italian
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Link to 17-July-2012 Forum Post Jul 18, 2012

http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/229114-do_you_think_this_is_a_scam.html

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Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 18:46
Member (2010)
English to Polish
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. Jul 18, 2012

benedetta74 wrote:

Hello,
As am browsing through the profiles on wwwproz.com I
came across your profile,I kindly want you to translate one of my book
that I need to translate ,am a private investor. If you are interested
in translating for me kindly let me know the language you can handle
from English, kindly contact me back immediately you received my
message for more information about the project.
Thanks,
Regards
Benedetta M.


Funny she was able to find your profile while "browsing through the profiles on www.proz.com", but she was not able to identify your target language while browsing through your profile
This must the "private investor" thing
Ewa


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benedetta74
Italy
Local time: 18:46
English to Italian
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TOPIC STARTER
Ewa, you are right! Jul 18, 2012

...They must think we are not smart!

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:46
Member (2009)
English to German
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Native English speaker Jul 19, 2012

Her request of the translation being done from English into...? (her lack of knowledge of the target language ) implies that she is a native English speaker. = Oh, really?

Based on this, she is the most ineloquent writer I've come across.

Again, a gmail address is not a guaranty for a scammer, but looking at the whole picture, in this case it definitely is.

A scammer's under-estimation of our intelligence clearly reflects their own.


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Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 13:46
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
Scammers should not be underestimated Jul 19, 2012

Scammers should not be underestimated. They make millions. Every week we get reports of one or more colleagues that fell prey of their activities. Fresh freelancers, people desperate for a job, there are always people who are more vulnerable. Besides, the learning of translation does not, in general, include risk management. This is why this forum and other tools attempt to filling this gap, to making people aware of the risks and menaces awaiting for them in cyberspace.

Enrique


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