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A new scammer
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Alain Alameddine  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 03:59
Member (2009)
English to French
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May 3, 2013

Hi everyone,

Today I received an email via my TranslatorsCafé profile, worded as follows:
My name is XXXX XXXXXX, I was giving a contract to translate a project from English to Arabic. I will like to know if you are capable and available of translating the project also what is your charges for translation .... Hope to read from you soon ...

Best Regard,


When I asked for information about him, first he ignored the question, and then he just said "I am a private freelancer not a company".

Then I asked for advance payment, he agreed, but mysteriously disappearedicon_smile.gif

I thought I'd post this here. Best wishes!

Alain


 

Walter Landesman  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 21:59
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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The right post in the right place May 3, 2013

Alain Alameddine wrote:

Hi everyone,

Today I received an email via my TranslatorsCafé profile, worded as follows:


And if you received this email via Translatorscafe, why are you posting it here at Proz and not in Translatorscafe?


 

Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 02:59
Member
French to English
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Thanks for the warning, Alain! May 3, 2013

It's great to make everyone as aware as possible of the activities of these dishonest people, who as we know all too well work across many different platforms.

 

Alain Alameddine  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 03:59
Member (2009)
English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
Walter, please check Tony's post May 3, 2013

And you'll see why I posted this hereicon_smile.gif

Alain


 
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Alain Alameddine  Identity Verified
Lebanon
Local time: 03:59
Member (2009)
English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
Thanks for letting me know May 3, 2013

Thanks for letting me know what you think.

Alain


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 02:59
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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Hi Alain, and thank you for the alert May 3, 2013

Actually, it looks like this "new" scammer isn't new at all: the wording of this email is the same as in the messages of a "Maria Brown" the correspondence with whom has been described in details at http://tinyurl.com/clfxu98 - it is classic overpayment scam.

Please add the name used by the scammer to your initial post.

Natalia


 

Woodstock  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:59
Member (2005)
German to English
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As far as I know, naming competing sites is against the ProZ rules May 3, 2013

http://www.proz.com/rules/

"Advertisements ... Discussion of sites offering competing services is also prohibited, due to past abuse."

I think that is what Walter is objecting to, without specifying the precise cause. This is an old rule that I happened to remember. If you just change the name to "another site", you should be ok, otherwise your post may very well be hidden or removed by admins.

Personally, I'm ok with it, but it is not my website, so the owner's rules apply.


 

Alejandro Cavalitto
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Naming competing websites is allowed May 3, 2013

Hello,

I just wanted to point out that naming competing websites is allowed in this context. General rule #3, http://www.proz.com/siterules/general/3#3 , in in place to prevent the advertising and discussion of other websites, but naming them is allowed.

Hope this explains. Please let me know if you have any question.

Best regards,
Alejandro


 
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