Scammers impersonating Proz profiles
Thread poster: cilantro

cilantro  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:46
Italian to English
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Jul 2, 2013

Dear Prozers (or should it be Prozacs?),
There is a distinct possibility that scammers are impersonating user profiles on Proz.
The messages come complete with links to the user profile and the blue board. Since these messages come from a person who is not in fact the person they claim to be, after completing the job we're left "up the creek without a paddle".
In order to be able to post negative feedback in case of missed payment, I would suggest confirming the identity of the outsourcer via Proz e-mail before starting the job.


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:46
Member (2007)
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Please notify the site of individual cases Jul 2, 2013

I think a lot of us are aware of this possibility, cilantro, though some users here are totally ignorant of this threat and even those of us who do know need to be reminded to stay on our guard. Contacting translators directly through their profile does ensure that you are using their correct email address. I hear that it's common practice for scammers to use a very plausible address, often very similar to the real one.

If you know of particular cases where this scam has happened (or you have reasonable reason to suspect it), please do us all a favour by either submitting a support request or by reporting it to the Scam Alert Centre

I hope you aren't posting this because your identity was scammed in this way. It must be a horrible and damaging thing to happen.icon_frown.gif


cilantro  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:46
Italian to English
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I sure did report it Jul 2, 2013

I'm still waiting for a reply from the site personnel.

I'm owed 170euros, which is slightly above the tolerance where Israelis will start looking for the person (we have a reputation to uphold in the media).

It should be relatively easy to find out the identity of this particular scammer by asking the company that ordered the job.


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