Scam: Word Press Publications
Thread poster: seasond_salt
seasond_salt
United States
Oct 1, 2013

Someone named Lucas Pearl from Word Press Publications emailed me, unsolicited, offering a 15200 word English to Spanish translation project. Lucas offered me half of the payment up front via cashier's check for the fee we agreed upon: US$2200. I checked many translation sources like ProZ.com and found that this is a common scam. Further, I could not find Word Press Publications anywhere on the web. Also, a quick Google search of the title of the document he sent me linked me to a word-for-word version written by a professor at Samford University in 2004.

I asked Lucas to provide me with his company contact information and a website URL. He said the website was under construction and that he got my info from ProZ.com. I never knew of this site until after Lucas contacted me, when I went looking for signs that this was a scam.

Please be aware of unsolicited scams by people claiming to find contact info here, when no such profile exists. I have no idea how he found my contact info, but I told him I would not work with him because he's highly unethical. I do not feel comfortable translating a document that I don't have the rights to. I don't want to get screwed over by a bad check. I really hate the idea that this man found me somehow and is using ProZ.com as his cover.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A known scam Oct 3, 2013

Cashier's checks can bounce back, unless they come from a well-established company, though these are unlikely to use this type of checks.

It is possible that a website is under construction. However, he should have a link to it, which will then tell you... that it's under construction.

Did the outsourcer provide you with a mailing address?

Wordpress (publishings) does exist and yields many Google results. https://www.google.de/search?q=Word%20Press&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:de:official&client=firefox-a&gws_rd=cr&ei=mRFNUoreOsbCtQbv0IGwBw#q=wordpress%20publishing&rls=org.mozilla:de:official

So you might want to contact the person again (if you are interested), and ask if there is another form of payment.


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