Dr. David Bone
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Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
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Nov 2, 2013

Dear colleagues,

I received an inquiry last night that feels very fishy to me ('generic' name, no address given, no email signature, etc.).

As I wasn't 100% sure that it was a scam, I replied asking for the article in question, word count, etc. He did reply sending some generic 5-page article about sex education in the United States.

Has anyone else received this letter?


Hello Melanie,

I am Dr. David Bone by name,I got your email from atanet.org that you are
a translator.
I have this article i want you to help me translate from (English--German).
I would like to know your terms and how much it would cost for the article?
Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Dr. David Bone.


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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100% scam Nov 2, 2013

Trash it and forget.

Natalia


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Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
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Thanks Nov 2, 2013

Thanks, Natalie, for confirming!

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Usch Pilz
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Sounds familiar ... Nov 3, 2013

Maybe this is an unfair assumption - but the wording sounds familiar.
To me this is the prelude to the ancient overpaid cheque scam.
(You state your rates, they will be accepted, the client insists on paying by cheque ... this is where you opt out! At the latest!)

So - yes! @ Natalie!


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A definate scam Nov 3, 2013

Melanie Meyer wrote:

Hello Melanie,

I am Dr. David Bone by name,I got your email from atanet.org that you are
a translator.
I have this article i want you to help me translate from (English--German).
I would like to know your terms and how much it would cost for the article?
Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Dr. David Bone.



Calling himself a doctor - of whatever kind - and then being unable to spell properly or maintain the basic syntax requirements? Yes, this is a 100% scam.


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Yolanda Broad  Identity Verified
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Don't count on "doctors" or doctors being able to spell Nov 3, 2013

I agree that this is an obvious scam, but don't count on doctors being able to spell! Not everybody in the world is a good speller. However, there are other giveaways here. In particular, the completely non-native "by name"

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Carla Carbo  Identity Verified
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I got the same email Nov 5, 2013

I just received the exact same email (with my language pair mentioned), I googled his name and found your ProZ entry... Will discard...

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Maria Krismancich  Identity Verified
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I received the same email yesterday Nov 5, 2013

I replied to Dr. Bone's original message asking for more information about the text he needed translated. He sent me the article entitled "Effective Sex Education in the United State (no "s") of America".
After reading here about the possibility of this being a scam, I tried to do some detective work and find something about this Doctor and his phone number. Let's just say, detective work is not my thing...
However, I did come across the same article he sent me as a word doc in wikipedia. It has not been translated into other languages yet as far as I can tell.
I don't know how to proceed.... Do I just ignore his request?
Any insight will be welcome!


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cverrua  Identity Verified
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I received the same e-mail yesterday. Nov 5, 2013

I did not answer. It definitely looks like a scam!!

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Lianne van de Ven  Identity Verified
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google the text Nov 7, 2013

The sex education article has been going around as a scam for a while. I once replied too, asking for more details, which is when I received the article. I took a phrase out of the article and googled it, and it took me directly to proz.com postings where this scam was discussed. The scammers are more proficient at changing names and email accounts than at finding a text to translate.

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