Scam email
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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:00
Member (2008)
French to English
Feb 20, 2014

Another scam email just received from

Hello ,I am Jonathan Cowan, I am a sociologist, i found your e mail address on the translator website, that you are a Translator, i will like you to translate an article for me, i have attached the article, i will like the article to be translated to French . I will like to know the cost of translating the article, and the deadline is 25th of March 2014.

I will be waiting for your reply.

Thank You
Jonathan Cowan

The article was copy/pasted directly from the Wikipedia page

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:00
Member (2009)
English to German
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Another obvious scam Feb 20, 2014

Well, the English in this email is mediocre, sufficiently to at least raise a red flag.

That Mr. Cowan has copied his alledged article from Wikipedia and, above all, believes that you (or anyone else) accept it as his own work, does say a lot about the scammer.

Maybe it's time to "educate" the scammers a little. For one, telling them that everybody who is a professional translator does require quite a lot of brain. In fact, these emails are insulting the translator's intelligence.

I hope you sent it to File 13, after you have made an entry in the Translators Scammer Directory.

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Elisa Cristobal  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:00
English to Spanish
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Mr Jonathan strikes again Oct 6, 2015

He seems to have "improved" his opening lines since 2014. Here is what I received today (luckily straight to my spam folder):

Hello, I am Mr Jonathan I got your e mail address from an online forum that you are an excellent translator, I guess you would have worked for them. I will like you to translate an article for me, but first i need to know your language combination because it was not stated. I will be very happy if you can reply my e mail ASAP.
Thank You

I guess he would be happy indeed. Happy of having his article translated from whatever language into any language I might offer.



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United States
Local time: 14:00
English to Italian
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Just got an email from him Mar 30, 2016

As said in my title... I just got an email from him. Same poor English (therefore red flag ) but I decided to reply and see where the scam is: it wasn't a link to wikipedia but a pdf attachment with many "sources" listed at the end of the article.
I quoted him my price, let's see what's his next step. I'll keep you posted, if you want.

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