CV Scam Alert...?
Thread poster: Alexandra Schneeuhr

Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:42
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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Feb 24, 2014

I've got an email from a a supposedly 5-Star BB Agency based in Palestine (but sent from a free gmail account). They basically say that they are impressed by my CV and wish to "have me among their professional team of translators". I am supposed to sign a standard-looking NDA and a somewhat weird "Authorization and Agreement" form, basically authorizing the agency to use freely AND edit if necessary my CV. Below are just few of the most questionable clauses:

AGENCY shall only use the papers provided by the TRANSLATOR regarding marketing for
translation projects. AGENCY shall edit, moderate, and amend the CV provided to match the job
needs.

AGENCY may, henceforth, reply and make contracts with clients on behalf of the TRANSLATOR.

The TRANSLATOR Shall not know about the edited details in thy CV which include changing
the contact details mainly.

AGENCY is the only party entitled to call off this agreement.


It is obviously NOT a legitimate invitation for cooperation, so what is the right thing to do - to ignore the email? To respond stating that you don't trust them? To report the sender? Once again, there's the link to the agency's ProZ.com profile in this email and they seem to have a decent record, but if you check further, you'll notice that XXXX in the http://www.proz.com/blueboard/XXXX belongs to EN>GR translator with no activity but registered since 2002. How on earth is this possible?


 

Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:42
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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TOPIC STARTER
The main question is... Feb 24, 2014

... why would a scammer need his potential victim's "Authorization"?

 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 20:42
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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Languagemet clone Feb 24, 2014

Hi Alexandra,

This must be continuation/reincarnation of the same scam - please see:
http://www.proz.com/topic/248549
http://www.proz.com/topic/245236
as well as
http://www.proz.com/topic/230462

Please feel free to forward me all available info or please contact site staff by submitting a support request.

Natalia


 

Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:42
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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Ah! That's why I thought it all sounds too familiar!... Feb 24, 2014

Thanks a lot, Natalia! I'll forward all details ASAP.

 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:42
English to Czech
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One more good deed to do Feb 24, 2014

If you want to help others to avoid these human scums, I'd also recommend you contacting these guys:

http://www.translator-scammers.com/

Maybe it's some email that's not yet on the list.

But what struck me in that "agreement":

>>AGENCY is the only party entitled to call off this agreement.

Wouldn't this make any agreement invalid, in any lawful country (in Palestine they're under Israeli jurisdiction...?)?
Not that in practice it mattered to the victim, of course. Just a remark.

>>It is obviously NOT a legitimate invitation for cooperation, so what is the right thing to do - to ignore the email? To respond stating that you don't trust them? To report the sender?

You can also send them "counter-scam"icon_smile.gif See the website I linked to.
Good luck!
Katarzyna


 

Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:42
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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Thank you Katarzyna, Feb 24, 2014

That's a good link, and I guess my "outsourcer" is just the right candidate for their database ))

 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:42
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Palestine/Gaza Feb 24, 2014

Today I received an unsolicited email from an agency with a very strange name. The message was so laconic that I didn't believe it was genuine. It simply said something like "I have a translation. Can you do it? Please send me an estimate".

The email seemed to have come from Gaza. I checked the BlueBoard and discovered that this agency is banned from posting jobs on Proz.

So I'm interested to hear about this other scam apparently emanating from Palestine.

Frankly I don't believe it's genuinely Palestinian, nor do I believe that anyone in Gaza has got the time to sit on the Internet organising scams using the members of a translator website.

I have my own explanation for this but it's very political, so I shall keep it to myself.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:42
Member (2009)
English to German
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They keep coming Feb 25, 2014

The other day I also received yet another email from a languagement clone (the 5th one that day!) and, following the advice given on http://www.translator-scammers.com/ I decided to send a one-sentence reply: Please stop scamming me.

Within a couple of minutes the 6th email sailed into my Spam folder. It was a one-sentence reply: I am not a scammer.

Too bad (for them) that they are listed as scammers. Hopefully, there will be no more emails from that clone.


 

Ana Sofia Saldanha  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 19:42
Member (2011)
English to Portuguese
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CV Scamming Nov 6, 2017

Good morning.

My CV was scammed by that Palestine company and now it is even being sent to me with my data changed.

I always answer to the person, in a very unpolite way, and I reported the issue in http://www.translator-scammers.com/translator-scammers-directory.htm

My name is on the list too.

These people are just incredible trying to ruin someone`s career.


 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:42
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
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Scammers Nov 6, 2017

From time to time I receive queries from agencies in "Palestine". I ask them to identify themselves and provide their street address, telephone number, etc. I never hear from them again. Also beware of "Palestinian" agencies that have branch offices in London as well as London agencies that have branches in "Palestine". A posh UK address apparently covers a multitude of sins. That said, it should come as no surprise that the majority of companies on the scammer list come from the Middle East.

 


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