Warning: scam targeting translators
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TranslationONE  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:43
English to German
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Nov 18, 2014

Dear colleagues,
a recent scam targeting translators uses the following MO:
- the scammer is referred to the translator by a networking contact
- it may be that the contact already forwards the text to be translated to the translator
- the scammer accepts the suggested price without question
- the scammer then informs the translator that he/she has no access to bank transfer or PayPal and suggests payment by bank check
- the scammer then writes that the bank has made an error and included another payment on the same check
- the scammer asks the translator to forward the "other" payment
Of course, bank checks are a nuisance and take forever to get cleared. So, suddenly the other payment is "urgent"
Please be careful and check your clients thoroughly, before you agree to any such terms!

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:43
English to Spanish
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Old as the hills Nov 18, 2014

That scam is as old as the hills. You never take a check at face value. You always await receipt of "good funds". You do not heed the "urgent" demands of others. Thus you never get burned.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:43
English to French
Not only translators Nov 18, 2014

It's only a variation of the well-known Nigerian scam.
I have one of those Deutsche Bank cheques in my drawer, send by an alleged British citizen from France, who wanted a translation readily available on the Web (Wikipedia article). When I received the cheque with a larger amount than required, I emailed them the link to the translated article to thank them for the effort. With our compliments.

They also target sellers of second-hand stuff. When selling a used couch, I was offered more money through Paypal in order to deal with carrier pick-up, and I was supposed to send the money for the carrier to some Western Union account or something. I guess the Paypal payment would have been withdrawn as soon as I had sent my real money.

Any winding payment process is bound to be a scam.


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