Suspicious email?
Thread poster: Malika Lakbiach

Malika Lakbiach  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:11
Dutch to Arabic
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Dec 15, 2014

I just received this email and I suspect it to be a scam. So I just wanted to warn everybody to watch out.



Hi Malika

My name is Hussein & I work at a ‘soon to be’
translation agency. We are currently looking
for individuals from different backgrounds and who are
willing to work alongside us in
providing translation services to our clients. Therefore, I
would like to ask you a few
questions to help give me an idea of your expectations.

1) First and foremost, would you be interested in offering
your services to us on a
freelance basis as well as on a constant and consistent
basis? If so, then please answer
the remaining questions. If not, then please respond to this
email with a simple no.
2) How much do you charge for translation?
3) How long approximately does it take you to translate 500
words?
4) If we were to hand over work to you, when will you be
able to start working on it and
approximately when will you complete it (based on 2000
words)?
5) How would you deliver the finished document? Therefore,
in what format?

I look forward to hearing from you soon and hope that we can
start a mutually beneficial
collaboration.

Kind Regards

Hussein

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The sender's profile on Proz is very basic and he only has a yahoo account at the look of it.

[Edited at 2014-12-16 16:28 GMT]


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Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 21:11
German to English
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Wondering Dec 15, 2014

Why do you consider that e-mail to be suspicious? Why part of it?

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Roy OConnor
Local time: 04:11
Member (2009)
German to English
Probably not a scam Dec 15, 2014

I don't think it is a scam as such. More like a legitimate, but rather naive attempt to gather forces for a start-up enterprise. His approach is unlikely to win friends and influence people as he gives so little information about himself or his intended venture.

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
Syria
Local time: 05:11
Member (2013)
English to Arabic
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Nothing suspecious.. yet Dec 15, 2014

Hi Malika,
I agree that it doesn't smell like a scam.
However, it seems that they may not be aware of the most basic facts about how a freelance linguist operates.
I would be hesitant to work with them, at least for this reason.

Best!


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Malika Lakbiach  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:11
Dutch to Arabic
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TOPIC STARTER
Suspicious because... Dec 16, 2014

Maxi Schwarz wrote:

Why do you consider that e-mail to be suspicious? Why part of it?




Hi Maxi, The things that worried me were lack of any proper/legitimate contact details, except for a yahoo account, the very very basic profile on Proz, and the part where the person says "a soon to be translation agency" (unless of course the person is genuinely still in the process of starting an agency).

Of course, this person may be legitimate and I might just have become paranoid because I receive so many scam (like) emails daily.


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Malika Lakbiach  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:11
Dutch to Arabic
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TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Roy and Noura Dec 16, 2014

Thanks Roy and Noura for your responses.

Although I am not 100% sure this is a scam, I have decided to just delete the email and forget about it.


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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
Syria
Local time: 05:11
Member (2013)
English to Arabic
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. Dec 16, 2014

Malika Lakbiach wrote:

Thanks Roy and Noura for your responses.

Although I am not 100% sure this is a scam, I have decided to just delete the email and forget about it.


I would do the same
I haven't seen their email address. But when someone works for a company, I expect them to contact me through an email with their company's domain. However, you have several reasons not to go ahead confidently.


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:11
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Clueless Dec 16, 2014

This person is clueless about operating a translation agency:

If we were to hand over work to you, when will you be
able to start working on it and
approximately when will you complete it (based on 2000
words)?
5) How would you deliver the finished document? Therefore,
in what format?


Seriously though, I must get about 20 of these types of e-mails from "start-ups" every single day - just delete them.


[Edited at 2014-12-16 20:00 GMT]


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 01:11
English to Portuguese
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Soon to be translator Dec 16, 2014

Dear Sir,

I am a soon to be translator.
Please let me know what languages I should learn, and what dictionaries I should buy.
I hope to be working for you next month.

Aw, c'mon!


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