Is this scam?
Thread poster: Malika Lakbiach
Malika Lakbiach  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:11
Dutch to Arabic
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Mar 8, 2015

Hi all,

I just received this email through Proz into my inbox, and I suspect it is scam. Did any of you receive this email from this sender?

"Hi Malika Lakbiach ,

I need Translation of 3 page investment brief that are
currently in English to be translated into Arabic. There are
some financial and business terminology as well as some
graphs and tables.

If you can do this, please apply
here; http://bit.ly/1MgN3Hr
Looking forward to your application,
Best,
Fahmi"


I googled the link, which looks strange to me, and couldn't find anything matching.


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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
Syria
Local time: 10:11
Member (2013)
English to Arabic
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Phising email Mar 8, 2015

Hi Malika,

I received the same email today. The link is coded by using link-shortening websites, which completely hides the domain. And the sender's email is not from a company's domain. He isn't registered at Proz, on top of that.

It did look very suspicious. I think it's just to get us to click that link.

Immediately deleted!


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:11
Member (2014)
French to Danish
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Link goes to an online work marketplace site Mar 8, 2015

The link goes to an online work marketplace site that displays the ad looking for translators. The poster has no reviews on the site.

I can't determine if it's a scam or not. I don't see that any harm can come out of contacting them, but I'd want more information about them before dealing with them.


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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
Syria
Local time: 10:11
Member (2013)
English to Arabic
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@ Mar 8, 2015

You must be very brave to click that, Thomas

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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:11
Member (2014)
French to Danish
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Link Mar 8, 2015

Noura Tawil wrote:

You must be very brave to click that, Thomas


No, I just have good virus/spy/ad/malware protection software that I trust would warn me if anything dodgy was going on


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dianaft  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:11
Member (2013)
German to English
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Does that not speak for them? Mar 8, 2015

Thomas Frost wrote:

The link goes to an online work marketplace site that displays the ad looking for translators. The poster has no reviews on the site.

I can't determine if it's a scam or not. I don't see that any harm can come out of contacting them, but I'd want more information about them before dealing with them.


Whilst these platforms take a commission, the client pays the platform upfront and holds the money in escrow. When the assignment is delivered, the platform forwards the funds less commission to the service provider. Registering and maintaining an account on online work marketplaces requires a bit (lot) of effort, but I would judge that a client who is willing to pay up front is willing to pay.

Unless, of course, the platform itself is sending out such emails to encourage people to register with them...


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:11
English to Spanish
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It is a scam Mar 8, 2015

It has all the features of a scam, so consider it to be one.

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