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Scammers impersonating agency and asking for money "to verify translators identity"
Thread poster: Valeria Burova

Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Aug 18, 2015

Quote: "Due to a large amount of spammers fraudulently infiltrating our members panel for scraping and other illegal activities you will have to secure your position and verify your identity by signing and uploading the Management Agreement attached to your Employment letter, as well as de-posit a retrievable 30$ fee to secure your position. This fee is returned to you once you have veri-fied your legitimacy as a Freelance Translator, as soon as you complete your account registration.

However, if you are found to be a spammer and/or scam artist after you have created your ac-count and have gotten back your deposit, your account will be immediately terminated and your information forwarded to your local Authorities.
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Dear coleagues, do you think it really can work like that? This is the company that found me through Proz and probably I have to report about them?



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Niina Lahokoski  Identity Verified
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Sounds fishy Aug 18, 2015

Sounds very fishy to me - looks like they are the scam artists here. I've never come across anything similar. I would certainly report them and refuse to go forward with the account registration.

One of the difficulties I see here is that basically anyone can call themselves a "Freelance Translator" (laws can vary by country, but I don't think it's a protected title anywhere). How would this be verified by the company?


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Ana Carla Guimarães  Identity Verified
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I have never seem any agency asking for money beforehand Aug 18, 2015

The only agency that I heard of asking for money was a famous scam in the translation world. I would report them.

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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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No way Aug 18, 2015

Valeria Burova wrote:
as well as de-posit a retrievable 30$ fee to secure your position.

I wouldn't touch that with a bargepole. Are they listed on the Blue Board and other rating sites?

Dan


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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
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Here they are Aug 18, 2015

Dan Lucas wrote:

Valeria Burova wrote:
as well as de-posit a retrievable 30$ fee to secure your position.

I wouldn't touch that with a bargepole. Are they listed on the Blue Board and other rating sites?

Dan


I have found an entry about them on Blue Board, yes.

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Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
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Sounds like a scam Aug 18, 2015

I would assume that any entity asking for payment in order to assign you work is a scam.

I would assume that any email received alleguedly from a company but using a free email address is an impersonation (freelancers using free email addresses are OK, though).

Regards,
Enrique


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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
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Well. Aug 18, 2015

Dan Lucas wrote:

Valeria Burova wrote:
as well as de-posit a retrievable 30$ fee to secure your position.

I wouldn't touch that with a bargepole. Are they listed on the Blue Board and other rating sites?

Dan


I don't know how to find them on here, I have their web site and the page at translatorscafe for their agency, but at Proz there is not job offer from them in the dates when I appllied to their agency.

I was contacted by a guy who later in their documents was called a recruiter but it was done from a gmail box.
And later the offer to collaborate and pay was already sent from corporate address and another person..

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Rachel Waddington  Identity Verified
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Report them Aug 18, 2015

Translation agencies should not be asking you for money. I would assume it's a scam.

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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
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They are at the Blue Board though. Aug 18, 2015

I have found the entry for them with the feedback from translators starting 2004 and ending 2014.. How do I report them?

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Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
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Are you that desperate? Aug 18, 2015

Are you that desperate for work that you waste your time with "agencies" like this one??

Not only pay-for-work should not even be considered, but the acknowledgement that this company's system is being "spammed" is by itself a reason to stay away.


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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
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The post is not about me. Aug 18, 2015

JL01 wrote:

Are you that desperate for work that you waste your time with "agencies" like this one??

Not only pay-for-work should not even be considered, but the acknowledgement that this company's system is being "spammed" is by itself a reason to stay away.


Let's not become personal, I was looking for an advice.

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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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Do report them to ProZ.com staff Aug 18, 2015

This is a 100% scam. Don't let the Blue Board keep you from doing the right thing.

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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Yes, how to do that? Aug 18, 2015

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

This is a 100% scam. Don't let the Blue Board keep you from doing the right thing.


I mean I do not know how to report them - just to leave an entry at Blue Board?..


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Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 20:16
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Probable impersonation Aug 18, 2015

Valeria Burova wrote:

I have found the entry for them with the feedback from translators starting 2004 and ending 2014.. How do I report them?

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How do you know if the message you received came from this company, given that it was sent from a Gmail address?

Regards,
Enrique


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Valeria Burova  Identity Verified
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Because of the second message Aug 18, 2015

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Valeria Burova wrote:

I have found the entry for them with the feedback from translators starting 2004 and ending 2014.. How do I report them?

[Редактировалось 2015-08-18 19:53 GMT]


How do you know if the message you received came from this company, given that it was sent from a Gmail address?

Regards,
Enrique


I have received another message after - from corporate email - and the documents attached to it indicated that the person contacted me from gmail account was a recruiter.


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