A new client with hotmail account wants my home address and tel number to send me a cheque.
Thread poster: Maria Cristina Cavassa

Maria Cristina Cavassa
Italy
English to Italian
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Oct 19, 2015

Hello,

a new potential client says he's going to pay me in advance, but only through check, and that to send it he needs my address and telephone number. I don't know why, but it sounds weird to me. I looked for his name and address on the web and I couldn't find them, but I don't know if there is the possibility of a fraud or not.

I would very much appreciate an advice.

Thank you for your time.


 

Alejandro Cavalitto
Local time: 19:33
SITE STAFF
This is likely to be a scam Oct 19, 2015

Hello Maria,

From your description, it is likely this is an advance payment scam. You can find a definition of this scam at the Scam Alert center: http://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts/#advance_payment_overpayment_scam

If you supply the name and email address used by this person, I can send out an alert with that information to the community. If you prefer not to post that information publicly, you can submit a support request with it instead. Thank you in advance.

Best regards,
Alejandro


 

Maria Cristina Cavassa
Italy
English to Italian
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TOPIC STARTER
I'll write to the support Oct 19, 2015

Hello Alejandro,

Thank you for your prompt response.

I'm quite sure it was a scam because when I told him that I had to reject his offer, he just didn't answer to me anymore.

I was going to write his name here but then I read the forum rules and made up my mind, so I'll write to the support.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Maria Cristina


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:33
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Client + hotmail address (and no other verified contact details) = scam Oct 19, 2015

Maria Cristina Cavassa wrote:

Hello,

a new potential client says he's going to pay me in advance, but only through check, and that to send it he needs my address and telephone number. I don't know why, but it sounds weird to me. I looked for his name and address on the web and I couldn't find them, but I don't know if there is the possibility of a fraud or not.

I would very much appreciate an advice.

Thank you for your time.



[Edited at 2015-10-19 20:38 GMT]


 

Merab Dekano  Identity Verified
Spain
Member (2014)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Many agencies do not accept emails from "gmail/hotmail and similar" Oct 19, 2015

"Regrettably", they mention.

 

Elena Pavan  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:33
Member (2005)
French to Italian
+ ...
Same here Oct 19, 2015

I received the same offer this morning.
First just a request for price et delivery. When I asked him more information about him, he said he was ready to pay in advance with a cheque. I did not answer his message.
I am sure it is a scam.


 


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