False 'payment pending' mail & bad publicity threats
Thread poster: David Balayla

David Balayla  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:12
Member (2012)
English to Spanish
+ ...
May 13, 2016

I got a funny email message today I thought I'd share with you, in case you're having a bad day and need a laugh, following:


Hi

I'm Victor Mitran from Oregon, USA.
In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis - TB - caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 m
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I got a funny email message today I thought I'd share with you, in case you're having a bad day and need a laugh, following:


Hi

I'm Victor Mitran from Oregon, USA.
In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis - TB - caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 months in Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
Now I came home and I checked my PayPal account, but the amount of $ 25 is not entered my PAYPAL account.
Please send me the amount of $ 25 by PayPal into account:

marigoldinternational@aol.com

as soon as possible.
I hope you are understanding and kind.
If you will not send me the amount of $25 as soon as possible:
- I will inform the websites:
http://www.proz.com/
http://www.translatorscafe.com
http://www.translationdirectory.com/
http://www.traduguide.com/
http://www.translatorstown.com/
that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- I have a list of 1 million email addresses of your country and a professional bulk email sender. During 5 days I will send messages to these 1 million email addresses and 1 million people in your country will learn that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform all the newspapers in your country that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform the police in your city about this situation;
- I will post a message on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/) that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.
Please send me as soon as possible $ 25 through PayPal.

Kind regards

Victor Mitran
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Tony M
France
Local time: 07:12
Member
French to English
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Similar scam just the other day May 16, 2016

Yes, David, a very similar scam was reported just the other day — see if you can find it back aagin and compare?

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:12
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Wow May 16, 2016

These scammer become more and more imprudent, and don't even shy away from threatening you if you don't comply with their demand. Seems like the tear-jerker (oh, I'm soooo ill) doesn't suffice anymore, so they turn to threats.

Don't fall for it, David. Instead post it on all sites that you have access to, above all here: http://www.translator-scammers.com/


 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:12
Member (2006)
Spanish to Dutch
+ ...
Incredible May 16, 2016

David Balayla wrote:

I got a funny email message today I thought I'd share with you, in case you're having a bad day and need a laugh, following:


Hi

I'm Victor Mitran from Oregon, USA.
In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis - TB - caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 months in Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
Now I came home and I checked my PayPal account, but the amount of $ 25 is not entered my PAYPAL account.
Please send me the amount of $ 25 by PayPal into account:

marigoldinternational@aol.com

as soon as possible.
I hope you are understanding and kind.
If you will not send me the amount of $25 as soon as possible:
- I will inform the websites:
http://www.proz.com/
http://www.translatorscafe.com
http://www.translationdirectory.com/
http://www.traduguide.com/
http://www.translatorstown.com/


that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- I have a list of 1 million email addresses of your country and a professional bulk email sender. During 5 days I will send messages to these 1 million email addresses and 1 million people in your country will learn that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform all the newspapers in your country that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform the police in your city about this situation;
- I will post a message on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/) that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.
Please send me as soon as possible $ 25 through PayPal.

Kind regards

Victor Mitran


Look at the bright side, at least you will not be searched by Interpol.


 

Maija Cirule  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 08:12
Member (2014)
German to English
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If I were you, May 16, 2016

David Balayla wrote:

I got a funny email message today I thought I'd share with you, in case you're having a bad day and need a laugh, following:


Hi

I'm Victor Mitran from Oregon, USA.
In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis - TB - caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 months in Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
Now I came home and I checked my PayPal account, but the amount of $ 25 is not entered my PAYPAL account.
Please send me the amount of $ 25 by PayPal into account:

marigoldinternational@aol.com

as soon as possible.
I hope you are understanding and kind.
If you will not send me the amount of $25 as soon as possible:
- I will inform the websites:
http://www.proz.com/
http://www.translatorscafe.com

I would send to this person the following e-mail:

Dear
http://www.translationdirectory.com/
http://www.traduguide.com/
http://www.translatorstown.com/
that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- I have a list of 1 million email addresses of your country and a professional bulk email sender. During 5 days I will send messages to these 1 million email addresses and 1 million people in your country will learn that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform all the newspapers in your country that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform the police in your city about this situation;
- I will post a message on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/) that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.
Please send me as soon as possible $ 25 through PayPal.

Kind regards

Victor Mitran


If I were you, I would send the following e-mail (or something along these lines):
Dear Victor Mitran,
Hope that you are OK. Regarding your request, please send to me my PO, copies of my e-mails related to this PO as well as your translation and source document of the aforementioned birth certificate and your invoice.

Enjoy the rest of your day

Warmest wishes


[Edited at 2016-05-16 09:07 GMT]


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 06:12
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
@David May 16, 2016

I have found the post Tony is referring to:

http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/302015-pablo_cordoba.html


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:12
Member (2006)
French to English
+ ...
Police? May 16, 2016

I'm wondering whether it is even legal to issue threats of defamation in this way (under Spanish or EU law). Perhaps you should report Victor Mitran to the police?

 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:12
Member
Spanish to English
+ ...
Must be tough ... May 16, 2016

... spending all that time in a sanatorium (which, as far as I can see, somewhat suspiciously, doesn't operate as such anymore and was last used for heavy metal concerts about 10 years ago), the only thing keeping you going the thought of finally cashing up those 25 greenbacks at the end of it all, and suddenly you find you've been diddled.

But I take it he never did a translation for you in the first place ...

It would be a lot of graft, too, to carry out all those th
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... spending all that time in a sanatorium (which, as far as I can see, somewhat suspiciously, doesn't operate as such anymore and was last used for heavy metal concerts about 10 years ago), the only thing keeping you going the thought of finally cashing up those 25 greenbacks at the end of it all, and suddenly you find you've been diddled.

But I take it he never did a translation for you in the first place ...

It would be a lot of graft, too, to carry out all those threats. Hours writing it out to send to the newspapers. For 25 dollars? If he were asking for 25,000 I could understand it. Though maybe it's an en masse threat, in the hope of loads of $25 remittances flooding in to PayPal from nervous translators with a reputation to protect.

And why would anyone give a monkey's about the details of the bug and the hospital?


Mervyn
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amantia gjikondi
Albania
Local time: 07:12
Albanian to Italian
+ ...
This is the same email that i got one week ago. May 16, 2016

David Balayla wrote:

I got a funny email message today I thought I'd share with you, in case you're having a bad day and need a laugh, following:


Hi

I'm Victor Mitran from Oregon, USA.
In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis - TB - caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 months in Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
Now I came home and I checked my PayPal account, but the amount of $ 25 is not entered my PAYPAL account.
Please send me the amount of $ 25 by PayPal into account:

marigoldinternational@aol.com

as soon as possible.
I hope you are understanding and kind.
If you will not send me the amount of $25 as soon as possible:
- I will inform the websites:
http://www.proz.com/
http://www.translatorscafe.com
http://www.translationdirectory.com/
http://www.traduguide.com/
http://www.translatorstown.com/
that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- I have a list of 1 million email addresses of your country and a professional bulk email sender. During 5 days I will send messages to these 1 million email addresses and 1 million people in your country will learn that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform all the newspapers in your country that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
- also I will inform the police in your city about this situation;
- I will post a message on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/) that you are an incorrect translation agency which steals the work of honest translators;
You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.
Please send me as soon as possible $ 25 through PayPal.

Kind regards

Victor Mitran


 

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 12:12
Member (2004)
English to Thai
+ ...
Agency's name? May 16, 2016

This topic is about a scam.
It is quite helpful.
But how about the rule not to display agency/person names?

Does the moderators have any comments?

Soonthon L.


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:12
English to Czech
+ ...
It's as obvious as "Nigerian scam" May 16, 2016

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.) wrote:

This topic is about a scam.
It is quite helpful.
But how about the rule not to display agency/person names?

Does the moderators have any comments?

Soonthon L.


I'm not a moderator but can explain it to you.
A quick google search for Victor Mitran: https://twitter.com/tsdirectory/status/706150143767216128
On the Translators Scammers website you can find description of this very type of scam, the link is in the other thread Teresa linked to.
Apparently, ID theft isn't profitable enough so the geniuses have come up with this new bright idea of how to make a living.


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:12
English to Czech
+ ...
If I was witty... May 16, 2016

Maija Cirule wrote:

If I were you, I would send the following e-mail (or something along these lines):
Dear Victor Mitran,
Hope that you are OK. Regarding your request, please send to me my PO, copies of my e-mails related to this PO as well as your translation and source document of the aforementioned birth certificate and your invoice.

Enjoy the rest of your day

Warmest wishes


[Edited at 2016-05-16 09:07 GMT]


Answering scam messages isn't a good idea, unless you're James Veitch. And this email certainly has a potential to make a good sketch, I'd jump on that "bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs", LOL. Or "I will inform all the newspapers in your country", it'd surely make a braking news that somebody owns 25$ to somebody else.


 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:12
German to English
Contact PayPal May 16, 2016

Using a PayPal account for extortion purposes is probably a violation of their terms of service. Getting the account closed would be one way to cramp this would-be blackmailer's style.

 

LegalTranslatr2  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:12
Portuguese to English
+ ...
See this blog post May 16, 2016

https://theopenmic.co/creative-criminals-these-scammers/

 

NeoAtlas
Spain
Local time: 07:12
English to Spanish
+ ...
Just notified to PayPal. May 16, 2016

Just notified to PayPal, and hope PayPal will take care of this scammer.

 


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