Another scammer (found me in ProZ)
Thread poster: Christian Nielsen-Palacios

Christian Nielsen-Palacios  Identity Verified
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Nov 21, 2016

A few days ago, I received an email from "Anthony Jayden", who said he found me in ProZ. He asked me how much it would cost (and how much time I would need) to translate an "article" for him, from English to Spanish.
His email address was ___@mail.com (not Gmail). I asked him for some personal information, so that he wouldn't be "just a guy with an email account". He sent me an address in Boston (very expensive apartment downtown).He also said my price ($621, higher than average) was OK, and that he would ask "his accountant" to send me a check immediately.

As I prepared by converting his PDF into a Word file, I thought of Googling a sentence from the "article". The whole thing turned out to be a few pages from a 1992 book by a Stanford professor. The book itself has already been translated to 20 languages, including Spanish, and he could buy it for $79 in Amazon. Obviously very suspicious.

Today (November 21), I got another email from him, telling me the check is on its way, but that his accountant made a small mistake and accidentally included his travel expenses. So, he would like me to send him back that amount of money. Clearly the typical scam. I will wait a few more days to see if I actually get the check, which would then make him guilty of a federal offense (using the US Post Office). If any of you know who to report him to, please let me know. Alejandro (ProZ) knows already.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:20
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Destroy the check Nov 21, 2016

Rule #1 of scamming by email: they found you on some bonafide website (Proz.com, atanet.org, etc.).
Rule #2: they accept your fee without haggling
Rule #3: they actually send you a check but for more money, and they ask you to return a portion of it using your own bank account check. Basically, they're asking for free money. It's a theft.

Of course it's a scam! Don't even respond to those emails.


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