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I think I have been contacted by the first "paying member" scammer of the history...
Thread poster: PREAULT JY

PREAULT JY  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to French
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Mar 6

Hi everybody!

Almost everything is in the tittle.
I have been contacted (poor email sent by a gmail address btw) at 18h30 by a new member offering me to work together. The email was sent through PROZ.

Account created on March'17, member since March 2017, last update of the account today 18h12.

The point is that the only few info on the profile (City/region/postal code) absolutely don't match together.
Plus, the only visit of my account today shows an IP apparently from the US...
Well, at least the city indicated in the profile is a French one.

I can't mention a name since I only highly suspect this is a scam...
...But honestly, a paying member ?


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Tony M  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:30
Member
French to English
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By no means the first! Mar 6

PREAULT JY wrote:
...But honestly, a paying member ?


It is amazing, isn't it? Yet it has happened countless times before — a sheer loss for them, since of course they don't get a refund on the fee paid!

Still, i guess it's a small enough price to pay if they successfully scam even ONE gullible person — and of course, the mere fact of being a paying member is supposed to increase their credibility!

Stay safe out there, peeps!


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Francisco ABREU  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:30
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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Something to look into Mar 6

I don't link things like this should be taken lightly.

Definitely it's something ProZ admin should look into.


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Enrique
Local time: 11:30
SITE STAFF
Please submit a support request Mar 6

Hi PREAULT JY,

Whenever you suspect a scam or fraud through ProZ.com, especially with a job posted on the site or involving a profile with paid membership, you should submit a support request to get site staff involved.

Regards,
Enrique


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PREAULT JY  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to French
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
stolen credit cards make it simple... Mar 6

Well,

When posting my message I realised that a scammer would certainly not hesitate to use a stolen credit card.

Anyway, I have reported this strange user to the staff and let this forum message, the best I can do I guess...

Unable to find contact details with a postal code that matches the city that matches the region. C'mon dude, what a poor scammer you are! Shame on you!


JY


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Enrique
Local time: 11:30
SITE STAFF
Profile blocked Mar 6

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


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cloudhunter  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to German
+ ...
I got one now Mar 6

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


I'm not sure if it is the same profile, but I have also received the message, the time stamp: 19:46. How can I provide you with the details?


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Enrique
Local time: 11:30
SITE STAFF
Please submit a support request Mar 6

cloudhunter wrote:

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


I'm not sure if it is the same profile, but I have also received the message, the time stamp: 19:46. How can I provide you with the details?


Hi Cloudhunter,

You should submit a support request.

Regards,
Enrique


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Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Germany
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to German
The profile of my sender is not blocked Mar 6

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


How can I see that the profile is blocked? I received a somewhat suspicious email at 19:38, but this profile looks still active.


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Colette Magalowski
Germany
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to German
I got a scam mail as well Mar 6

I submitted a support request some minutes ago.

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

cloudhunter wrote:

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


I'm not sure if it is the same profile, but I have also received the message, the time stamp: 19:46. How can I provide you with the details?


Hi Cloudhunter,

You should submit a support request.

Regards,
Enrique


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cloudhunter  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:30
Member (2016)
English to German
+ ...
support request Mar 6

Colette Magalowski wrote:

I submitted a support request some minutes ago.

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

cloudhunter wrote:

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


I'm not sure if it is the same profile, but I have also received the message, the time stamp: 19:46. How can I provide you with the details?


Hi Cloudhunter,

You should submit a support request.

Regards,
Enrique


So did I. The profile does seem active.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:30
Member (2009)
English to German
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Not blocked Mar 7

Kay-Viktor Stegemann wrote:

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Thanks to the several members who sent a warning to our support system. The profile has been blocked.

Kind regards,
Enrique


How can I see that the profile is blocked? I received a somewhat suspicious email at 19:38, but this profile looks still active.


I believe it's the same sender, and the profile is not blocked. If it then is the same one, a profile with no info, registered Mar 17, 2017, and with a gmail address.

The email starts with a hello, no closing, no signature.

This is indeed a new one, a (possible) scammer becoming a paying member.


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:30
Member (2006)
French to English
+ ...
Me too Mar 7

I got it yesterday too - exactly as described by Thayenga here - and the Proz profile is still active and not blocked, although it contains no information other than the map showing a location in France. I too have sent in a support request.

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Mireille BOULANGER  Identity Verified
France
Member (2013)
English to French
I got it too... Mar 7

About the same time...Angoulême is absolutely not in Alsace!! I put it back where it belongs..in the trash..

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:30
Member
Spanish to English
+ ...
PAYING member? Mar 7

They didn't overpay the subscription, did they, and ask for a cheque for the difference? Just wondering ...

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