A Scam via ProZ.com, or am I just a little too much schizophrenic?
Thread poster: Claudio Nasso

Claudio Nasso  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:07
Member (2003)
English to Italian
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Aug 31

Dear all,

as many of you (I suppose), translating English > Italian, today I have found in my E-mail inbox folder the following message, sent via the ProZ.com directory mass mailing system:

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Stile memo_Redacted

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  • The link to the Sender’s profile is practically non-existent, and it has been created in August 2017.

  • The Sender’s IP address is generic (Secure Internet LLC – Huston TX – USA).

  • When browsing to access the Sender’s Web site tied to the Sender’s E-mail address I have been redirected to “GoDaddy LLC” platform who declares that the domain is parked free on their platform, without any other information.

Now the logical result should be to consider it as a scam/spam delivered through the ProZ.com platform.

Am I right, or am I just too schizophrenic/suspicious?

And, could ProZ.com try to filter/assess these massive messages before they are sent, in particular when generated by these “ghost” profiles?

Thank you.

Claudio


[Edited at 2017-08-31 07:48 GMT]


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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Hmmm Sep 1

They wouldn't be calling themselves Trusted Italian, would they?

http://www.proz.com/forum/business_issues/315913-a_new_translation_agency_offering_services_as_a_proz_member.html


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Eleonora_P  Identity Verified
Italy
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Same email Sep 1

I received that a couple of days ago.
It sounded weird to me too and I thought it was a scam for the same reasons Claudio pointed out.
And also... 20 million words?! Really?
LOL.

@Sheila: yes! That's the agency, thanx for posting the link to the other topic. Apparently they are now changing their name according to the different languages... LOL again.



[Modificato alle 2017-09-01 17:28 GMT]

[Modificato alle 2017-09-01 17:30 GMT]


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Silvia Schulz
Netherlands
Local time: 02:07
Member (2010)
English to German
Same for German Sep 1

Hi Everyone,

A few days ago I got the same email from "Trusted German". I also thought it was spam and ignored it.

Have a nice weekend,
Silvia


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Romina Navarro
Argentina
Local time: 21:07
English to Spanish
And it is SO flattering... Sep 1

... reading this "I have reviewed your credentials and base on your qualifications I believe you are a very good fit for a freelance position for this project" in a massive email addressing a 'dear colleague'. LOL

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Daryo
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You meant to say "paranoid"? Sep 1

A Scam via ProZ.com, or am I just a little too much schizophrenic?
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You meant to say "paranoid"? Seeing danger everywhere is paranoia, schizophrenia is something else altogether.

Now, there is this old saying

"just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"

and it seems to apply to these people. It doesn't smell of roses for sure, where exactly is the scam is not very relevant, just don't waste your time on them.


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Michael Newton  Identity Verified
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Scam? Sep 1

I think "20,000,000 words" is a dead giveaway.

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Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
Italy
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I think "20,000,000 words" is a dead giveaway.... Sep 1

agree
above all from a Total Stranger sprouted like a mushroom yesterday on Proz, and whose address domain doesn't exist

BTW, do you know if French translators received the message from "Trusted French", Spanish translators from "Trusted Spanish", and so on maybe?


Claudio

[Edited at 2017-09-01 23:04 GMT]


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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 10:07
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Same for Russian Sep 2

It was Trusted Russian.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:07
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Trusted Italian Sep 2

Sheila Wilson wrote:

They wouldn't be calling themselves Trusted Italian, would they?



It was in fact an Italian who is reported to have said "Fidarsi è bene. Non fidarsi è meglio". That's a principle you can trust.

By the way, most of the untrustworthy people I've met were not Italian.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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It was a suggested identity, Tom Sep 2

Tom in London wrote:

Sheila Wilson wrote:

They wouldn't be calling themselves Trusted Italian, would they?



It was in fact an Italian who is reported to have said "Fidarsi è bene. Non fidarsi è meglio". That's a principle you can trust.

By the way, most of the untrustworthy people I've met were not Italian.


I would never assign characteristics like that to an entire nation, Tom. It's individuals who are trustworthy or not. Click on the link I gave and you'll see why I said it - and apparently I was right!


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:07
French to English
paranoïa / schizophrenis Sep 3

Daryo wrote:

A Scam via ProZ.com, or am I just a little too much schizophrenic?
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You meant to say "paranoid"? Seeing danger everywhere is paranoia, schizophrenia is something else altogether.



I suspect that the poster did mean "paranoid".

Daryo, FYI, schizophrenia with paranoïa is (one of?) the most common forms of schizophrenia. It is not "something else altogether".


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Daryo
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:07
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real vs imagined ... Sep 4

Nikki Scott-Despaigne wrote:

Daryo wrote:

A Scam via ProZ.com, or am I just a little too much schizophrenic?
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You meant to say "paranoid"? Seeing danger everywhere is paranoia, schizophrenia is something else altogether.



I suspect that the poster did mean "paranoid".

Daryo, FYI, schizophrenia with paranoïa is (one of?) the most common forms of schizophrenia. It is not "something else altogether".


yes, they can be and often are combined, but they are not the same; my point being that "schizophrenia" is often (mis)used to mean indiscriminately ANY mental illness.

other more important point: unfortunately you don't need any dose of paranoia to "spot a scam" of the imagined variety, just some basic due diligence will uncover more than enough of the very real ones!


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Arianne Farah  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 20:07
Member (2008)
English to French
Yup! Sep 5

Claudio Porcellana wrote:

agree
above all from a Total Stranger sprouted like a mushroom yesterday on Proz, and whose address domain doesn't exist

BTW, do you know if French translators received the message from "Trusted French", Spanish translators from "Trusted Spanish", and so on maybe?


Claudio

[Edited at 2017-09-01 23:04 GMT]


I received the same email from 'Trusted French'

I didn't follow the link (because I don't take candy nor follow links from strangers), but after a quick search that came up empty for the company, I sent a reply asking for more information about them.... and it went undelivered because the recipient server is down.

So don't follow the link people, seems to be the one thing this scammer wants - none of the return servers exist - they probably fired off a ton of spam and then took them down.


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:07
Member
English to French
Background check Sep 6

Received 31 August 2017 this bit from "trusted French", found that the owner of trustedls.com was Mohsen K., with a profile on TM-Town and 22 domain names registered with him.
The idea may have been to impersonate "Trusted language solutions", a company that claims to have translated 870 million words, whose owner may be Hina A., according to their LinkedIn profile, also owner of another translation company with a profile here that seems legit and a "normal" Blue Board.

I also asked for more info from my e-mail address dedicated to junk, and found out it couldn't be delivered. I also asked how come could they know how smashing my credentials are without visiting my profile.

I suppose they just wanted a database filled by consenting translators with their details and generate money with it.

Philippe


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