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Strange job offer from "new member" with no history or details in profile
Thread poster: parolista

parolista  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:07
French to English
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Nov 11, 2017

I received the following last night. Fee too good to be true and no further information. Checked the profile, signed up Oct 2017 and no credentials of any kind. I replied saying I would need a lot more information e.g. what IS the job?
There has been no response to my reply.
Hope they are not a scam but be on your guard.
Regards,
parolista

Message received:

Salut,

Are you available to become a virtual assistant paying three
hundred euros per week?

You have to be located in France.
Understand English Language or French Language.

Thanks

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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Looks like a scam Nov 11, 2017

It sounds like a scam even though there is nothing to prove it. I suggest that you report it to Proz support so they can look into it.

"Salut" is not how a decent French business would address anyone. It's what young people say to each other.

I would not reply to a proposal like that.

https://www.abuseipdb.com/check/212.83.139.219:


212.83.139.219 was found in our database!
This IP was reported 4 times.


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:07
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Doesn’t pass the smell test Nov 11, 2017

I would be very surprised if the ״offer” in question were *not* a scam.

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Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:07
English to Czech
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200% scam Nov 11, 2017

Nobody seriously looking for a worker would write such a dumb offer. This alone is a proof.

Strange this guy has a follower who seems to be a perfectly real translator.


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:07
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English to Italian
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IP Nov 11, 2017

Although this doesn't prove or disprove anything, that IP address appears to be somewhere near Paris, France, while their profile says they're located near SF, USA.

Also, did you check what their email address was? If you click to reply to the email, you can see their address. If it's not from a company, but a Gmail address, IMO that would be another nail in the coffin.


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member Nov 11, 2017

Katarzyna Slowikova wrote:

Nobody seriously looking for a worker would write such a dumb offer. This alone is a proof.

Strange this guy has a follower who seems to be a perfectly real translator.


Plus, they're also a paying member...


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:07
German to English
Could be a real – money laundering – offer Nov 11, 2017

In the early days of the Internet, I used to get offers like this. Basically it worked like this: It was proposed that I should accept regular wire transfers to my bank account (hard to falsify), then I would initiate a wire transfer to a third party while retaining a small fee. I would be guaranteed a minimum each month for my trouble. A couple of offers involved buying real estate once I had accumulated enough cash. The IP address was usually Russia.

[Edited at 2017-11-11 15:19 GMT]


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Marija Jankovic  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:07
English to Serbian
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I am glad I read this forum post today Nov 11, 2017

because this is the message I have got.

Salut,


Are you available to become a virtual assistant?
You have to be located in France.
Understand English Language or French Language.


Thanks

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Tony M  Identity Verified
France
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Me too... scam seems likely! Nov 11, 2017

I got the same message, and read it with the same reservations.

The 'reply to' e-mail address is jj@doubledown-productions.com — so a legitimate-looking domaine name.

Note that the IP address could simply be that of a French ISP, where they might have their domaine name if they were thinking of doing business in France / Europe.

The IP address seems to be Tiscali in France, which I believe is indeed an ISP.

The domain name, however, is registered in Houston, TX.


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Domain Nov 11, 2017

Tony M wrote:

The 'reply to' e-mail address is jj@doubledown-productions.com — so a legitimate-looking domaine name.



There is nothing else than a 'website coming soon' message on that website and no company of that name on www.sec.gov.

Anyone can register such a domain for a few dollars in a few hours. Nobody verifies if the whois information provided is correct.

If that company exists and is legitimate, it is doing nothing at all to make itself look credible.


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:07
French to English
I received it too Nov 11, 2017

Looked dodgy. Binned it.

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translatoralaa
English to Arabic
Do not Trust Nov 12, 2017

As per my experience you have to avoid these emails totally. Even do not reply to them

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Camille Thompson
France
Local time: 16:07
English to French
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Ignored it Nov 12, 2017

I got the same one. I don't think it looks like a legitimate offer so I just ignored it.

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Fred_F  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:07
English to French
Received it too, as a Spam Nov 13, 2017

Found nearly the same message in my spam folder :

Hello,

Are you available for a part time role to become a virtual
assistant paying three hundred euros per week?

Job requirements:

You have to be located in France.
Speak English Language or French Language.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

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CorbettAM  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 15:07
French to English
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Profile is no longer there Nov 13, 2017

The person in question must have deleted it this morning since the last post here - by Fred_F -
realising people here were onto his scam.

One less problem person on Proz I guess!


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