Possible scam
Thread poster: Teresa Borges

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:45
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Feb 19

I’ve just been contacted by a French translation agency (Proz member since December 2017). Because their profile is not complete (as an address it says only Paris 75012, France) and their BB is empty, I did a small research and discovered that the same agency (same owner, same email), though with a slight different name, has already a BB with only two entries, both negative. As I cannot name names, if you’re interested in knowing more, feel free to contact me by email.

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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Report it Feb 19

I think the right thing to do is to file a support ticket to get the profile removed.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:45
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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I did send a ticket to staff about this matter Feb 19

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

I think the right thing to do is to file a support ticket to get the profile removed.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:45
Member (2007)
English
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I experienced the same thing a while back Feb 19

Teresa Borges wrote:
I did a small research and discovered that the same agency (same owner, same email), though with a slight different name, has already a BB with only two entries, both negative.

When I came across a very similar case, I submitted a support ticket and the two BB records were identified as linked. I think the two profiles remained (not entirely sure) but at least those negative entries were no longer hidden.

The onus is still on us to do these checks, but it does help when the correct information is visible and the outsourcer is not allowed to hide negative feedback.


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Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:45
Member (2012)
Italian to English
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Thank you for the warning Feb 19

Thank you for the warning and for the steps you and Sheila took to report the matter. Wily, yes? But we are wise to their tricks too.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:45
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Answer to my support ticket Feb 20

As happened with Sheila before, I’ve just been informed that the two BB records are now linked.

Thanks Proz!


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