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SCAM: translation of a 11,643-word document (various email addresses, payment with a check)
Thread poster: Thomas Szabo, MD, MS

Ricardo Franca
United States
English to Portuguese
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I just got this e mail today 01/10/2020 Jan 11

"Hello, I'm contacting you in regard to a Portuguese content document worth 11,643 words. I need this document translated into English. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back to me as soon as you. Thank you.



Best regards.
"

Felicia Jordan


 

maribol
United States
Local time: 20:12
English to Spanish
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Looks like a scam... Jan 11

A ProZ.com user visited your ProZ.com profile and sent the following message.

Author: Cheryl Kutscher [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 205.251.148.82

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Hello, I'm contacting you in regard to an English content
document worth 11,800 words (69 Pages). I need this document
translated into Spanish , I would like to know if you are
interes
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A ProZ.com user visited your ProZ.com profile and sent the following message.

Author: Cheryl Kutscher [NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 205.251.148.82

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Hello, I'm contacting you in regard to an English content
document worth 11,800 words (69 Pages). I need this document
translated into Spanish , I would like to know if you are
interested to get this done for me. Please get back to me as
soon as you can via email (waspick1759@gmail.com).
Thank you,
Mary


How did I figure out that this is a scam? It is awkwardly written and incoherent. Cheryl Kutscher? Mary? I requested her local address and more information, and the document. A company, an author with nothing but a gmail is bad news. In the past I followed through. They wanted my physical address and I provided. Then I received two checks for a little less than 10 000 dollars. I called the said bank and they claimed the account was valid and active. There was something in the voice, the banks name that did not give me a good vibe. I called the better business bureau and did a report. They had thousands of those fake accounts. They bank, apparently on your ignorance (ours, for that matter). Those who run to deposit the checks do not hear from their banks but after a few days or weeks that the check bounced. By that time they talk you into reimbursing the difference, since they over pay you. I don't know of anybody who has fallen trap of their scam but the guy at the Business Bureau warned me that this is the way to scam people. Be careful. I researched ways to avoid these scammers. Here are some steps.
1. Request their LOCAL address and full legal name.
2. Check the information against the bureau and run it through google.
3. You are entitled to request recommendations from previous providers, with emails and phone numbers.
4. If they are in business, somewhere abroad, you can request to view their page and to receive a number where you can check that they are real.
5. Do not take any checks from them, request a money order. But beware, money orders can also turn up bad.
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Ultimate
Local time: 22:12
English to French
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El moron strikes again Jan 16

I was first contacted by said moron "jeansmith" 3 months ago and - although suspicious - I quoted on it, specifying it should be paid ahead of time. I knew full well about the fake check scam, but I did not intend to start any translation until 2 weeks after depositing the check and verifying that it was legit. No more emails from jeansmith.

Now fast forward to early January and "Brightbritten" contacts me, same type of text needs to be translated from English to French. I immediat
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I was first contacted by said moron "jeansmith" 3 months ago and - although suspicious - I quoted on it, specifying it should be paid ahead of time. I knew full well about the fake check scam, but I did not intend to start any translation until 2 weeks after depositing the check and verifying that it was legit. No more emails from jeansmith.

Now fast forward to early January and "Brightbritten" contacts me, same type of text needs to be translated from English to French. I immediately recognized the following: not a proz.com user and not logged in. I quoted again and pointedly asked what was the source language and what language it needed to be translated to.
Answer: from French to English. Not so bright britten also asked for a name, a physical address and a cell phone number ASAP so they could send the check rapidly.

Now the real mystery is this: what kind of a cretin would pick Bright Britten as a name?
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Liviu-Lee Roth
Tatiana Bobritsky
 

rcastri
Canada
Local time: 23:12
French to Spanish
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Same message but translatio into French Feb 13

Haesoo Yoo wrote:

Hi Everyone, I report this phishing scam to you guys!

***********************************************
Full name: Frank Brandon (fake)
Phone number: 302-348-9426 (fake)

FedEx envelop that had check
Mailing address: 5260 W. Baseline Road LAVEEN VILLAGE, AZ 85339
Sender: David A Ramirez
Origin ID: NOLA
Phone #: 360-523-2404
Tracking: 7773 5590 8320

Hi,My name is Frank ,Am contacting you in regarding of
English content document , I need this document to be
translated into Korean . I will like to know if you are
available to get this done for me . Kindly get back to (
Fseun1953@protonmail.com ) Thanks. Frank

***********************************************

This guy approached sneakily to my private gmail account after seeing my profile in proz.com,
and paid me $3780.30 through the fake check from Corliam Fabricating Company, and delivered by Fedex with very fake address which is Petco which is located at 5260 W. Baseline Road LAVEEN VILLAGE, AZ 85339. He forced me to deposit it right away and asked for return of amount for phase 2 via Cash App, which would be wired transfer.


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Hi,
I also received the same email but with a hotmail address.
I doubted when I read it.

"Vous avez reçu un message via ProZ.com.

Auteur: Frank
[NOTE : l'auteur n'est pas un membre de ProZ.com ou n'était pas identifié lors de l'envoi de ce message.]
Adresse IP de l'auteur: 173.236.176.103

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Hi,My name is Frank ,Am contacting you in regarding of
English content document , I need this document to be
translated into French, I will like to know if you are
available to get this done for me . Kindly get back to
( fseun1953@hotmail.com ) Thanks. Frank"



I thought it was suspicious and searched for such incidents regarding scam, and appeared to be usual "my sponsor had death in family" scam.
Obviously, the name is fake and the phone number used for text message would also be fake using computer.
Not sure if the name on FedEx package is real, but if indeed it is real and he sent package from Petco, I hope police can sort it out and jail this m***** f*****.


 
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