Scam alert - File to be translated is "The Prince" by Machiavelli
Thread poster: François Sechier

François Sechier
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2018)
English to French
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Nov 22, 2018

Hello to all!

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a person named Anne Thirlwall, using this e-mail adress: annemthirwall@gmail.com.

She asked me if I could translate a document from English to French, and sent me a Word file that is actually "The Prince" by Machiavelli. Pretty funny, right? The other interesting thing was that the Machiavelli name had been changed throughout the foreword of the book, probably in order not to raise suspicion... which was raised anyway after skimming through the document. Needless to say, dear "Anne" wanted my bank details and insisted, the noble soul, to pay me 50% upfront. For those who don't know, this is the beginning of the "advance money" scam that is well-documented on this forum.

When I confronted her, she stopped replying. Beware of this person!


Walter Landesman
Kelly Lebel
Tom in London
Ashiqur Nishat
 

Paweł Hamerski
Local time: 20:58
English to Polish
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Something else is rather funny Nov 22, 2018

'The Prince' is already translated into several languages.
My answer to scammers in similar cases would be: 'It is already translated into this language so why do you need it?' -regardless of the fact if it is really so or not.


Ashiqur Nishat
 

François Sechier
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2018)
English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
What I told her! Nov 22, 2018

Paweł Hamerski wrote:

'The Prince' is already translated into several languages.
My answer to scammers in similar cases would be: 'It is already translated into this language so why do you need it?' -regardless of the fact if it is really so or not.


That's exactly what I told her! I've got a version at home, it's a very cheap 2-euro book. Plus, you can find it for free on the Internet.


Ashiqur Nishat
 

B D Finch  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2006)
French to English
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gmail addresses Nov 22, 2018

I generally assume that anything from a gmail address is likely to be a scam and treat it with more suspicion than I would something from a traceable/paid-for email address.

Ashiqur Nishat
Matthias Brombach
 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 21:58
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Kindle version is free Nov 22, 2018

You could have sent her the Kindle version. But what is this scam you mentioned?

Ashiqur Nishat
 

François Sechier
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2018)
English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
You can find it on this page Nov 22, 2018

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

You could have sent her the Kindle version. But what is this scam you mentioned?


You can find it on this page: https://www.proz.com/about/translator-scam-alerts#advance_payment_overpayment_scam

It's the "Advance payment / overpayment scam" section.


Ashiqur Nishat
Yolanda Broad
Laetitia Maarek
 

Adelaide Leroux  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2018)
English to French
Me too! Dec 9, 2018

Hi,

I got contacted by this person too at around the same period and despite being a bit suspectful at times, it went to the point that she sent me a "false" cheque - that my bank refused - in exchange for some money back...
A good reminder for not taking so-called jobs from anyone and to be aware that there are scammers everywhere!


 

François LASSERRE DU ROZEL
France
Local time: 20:58
Member (2017)
English to French
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Me too! Dec 17, 2018

I have received the scam email.

 


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