IDENTITY THEFT BY SCAMMERS - PUBLIC ORGANISATION PROCEDURES RESEARCH
Thread poster: Andrea Carroggio Diaz-Plaja

Andrea Carroggio Diaz-Plaja
Spain
Local time: 04:31
Member
English to Spanish
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Sep 27

Good morning everyone,

I am using the Forum to report and warn you all about an identity theft I've been victim of: some people are using my name to scam other translators. The scammers send, under my name and from a fake email address (andreacarroggio37@gmail.com - which is not my email address), a translation request to many translators from Proz's directory, in which they say they need a 44 pages translation to be done and they promise they will be paying by means of a certified
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Good morning everyone,

I am using the Forum to report and warn you all about an identity theft I've been victim of: some people are using my name to scam other translators. The scammers send, under my name and from a fake email address (andreacarroggio37@gmail.com - which is not my email address), a translation request to many translators from Proz's directory, in which they say they need a 44 pages translation to be done and they promise they will be paying by means of a certified check. At the end, the check turns out to be fake (obviously).

I will be reporting the identity theft to my country's police today since I do not want to be blamed on something I have not done. Nevertheless, I just want to raise awareness on this, since I know lots of translators from this site have received this scam, and from many different senders. I also received it months ago, except from a different sender (in my case the supposed scammer was called Nancy Bill). I attach for your reference the email they are sending (which a colleague forwared me to warn me about the identity theft).

Forwarded messageP

Many thanks in advance!!!
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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:31
Member (2007)
English
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My sympathies Sep 27

That must be a horrid thing to live through .

This forum is probably monitored closely but you should really report this directly to the Scam Centre so they can send us all a warning (at least to those of us who are signed up to receive alerts).

Also, can I suggest adding a note to your profile? I'm sure that's where most translators will go when contacted by "you". If the first thing they see is a mess
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That must be a horrid thing to live through .

This forum is probably monitored closely but you should really report this directly to the Scam Centre so they can send us all a warning (at least to those of us who are signed up to receive alerts).

Also, can I suggest adding a note to your profile? I'm sure that's where most translators will go when contacted by "you". If the first thing they see is a message about identity theft by that email addressee, they'll be immediately warned.
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GermaninTexas
United States
Local time: 21:31
New user
English to German
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Just got an email with the same text to get translated Sep 27

Here is the email I got.

Hello,
I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached document. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 28th/October/2019.Finally, I'm proposing a Cashier Check.and it will clear your bank before you send the document .? I look forward to
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Here is the email I got.

Hello,
I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project. However, I will require your service to translate the attached document. In the mean time, could you also confirm your charges per page, per source word or for the entire translation? The deadline for this Project is 1 month starting from 28th/October/2019.Finally, I'm proposing a Cashier Check.and it will clear your bank before you send the document .? I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards.

Debby


Attached was the same 44 page document. Thanks for posting it here. I already thought that I won't take a cashiers check since they are used in many scams.
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Juan David A Aquino Marquez
 

Juan David A Aquino Marquez  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 21:31
Member (Jan 2019)
English to Spanish
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Just received it Oct 11

Hello,
I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. 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 can

Thank you.

Best regards,
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Wow, that was a close shave!

I just got one and even sent my quote on that. Since it is a free email, I asked for a down payment, and it
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Hello,
I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. 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 can

Thank you.

Best regards,
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Wow, that was a close shave!

I just got one and even sent my quote on that. Since it is a free email, I asked for a down payment, and it seems that give them pause, just before I came here to BlueBoard it and found this thread.
Thanks!
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Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 22:31
Romanian to English
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It shouldn't have been ”a close shave!” Oct 12

Juan David A Aquino Marquez wrote:

Hello,
I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. 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 can

Thank you.

Best regards,
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Wow, that was a close shave!

I just got one and even sent my quote on that. Since it is a free email, I asked for a down payment, and it seems that give them pause, just before I came here to BlueBoard it and found this thread.
Thanks!



This scam is been around for more than 5 years, and to my surprise, there are still colleagues who fall for it! Amazing!

Keep safe!

[Edited at 2019-10-12 22:02 GMT]


Fatine777
 

Alejandro Garcia-Quismondo Cartes  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:31
Member (2010)
English to Spanish
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Stil using it... Oct 16

Hi Andrea,

Just to let you know that I got the same message yesterday:

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Hello,
I'm contacting you in regard to an English, content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Spanish. 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 can
Thank you.
Best regards,
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Alexandra Hirsch  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 04:31
New user
English to German
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Thank you for the heads up! Oct 16

Thank you, Andrea, for warning us. I think you are wise to inform the police, but be aware that you could be held liable for damages. I'm not an expert on the matter, so perhaps you should consult with one, but if the email address is not actually linked to you in any way, I don't think you are in danger of violating any laws.

I get funny requests as well such as the one from a "George Micheal" [sic] (who turned out to be entirely fake) and loads from people who baulk as soon as th
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Thank you, Andrea, for warning us. I think you are wise to inform the police, but be aware that you could be held liable for damages. I'm not an expert on the matter, so perhaps you should consult with one, but if the email address is not actually linked to you in any way, I don't think you are in danger of violating any laws.

I get funny requests as well such as the one from a "George Micheal" [sic] (who turned out to be entirely fake) and loads from people who baulk as soon as they realise that they have to identify themselves.

Good luck!
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