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Thread poster: Md Shaheduzzaman

Md Shaheduzzaman  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:00
English to Bengali
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Nov 7

I got this email a few days ago:

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

Author: Adetunji Dayo
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 64.145.93.52

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Hello, I'm contacting you in regard to an English content
document worth 11,638 words (44 Pages). I need this document
translated into KudoZ.
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I got this email a few days ago:

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

Author: Adetunji Dayo
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 64.145.93.52

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Hello, I'm contacting you in regard to an English content
document worth 11,638 words (44 Pages). I need this document
translated into KudoZ. 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 via
email(adetunjidayomix@gmail.com). Thank you.



Best regard,


Adetunji."


I replied that I am available for the job. He sent me a document and asked for my rate. When I gave that to him, he said that he would need my address to send out the payment in check. He would also like to hire me for the next part of the project and would pay for the total work which would amount to roughly 3 times the amount I quoted. I guess this raised the first red flag. I still gave him my address but did not expect anything. However, the check arrived the next day via FedEx overnight shipping with a letter inside the envelope asking me to confirm receipt to a phone number via text. When I confirmed, he told me to deposit the check to my account and send him a photo of the deposit slip for record purposes. At this point, I started looking through the scam-related forum posts on proz, and found several other posts with similar scam strategies. However none of them mentioned a request to send the deposit slip to the employer, so I am guessing this might be another new addition to the plethora of scamming plots and informing the fellow translators about this. Hope this helps. Stay alert!
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Liviu-Lee Roth
 

IrinaN
United States
Local time: 07:00
English to Russian
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Priceless! Nov 7

I need this document
translated into KudoZ. [/quote]

Did you reply to THIS?


Michele Fauble
Liviu-Lee Roth
Yolanda Broad
Slobodan Kozarčić
 

Md Shaheduzzaman  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:00
English to Bengali
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TOPIC STARTER
So stupid of me, right?! Nov 7

Yeah, I noticed that later. Should be more careful from now on.

 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Report it Nov 7

Well now that you have the cheque, you could hand it over to the police. Sometimes they can match evidence from different people and cases and in a few cases they do manage to arrest the super criminals behind such scams.

Teresa Borges
Yolanda Broad
Vadim Kadyrov
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 08:00
Romanian to English
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I won't repeat what I wrote so many times Nov 8

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

Well now that you have the cheque, you could hand it over to the police. Sometimes they can match evidence from different people and cases and in a few cases they do manage to arrest the super criminals behind such scams.


It is about an international, very lucrative industry where texts and addresses of potential victims are posted, sold and bought on the dark net.
Police won't do anything. I have a collection of three such overpaid checks, collected while "playing" with the scammers.

Best action, do not interact with them and keep yourself informed about the latest trend in scamming.

Stay safe,
Lee


 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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Do you have inside connections with the police? Nov 8

How exactly do you know that police won't do anything? They surely don't inform you about their investigations.

They are unlikely to investigate a single case, but if they begin to see a pattern from many reported cases, they may well begin to investigate it. Occasionally they do manage to find and arrest scammers. We don't know if the proceeds from such crimes are used to fund more serious crime.

I just don't have such a defeatist attitude. Doing a little thing such as
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How exactly do you know that police won't do anything? They surely don't inform you about their investigations.

They are unlikely to investigate a single case, but if they begin to see a pattern from many reported cases, they may well begin to investigate it. Occasionally they do manage to find and arrest scammers. We don't know if the proceeds from such crimes are used to fund more serious crime.

I just don't have such a defeatist attitude. Doing a little thing such as reporting crime, even when you know your particular case will probably go nowhere in itself, may sometimes end up helping others in the long term.
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Jessica Noyes
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 08:00
Romanian to English
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Without going into arguments Nov 8

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

How exactly do you know that police won't do anything? They surely don't inform you about their investigations.

They are unlikely to investigate a single case, but if they begin to see a pattern from many reported cases, they may well begin to investigate it. Occasionally they do manage to find and arrest scammers. We don't know if the proceeds from such crimes are used to fund more serious crime.

I just don't have such a defeatist attitude. Doing a little thing such as reporting crime, even when you know your particular case will probably go nowhere in itself, may sometimes end up helping others in the long term.



I did not say that you should not report it. Everybody should, but don't have high expectation to have your complaint solved.
I don't have a defeatist attitude, just inside knowledge. I worked for 14 years as a prosecutor in my country and here I work on a daily basis with federal law enforcement as a translator and federal court interpreter.

Lee


 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 08:00
Romanian to English
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just to pove my point Nov 12

Today I received this message and I replied:

-----Original Message-----
From: Brenda Fletcher
To: liviulee6
Sent: Tue, Nov 12, 2019 10:56 am
Subject: Service needed
Hello, I got your contact from an on-line directory and I'm contacting you in regard to an English content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Romanian. I would like to know if you are interested and available to get this done for me. Please get back t
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Today I received this message and I replied:

-----Original Message-----
From: Brenda Fletcher
To: liviulee6
Sent: Tue, Nov 12, 2019 10:56 am
Subject: Service needed
Hello, I got your contact from an on-line directory and I'm contacting you in regard to an English content document with 11,643 words (44 Pages). I need this document translated to Romanian. 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

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 5:24 PM wrote:


Thank you for the BS.

Lee


Brenda Fletcher brendafletcher952@gmail.comHide
To liviulee6 liviulee6@netscape.net

Hello
I'm pleased to know you are interested in handling this project.However, I will require your service to translate the attached English 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 12/12/2019.
Finally, what would be your preferred mode of payment? Though I'm proposing a certified bank draft, a cashier check or bank certified check. Please do not hesitate to confirm if this is okay with you? I look forward to reading from you soon.
Best Regards


This exchange is proof that the recepient "Brenda Fletcher" did not understand my message. From my experience, the sender might be located in Eastern Europe, Asia or Africa and doesn't speak English. His boss (the head-scammer) tasked him to send e-mails in bulk and reply with a givent text (bought online).

What can the police do? So far, nothing.

Stay safe,
Lee
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