Public Organization procedures scam!
Thread poster: Carol Anda

Carol Anda
United States
New user
English to Spanish
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Feb 12

Hi,

I am new and fell for the scam! I received an email from Lorraine Hungerman requesting a translation, same document/scam since 2019... I failed to do my research before submitting personal info (name and address, not sure what they can do with public info) anyways... it all got very fishy after she sent a check for money than quoted for and the check came from California via usps and had a company's name from Texas. I went to the bank and cashed the check and but came home to d
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Hi,

I am new and fell for the scam! I received an email from Lorraine Hungerman requesting a translation, same document/scam since 2019... I failed to do my research before submitting personal info (name and address, not sure what they can do with public info) anyways... it all got very fishy after she sent a check for money than quoted for and the check came from California via usps and had a company's name from Texas. I went to the bank and cashed the check and but came home to do some more research about the document she sent for translation and found all the threads about this scam. Still not sure how they complete the scam if I have the money...

I am going to the bank tomorrow to clarify because I don't want to have any issues... too bad people take advantage of people trying to make a decent living. I was so excited about my first job...
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Liviu-Lee Roth
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Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
Local time: 23:22
Romanian to English
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Carol, Feb 12

The check is fake and this is the classic overpayment scam. "The client" will send you a message that, by mistake they sent you more money and will ask you to send them back the difference.

Go to the bank, tell them that you are the victim of a scam.

Keep reading the SCAM section on a regular basis.

Stay safe,
lee


Katarzyna Slowikova
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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:22
Member (2007)
English
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Sorry you had to learn the hard way Feb 12

Carol Anda wrote:
I failed to do my research before submitting personal info (name and address, not sure what they can do with public info) anyways...

I haven't heard anyone suffering repercussions for doing that. They really are concentrating on getting money and not bothering about the information.

Still not sure how they complete the scam if I have the money...

You don't have any money! You have a piece of paper that will turn out to be worthless. What they're hoping is that you'll refund the overpaid amount before the cheque clears. Then you'd have actually lost money to them.

I am going to the bank tomorrow to clarify because I don't want to have any issues...

Good idea! Let the bank know that you now realise you've been scammed. Get them to officially cancel the cheque. Don't let them continue to try to clear it. In the very worst case, that could make you open to prosecution for aiding money-laundering -- but don't lose sleep over that happening as it's extremely unlikely.

too bad people take advantage of people trying to make a decent living. I was so excited about my first job...

It is indeed too bad. My sympathies . But hopefully you haven't spent hours/weeks actually translating the text, as many have done, so you haven't actually lost anything substantial financially, just a bit of lost time. Don't lose heart. Most clients are perfectly fair and honest but you do have to be on your guard. Do sign up to receive notifications from the Scam Centre here. And don't skip the due diligence in future, however "urgent" a new client insists their job is. If necessary, let a job go. Better to get a little rich very slowly than to get very poor very quickly .


Thomas T. Frost
Liviu-Lee Roth
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Edward Potter  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 05:22
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Good job in catching it before it got bad Feb 14



Still not sure how they complete the scam if I have the money...

You don't have any money! You have a piece of paper that will turn out to be worthless. What they're hoping is that you'll refund the overpaid amount before the cheque clears. Then you'd have actually lost money to them.


As I read it, she went to the bank with the fraudulent check and they actually gave her money for it, against her balance.

It kind of sounds like it is the equivalent of drawing cash from your account, since she caught the scam in time. I actually applaud her for catching the scam before it was too late.

I always check out the Blue Board, and/or Google before taking on a new client. Sometimes I get close to getting caught. Sometimes I'll have a great new opportunity offered to me. I'll prepare everything, and just before taking the plunge check them out and find out it was a bad payer or even a scam.


 


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