Thread poster: Fouad El karnichi
I would like to have your opinion please regarding the below case:
I received a job request from somebody/individual to do a translation assignment (an individual - no agency) claiming he is from sweden.He accepted my rate and decided to pay an advanced fee of 30% of the total amount (1200 US dollars) , the rest when the translation will be finalised.
I asked to send the PO and assignment ; Neverthless, the guy insisted on sending the advance payment first via travellers cheque.Translation will be sent by next week , he said !!
This afternoon, he contacted me via e-mail saying that his client sent by mistake a 3000 US dollars travellers cheque to my address here in Quebec. He is asking me to cash the cheque keep the 30% to start the translation ( which of course I physically do not have till now) and send back via western union the balance.
I am suspecting this is a scam.What do you think?
[Edited at 2011-03-30 23:31 GMT]
[Edited at 2011-03-30 23:49 GMT]
| | christeld
Local time: 07:42
Norwegian to English
Based on the information you provided it sounds like you've fallen victim of a scammer. I would advise you not to cash the travelers cheque, take it to your nearest police station along with a print out of all communication (preferably including full message headers for the e-mails).
You'll find a variety of similar threads here.
| Scam, of course || Mar 31, 2011 |
This is exactly what you should not do:
Cash the cheque, then pay back the difference very soon ($ 1,800) because you are so honest, then be told much later by your bank that the original cheque was without funds, and that accordingly 3,000 $ were subtracted from you account; then it will be impossible for you to get your $ 1,800 back.
And be assured that you will never receive a translation assignment.
| | Clarisa Moraña
Local time: 04:42
English to Spanish
Thank you Cristeld and Clarisa.
Now , am quite certain about it...strange heh !
I do not understand why those pity and shallow prxxxks are targetting our forums...?
| SCAMMMMM!!!!! || Mar 31, 2011 |
Delete and forget.
| | Andrea Wurth
Local time: 08:42
French to German
| Good Morning || Mar 31, 2011 |
I received the same translation project and this twice.
The first time in january and the second time this week according to a bidding via proz.
Each time I was given a sample text and I was asked to indicate my personal data and banking details, which I never indicated.
In return I asekd for more information about the project and I insisted of indicating the right address since I wondered why it always was posted as a german one (which after investigations did not exist) and when answering it was in Canada (in january) respectively in Sweden (the bidding of this week).
Furthermore I indicated that I would not accept payment via Traveller cheques but only via Paypal.
Since then I did not get any answer...
Now I am really glad not having "dived" deeper into this affair which and I wish that such scammers would be banned from proz.
| Thanks for these comments || Mar 31, 2011 |
I am in touch with the same person. He applied exactly the same method as Fouad explained. By chance I found all your advices and I am sure now it must be a scammer. Thank you to all of you!
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