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Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic  Identity Verified
Stati Uniti
Membro (2011)
Inglese
+ ...
Trust your gut Aug 30, 2020

I had a potential scammer by the name of Dr Livingston (I presume!) send me excess funds for a job I hadn’t even started. We’d agreed on $2000 and he / she sent me $4500.

Beware of Friday afternoon cash transactions!

Dr L asked me to send the money to a third person - someone has made a big mistake. $2000 for me and $2500 for a Jane Doe. Locations were NY, Missouri -

I was constantly pushed to send the money 💰- but I didn’t.

My bank
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I had a potential scammer by the name of Dr Livingston (I presume!) send me excess funds for a job I hadn’t even started. We’d agreed on $2000 and he / she sent me $4500.

Beware of Friday afternoon cash transactions!

Dr L asked me to send the money to a third person - someone has made a big mistake. $2000 for me and $2500 for a Jane Doe. Locations were NY, Missouri -

I was constantly pushed to send the money 💰- but I didn’t.

My bank manager smelled a rat and said let’s wait till Monday to see if this check bounces. Sure enough it did.

The translator ends up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.

I wrote Dr L a “shame on you” letter and was glad to have escaped the scam.

Translator- beware!
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Miguel Wong
Stephanie Kantorski
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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
Stati Uniti
Local time: 15:39
Membro (2005)
Da Inglese a Cinese
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Who sent $2500 from his/her own pocket? Aug 30, 2020

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic wrote:
The translator ends up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.


Thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad you didn't fall for the trap. However, I'm curious about who ended up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germania
Local time: 21:39
Da Inglese a Ceco
+ ...
No title Aug 30, 2020

@Miguel Wong:

https://www.proz.com/forum/scams/302893-did_you_receive_this_invitationit_sounds_strange_to_me.html


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germania
Local time: 21:39
Da Inglese a Ceco
+ ...
Better no title Aug 30, 2020

jyuan_us wrote:

However, I'm curious about who ended up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.


Nothing easier then reading just ANYTHING in this forum, to satisfy your "curiosity".


Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Liviu-Lee Roth
Stati Uniti
Local time: 15:39
Da Rumeno a Inglese
+ ...
Sorry, wrong approach Aug 30, 2020

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic wrote:

I had a potential scammer by the name of Dr Livingston (I presume!) send me excess funds for a job I hadn’t even started. We’d agreed on $2000 and he / she sent me $4500.

Beware of Friday afternoon cash transactions!

Dr L asked me to send the money to a third person - someone has made a big mistake. $2000 for me and $2500 for a Jane Doe. Locations were NY, Missouri -

I was constantly pushed to send the money 💰- but I didn’t.

My bank manager smelled a rat and said let’s wait till Monday to see if this check bounces. Sure enough it did.

The translator ends up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.

I wrote Dr L a “shame on you” letter and was glad to have escaped the scam.

Translator- beware!



1- You should've realized from the very beginning that it is an overpayment scam, if you kept reading this forum;
2- No need to go to the bank to deposit the fake check;
3- The bank manager is an idiot if he suggested to wait until the check bounces - it takes about 7-10 days to clear the check;
4- If the check bounces, YOU pay a fee ($15-30). Is it worth it?
5- You replied a "shame on you letter" - useless. It is a whole industry and the scammer could be from the other end of the world (mentioned in this forum n-times).

Therefore wrong approach. I would suggest to browse through the "Scam" section at least once a week and stay informed.

Stay safe,
Lee


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Miguel Wong
Perú
Da Inglese a Spagnolo
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Contunuation ... E-MAILS INSISTENCE, FROM THE DIRTY SCAMMERS LAYAL ROS AND Co. Aug 30, 2020

Miguel
29 ago. 2020 21:39 (hace 13 horas)
Dear Mr Layal The proposed rate you send me looks fine. But this is not an hourly rate job. This is a full audio transcription, and my fees for this job complet

Layal Ros
1:13 (hace 10 horas)
But why you didnt tell me that from the beginning? You put in a big problem and the client is waiting for the file!!We canot pay in advace, but you will get you

Miguel
8:54 (hace 2 horas)
The thing is, I
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Miguel
29 ago. 2020 21:39 (hace 13 horas)
Dear Mr Layal The proposed rate you send me looks fine. But this is not an hourly rate job. This is a full audio transcription, and my fees for this job complet

Layal Ros
1:13 (hace 10 horas)
But why you didnt tell me that from the beginning? You put in a big problem and the client is waiting for the file!!We canot pay in advace, but you will get you

Miguel
8:54 (hace 2 horas)
The thing is, I found out some negative comments about the net during the afternoon, after I started the file, (file's almost done, don't worry pls) ... just wa

Layal Ros
9:21 (hace 2 horas)
Please dont worry about the payment, for more guarantee I can send a list of translators who I worked with so you can check.Please let me know

Miguel
9:29 (hace 1 hora)
Please send me the list of collaborators to check. Thanks.

Layal Ros
10:06 (hace 1 hora)
please check ASAP [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] leire.amuateg

Layal Ros
10:23 (hace 1 hora)
Still waiting Sender notified by Mailtrack 30‏/08‏/20 06:22:30 م‎

Miguel
10:46 (hace 41 minutos)
para layal.ros

I am checking, I'll get back to you as soon as I get a response. Thanks a lot.

Miguel

AS YOU COULD IMAGINE, I RECEIVED TWO RESPONSES FROM THESE "TRANSLATORS" I WROTE TO, AND FOUND OUT THEY WERE JUST THE SAME SCAMMERS, WITH FALSE EMAIL ACCOUNTS... JUST BE AWARE OF THESE SCUMBAGS AND DENOUNCE THEM ASAP... Thanks !
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Liviu-Lee Roth
 

jyuan_us  Identity Verified
Stati Uniti
Local time: 15:39
Membro (2005)
Da Inglese a Cinese
+ ...
Yea but Aug 31, 2020

Katarzyna Slowikova wrote:

jyuan_us wrote:

However, I'm curious about who ended up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.


Nothing easier then reading just ANYTHING in this forum, to satisfy your "curiosity".


I still don't understand who this translator was that had lost $2500.


 

Irving Reyes  Identity Verified
Repubblica Dominicana
Local time: 15:39
Da Inglese a Spagnolo
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Received an email today Feb 11

I just received an email today from this individual

Maher Sady from email "[email protected]"

from "Word Target"
http://www.wordtarget.net/
phone: 00972-592762260


Dear Translator,

 I am Maher Sady, a project manager at Word Target . Our company can offer a lot of projects, and I'm happy to invite you to be a member of our te... See more
I just received an email today from this individual

Maher Sady from email "[email protected]"

from "Word Target"
http://www.wordtarget.net/
phone: 00972-592762260


Dear Translator,

 I am Maher Sady, a project manager at Word Target . Our company can offer a lot of projects, and I'm happy to invite you to be a member of our team, we'd be glad of you can send us the permission and agreement to send your CV to our clients.

We would be grateful if you would allow us to make some adjustments to your respectful CV and I promise you'd receive a lot of profit .

If you agree, we invite you to read our contract, sign it, and send it along with your CV and cover letter.

 Thank you for your time!
 
 Greetings to you,


Ran a search on google, found nothing, used his phone number on the website to run another search and found magic-trans.net, and then searched here and found all these scam alert posts.

The email had an attachment that reads as follows:


Authorization and Agreement

Can you give us permission, authorization and agreement in order for us to send your CV to our clients?
If yes, we will remove your contact details to avoid direct contacts with clients. In this case, we will use a free email which will be put inside your CV in order to receive projects and therefore we will reply on your behalf.

We can also email your certificates if needed to clients on your behalf. We will give you the projects and in cases when you are not available, we will give the projects to other translators.

If you agree, you will be considered as a close team member and consequently you will be eligible for any developmental plan. This is part of group work based on mutual cooperation because the translation market is full of competition.

Please let me know so that we start work. If you agree, sign this authorization and agreement document.

Your name

Your signature




Thank you guys por posting this information, I would have been victim of something here.

[Editado a las 2021-02-11 17:48 GMT]

[Editado a las 2021-02-11 17:53 GMT]
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Tina Wooden
Stati Uniti
Local time: 15:39
Da Giapponese a Inglese
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Thank you, Miguel Wong Apr 8

I just received the following email:

Let me introduce myself, I am Layal Ros, the vendor management from MagicTrans Company.

I have a large translation project with 45000 words.

Please see attached document files for translation.

Rate: 700USD
delivery date 18/4/21 3pm UK time

I decided to check here on ProZ before responding and I'm glad I did. The rate was really too low to consider, anyway, but what self-r
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I just received the following email:

Let me introduce myself, I am Layal Ros, the vendor management from MagicTrans Company.

I have a large translation project with 45000 words.

Please see attached document files for translation.

Rate: 700USD
delivery date 18/4/21 3pm UK time

I decided to check here on ProZ before responding and I'm glad I did. The rate was really too low to consider, anyway, but what self-respecting translation company names themself "MagicTrans"? Glad I didn't waste my time!
And I'm really appreciative for ProZ providing forums like this so we can warn others.
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Tina Wooden
Stati Uniti
Local time: 15:39
Da Giapponese a Inglese
+ ...
I almost fell for this too! Apr 8

Liviu-Lee Roth wrote:

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic wrote:

I had a potential scammer by the name of Dr Livingston (I presume!) send me excess funds for a job I hadn’t even started. We’d agreed on $2000 and he / she sent me $4500.

Beware of Friday afternoon cash transactions!

Dr L asked me to send the money to a third person - someone has made a big mistake. $2000 for me and $2500 for a Jane Doe. Locations were NY, Missouri -

I was constantly pushed to send the money 💰- but I didn’t.

My bank manager smelled a rat and said let’s wait till Monday to see if this check bounces. Sure enough it did.

The translator ends up sending $2500 from his/her own pocket.

I wrote Dr L a “shame on you” letter and was glad to have escaped the scam.

Translator- beware!



1- You should've realized from the very beginning that it is an overpayment scam, if you kept reading this forum;
2- No need to go to the bank to deposit the fake check;
3- The bank manager is an idiot if he suggested to wait until the check bounces - it takes about 7-10 days to clear the check;
4- If the check bounces, YOU pay a fee ($15-30). Is it worth it?
5- You replied a "shame on you letter" - useless. It is a whole industry and the scammer could be from the other end of the world (mentioned in this forum n-times).

Therefore wrong approach. I would suggest to browse through the "Scam" section at least once a week and stay informed.

Stay safe,
Lee


My banker took one look at the check and knew it was a fraud -- different fonts were used on one check, the company name did not match the account number's company name, etc. -- and told me NOT to try to deposit or cash it, because if it's a fake check, MY account could get frozen as a suspected accomplice to the check fraud scam! That could take over a week to sort out, and meanwhile if I can't pay my bills, I'd be hit with late fees as well as ruining my credit score.

We reported it to the bank's fraud management team so they could contact the bank that had supposedly issued the check. We also sent the check and the envelope it had come in to the FBI, not so much for fingerprints as for the date stamp on the envelope because it had been hand canceled at that post office -- so the Feds could probably get pictures from the post office's security cams. Of course, even if they made an arrest, more of these scammers just keep cropping up...

FYI, there is no other translator -- just another scammer waiting to get your money. I lost $600 worth of translation work that they didn't want anyway. Lesson learned.


 
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