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Scam: Public Organization Procedures Research Phase 1 and 2
Auteur du fil: Samuel Murray

Cynthia Coan
États-Unis
Local time: 18:13
Membre (2009)
espagnol vers anglais
+ ...
More on the potential pitfalls of cashier's checks Jul 1, 2020

In reading through the posts on cashier's checks, I came across a posting from a person contacted by a potential client identifying herself as Sandra Hendrix, who offered payment via cashier's check. I was recently contacted by a person who seems to be the same Sandra Hendrix, also offering to pay for a translation (for which she attached a file) via a cashier's check. However, feeling uneasy about accepting payment that way, I looked up info. on cashier's checks in general and found that acce... See more
In reading through the posts on cashier's checks, I came across a posting from a person contacted by a potential client identifying herself as Sandra Hendrix, who offered payment via cashier's check. I was recently contacted by a person who seems to be the same Sandra Hendrix, also offering to pay for a translation (for which she attached a file) via a cashier's check. However, feeling uneasy about accepting payment that way, I looked up info. on cashier's checks in general and found that accepting such checks can indeed lead to fraud. According to the advice I read, one should not accept a cashier's check from any individual that one doesn't know. For further details, click on the below link and review the section "How can I avoid cashier's check fraud?"

https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/banking/cashiers-check-when-you-need-one-how-to-get-it

P.S.: I replied to Sandra H's offer of the cashier's check by saying I generally didn't accept payment that way and inquiring whether she had PayPal. I may or may not ever hear from her again.

[Edited at 2020-07-01 16:46 GMT]
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Luis Rodriguez
 

Jason Kim
États-Unis
Local time: 17:13
anglais vers coréen
+ ...
Now posing as Vera Smith (verasmith1953@protonmail.com) Jul 12, 2020

I was approached by a "Vera Smith" for the same scam last week for English to Korean translation. Wish I'd looked it up sooner but glad to have found it before starting work and getting the check.

https://www.coursehero.com/file/25859354/PUBLIC-ORGANISATION-PROCEDURES-RESEARCHdocx/

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Author: Ver
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I was approached by a "Vera Smith" for the same scam last week for English to Korean translation. Wish I'd looked it up sooner but glad to have found it before starting work and getting the check.

https://www.coursehero.com/file/25859354/PUBLIC-ORGANISATION-PROCEDURES-RESEARCHdocx/

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Author: Vera
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 119.237.192.51

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Morning ?Are you available to translated English document to
Korean ? Reply to ( verasmith1953@protonmail.com )
Thanks...Vera

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Thanks so much for your swift response ..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 20th of July 2020. I'm proposing Cashier Check ,You will received the Check and clear your bank before you send the document OK?

I look forward to reading from you soon.

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Thanks so much for your response.... I agreed with your price quote and i am willing to pay for your service..This project is a research paper being sponsor for a seminar coming up soon, so I would like to make an advance payment or make the full payment so that you will know you have my job with you in the mean time. Payment option is Cashier Check ,The payment will be received first and cleared your bank before you send the document ..do I’ll get back to me with the following payment information in the format below.

1. Full Name to be written on the Check

2. Full Physical Address:

3. Mobile Number

Your payment will be prepared once I have the requested details. Once again payment will be received and cleared your bank before you send the document.

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Hi there? I acknowledged the receipt of your Payment information....Your full payment will be prepared and mail out to you soon asap.

This is individual project , More so i am freelance researcher i do search for my sponsor and handling the project ..Below is your requested details.... Joe Smith ,4101 COLONIAL RD PIKESVILLE MD 21208-6041 TXT only (321) 420-5313

I will keep you posted

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Hi there ? I am sorry for the delay there is death in my sponsor family so I have a little delay, but I am happy to inform you that your payment has been mailed out to you by my sponsor and it ill be deliver TODAY. Also we discussed about considering you for the next phase of this project, but I need to be sure the first phase will be well translated. The additional fee for the next phase of the project was added because i don't want any further delay of payment any more. We've calculated the next phase with your rate, so the first phase and the next document will cost us $[X,XXX.XX] and that is the amount on the check. We don't have much time now and here is the information.

Amount on check:$[X,XXX.X]

Kindly confirm with me as soon as you receive the payment. I hope to hear from you soon

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[Edited at 2020-07-12 19:12 GMT]
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Thomas Walls
 

Livia Garcia
États-Unis
anglais vers espagnol
+ ...
Yes, got the same one Jul 19, 2020

Yes, I received the same email from a: Vera . Do some of the people or businesses that we can rely on working for actually pay with a cashiers check?

 

YU-CHIH CHEN
États-Unis
Local time: 20:13
anglais vers chinois
+ ...
Same sender. This must be one of the longest existing scam ever. Jul 20, 2020

I am glad I googled before I do anything. Today is my lucky day.

I also got the document named "PUBLIC ORGANISATION PROCEDURES RESEARCH PHASE 1".
Below are two emails I got.

[First one]

Author: Vera
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 23.97.66.140

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Hey,Are you available to translated English document to
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I am glad I googled before I do anything. Today is my lucky day.

I also got the document named "PUBLIC ORGANISATION PROCEDURES RESEARCH PHASE 1".
Below are two emails I got.

[First one]

Author: Vera
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 23.97.66.140

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Hey,Are you available to translated English document to
Chinese ? Reply to ( verasmitth1953@protonmail.com )
Thanks..Vera


[Second one]

Thanks so much for your swift response ..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 22 of July 2020. I'm proposing Cashier Check ,You will received the Check and clear your bank before you send the document OK?

I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards
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Joannie Pharand
États-Unis
Local time: 19:13
anglais vers français
Was contacted by Carolyn Bertozzi from same address on Centennial road NC Jul 24, 2020

Hi

I was contacted by "a woman" named Carolyn Bertozzi via proz email. She has a gmail email.
On Linkedin, she is a P.hD in chemistry, but the text is on Conflict resolution... it is a long text, 11k words or so, title of document is "COMMUNITY STUDENT PROCEDURES RESEARCH PHASE 1". She has the same number as mentioned above by many of you (704-323-5649). And she asks for full name, address and mobile number for payment.

I noticed when a line in the text made no s
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Hi

I was contacted by "a woman" named Carolyn Bertozzi via proz email. She has a gmail email.
On Linkedin, she is a P.hD in chemistry, but the text is on Conflict resolution... it is a long text, 11k words or so, title of document is "COMMUNITY STUDENT PROCEDURES RESEARCH PHASE 1". She has the same number as mentioned above by many of you (704-323-5649). And she asks for full name, address and mobile number for payment.

I noticed when a line in the text made no sense "Job roles don't cob" and when googling it, it brought me to other language pairs that were asking the same question about what it meant, and this discussion on Proz.

So beware of CAROLYN BERTOZZI, with the address in North Carolina.

Here is one of the first email she sent me this week :

---I will like to know how much it will cost me to get a little under 11,600 words translated. The document is attached to this email. Please, let me know the total cost for the document so we can start from there and the deadline for this document is the 27th of August 2020. My method of payment will be a cashier check or bank certified check. please, let me know if this is okay with you.
Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D.
2373 Centennial Farm Road

Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 323-5649----
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Keiro Kamioka  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 17:13
japonais vers anglais
+ ...
I got same Aug 11, 2020

Thanks for the information!
I got exactly same inquiry from anonymous!


 

laetitialout
États-Unis
Local time: 20:13
anglais vers français
+ ...
Was contacted by Ben Fisher from the same address Aug 13, 2020

I was contacted a couple of days ago by a person named Ben Fisher, the email was benfish101c@gmail.com, and the address was 2373 Centennial Farm Road, Charlotte, NC 28202.
They send me the same 11 600 words document, saying that the deadline was September 15th.


 

Jeff & Hiroko Bunderson  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 18:13
Membre (2004)
anglais vers japonais
+ ...
Now into Japanese. Aug 15, 2020

We got the following message.
___________________________
On Aug 15, 2020, at 4:57 AM, Lindabrandon1010 wrote:

Thanks so much for your swift response ..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 17th of August 20
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We got the following message.
___________________________
On Aug 15, 2020, at 4:57 AM, Lindabrandon1010 wrote:

Thanks so much for your swift response ..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 17th of August 2020. I'm proposing Cashier Check ,You will received the Check and clear your bank before you send the document OK?

I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards
____________________________
Assuming they are still at it.
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Néstor Zumaya  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 19:13
Membre
anglais vers espagnol
+ ...
laralaraoehlert61@gmail.com Aug 18, 2020

Another one as Lara Oehlert.

Author: Lara Oehlert
[NOTE: The author is not a registered ProZ.com user or was not logged in when sending this message.]
Author's IP address: 23.249.172.137


 

mariya90  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 19:13
bulgare vers anglais
+ ...
olawmic@gmail.com Aug 18, 2020

Got one last night from Olaw (a male name with a woman's photo) to translate from English > Bulgarian.

 

ritz36zemogg
États-Unis
espagnol vers anglais
+ ...
I'm a Newbie..Scammer Also reached out to me via my email Aug 23, 2020

Linda via ProZ.com
5:09 AM (15 hours ago)
to me

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

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

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Hi there ?Are you available to translated English document
to Spanish ? Reply to ( ...
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Linda via ProZ.com
5:09 AM (15 hours ago)
to me

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

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

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Hi there ?Are you available to translated English document
to Spanish ? Reply to ( lindabradon1010@protonmail.com )
Regards,Linda

As a noob, I replied & said yes I was interested. She responded with:

lindabradon1010
Attachments
6:48 PM (1 hour ago)
to me

Thanks so much for your swift response ..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 23 of August 2020. I'm proposing Cashier Check ,You will received the Check and clear your bank before you send the document OK?

I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards

Scammer attached a 48 page Word document entitled: "Public Organisation Procedures Research(1)".

Noob question: If we do the translation, how do they scam us? What do they get out of it? Unless it's the bank account info in order to send the "cashier's check"? 🤔 Should I respond in a certain way to "draw them out" or just ignore it after I said I was interested?

[Edited at 2020-08-23 00:21 GMT]
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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 20:13
allemand vers anglais
Don't waste any more time Aug 23, 2020

Should I respond in a certain way to "draw them out" or just ignore it after I said I was interested?

[Edited at 2020-08-23 00:21 GMT]


Please don't spend any more time on this scam.


ritz36zemogg
MYLENE STEIBLEN
Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Elodie Chabal
Canada
Local time: 20:13
Membre (2020)
anglais vers français
+ ...
Scam Aug 24, 2020

Hello

I was contacted by someone who goes by Mariacastillo111@protonmail.com asking the very same request be careful!
Elodie


Shinji Kawata
 

Luis Rodriguez  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 19:13
Membre (2019)
espagnol vers anglais
+ ...
SCAMS Aug 25, 2020

Lara Oehlert wrote the same offer to me. Beware of fake cashiers checks when they ask you to deposit them. CHECK WITH THE BANK THE CHECK WAS ISSUED FROM. THEY WILL TELL YOU IF IT IS FAKE.

Yolanda Broad
 

Hélène Montpetit
Canada
Local time: 20:13
anglais vers français
+ ...
Uh oh... Aug 26, 2020

I should have checked here before I sent my details. I usually do not fall for such things, but when I looked her up, Maria Castillio did have accounts on various social media networks. I gave no information that can't be found elsewhere online, but I still feel uneasy. Does anyone know if there is anything I can do to mitigate potential damage?
Thanks for your help!


 
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