Scamming in the Translation sector! Scammers are next door …
Right now, you can read the names used by scammers, their email, and the name of our unfortunate scammed colleagues worldwide.
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An ordinary scam affair
I once had a bad experience, when I was ordered a wonderful project -too good to be true in fact. I soon realized that something did not sound clear, and I was right. I received a check with a large amount, much higher than the advance payment. What a surprise, when a) I read that the drawee was a company located in my region in France, b) the bank was a French one (they have an office close to my house), although the client was in a foreign country. Moreover the signature did not correspond with his name. The bank agency confirmed the French company reported they were stolen check books some months ago. This was an ordinary scam affair! Immediately I emailed the ‘client’ that I wanted to stop the project. Then, the scammer began sending threatening emails. This stage was really difficult, I felt vulnerable.
Dear colleagues do not hesitate to share scamming notifications in your professional groups. Being scammed is not a shame!
I wish you a New Year filled with prosperity, joy, and contentment!
Françoise L’HEVEDER, Freelance translator at CORTEXTUEL translation-minded