Last update: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 14:32 +04
|INFO ABOUT THE CV SCAM AND SCAMMERS|
|Pay attention, scammers — Our Declaration of Resolve|
Do not doubt our resolve to harm, disrupt, and destroy your operation of impersonation of legitimate translators and the theft of their professional credentials. Together, the volunteers of the TRANSLATOR SCAMMERS INTELLIGENCE GROUP will do everything we can to put you out of your criminal business.
And because our Group has enthusiastic and knowledgeable people everywhere in the World (covering 19 time zones), you, scammers, will always have someone on your tail, looking over your shoulders, and reading your emails and your stolen and fake CVs. We also count on a wide network of translators and companies to send us your scamming emails and CVs, and on the many hundreds of our "special" email addresses, which are now infiltrated in your mailing lists.
You, scammers, are not welcome among the translation community, because you are but common thieves preying on it!
|This is our solemn pledge, scammers:|
We will expose, relentlessly, mercilessly, and ruthlessly, your true, fake or hijacked names, your affiliations to "façade" companies, your (fake) addresses, your email addresses, your phone numbers, your fake CVs and your mode of operation!
The above paragraph also applies to collaborators or supporters of scammers. Your moans and whines of "I didn't know" or "I am not a scammer" will have no sympathy among us.
|We will show no tolerance for your dishonesty, trickery, chicanery, swindle, and deception!|
Our rule is simple: You, scammers, make it public, we publish it here for everyone to see!
We will be both everywhere to watch you and nowhere for you to find us.
We will deny you the anonymity you seek to impersonate and harm hard-working translators and reputed and honest translation companies.
We will contact the people you contact to expose your true or scamming identities.
We will contact the victims of your impersonation and the true owners of your stolen/fake CVs.
We will contact online job posters to let them know about your practices of bidding for jobs with your stolen and fake CVs.
We will contact the legitimate owners of the documents you may commission to be translated to let them know about the criminal practices you used to get them and your abusive disrespect for any rules and sense of confidentiality.
We will report your criminal activities and identities, true or fake, to any legal authorities, domestic or international, for proper prosecution and indictment.
We will promptly denounce and expose, in the most conspicuous ways possible, any attempts you may make to bribe us.
We will spare no effort to cut off the flow of dishonest moneys into your financial accounts.
We will initiate and support all efforts to flood your email addresses with unpleasant messages and/or offers of bogus translation jobs.
We will require you to provide certified proof of your purported identity.
We will use all tools to locate and trace your email addresses and computers and will corner you and induce you to talk via Skype (with video, of course!).
|If you want to stay in the darkness, we'll put you under a very bright spotlight!|
You will have no rest among us!
|A word to the visitors of our website|
|Meet fake translators (i.e., real scammers)|
|1. CVs are stolen|
and modified with
|2. Scammers spam "clients" with their emails & fake CVs|
|2A. Or respond to online job offers posing as translators (with fake CVs)|
|3. "Jobs" are done|
w/ MT or by
|4. Invoice is sent w/ PayPal email (never|
the same from
|5. If client shows any|
|6. Translators used|
are paid peanuts or
not paid (because of "low quality")
|7. When exposed, scammers disappear (and create another Gmail address)|
|The Scam Explained: They Steal your CV, your Work, and your Money|
THE SCAM EXPLAINED BY THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES – 1:
«In our company, we work as a group of translators, and each one of us have to search for translators to take their permission for using their CVs with world clients and talk with those client on the behalf of the translators who should have given us their CVs».
THE SCAM EXPLAINED BY THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES – 2:
«I see nothing wrong with the "way" we do it, we ask translators to give us their CVs (or we just steal them without asking...) to start marketing for them, clients who pick it up just send us projects for translation and we then forward them to our translators (i.e., anyone working for 2 or 3 cents or we just use Google...), we get our fees out of it, that simple.» – Khaled Mohammed / Languagemet
THE SCAM EXPLAINED BY THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES – 3:
Intro mail from Languagemet:
«Our company would like to ask for your permission giving us the authority to send your CV and cover letter to our clients. Please find attached a copy of the agreement. Your response is much appreciated at your earliest convenience.»
On my queries, I received this description:
«We're a group of university graduates working online as mediators between the freelancers and translation companies. We work on marketing CVs for the freelancers and then receiving projects on their behalf. Projects received on your behalf are sent back to you after removing companies' contacts. If you don't feel comfortable working with us, please inform us as soon as possible.»
Source: Blacklisted Translation Agencies
|THE SCAM EXPLAINED BY THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES – 4:|
1. Sign up the attached Confidentiality Agreement (1)
2. Your updated CV and Cover Letter (i.e., your "cover letter" will be used as their email copy)
3. A copy of your certificates and diplomas (i.e., the scam will be more credible) (2)
4. Passport, ID or a Driving License (one of them is necessary) (ditto) (2)
5. Your VAT number if applicable (ditto) (2)
6. Samples of your previous work (wow, they sound like a legitimate company, right?)
7. 2 reference emails or 2 reference letters (which the scammers will use to make the scam look nice)
(1) The "Confidentiality Agreement" contains the following:
Our policy is to send and publish the translator CV to these clients who we deal with. Marketing translator CV to these clients will be very beneficial [to us, scammers, of course] and will lead to ongoing paid projects. We have the right to market translator CV with a cover letter to our clients. Bingo! That's the scam!
(2) You're giving the scammers the rope with which they'll hang you: when scammers get hold of this info/data, they'll impersonate YOU with YOUR OWN NAME (to match YOUR documents/data).
WOULD YOU SIGN THIS AGREEMENT?
«BILD shall edit, moderate, and amend the CV provided to match the job needs (...) The [Translator] shall not know about the edited details in thy CV which include changing the contact details mainly (...) BILD is the only party entitled to call off this agreement.»
It's very simple, indeed: scammers STEAL legitimate resumes from professional translators and change the names (SOMETIMES) and emails (ALWAYS); in some cases, they do not even bother to change the name and street address of the legitimate translator, but they do change the phone number to an IP phone with an applicable area code or use no phone at all, and the email address (you guessed, to a Gmail or Hotmail account). See the Anatomy of a Scam: "Eleonora Mazzotta / Elena Mazzotta".
In doing this, scammers spare or respect no one: from translators living in poor African countries to those living in richer European or American countries, everyone is prey to their scamming madness. And, hiding behind their "Authorization and Agreement Scam" (they also call it "Work Contract!!!) they'll make you believe thay're marketing translators' CVs, because they've been given permission to do so. THEY LIE!
Then, they go online, trying to lure bona fide, but unwary, clients with their "translation skills", or responding to online job posts with their fake CVs. Their claim to have authorization to "market" translators CVs is a hoax. And, even if unwary translators have signed their unidentified and legally null carte blanche "authorizations", scammers never tell their clients-victims that they are, in fact, dealing with impersonators.
Translators should also bear in mind that when scammers create a Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo/Outlook address with THEIR name or associated with THEIR CV, they will be left with a footprint/identity in the Internet NOT CONTROLLED BY THEM.
When looking for their victims (translators or companies), scammers never provide any verifiable personal information: names are mostly false, "office" addresses of their "companies" are ALWAYS fake and emails are signed with fantasy names, one name only, or no name at all! One Palestinian scammer claims to be based in Turkey, but the address is none other than a bank's branch address, and another (also Palestinian) gang claims to be based at the US Embassy in the UK!
If a job lands on their desk, they most surely deliver a Google translation, send the job to the cheapest operator, which, in the end, is either not paid or just paid peanuts, or just deliver nothing or some useless crap! To appear legitimate, scammers ask translators for "test" translations, but they'll promptly accept Google translations, even with F* or S* words intentionally embedded on the final text sent to them (good move E.)!!!
Only when the clients receive the scammer's invoice they find out that they are to settle the payment to some unidentified PayPal address or to a bank account belonging to other faceless, unknown individuals living in countries unrelated to the "original" identity. And when the client requests a positive proof of identity, they send crap like this or initiate all sorts of threats.
if you do not send my payment which is overdue, I will give your details to an UK debt collection agency, and they will contact you by Monday. Plus I will let all my colleagues know that you are in the black list as a non-payer. (...) Pls do not believe the hackers! They are using diffrent names such as Basil, John Small, Suzuki Tanaka, Nabil, etc.. in order to deceive the gullible and the naive and get money from them by saying you won the lottery or sending business offers, or diseased African dictators money left in a Swiss bank and so on. They could be Nigerians.— Email from ghost "Tanaka Suzuki / John Small", after being asked by "his" victim to provide proof of "his" identity before payment. "Tanaka" is still waiting for USD 1387.00 (since 2012). Source: ProZ / Scams.
I will do and exert high efforts to collect my payment through collection agencies. I will send reports including proof to translation portals so that they include your company in the blacklists. I have a list of 26000 translators from TranslationDirectory and also a list of agencies so all of them will never deal with you. I will never ever give up, and I will send you daily threat and I will do many things that you can not imagine. I have so many friends in your country and they will help me for sure. — Email from ghost "Christine Nicholson", after being asked by "her" victim to provide proof of "her" identity before payment.
You are speaking with me about many things that you didn't have the right to talk about it with me. You have the right just to talk about my translation which I do it for you and you don't have the right to discuss anything else with me. I was worked with a lot of companies and they all paid me and send to me a lot of projects because of my professional work. It seems that you will not pay me my money! If you will do that, then you are unfaithful company and I will talk about your company to thousands of translators to tell them not to deal with you and I will publish that on the internet. Hope all of that will not happen if you will be positive with me! — Email from ghost "Elena Mazzotta", after being confronted with "her" fake CV, fake address, fake phone number, fake VAT numbers (yes, two...), fake everything.
After several requests to provide a street address and tax registration in Germany, scammer "Elisabeth Thomas" responded: «I am very sorry to tell you that I am not available for your project. You can assign it to another translator». NOTE: As of 10MAY2016, "Elisabeth" keeps a paid profile in ProZ (elisabeth-trans). Claiming to have "17 years of experience", "her" ProZ was opened only in Feb 2016).
Dear Colleagues [sic] translators — My name is Sander Wilkens. Please be aware of this company [***]. They assigned me a big project on April and agreed to pay me within 35 days, now there are more than 90 days passed , nothing received yet. Please help me to clean the world from scamming (LOL). For the company — If you will not pay me my deserved money, I will send this email to every translator. — Spamming email from ghost "Sander wilkens [sic]", after being refused payment for job gotten with a fake CV.
Beware! Some of these scammers have their own fake profiles on translation forums under the name they use on "their" fake CVs and others even use the names of real translators.
Recently, with the noose around their necks because of their public exposure, and in a desperate attempt to launder their ghost IDs and to give them an Internet footprint, scammers are now populating the Web with blogs and social network profiles where such IDs are mentioned. Read more in our TSD INFO BULLETIN 01 / 2014
When publicly exposed, scammers disable their Gmail addresses and create new ones to scam another CV, or just the same: some CVs have been recycled with 6, 7 or 8 different email addresses. In a couple of months, the CV from a colleague in Belgium has been scammed 11 times!!! with 11 different names and 11 different emails, and one particular address in France has been used in 9 different CVs.
|Scamming translators is a business.|
And scammers have a Business Model.
|"These guys paid me!"|
Blatantly unaware (to put it mildly) about the way the CV scam works, a translator claims on a ProZ thread about 24Translate (one of the most active CV scammers around): "These guys paid me!!"
|We sent the unwary translator the following message (for which we got no response):|
1. They paid you to keep their scammig business alive.
2. The PayPal ID used to pay you is already known to be used by other false translators/scammers.
3. If you don't understand their business model yet, see the attached image.
4. In other words, the job you did and for which you got paid, was gotten with a fake CV, stolen from somebody else, maybe even your own CV.
By accepting jobs from scammers, you are just fuelling their scamming business. And, by posting comments like this, you're just fuelling them even more.
|Fake CVs Gallery|
Below are some examples of FAKE CVs made by scammers. In their scamming frenzy, anything goes:
Scammers will ALWAYS send you their scamming emails from FREE emails accounts, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or, yes, Saudi Arabia domains (outlook.SA)! Open the email header and you'll see (in 99% of the cases) a Hotmail (or other free account) message sent from a Gmail account...
Scammers will use one name, "Sen Omer", as the email name, but with "Omer Sen" at the signature, or pose as a "native Iranian" called "Claire Haroon" (!), a "native Portuguese" called "Danial Walsh" (!), "Carl Galician" (!), Pasco Lopez (!), or "Nina Kiran" (!), a "native Japanese" called "Miho T" (!), a "native Russian" translator called "Erica Alves" (!) or Rebecca Adam (!), a male called Susan and other fantastic claims...
Out of utter stupidity and carelessness, scammers often betray themselves: "Rosanna Shirley", a ghost created by scammers, circulates a CV stolen from a senior Italian translator, born in 1942. Therefore, "Rosanna", born 1972, "she" says, claims in "her" CV": «retired on grounds of age»...
EVERYTHING written by scammers is in English, and ALWAYS in English, even emails from a "native French translator" sent to a French translation company. Knowing they can't write anything in proper English, scammers will always ask their translators-victims for a "cover letter" when they request their CVs: the "cover letter" will then be used as the body of their emails...
ONE EXAMPLE: When asked by an Italian company why "she" didn't communicate in Italian, "Italian translator" Elena Mazzotta responded: «I talk with all my clients with English language even if they are Italian, because of a lot of reasons such that to find my emails easily when I need to search about anything, to improve my English language and a lot of things that make my works easier.»
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Asked to reply in French, "Alexia Stewer" ("French native", she said) replied that «prefers English in order to better manage the emails»..
Scammers' CVs will show no phone numbers, fake and impossible phone numbers (like, +012 345 678 for the UK), phone numbers rendered unusable by an extra digit or a removed digit, or phone numbers just belonging to someone else (sometimes, even the real owners of their scammed CVs).
Scammers will also tell you about their "outstanding" academic titles from 4 universities (sometimes phantasmagoric!) on 3 different continents (and all different from the one where they were "born and raised"), all in a 6-year time period! They also take MAs or PhDs in Linguistics right after graduating in Mechanical Engineering (or vice-versa) and other hilarious combinations...
ONE EXAMPLE: Deema Peter / firstname.lastname@example.org claims to live in this fantastic UK address 60-185 Sk.rzewo Wrzosowa St., England, having a BA in Translation at New University of Lisbon in Portugal, 20 years experience, and to translate from German into English and vice versa. Moreover, I can translate from German into Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French and vice versa. What, no Portuguese?
Scammers will claim to live at addresses farmed from real estate sites, but with modified postal codes, or at hilarious places like "221B Baker Street, London", "42 Breedon Hill Road, Paris, France" (!), on a "76th floor" (!) in Lisbon, Portugal (the tallest building in Lisbon has 30 floors), at the US Embassy in London (!), at 60-185 Sk.rzewo Wrzosowa St., England (!), at Redd Road, El Paso, France (!), at the British Museum (!), at the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel (!), at a bank branch in Turkey (!), at "no. 82" of a street in Paris, France on which numbers go up only to 52, at a non-existent "Estrada Logo Deus" in Romariz (Portugal), at "13 Gordon Road Port Talbot West SA12 7HY" in (yes) China (!) and at ""Str. Hatisului 3, Bl. H11, Sector 3" (!!!). Thank you, Google Maps! Sometimes, they just move into somebody's house without any notice: "Agnes Kooijman", a ghost created by Egyptian scammer Abdallah Ahmed El Sheikh lives in "Pastoor Mulkenshof 24, 6222 Maastricht, Holland", which is, in fact a Language School...
Posing as genuine "translators", scammers will join Facebook groups, create Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media profiles, and shamelessly display their fake profiles on all translators' portals! On their scammed CVs, they will proudly display these profiles as proof of "authenticity"!
Scammers will send you delirious POs from "freelance project managers" signed by "Anna" or "Jasmin" showing no verifiable address, no phone numbers, no anything, mailed (always!) from a Gmail or other free email address!
Posing as residents in the United States, scammers will, nonetheless, and without even batting an eye, sign W-9 forms with their fantasy names and hilarious (and fake) non-US addresses in no man's land, but, of course, showing no Social Security Number! And, posing as residents in Europe, they will happily provide stolen or fake VAT numbers...
ONE EXAMPLE: "Italian translator" Elena Mazzotta provided this FAKE VAT number on her FAKE CV: 07097791045. When asked about it, "she" responded: «Actually, I don't know if the VAT number is valid or not because it is for my friend. I don't have VAT number since my income is too little to have a one. I think you will pay me via PayPal, so you don't need to VAT number.» – But, the VAT number cannot be from "your friend", since it’s invalid/nonexistent! «Actually I work with a several companies (Italian and others) and they didn't talk with me about VAT number. I didn't care about VAT number since my income is little and I don't have a one. I want my money, so please don't speak with me about VAT number. I was very collaborator with you, you should be collaborator with me.» She's still waiting for "her" money!
About their fees, they always look attractive, and, they are "always negotiable". In a word, they want you hooked! That's why some translation companies, looking to save yet another cent, get precisely that: hooked, and, sometimes, scammed! Does greed pay?
REMEMBER: Video calls are the ultimate weapon against scammers, and https://videolink2.me is a great tool to expose them: free, in web (nothing to install) and no registration needed. Just open your browser, allow the tool to use your camera and microphone and send the link to the scammer. You'll hear the most amazing excuses: "bad connection", "camera broken", "I'm driving", "no camera", "I have a sore throat", "I don't use chat for business, just email"...
|ANATOMY OF A FAKE CV: LEARN TO READ THE SIGNS|
|SEE HOW SCAMMERS DO IT (Martin Konig)|
|SEE HOW SCAMMERS DO IT (Marie Hanna)|
|FAKE CV from "Rose Deback"|
|STUPID PALESTINIAN SCAMMERS: Scot Abel (Native Ukrainian!!!)|
|Anatomy of a Scam: "Eleonora Mazzotta / Elena Mazzotta"|
|Hey, "David Linton" can you send us your ID?|
|FAKE CV from "Sabine Lang" ("German" from Palestine...)|
|FAKE CV from "Alexey Weliam" (a male and a "mother" of two...)|
|FAKE CV from "Julian Piner" (a Sweden based Albanian w/ an Arabic computer...)|
|FAKE CVs from "Franck Gilles" and "Hannah Francis"|
|FAKE CV from "Catarina Almeida" (VERBATIM COPY)|
|FAKE CV from "Victor Mitran" aka "Eugen Hulub", living in a Paris flower shop...|
|STUPID BULGARIAN SCAMMERS: Angela Adelef / Sara Earons|
|FAKE CV from "male" "Susan Lindblom"|
|FAKE CV from "Maria Alexander" <> "Maria", the scientific author...|
|FAKE CV from "Aldin Axelsson"|
|STUPID SCAMMER: The amazing FAKE CV from "Jessica Thorell"|
|The amazing London address of a Gaza scammer's translation "company"|
|Nice VAT number, scammer: "Nicole Andersen"|
|Meet "Hao Xiang", the ATA-Certified scammer|
|Fake CV from "Chioy Honda". Everything is fake...|
|Fake CV from "Dr. Jeremie Fonnedx", yes, Fonnedx !!!|
|Fake CV from "Sofia Larsson" (verbatim copy)|
|Fake CV from "Yuto Kojima"|
|Anything goes: The amazing address of "Teresa Gleim"|
|Fake CV from "Yejun Huhng" (verbatim copy)|
|Nice address Christina Clark|
|Fake CV (verbatim copy) from Catherine Debacq|
|See the amazing German-Bulgarian-Russian Julia Steven|
|Don't be fooled by the nice layout: it's a FAKE CV (Miriam Smith)!|
|"FRAUD" is scammer's middle name: literally!|
|SCAMMERS GONE WACKO: "Cristian Candid" & "Nica Morotti"|
|Fake CV from "Kelly De Backer" scammed by Salah Khafaja (Translation Secrets|
|The CV scam explained in the scammers' own words (Hasan Kamal, Wordsvoice)|
|Fake CV from "Franco Mitidiero" (verbatim copy)|
|Website created by Palestinian scammers: Words Cloud Translation|
|Fake CV from "Bastian Wallin"; photo from a US musician...|
|Stupid scammers: the amazing CV from "Sarah Beck"|
|See an amazing "Japanese" CV (Aisha Nisha) Made in Gaza|
|See "Stefan Jacob" (Heba Kudaih) being exposed|
|How stupid can you be, "Jean Moore / Jeam Moore"?|
|See the amazing "Swedish" CV of "Suzanne Marcolin"|
|See the scamming / impersonation of Ali Ahmed Mohsen w/ REAL documents|
|See the corporate impersonation by the Languagemett gang (purchase order)|
|See scammer "Luciana Araujo" being busted|
|See how scammers impersonate an ATA-certified translator...|
|See how Rupert Murdoch and wife turned Thompson and translators...|
|The amazing fake CV of "Janna Klein"|
|See scammer "Andreas Reinacher" being busted|
|See scammer "Julia Antonio" being busted|
|Distinctive Translation Team: We are located in London, UK. REALLY?|
|See the scam: "Ola Kari"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Katie Toplin"|
|A legitimate passport scan used by scammers to impersonate Taichi Yamato|
|A "Scamming and Impersonation Agreement" disguised as "Confidentiality Agreement"|
|Scammers asking translators to give them the rope they'll use to hang them...|
|An agreement, in which ONLY one party (the scammers) has the right to cancel...|
|A typical scammer's "Permission, Authorization and Agreement" form|
|How a ghost signed the scammer's "Authorization" form (Roman Brenan)|
|See how scammers (Safety Translation) outsource jobs "gotten" with fake CVs|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Mario Avino" (verbatim copy)|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Jon Sewell"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Martin Keller"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV and the scammer's comments: "Habdel-Hady Amid Ali"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Hector Orlin"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Vanni Manetto"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Walaa Mahmoud"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: "Claudia Palmier"|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Sandro Nelson|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Maria José Haeussler|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Xinkuan Lei|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Franz Schummer / militaris.net (now closed)|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Philippe Pétain|
|See a stolen / hijacked CV: Tom Skold|
|See a stolen / hijacked ID: Charles Azzopardi|
|See the scam explained by a translation company (PDF)|
|See an email message sent by a scammer: Anita Worthy / Gentle Translations|
|See this scam in the scammer's own words: Translation Secrets (PDF)|
|See the scammer's offer to unwary clients: Abeer Hums (Hams) / MuchDo|
|See the scammers' lousy work: asked for Japanese, they provided Vietnamese...|
|See a client tricked by the Languagemet scammers|
|See the scammers "references": "Errki Zynski" / Translation Secrets|
|See the scammers "references": Mohammed Almassri / Translation Secrets|
|See the scammers "references": Abeer Hums / MuchoDo Translation Agency|
|Read an amazing report about the scamming operation|
|View the noose tightening around a scammer's neck: Riham Salama / Languagemet|
|View scammers Amy Dan, Albrain Diagne and Linda Khan scamming the same CV|
|View a scammer in action: Anna Nunez / Multilanguages|
|View a stupid scammer: Alba Felix|
|View a scammer's fake G+ profile: Masahiro Suzuki|
|Got a suspicious "invoice" from|
|Ask for his/her ID!|
|Need some tools to fight the scammers?|
|Please use my friend name when you|
transfer the payment because it is my
not my account
from ghost "Roman Brenan" created
|Pay me via Paypal|
not bank transfer
since I have problem
in my bank account.
from ghost "Gabriele
|I am now outside|
France in a charity
in middle east
behind the scam
of "Isabelle Simon"
|I provided you my|
friend account as
I have many issues
with the paypal
behind the scam
of Azul Benito
|My brother is now in|
went to visit churches,
he have a bank
|Let's expose the scammers PayPal and e-payment addresses!|
Some of the most important weapons in the scammers' arsenal are the emails addresses they use to collect money from their victims: PayPal or other e-payment platforms. For them, these addresses are as valuable as gold! If you received an invoice from them, you have already been scammed, but, at least, you are in possession of this important information: their PayPal email address! Send these addresses for proper public exposure! Of course, you should not pay a cent to people who base their operation on lies, deception, ID theft and hijacking translator's CVs.
Also, because PayPal is NOT supported in some countries, including Palestine, the openly use of the system by nationals of those countries may be a clear indication of violation of their own banking and tax laws. Who owns the PayPal accounts using the IDs below? Which banks are involved in these transactions? Are any taxes levied on this scamming operation? TO WHOM ARE THE SCAMMERS' VICTIMS PAYING?
PayPal does not maintain a list of countries where it does NOT provide any service, and it does NOT publicly detail why it does not service particular countries. Media speculation suggests common reasons could include insufficient regulation and security in a country's banking system, failure of a country to comply with U.S. tax law, or a U.S. trade ban affecting a country.
I want to thank you for putting up this site as I have just identified some ghost translators that we have used (their work was awful too). I am currently corresponding with one of them who is demanding payment and is refusing to send me any ID :-) They WILL NOT get any money from us. — H. (UK)
|Payment dialogs with fake translators!|
FAKE Polish translator "Bonar Emilia" / email@example.com :
– Payment will be in US dollars or Euros to your bank account in Poland.
– I accept payment via PayPal. Is it OK?
– Since you're located in Poland, we request a bank account to where payments could be made.
FAKE US-based Korean translator "Tae Lian" / firstname.lastname@example.org :
– Do you accept payment to your bank account in the US?
– Kindly , use my friend's bank account in Qatar to make payment.
– If you are based in the USA, why payments to a bank account in Qatar?
– Because I am staying in Qatar for interpreting assignment
– So, you don't have a bank account in your own country?
FAKE Croatia-based translator "Sandra Kovac" / email@example.com :
– How can you accept payment to your bank account in Croatia?
– Name: Sandra Kovac [!!!]. I accept payment via Paypal.
– Can you send us some references, as requested?
FAKE Australia-based translator "Alexandre Caldeira" / firstname.lastname@example.org :
– Payment will be made to your bank account in Australia.
– I prefer to be paid via PayPal, please let me know if that OK with you or not.
– We do not make payments by PayPal.
– I can't accept paid paypal nowadays [!!!] , but I can find my friend's bank account to make payment.
– "A practicing lawyer, with more than 25 years of experience" with no bank account of your own?
|List of PayPal IDs (emails) used by scammers collected from their|
"invoices" and payment instructions to victims!
|We are not Scammers, Stop do that. Are you crazy ??? You stop every work for us.|
We start a new job
by ourselves and
|Oh, yes, we do!|
Who are these scammers?
Most of these scammers are con artists from Arab (namely Palestine, about 98%) or Eastern Europe and Asian countries (namely, India). Their Internet presence is nonexistent and their fake names (or just variations of their own names) are never found on any translator forums, no matter how impressive "their" CVs may look like. HOWEVER, SOME SCAMMERS USE THE REAL NAMES OF THEIR VICTIMS AND OPERATE FAKE PROFILES ON TRANSLATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA PORTALS.
|Scammers operate under various identities and umbrellas:|
As "TRANSLATORS": They steal a reputable translator's CV. Then, they modify the name for a fantasy one and (ALWAYS) the contact details to display their own email address (the whole scam is based on the emails addresses owned by the scammer). When they keep the real name of translator-victim on their FAKE CVs, they'll also keep any links to the translator's pages on ProZ or Translators Café: «See, I'm real!» With this stratagem, they just expect you to click on their email shown on their FAKE CV... See also "The Scam Explained".
As "TRANSLATION COMPANIES", with websites showing no ownership data, addresses, phones, or any other verifiable information: Languagemet, Gentle Translations, Translation Secrets, MuchDo, Safety Translations, 24Translate Limited, Powerful Translations, etc.
In other instances, they just associate fantasy names to their Gmail addresses: Experts Of Linguists Agency, High Quality Translation, Purity Translations, Translators Success Group, Quality Makers Team for Training & Translation, Fly With Trans, Smart Language or email@example.com.
In yet other instances, they operate plain fake "companies" (with websites to match), based in "respectful" locations like Paris, France, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Lisbon, Portugal, or "City of London" (always in fake or impossible addresses), which are nothing but scamming outfits from Palestine, Egypt or Jordan scammers, like, e.g., 24Translate, Arcadia Languages, BasicTrans, Best Translation Services (Lang-BTS), Bona Verba (now Lona Verbas), Bridges Institute for Languages and Development (BILD), Gotranslang Co, Great Translate, Help You Translations Co, Linguistics Theory, One Touch Translation, Orca Translations, Shaymus Translation Services, Transhome, Translation Community Co., etc.
Operators from these fake companies contact translators from their Gmail addresses, and, at the time of payment, they just vanish into thin air. When translators contact the "companies" to the emails shown on their websites, the standard answer is «We never contact translators from Gmail addresses»(*) or «Ahamed (or whoever), left the company a long time ago.»...
DON'T BE FOOLED! Some translators hired by scammers claimed to have been paid for their work. Of course they have. They pay (some jobs, at least), to keep their scammig business alive. However, when the job and its amount are juicy, chances are scammers will stiff their translators and keep the money all for themselves.
(*) Languagemet (the mother of all scammers) alone is known to operate 44 Gmail addresses!
As "FREELANCE PROJECT MANAGERS" or "independent project manager", "freelance mediator" or "freelance project coordinator": names are almost always fake and always untraceable, and email addresses are always from free platforms (mainly Gmail). One of such "managers" – Yusuf Nasir (associated with Languagemet) – provided a Kenyan company as reference. Their response went like this: «We haven't received any job from him yet!». Another "manager" is known scammer Imad Almaghary. Once exposed, these "PMs" just disappear to resurface later with different names and emails.
As "EMPLOYEES OF TRANSLATION COMPANIES", i.e., impersonators of real employees of legitimate translation companies using the real (or fantasy) names, addresses and links to websites from legitimate companies. With one email, scammers will pose as translators and, with another email, they will act as "project managers" for their scamming "companies". Sometimes, scammers use this cover in a pathetic attempt to hurt a translation company that has denied them payment after discovering they were dealing with an impersonator.
In SCAMMING NETWORKS: hiding behind façade companies or fake identities, they issue referrals to each other (one more example here) using their own ghost identities.
ALWAYS use Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook and other free email addresses, and ALL their communications and documents are presented in English, no matter the "native language" they claim to have (e.g., a "German" scammer will ALWAYS write his messages in English, even to a German translation company, and will respond in English to any messages in German). When asked why she didn't write Italian to an Italian company, scammer "Elena Mazzotta" replied this: «About our conversations, I talk with all my clients with English language even if they are Italian, because of a lot of reasons such that to find my emails easily when I need to search about anything, to improve my English language and a lot of things that make my works easier»!!!
Given the large numbers of email addresses used by scammers, they created what they call "monitor" addresses (See Note 3 for more info). A "monitor" email address is a consolidating address to which emails sent to all other addresses are collected, i.e., an address to monitor all their email addresses. When they get careless, they respond to emails thru their "monitor" addresses:
When confronted with anything they said, did or wrote (and found to be false), they will promptly deny and repudiate everything with the most fantastic and ridiculous arguments, including the producing of fake documents "signed" by ghosts, the claiming that they've never seen their stolen CV before, or denying being associated with the scamming joints used as their business façades. Honor, ethics, accountability or even shame are words absent from their lexicon. Let's see Elena again: The VAT number you provided is FAKE! «Actually, I don't know if the VAT number is valid or not because it is for my friend. I work with a several companies and they didn't talk with me about VAT number. I didn't care about VAT number since my income is little and I don't have a one. I want my money, so please don't speak with me about VAT number» or this response from an Indian scammer caught with a CV copied VERBATIM from a sample CV in Dayjob: «If u copy a CV from internet as a Template then what is the problem.» What, indeed?
When requested to provide evidence of their FAKE identities, scammers promptly initiate threats. In several reports sent to us, busted scammers threaten to:
destroy your company
put you in the blacklist at all the sites
tell all translators about you
you will see the results
I will take you to hell
I want be paid, or I speak bad of you with thousand translators
I use your email for contact with translators, you will pay from this", and other hilarious statements! One busted scammer from Great Translate resigned himself to his fate: «I know that you will not pay me and I know that you take this wrong information from this stupid website» (i.e. our Directory).
And if you try to talk to them on camera, these are some of the excuses you'll get: "camera is broken", "I have no camera", "I don't have Skype", "I'm driving", "I have a sore throat", "I don't use Skype (or phone) for business" or (our favorite) «I want to express my apologie on your request because I have a speaking problems, my vocal cords damaged due to an old accident.»
In the case of scammers from Palestine, given their own created ill-reputation, they'll do everything to avoid being placed or even related to their own country: they'll say to be based in Israel, in Turkey, in Egypt, in the UK, in the US, in Paris, France, in The Netherlands, anywhere, but Palestine. Their ghost "companies" are based in the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel (!), in the headquarters of the World Zionist Organization (!), in the offices of The Israel Philatelic Service in Tel-Aviv(!), in a bank branch in Turkey (!), in the US Embassy in the UK (!), in the Alhambra Hospital Pharmacy in California (!), in inexistent addresses in Paris, Turkey or London, in a US address with 2 simultaneous Zip codes (!), in exactly the same number (33) of a "Main Street" (yes, in English) in Gaza, Palestine and in Mendoza in Argentina (!), in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank (!), in the same address of a translation company in The Netherlands (!), or in an underground parking garage in Italy (!).
Make no mistake about the size of this con operation: The "hundreds or thousands" (in their own words) of CVs stolen and hijacked by these scammers, together with the number of translators claiming not being paid for their jobs or companies reporting the provision of "lousy" and "abysmal" translations is simply frightening!
|YES, THE WORLDWIDE TRANSLATION COMMUNITY IS, IN FACT, FUNDING A SYNDICATE|
OF FACELESS CRIMINALS!
|Wait! It gets worse! Scammers offer to "market" your CV...|
THE SCAMMING FAÇADE, IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
«In our company, we work as a group of translators, and each one of us have to search for translators to take their permission for using their CVs with world clients and talk with those client on the behalf of the translators who should have given us their CVs».
Why do these scammers ask for your permission to modify your CV? If you ask that, you're not getting it! They couldn't care less about your "permission", although some ill-advised colleagues might have fallen into their trap. They keep sending those mails, so they can claim to have somebody's permission to "market" someone's CV, in case anyone asks them about a suspicious CV. That's exactly what they replied to one our (extremely rude) messages questioning the legitimacy of one of their fake CVs: "We market hundreds or thousands of CVs and we didn't know this one was false". Got it now?
Sometime, scammers don't even bother to change the legitimate "Author" name, the real address or even the photo (some even include a photo in a CV that didn't have one...) from the CVs they steal. THEY CHANGE ONLY THE EMAIL ADDRESS. Also, the language (frequently English) used in their messages is normally uneducated and contains typos and grammatical errors. However, poor language alone does not mean one is a scammer, of course!
These "authorization" forms NEVER show any name, address or phone number of the recipient. At the most, they will show a non-verifiable name and an untraceable Gmail address.
|Get ALL the email addresses used by the scammers|
TAKE NOTE: Scammers may also use email addresses, other than the ones listed in our Directory, e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. If you receive a scammed CV from a Hotmail address, there is ALWAYS a Gmail address associated with it (because scammers hide behind Gmail accounts, which do not allow IP geolocation). Just open the FULL header of the email message to see this Gmail address.
|Beware! Scammers are also on Twitter|
|@_526552772585 / Power Translations|
@3abeers / Abeer Hams aka Abeer Hums aka Abeer Saleh
@404works / 404Works / Aymeric Mathéossian
@a7mad / Ahmed Mahmoud
@abdotranslator aka Abdallah Ahmed Alsheikh (INACTIVE)
@abughalim7md / Mohammed Hossam aka Mohammed S. Abu Ghali
@afnanalkedra1 / Afnan Ahmed aka Afnan Alkedra
@ahmed_naser1990 / Ahmed Mahmoud / Ahmed Maged
@AhmedAlNahhal / Eng\Ahmed Al.Nahhal / Ahmed Alnahhal
@ahmedmughari / Ahmed Al Mughari
@akaiaw / Suzuki Akaia
@AlaaFirwana / Alaa Firwana
@alafi88 / Ahmad Y Lafi aka Ahmed Y. Lafi
@alblewii / Ibrahim Alblewi aka Omar Albluwe aka Omar Salah Ibrahim
@alettaMorris / Aletta Morris
@ATombanane / Antonio Tombanane, aka @evemacy08
@azzbroker / Charles Azzopardi
@azzbusiness / Charles Azzopardi (INACTIVE)
@azztranslations / Charles Azzopardi
@AzzurraBisogni / Azzurra Bisogni
@baraakazzaz / Baraa Kazzaz
@bdfloralde / Beverly D Floralde (Philippines)
@bessoo19893 / Walaa Bassam
@BizTranslation / BizTranslation / Best Translation Services
@bobbielandry / Bobbie Landry
@Communic8_web / Communic8 / Aymeric Mathéossian
@CristinaLisii / Cristina Lisii (Travod)
@CrOuChZz / Ahmed Al Mughari
@daniaalabadla / Dania Alabadla
@dania90 / Dania Alabdla
@DutchTrans / DutchTrans.co.uk
@eeugenn / Eugen Hulub
@ef758d5960e6410 / Khaled Ahmad
@eng_nareen / Nareen El-Nahal aka Nareen Alnahal
@ERolloque / Eric Rolloque (Philippines)
@eugenhulub / Eugen Hulub aka John Bloomen (INACTIVE)
@evemacy08 / anton marcus, aka Antonio Tombanane
@faten80eng / Faten Sharafy
@gaza331 / MoHaMMeD aka Mohammed Yassin
@GaZaNSaRaH / Sarah Sobhi
@GE4Translation / GE4Translation aka GoldenEar
@GheedAElHissy / Gheed A. El-Hissy
@gkommunikation / Felix Teske
@GlobalLinguals / Global Linguals
@GlobalTranslat3 / Global Translation
@hani_saada / Hani Abu Saada aka Hani A.Y
@Hazem2 / Hazem Hasan aka Hazem El-Zatma
@herichg / Herich Gunawan
@huntranslator / Zsolt Sesztak
@HusamLolo / Lolo Elkhateeb aka Alaa Elkhateeb
@iabedsalam / Islam Abeed Dahleez aka Islam A. A. Dahleez
@iapwe / International Association of Professional Writers & Editors
@IbrahimKhatib91 / Ibrahim Khatib
@IbrahimKhatieb / Ibrahim
@islamdahleez / Islam Abed aka Islam Abed Dahleez
@IsoTranslations / Iso Translations
@jessicawilkins5 / Jessica Wilkins
@kamaldahi / Kamal Dahi
@khlo90 / Khalil Khatib
@KLorant / Lorant Kozma
@KrissyGully / Muntaha Mustafa
@LanguagehouseMU / Felix Teske
@languagemet55 / Naser Ali aka Languagemet gang
@languagemet81 / ameer888 aka Languagemet gang
@LuyolDotCom / LUYOL.com
@MaggadorIX777 / Alexander Bekkelund
@makieyer / Mark Mapute (Philippines)
@malakalrouh2 / Malak Al Rouh aka Azza Sahmoud
@MarkusSchirra / Markus Schirra
@medianer / Felix Teske
@MhamdG / Mohammed Al Ghoul
@MhamdG_old / Mohammed Al Ghoul
@mhzuhdy / Mohammed Z. Qudaih
@MoneerBarazi / Moneer Barazi
@multilanguages2 / Multi Languages
@Murad_Ibrahem / Murad Zedan
@Naelkhader / Nael Khader
@Nahida57 / Beauty tips Circle
@narfel / Nardina Alongi
@NBTranslation / No Borders Translation
@NebalIbrahim / Nebal Ibrahim
@NewTS4ever / Translation Secrets
@nissansz / NissanTrans
@nissantrans / NissanTrans / Steve Ni
@NordicTrans / NordicTrans
@Ola_Dawood / Ola Dawood
@omaralbluwe / Omar Albluwe and Ibrahim Alblewi
@onlinecoodinat / Nareen Nahal (INACTIVE)
@oscartrans / Hani A.Y
@oscartranslatio / Hani A.Y (INACTIVE)
@oversattning / CE översättningsbyrå
@oversattningsby / CE översättningsbyrå
@pajbloomen / John Bloomen aka Eugen Hulub
@PalestineAdham / Adham Ashqar
@PalGaze_1992 / Ihsan Salman
@raniahaddad9 / Rania Haddad
@realahmed8 / Ahmed Omar aka Ahmed Omar Abu Elkhair
@Reham83444742 / Rere Ghali aka Reham Abu Ghali
@salahkhafaja / Salah Khafaja
@Saleh_M_1992 / Saleh #Gaza
@SalesAgencyUK / Talented Sales UK
@SarahSobhi1 / Sarah Sobhi aka Sarah Sohbi
@ShaathMaha / Maha Shaath aka Maha Ibraheem Shaath
@somyatrans / Somya Translators
@TasneemKamal93 / Tasneem Kamal
@Tayeh94 / Mohammed Tayeh
@thinkhired1 / Wazir Khan aka Khan Jee
@transharvest / Transharvest Agency aka Abdallah Ahmed Alsheikh
@translationpro6 / Translation Pro
@Translator_Jobs / Real Translator Jobs
@Transula / Transula
@travod / TRAVOD International
@trjmantranslate / Trjman aka Nebal Ibrahim, Languagemet
@TSonlinegroup / Imad Almaghary / Translation Secrets
@TunisianAhmed / Ahmed Tunisian
@unitysamurai / Savvas Lazarides
@unknown__A_7 / A7mad-z (Ahmed Mahmoud / Ahmed Maged)
@UnivTranslation / UTS translations aka Universal Translation Services
@UsaTranslate / USA Translate
@WapaTranslation / Wapa Translations
@wasseem2007 / Wasseem / Waseem J. Maghari
@wetranslateinc / wetranslateinc / We Translate, Inc.
@wordminds / WordMinds aka TRAVOD International
@Y89Yousef / Yousef Yousef aka Yousif Yousif
@zvetochek / Alla Kondrat / Alla Ovod / A2Z Translations
|Got a CV in Word format? Look at the|
|They reveal more|
than you think!
|Does the scammer|
claim be native in French? Send him a mail in French.
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Spot the scam, bust the scammer
In a suspicious CV, look for these oddities: In File > Properties > Summary, look for an author name different from the name used by the scammer on his/her email. In File > Properties > Contents, look for some word in Arabic. In File > Properties > Statistics > Last saved by, look for odd names (see below). Look for other variations of these signs.
NOTE: Scammers have no place to hide: even if their DOC/PDF files do not carry these hallmarks, there are always other ways to spot FAKE CVs. The Internet is an unforgiving environment for unscrupulous people, and our FAKE CV database and document forensic tools (including metadata extraction) will uncover data unkown even to them.
|~ ~ Amani|
Abd Elmouiz Arafat
Abdallah Ahmed (EG)
Abo yasser (LM, TS)
Abu Anas computer
Abu Assi 2013
Abu Al-Fahad (LM)
Abu-Jehad (TS, MD)
al nour (GT)
AL-FAJER / EL-Fajer
Ali Zaher (LM)
almajd cd (TS)
Amro al astal
Arwa / Arwa
besan (LM, TS)
besan- (LM, TS)
besan-it (LM, TS)
dr.suliman abu jalal
El-Agha, Riyad (LM/TS)
Gheith Al-Kayyali (TS)
Glory to the computer
Haitham Center (TS)
In 2013 led (LM)
JJ / J J
JIT / jit
JOHN / John
Lenovo (LM, TS)
Mickey Mouse (TS, MD)
Mohamed Mostafa Salama
Mohammad Z. Qudaih
Mr.Alaa Adam (LM, TS)
Neno_Hp (same as Nehal)
nh (LM, MD, TS)
nmc (TS, MD, LM)
No God except Allah !!!
Noor Center (LM)
rami / RaMi
Salil Jamwal (ST)
Tamer Abu Yazan
walaa mahmoud (LM)
Yan Chuan Bao
Nostalgia Center (LM)
|Confirmed affiliation / origin:||24||24translate.net|
|EG||Abdallah Ahmed El Sheikh (Egypt)|
|PC||Palestinian Center for International Translation|
|PC||Scammer Eugen Hulub (Romania)|
|EMAIL DOMAINS USED BY SCAMMERS|
In many scamming emails originated in Gaza, look for this string in the email header:
<http://gmailsmtp.net/ahmed/root/ . That's right, someone called "Hamed" uses a mass mailing system ( gmailsmtp.net ) to spam half the world with fake CVs. The domain/website gmailsmtp.net is owned/operated by Exar Software Research Pvt Limited, India under various names: Contact Email Marketer / Gorilla Email Marketing / GorillaContact / gorillabulkemail.com / gorillacontact.in
|Underlined names below appear in more that one list.|
Druzhba Narodov Translation Company, Kiev, Ukraine
NOTE: Warned about the use of their email servers to send these fake CVs. NO RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED. Fake CVs are still being sent from their servers. Used for these ghosts:
|Abd Badawy Adam Maks Adrian Presto Aiko Shi Akiko Kondo Aldal Nina Alice Cottage Alice Harding Aline Mata Alise Ilya Alma Panda Alyd Cobus Aylin Arslan Alma Vik Amanda Viggo Amelia Charles Amy Andersson Amy Wiman Andrea Nay Ani Ustyan Ann VanDen Anna Betto Anna Engberg Anna Jocab Anna Marcolin Anna Wolf Anne Franck Barbara Brasler Barbara James Camilla Jensenn Carina Bang Hansen Carla Cava Caro Sass Catherine Cox Catherine Jenny Cathrine Jonansson Catrine Karlsson Cecilia Mastruzzo Cecilie Elvomo Ceren Soyak Chan Junho Chara Amun Christina Beckmann Christina Clark Cinthia Pan Danhila Dan Daniella Monetta Danila Anderson Dawn Bell Deborah Nicolas Denisa Vackov Diego Ivan Donny Wang Egil Mjelde Elena Duran Elena Petr Elena Tomara Elene James Elina Hansson Elisabeth Richard Elisabeth Rudolfsson Elizabeth Friel Ellen Nielsen Ellen Oftedal Ellne Urban Elma Flbus Elsa Lars Elina Ylen Emma Furuheim Emi Takai Emmy Udo Emilia Dolezal Emily Rosso Emma Nathan Erika Runge Erin Blatz Eugene Hemlons Eva Benesova Exceptional Team Florence Marsol Gillian Fox Graham Scott Griet Stenger Hana AbuSalim Hanna Eagan Hanna Sorensen Helen Lindwall Helen Moore Helen Reborn Helen Wall Helena Moura Henry Yoka Hera Park Hikari Ian Wang Ida Charlotte Iryna Natalya Isabel Anton Isabelle Walter Izumi Hiroshi Komuna Ingrid Muller Iren Onishko Irene Shelly Iryana Egger Iva Rajic James Coria Jan Chan Jana Benham Jana Kolev Jean Cantini Jean Chong Jean Oliver Jennifer Brown Jennifer Yang Jessica Feeney Julia He Julie Phan Junhui Chang Karin Umec Katarina Rall Katiaa Kelly Kathi Gowans Katrine Dumas Kenan Yasin Kiyoko Kamanda Kristin Kely Koen Martens Kristin Berger Kristina Selin Kristine Evensen Lanfen Chang Lara Grille Lara Larsson Laura Haake Laura Rossa Laure Baransk Lena Nettelblad Lianne Brussaard Lilian Tilver Lille Parker Liliane Elson Linda Henno Line Rooney Lisa Aalt Lisa Burvenich Lisa Law Liza Hansen Lydia Harris Macee Meaning Madeleine Ilott Mahela Gonzalez Mai Do Marcos Misha Mari Rasmussen Maria Aleax Maria Alfonso Maria Gomez Maria Iouna Maria Turner Maria Vavoula Margarita Oll Marianne Saari Marina Manca Marlene Anzia Marlene Carney Martin Philips Mary Read Mary Shiner Masumi Miki Maya Aern Mayumi Inoue Meri Gallagher Mete Gazi Mia Ola Michiko Myatt Mira Max Miriam Smith Misae Junko Monica Oberth Monica Wolf Naoko Ihori Nara Endo Natalia Narins Nihat Goksen Nora Leon Neveen Neto Nicole Andersen Nur Cholis Nyoko Takara Nina Olsen Olga Steder Patryk Mazur Paula Kennan Paula Suila Paulina Young Percy Gastel Phil Johnes Pia Niska Rachel Daniel Raita Kopankina Rakan Esin Randi Laima Raneen Bar Rebecca Adam Renda Krwan Riitta Nielsen Risa Yasuumi Rita Kremer Robin Holm Rose Petersson Rosy Hami Roxana Ricco Sabina Olive Sabina Waszek Sabine Lang Sandra Falk Sandra Genevier Sandra Soltani Sandra Wing Sandy Smith Sara Nardone Sara Ove Sarah Barsen Sarah Gander Sarita Robert Sarune Griniute Sean Roth Sebastian Torres Seo Young Sergey Vazhnenko Shera Arnone Shiho Okada Silvina Grenho Smantha Trogu Sofia Geary Sofia Segar Soha Hisham Faris Sophie Hamon Sophie Pasco Soren Labeet Sue Dermes Suzanne Marcolin Svetla Nencheva Svetlana Nosova Sylvie Renon Tahreer Qutaty Teresa Gleim Tia Josef Tina de Groot Tina Salo Tina Zayan Tomoko Nakata Tori Hector Uliana Filon Ulla Bergstrom Valery Novoselov Vera Kahar Veronika Ida Victoria Alice Marr Victoria Hower Yasuko Okada Yeeun Suh Yukari Sato Yoko Ottley Yunpeng He Yuriko Minaki Yuriko Wilson AND MANY, MANY OTHERS...|
Mass mailing service used by Palestinian scammers. Used for these ghosts:
|Adolfo Mata Alexandra Rosen Amy Williams André Louris Aneeta Hernandez Angel Nairn Angela Adelef Angelika Menz Antonio Oliveira Carlota Valdez Carole Christophe Caroline Martin Caroline Martine Caroline Martins Celine Nicolas Claudia Laferrière Colette Crossfield Cristina Joano Daniela Melo Deborah Nicolas Dina Lessa Dolores Campanella Dolores Corbo Dominique Cardoso Elena Borisov Emily Lepage Frank Brotz Frida Johnstone Hannah Francis Jasmin Siegfried Jean Mitchell Jennifer Byers Jessica Destro Jessica O'Sullivan Johanna Jory Josiane Brisebois Karen Smith Klaus Floriano Laura Mouche Lilian Damasceno Lillian Calistro Lily Symann Linda Lessner Marie Klotz Mario Cardoso Marion Boulé Maya Posse Nadia Lawrence Niki Gouzee Nina Kaminski Nina Olsen Ritha Vries Rubin Paulo Sandra Angelo Sonya Simon Suwenoz Hang Taylor Kirk Tatyana Osyka Tobias Soerensen Vera Kahar Yasemin Pekmen|
Domains registered by known scammers Hamada Mohammad / firstname.lastname@example.org & Hosam Kaleef / email@example.com . Used for these ghosts:
|Active Translation Team Cecilia Mastruzzo Dolly Adam Expert Of Linguists Gwenn Terry Luciano Ketki Nunez Caballero Firoz Peng Weng Sander Morellet|
|wordstransz.org / IP: 126.96.36.199|
Domain registered by known scammer: Hamada Mohammad / firstname.lastname@example.org . Used for these ghosts:
|Albert Vigier Alexia Stewer Angela Adelef Anna Galetich Audrey Fletcher Barbara Rodrigues Carlos Lavis Catarina Almeida Cathleen Smith Cathy Rossella Chira Morot Cloudia Holmes Cristina Girino Diana Cifuentes Dany Marcoz Egor Serges Elena Gordin Elisa Wahbi Elizabeth Friel Emily Elsen Engin Gumus Eric Begone Fiorina Marino Franco Mitidiero Hamada Mohammad Hiroshi Homono Ivan Rukoberd Jasmin Friez Kare Rigo Karin Palsson Klaus Floriano Lauri Laakkonen Lucia Alcee Lucian Hamana Marie Hanna Marina Béringer Marina Nosova Marwan Louz Maya Masha Mechael Romaro Monica Salvo Nataliya Sergi Rikarda Sara Pento/Sara Penito Sedova Ritha Rosha Rose Deback Sara Earons Scot Abel Sofia Saltana Susan Balin Suzan Millan Translators Team Valerina Galih Viktoriya Avilov Vladimer Harin Yoko Ottley|
The Transcription Agency, Kent, United Kingdom (GENUINE COMPANY). NOTE: Warned about the use of their email servers to send these fake CVs, responded promptly. No further CVs received from their servers ever since.
IPs used (BOGONS): 10.152.252.52 10.160.31.144 10.162.243.11 10.165.178.150 10.165.212.139 10.167.79.146 10.168.82.21 . Used for these ghosts:
|Abd Badawy Akino Suzuki Aldal Nina Alexa Metzger Amelie Ayon Anita Helfred Anna Engberg Aylin Arslan Beckmann Christina Camilla Jensen Carina Hansen Cecilia Mastruzzo Daniella Monetta Danila Anderson Ebru Taylan Elena Duran Elisa Wahbi Eva LidWennberg Florence Philippe Helen Wall Ingrid Muller Jennifer Brown Julia Starling Julie Phan Karin Broman Karla Adeson Katja Urban Kristine Evensen Laure Baransk Lisa Burvenich Linda Henno Maike Hovman Maria Alfonso Maria Bozell Maria Sorensen Maria Vavoula Maria William Masumi Miki Meri Gallagher Mia Olsson Miho Yamazaki Monica Wolf Natalia Narins Natalie Mrouga Neveen Neto Nicole Runge Paula Kennan Rakan Esin Sandra Genevier Sandra Soltani Sarah Barsen Shiho Fujiwara Shiho Okada Ulla Bergström|
Turkish translation company. Used for these ghosts:
|Alena Perjo Alfie Jonas Amelie Anthony Beatrice Ginesi Diego Ivan Hana AbuSalim Helen Jensen Jia Tang Laura Rossa Linar Christopher Peter Omark|
Portuguese translation company. Used for these ghosts:
Commercial bulk mailing:
|Jing Tsai Leonard Koch|
|Protect yourself from the CV scam|
NEVER accept offers to "market" your CV! Scammers don't want to "market" you! They just want to use your professional credentials (because they have NONE) to market THEMSELVES!
DO NOT publish your full CV online, and NEVER publish your professional credentials (like diplomas) online, but do not leave your prospective clients empty-handed either: publish a very BASIC PDF version of your CV: your name, email, address (city and country, ONLY), working languages and main specializations, and a note that your full CV is "available on request"!
ALL document scans (diplomas, certificates, ID documents, etc.) should be sent with protection features to avoid being abusively used by scammers, like a stamp placed over your name and photo (SEE THIS EXAMPLE). Remember: if you send scans of your documents to scammers, they will be forced to use YOUR OWN NAME in their impersonation (to match your documents), and the scam will also become more credible to unwary victims.
Insert an updated photo on your basic CV and ask your prospective clients to confirm each other's identity via video chat (or, at least, via mobile phone): scammers get real scared when asked to talk on the phone or camera, and they'll give you all sorts of excuses, like "bad line", "camera broken", "I'm driving", "I'm ill", "no camera", "I have a sore throat", "I don't use phone for business, just email" or (our favorite): «I want to express my apologie on your request because I have a speaking problems, my vocal cords damaged due to an old accident.». Get online with https://videolink2.me (free, in-browser tool, no registration needed) and send the other party the link to chat with you ON CAMERA!
Register your own domain. It's not as expensive as you may think, and even if you don't plan to have your own website, your domain will give you your own email server!
For all your business operations, use only emails addresses from your own email server (or, at least, from your ISP), as it's impossible for anybody else to use them. Also, be aware of email spoofing and phishing attempts sent by email and CHANGE your email password regularly.
Whether you own your email server or use an ISP or even a free email account, publish a notice (online and on your CV) with your legitimate address(es).
Lookup the email sender's IP and run a geographical search here: utrace.de. Or, trace the source IP address of an email based on the email headers (where did the email come from) here: http://www.cyberforensics.in/OnlineEmailTracer/index.aspx. Note: Emails sent from Gmail or Hotmail will ONLY trace back to their servers' IP addresses (in the USA).
Confidence tricks played by these scammers exploit typical human characteristics such as greed (they'll send lots of work with my CV!), vanity (they told me I would be their "close partner"), opportunism (this job came just at the right time), credulity (really? are you kidding yourself?), irresponsibility (nothing can go wrong!), desperation (I need work), and naivety (ALWAYS). Let's not kid ourselves: We'll never see these scammers behind bars (there are exceptions though...), but we can:
|Do Your Part!|
This page is already welcoming countless visitors looking for fake "translators" or suspicious email addresses: Someone from Belgium went online searching for "manda santo" translator, in Australia, someone looked for Flora Ktofiak, in the United Arab Emirates, someone looked for susanne christine walter, translator, or just email@example.com. Google sent them all to the right direction!
|Let's Fight Back: Tell Scammers to STOP!|
Let's flood the scammers' mailboxes and tell them:
STOP stealing Translator's CVs and Identities.
Send a message to the emails used by the scammers and demand them to stop their practice. Tell scammers that you – and many other people – are aware of their ongoing practice of stealing translators CVs and identities. It's OK to write your messages in any harsh / rude / uncivil / impolite / insulting terms you may see fit, because these people do not deserve any degree of politeness. They are just common thieves preying on other people's lives.
|DON'T keep it silent!|
If your CV or identity has been stolen or hijacked, keeping it to yourself doesn't make the scam go away! On the contrary!
|So, don't just post on your blog or Facebook "They stole my CV"! Say who (the name they used, even if it is yours) and which emails were used by the scammers: see a great example here!|
Remember: Scammers live off anonymity and off a zero footprint on the Internet. Once publicly exposed, their anonymity and Internet stealthiness is gone, thus giving them the publicity they hate and fear. Scream, yell, and raise hell, making their names and emails known and public. Post them everywhere you can. And, yes, you may link to this page. For better results, link to the homepage of our website: www.translator-scammers/translator-scammers-directory.htm.
|Thank You • Merci • Gracias • Danke • Grazie • Obrigado|
Our warmest thanks to the numerous translators who have had their CVs and identities hijacked by scammers and sent us the details of the scam and to all translation company owners and PMs from the four corners of the world who have sent us fake CVs and other precious information about the scammers operation and identities. Also, our sincere appreciation to all those who have sent us words of encouragement, or published links to our Directory or comments about its content on their blogs, websites and social media channels.
|DO NOT copy content from this website|
Give the scammers the publicity they hate: YES, YOU MAY link to this page. For better results, link to the homepage of our website: www.translator-scammers/translator-scammers-directory.htm.
|Search Our Website|
|In the search box below, use quotes to improve your search of names, e.g. "Agatha Colten".|
To search for email addresses, there is NO need to use quotes, e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org
|In Google, write your search string (normally a name or email) with quotes (with names) and follow it|
with the words 'translator scammers': "Andrew Wright" translator scammers
ABOUT US: This website is maintained by volunteers from the TRANSLATOR SCAMMERS INTELLIGENCE GROUP to fight the plague of translators' impersonation and identity and CV theft and fake translation companies running wild in the translation industry.
MISSION & PURPOSE: Our Mission and the Purpose of this website and its content is to publicly expose the scammers' own identities (fake or real) and to harm and disrupt their activities to the greatest extent possible. We heartily thank all translators who have had their CVs and identities hijacked by scammers and sent us the details of the scam and also all translation company owners and PMs from the four corners of the world who have sent us fake CVs and other precious information about the scammers operation and identities.
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