Creative criminals, these scammers! A translator who does not exist, sends a payment request for a job never done.




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    Hi

    I’m Mihai Tonescu from Oregon, USA.
    In October 25, 2015 I translated for your agency a document (birth certificate) from French to English. The price for this work was $ 25.
    Unfortunately I got ill (tuberculosis – TB –   caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affected my lungs) and I stayed hospitalized 6 months in Waverly Hills Sanatorium – 1600 Clifton Rd, MailStop E-90, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A.
    Now I came home and I checked my PayPal account, but the amount of $ 25 is not entered my PAYPAL account.
    Please send me the amount of $ 25 by PayPal into account:

    marigoldinternational@aol.com

    as soon as possible.
    I hope you are understanding and kind.
    If you will not send me the amount of $25 as soon as possible:
    – I will inform the websites:
    http://www.proz.com/
    http://www.translatorscafe.com
    http://www.translationdirectory.com/
    http://www.traduguide.com/
    http://www.translatorstown.com/
    that you are an incorrect translation agency which  steals the work of honest translators;
    – I have a list of 1 million email addresses of your country and a professional bulk email sender. During 5 days I will send messages to these 1 million email addresses and 1 million people in your country will learn that you are an incorrect translation agency which  steals the work of honest translators;
    – also I will inform all the newspapers in your country that you are an incorrect translation agency which  steals the work of honest translators;
    – also I will inform the police in your city about this situation;
    – I will post a message on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/) that you are an incorrect translation agency which  steals the work of honest translators;
    You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.
    Please send me as soon as possible $ 25 through PayPal.

    Kind regards

    Mihai Tonescu

    I hope the real Mihai Tonescu, if he exists, has found a way to deal with these scammers abusing his name.

    I wonder though how many people pay these guys… They would give up sending ridiculous messages if nobody would ever pay them.

    But they did do their homework: they know how to threaten people 😉

    Gert Van Assche

    About Gert Van Assche

    Skeptical technology lover, testing a lot of translation tools. Occasionally I translate and develop software myself as well. I help LSPs through Datamundi, translators through Fair Trade Translation.

    7 thoughts on “Creative criminals, these scammers!

    1. LOL, that email escalated pretty quickly! These guys definitely knows how to make threats! Love the closing lines: “You reputation and your honor are more important than $ 25.” I think I’m going to use it with some late paying clients, haha!

    2. Incredible… how can some people even think of doing this? “Creative” jobs born with the Net… We’re all such ordinary people.. 😉

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