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Re[2]: Non-payers
Sender: David Lima 25-07-2012 01:38

I am another victim of this "Chihoko Wakita." I ask Glen Patteson and any other victim of this scammer to email me. I would like sworn testimonies of your experience in writing and notarized so I can
use it in court.

Name: Chihoko Wakita (an alias)
email: chihokowakita2@bsdmail.com
Claimed to be associated with DWG Translation (dw-global.com) After contacting the company, a representative told me said person does not exist, and he suspected a "fraud." (His exact words.) I concur.
Posted a job on here which has since been deleted.
The topic of the job was ontologies (information science.) I completed the job by her deadline, and sent it to her mail address after we had discussed deadlines, etc. Up until that point I was convinced this was a legitimate client (I have had dodgy ones in the past and thought I was good at distinguishing between the two.)
However when I sent the completed job to her, my emails were returned with this message:
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.1.1 <chihokowakita2@bsdmail.com>... User is unknown {mx-us004} (state 13).
----- Original message -----
I had no other contact info, except she had given her company name. And yet she was using a private email address. But that is not unheard of. So I looked her up on facebook, linkedin, and I contacted the office she claimed to work in. No record of her at all.
The good news is she didn't get the translation from me. Two days after I had initially tried to submit my translation, I get a message from her saying she has been waiting for my email.
What I think is this may have been a pretense for not paying me...Saying that I did not turn it on time. That is a really transparent and lame trick, but who knows.
When I requested an explanation for the fact her email address ceased to exist for 2 days, and her alleged boss didn't know who she was, well, she disappeared into thin air. I demanded some sort of explanation before I sent her the translation, so she never got it. I still lost a few days of work thanks to this fraud.
This is the second time I have been scammed. The moral of the story is the freelancer needs to do his or her homework before taking on the job. I'm kicking myself for falling for this one.

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