Scam Alert – USAID
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If you receive a project proposal that seems to be too good to be ture, it probably is. A recent proposal that has been going around is from someone with the address asking for someone to translate business documents, terms and conditions etc. The person claims to be contracted by USAID. If you are smart, do the research and ask for contact information etc, you will get fake contact information. If you send a contract asking for payment in advance, you will be asked to register with the local L&I Office first (as required by law). This scam is targeted to freelance translators and they have obviously studied the information we look for in a proposal. I received this offer and fortunately I was wary enough to do some research. More information on scam alerts can be found here: – search for USAID in this case.

Swedish Translation Services is a company owned by Tess Whitty, a freelance translator (English-Swedish), proofreader, editor, copy writer, localizer and entrepreneur.


  1. Carlos says:

    I received an email from and since a couple of red flags went up, I decided to do a little bit of research and found this. Here is the email I received:

    Are you willing to pay my 10% brokerage Commission on this Transaction? You have to add this on the selling Price.

    Brokerage fee payable only when you have received Payment in full from Buyers Bank (Buyers Bank will be financing the Purchase).
    If yes, we will have to sign a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) to that effect

    Broker must be paid not more than 48hrs after Seller receives Payment.
    Andrew Charles.
    Senior Risk Manager
    NTHIC AG Wealth Management
    Tösstalstr. 345, Steg im Tösstal 8496,
    Zürich, Switzerland
    Phone- +41-44-5087065 (Ext 387)
    Fax +41-44-5087066

  2. Chuck says:

    thank you for your post. I did a google search on based on an email from Andy Green ( and found your note as well as others warning of a scam. I am waiting for other verifications, but there were enough red flags to put this “on hold”