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Posted on5 January 2023

Beware of WordsCup: Identity Fraud

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The translation agency, Words Cup, are fraudulently using our company’s full name (Atlas Translations Ltd), registered address and company registration number on every page of their website – www.wordscup.com

Wordscup are not affiliated to Atlas Translations

We became aware of Words Cup fraudulently using our company details after being contacted by one of their clients. They were requesting a refund for translation services paid for in advance – to WordsCup – but never received. Words Cup are not affiliated to Atlas Translations.

How to spot whether you’ve been scammed by Wordscup

The Words Cup website has a phone number that doesn’t work, whereas our number (01727 812 725) will put you straight through to one of our friendly project managers during office hours.

The Words Cup website also contains an email address, and this does work. The name given in email correspondence is a fake name, and the email comes from WordsCup but says ATLAS TRANSLATIONS LTD in the message of the email, after the fake name of the project manager.

If you receive a legitimate email from us at Atlas Translations, it will be only ever be from one of our team, with our email domain (@atlas-translations.co.uk) and your project manager’s email signature.

Please see two email examples below – one fraudulent, and one legitimate.

Please note, if you are local to our St Albans office, and prefer to arrange an appointment to discuss your translation requirements face-to-face, we will always be happy to oblige. We will also only ever request you arrange payment upfront once you have received and accepted a formalised quote from us in PDF format.

WordsCup Website and Social Media Content

The Words Cup website itself is not copied from our website. It contains the usual kind of content you’d expect from a translation agency website – albeit with more typos!

They also have a Facebook page where they regularly post about translation services and language-related content.  There is no mention of Atlas Translations on here, but all roads lead back to the WordsCup website which does mention Atlas.

We are doing all we can to have this removed

To be absolutely clear, we are not connected to Words Cup in any way and they are fraudulently using our company name and address details. We will of course do all we can to have this removed – but meanwhile, please beware of WordsCup translation agency. 

Please get in touch with us if you think you may have been scammed by WordsCup so we can give you a crime reference number to report the details to Action Fraud. It would also be great to know how you came across Words Cup so we can resolve the matter as soon as possible.

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