How to recognize a scam

Musings from an overworked translator

One of the most common questions I get from beginning translators is how to tell if a job request is a scam. I developed a PowerPoint presentation for the KSU grad students several years ago and thought I would share some of the tips with you so you don’t fall for a scam.

The most common warning signs:

  • Offer advanced payment (which the “client” would overpay and/or then claim a change in plans and ask you to “return” the overpayment.)
  • Spelling and grammar errors
  • Capitalized information suggest form letter
  • No contact information (freemail account like Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.)
  • Not much concrete information offered about the job
  • Wife, daughter, etc. does not speak English and is coming to the U.S. for a shopping trip, conference, etc.
  • Require the purchase of software (my one agency client that also sells a TEnT supplies me with the software and license for free, so you…

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