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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