Dienstag, 3. September 2013

Translator scams and identity theft

Scams are unfortunately no longer a rarity even in the translation business. That why I am glad colleague João Roque Dias has compiled a great website with all sorts of information and helpful links and examples on translator scams and identity theft, available here

I also came across some excellent tips on the elanex website:
For translators, some simple steps we advise are:
  • Instead of publicly posting your resume or CV, make your resume available on request or alternatively publish only protected files.
  • Exercise reasonable caution when accepting new assignments from unknown sources. Does the request come from a legitimate business or agency? Are payment details determined in advance?
  • If contacted by an agency who wishes to market your CV, verify the agency and representative identity by checking translation forums, Joao’s website, agency registration numbers, Google, and other services.
  • A translation firm or direct business client will typically ask the translator to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and the more professional organizations will often include a service level agreement (SLA).
For buyers of translation services, we advise:
  • Be cautious in advance if accepting translators with word rates far below professional average. Professional translators should be fairly compensated for their skills.
  • Promises of “perfect translation” should be met with healthy skepticism. Just as multiple authors can create content written in different ways that convey the same message, different translators can produce translations that faithfully represent the intent of the original author with different phrasing.

I hope none of you have been or will be affected by this - the damage not least of all to one's reputation is very hard to undo!

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