We have recently seen a large increase in requests from translators wishing to be considered for freelance assignments. We became suspicious as many of the email headings were the same and always sent ‘on behalf of’ and using a hotmail and/or gmail address. Some fantastic sleuthing from Daniela has confirmed that many of these emails do appear to be fake; scam emails using the identity of legitimate translators to acquire work.
First Edition would like to take this opportunity to warn all the genuine translators out there of this scam. You can read more at www.proz.com who also offer some advice on how to keep safe online. We would also ask translators who would like to work with us to register through our translator registration form on the contact page of our website.
We would also like to reassure our clients that we demand the highest standards from our translators and would always thoroughly check the authenticity of new translators or interpreters.
For all the wonderful things the digital age has brought, it unfortunately has also allowed scams to occur in all areas of life – personal and professional. It just makes it all the more important to be sure of where you place your trust.