Dating translation scams
Translation scams come in four forms, varieties of which could equally apply to many other types of freelance work.
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More common is a seeming indifference on the part of the solicitor about the actual cost or even the professional skills of the translator, and an enthusiasm for paying you upfront — which, in truth, is highly unusual in the freelance business.
Sometimes, too, the scammers throw in a sob story — like claiming to be working on behalf of someone who is disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
Scammers approach translators and other freelancers with the lure of supposedly lucrative work — but they want you to pay for the leads.
Or sometimes, they act like they’re a potential employer but they ask you to use a particular piece of software or other tool, which, of course, they will sell to you.