Role of Translation Companies In International Fundraising

Role of Translation Companies In International Fundraising
November 08 12:17 2018 Print This Article

Scammers exist in almost all the industries, including the translation industry, sadly. They are the scourge of real translators and selecting managers alike, damaging reliability and wasting time and money.

Typically, translation scams rotate around editing the CV of a real, qualified translator and sending the fake to a translation agency in the goal of getting work. Once the agency allocates a task, it is then passed onto another rock-bottom-priced translator and, ultimately, the scammer gets paid by the agency.

There are several translation agencies on the Internet, though they like to call themselves “LSPs” stands for “Language Services Providers” and promise to offer professional translation services, mostly to cover the fact that they are just agents rather than providers of services because the professional translation service is offered by translators, not by translation agencies.

How can a potential customer find a reliable company that provides professional translation services without being scammed and an important project is botched and damaged beyond all recognition?

But now, one well-organized group is fighting back. Since 2013, a site called Translator Scammers Directory (TSD) has been examining and detecting fake online translator profiles and dishonest language service providers across the globe. TSD writes their online ID’s, including the CVs, locations, and emails connected with them on their site to reduce these scammers from operating actively.

TSD is made up of an association of volunteers, who keep their names private which they say is needed for what they do. They declared their 2017 annual report on January 3rd, 2018. In the report, they stated to have exposed over 5,055 fake ID and 13,455 email addresses relating to scammers. They also said that their plans have worked, noting a declining trend in new scam ID’s being designed for over last three years.

The first thing the scammer does is interact with the potential victim, who is a translator, buy email and acts to represent a reliable translation agency with a translating business that has become possible. When the translator accepts to take on the role, the price is settled. The cost is not generally paid until the work has been sent to the client.

An expert scammer does not front up with the cash, and the only information the professional translator has is the scammer`s email. The scammer then gives the Russian translation to the client and gets the payment for a translation that scammer never did, leaving the real translator out of work.

Another way a scammer goes is to hire a good freelance Russian English translator and pay in advance of the translation achievement through the use of a false cheque. The amount given is usually far more than any standard price for a professional translation. Once the freelance translator has finished the job, he or she offers to pay the scammer the amount of overcharge. This is done by paying in the cheque and offering the refund.

Generally, the freelancer is notified by the bank that the cheque is a false and no transaction can take place. By this time the scammer has ended his or her email address so all contact is lost and the freelance translator is left without any payment for might could have been a productive job. The scammer has got a free translation which will be sent to a client where payment will be received.

While scammers get cleverer and their efforts of fraud harder to recognize, the following points will help you to stop becoming the victim of the scams:

  • Read the job information carefully. While existing agencies will give you relevant details only, scammers provide a lot of useless information trying to sound impressive. Also, poor English might be a sign of a scam.
  • Google the contact person and company name. Maybe their names already present in various online forums considering their past scams.
  • Check the contact details of the agency online to find if they match the items in your email. Have a look at email addresses and do not miss out on any items, e.g., scammers might write an address like info@real-agency while the real one would be info@realagency. Additionally, you could give the agency a call and confirm if the person who reached you works there.
  • Make sure to get an official purchase order before doing a job.
  • A quick and easy method to find out if someone has been related to a scam is to look up their name in Scammers Directory.
  • On sites like Utrace, you can trace a company’s address by writing their IP address or domain in the search. If an agency declares to be based in one country, the search result should not settle the company’s location in another country.

At last, the only way to end this sort of dishonest scamming is to draw attention to it through translation forums and other media such as social media websites.

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