How to protect yourself from scams?
Thread poster: fifilalou

fifilalou  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:45
English to Japanese
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Jul 17, 2008

I would like to know what other translators actually do to prevent falling victim of a scam when you deal with a new client you don't know anything about. Do you begin with looking up for the company/agent on the internet to see it they really exist? Is there anything else? An advance payment or deposit?
I have thought of asking for an advance payment of some percentage, but have never actually done it because I felt it wouldl turn them away and I thought in any case it wasn't the people usually do business in translation world. Or is it?

I'm not sure any more.

In the earlier days of my career I don't seem to have had to be so aware of this issue, but nowadays I notice it's different. I feel I need to be more defensive...Please give me your opinions and advice.

Thank you.


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The Misha
Local time: 21:45
Russian to English
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They won't prepay Jul 18, 2008

... no matter how much we would like them to. As to credit risks, I do not, as a matter of policy, accept any orders from countries where I have no recourse against non-payers - which, for all the practical purposes, means from anywhere outside of the established Western world. Just as well, they usually can't afford me anyway.

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Drew MacFadyen
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You should consult http://www.proz.com/blubeboard and see if the outsourcer has a positive history.

Drew


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