Has anyone ever received a translation order from a consultant for a book never published?
Thread poster: Corinne MASKA

Corinne MASKA  Identity Verified
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May 7

I received a strange purchase order, from a consultant, not an agency, and he's asking me to translate a book that was never published, pays a third of the money upfront, then sends a bank check of an amount that is much too high and asks me to pay another translator with the difference, pretending there was a mistake from the accountant.

[Edited at 2017-05-07 17:38 GMT]


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Elif Baykara  Identity Verified
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Looks like a classical "overpayment scam". May 7

I would ignore this request and definitely, wouldn't cash the check.

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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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I'll second that May 7

Definitely looks like a scam and I would not reply.

In any case I would always be leery of a request to translate an book that has not been published. If the author intends to have the translation published, the proper procedure is to write a book proposal and only have parts of it translated (no more than about 1/4 of the book) to include with the proposal. And if he finds a publisher, it is the publisher who may contact you to translate the rest of the book.


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Teresa Borges
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Looks like the classical overpayment scam May 7

Elif Baykara wrote:

I would ignore this request and definitely, wouldn't cash the check.


I would take the cheque to the police with a printout of the emails exchanged...

[Edited at 2017-05-08 16:57 GMT]


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Andrea Halbritter  Identity Verified
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Scam May 7

Sounds like a scam.

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Christophe Delaunay  Identity Verified
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Classical May 7

There are thousands of scams like this one...

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Andy Lemminger  Identity Verified
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Overpayment Scam May 7

If you go ahead as asked the check will bounce a bit later and you'll have paid his helper.

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