Sending translation test request to sell products?
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milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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Sep 25, 2009

A rather strange thing happened to me:

a company contacted me to offer me discounts for a software (I needed an update only). They sent a few messages in the past months, then after some time, they contacted me asking for a CV and a translation test. I didn't notice at all it was the same company who sold the software asking me for a test. I did the test and heard nothing from them.

I never responded before but finally I decided to answer: I asked for info about price for the software.

they sent me back the info and after a few minutes I got another message stating that i had passed the test.

Does it seem rather strange? I am wondering if they only want to sell the products.

Did it happen to someone else?


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nordiste  Identity Verified
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just be careful ... Sep 25, 2009

Selling software and being a translation agency are two respectable activities (well, not always...) but in my view there should be no connection between the two of them.

Agencies who insist that you buy software from them before working with them are almost always bad payers - either very low rates, or you never hear from them again. And you are never sure that the sofware they sell is genuine, if the discount is very big...


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Chris Lancaster  Identity Verified
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Check previous forum posts Sep 25, 2009

Have a look at this forum (and others) to see if it could be the same sort of scam.


http://www.proz.com/forum/safe_computing/111884-possible_scam:_agency_asking_translators_to%20_buy_software_from_them.html


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milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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it's no a virus or a scam Sep 25, 2009

no, they are not insisting...they just sent some messages about the possibility of buying a software, then all of a sudden I got a positive response for a test i have done. it's not a scam nor a virus, it's a real italian company

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milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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to people who sent me pm Sep 25, 2009

sorry i cannot reply to regular mail, I ahve something not working in hotmail...please only reply here...

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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TOTAL SCAM!! Sep 25, 2009

This has been described in at least two fora very recently. Please be careful! Don't purchase anything from these guys!

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milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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they are not linking translation to buying Sep 25, 2009

no, they are not connecting translation work to buying the software. nothing like that. I only very strangely got two messages about the updating and the passed test I had done some time ago over the course of hours so I was wondering....

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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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A rule of thumb Sep 25, 2009

nordiste wrote:

Selling software and being a translation agency are two respectable activities (well, not always...) but in my view there should be no connection between the two of them.


Seconded. Call it principles or whatever, but I never would buy software from a potential or actual business partner and no matter whether the deal is genuine or not.

Edit: and I would not either think of downloading any tool offered by an agency or another client.

[Edited at 2009-09-25 17:35 GMT]


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milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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thanks Sep 26, 2009

Thanks to everyone. I decided not to buy and wait to see what happens. If they really call me for a project, I'll post and let you know who they are.

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Monika Elisabeth Sieger  Identity Verified
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This is pure scam! Sep 27, 2009

It did not happen to us personally but I heard from other colleagues just the same story.
This must be something quite common.
I never ever would answer such a message or request!


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