Poll: In your career as a freelancer, how many times have you come across fraud?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "In your career as a freelancer, how many times have you come across fraud?".

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 16:30
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Once or twice Apr 10

As far as I know, I haven't been a victim yet, but the risk is there even if I have taken some precautions. Of course, over the years I have come across some attempts of fraud. Quite recently I suspected early on that a potential job was a fraud (too good to be true) and all communication was immediately cut off.

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ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:30
Member
German to English
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Is a victim of fraud meant? Apr 10

I was caught out once at the beginning of my career but I have received emails which could be considered fraud. Spanish agencies have asked me to complete a test translation "by a certain date" several times. It was obvious that they were trying to have work done for free,

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:30
Spanish to English
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Other Apr 10

Ditto what ventnai said. I don't recall ever having been the victim of fraud, but I have had occasionally dodgy e-mails or approaches. Just the other day, I clicked on some pop-up survey on a translator forum (I don't recall which one, there are so many) which claimed it wanted to thank me by giving me a brand-new smartphone for the nominal price of one euro. Although I don't use smart phones (I already have one, which I was inveigled into signing up for, and am unable to return, but I don't use... See more
Ditto what ventnai said. I don't recall ever having been the victim of fraud, but I have had occasionally dodgy e-mails or approaches. Just the other day, I clicked on some pop-up survey on a translator forum (I don't recall which one, there are so many) which claimed it wanted to thank me by giving me a brand-new smartphone for the nominal price of one euro. Although I don't use smart phones (I already have one, which I was inveigled into signing up for, and am unable to return, but I don't use it), I thought what the heck, but discovered that in order to apply for this so-called gift, I had to give my credit card details. I thought this was rather iffy, so aborted the procedure.

Caveat emptor.
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Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:30
German to English
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Once Apr 11

An obvious scammer so I played along, not touching the translation until the promised cheque came. The amount was $3,000 higher than quoted, and the bank tellers told me it was fake (as expected). That's it, actually, that one time.

 

EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:30
Member (2012)
Czech to French
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Do you mean... Apr 11

attempts against me, or just being witness to fraud by or against my clients? As others said, I have never been a victim (I don't think the non-payment issues I have had were intentional enough to qualify for fraud), difficult to tell how many of the offers I refused (in some cases, because they seemed fishy) may have been fraud. It may also be because the most common fraud schemes involve cheques, which are not commonly used in my country.
But I have seen a few things, yes...

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attempts against me, or just being witness to fraud by or against my clients? As others said, I have never been a victim (I don't think the non-payment issues I have had were intentional enough to qualify for fraud), difficult to tell how many of the offers I refused (in some cases, because they seemed fishy) may have been fraud. It may also be because the most common fraud schemes involve cheques, which are not commonly used in my country.
But I have seen a few things, yes...

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 12:30
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Way to make a question Apr 11

Now here is a question the asker has not even read before publishing. No way to be more ambiguous.

 


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