REAL translator-job site
Thread poster: C.Stegherr

C.Stegherr  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:53
German to French
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Nov 15, 2011

Hello,
I've a question about your experience: knows somebody this website for translator-jobs? serious?

http://www.realtranslatorjobs.com/?a=4&gclid=CPHulrnftqwCFRSCfAodNF0PHw

Thanx for your answer!
clione


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 21:53
English to Czech
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NO, NO, NO! Nov 15, 2011

Hi "clione",
simply forget about this. It's a simple scam where you pay to register and never receive a single job. I especially liked the part where it said "No experience required if you speak two languages fluently" (sadly, they've removed it already).

A simple Google search for "realtranslatorjobs.com scam" will give you some 7,000 hits with very interesting reading. Here's a short extract:

I signed up here a month back, when there were no scam listings about it. They claim in their ads to offer job listings but when you sign up, you only see a list of translation agencies that you could have found out yourself from google.

They offer a 60 day money back guarantee. I haven't yet received my money though I've asked for a cancellation of membership and refund. Aren't they legally bound to hold on to the guarantee?


ETA: No, the "No experience required if you speak two languages fluently" part is still there, and even as an image on a yellow background!

[Upraveno: 2011-11-15 20:18 GMT]


 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:53
Member (2009)
English to Spanish
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No experience but just looking at it is scary Nov 15, 2011

I've not used them though I had seen the web page and I find it extremely scary, scary as in I would never dream of doing business with them, because:

What's the company's name?
Where are their contact details?
Where's their privacy policy?
Etc, etc.


 

John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 15:53
Member (2008)
French to English
Not an outsourcer, a list provider Nov 15, 2011

Besides having a private domain name, they seem to have a "scam review site" at http://homebasedjobshq.com/real-translator-jobs-review/ which is also a private domain.

The review says: "I think it’s legitimate because for the membership fee that you pay, you will get something in return, that’s their LONG list of companies where you could get the actual translation jobs." In other words, they are not an outsourcer but a list provider.

You can also get a similar list on this site at http://www.proz.com/translation-agencies for free!


 

C.Stegherr  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:53
German to French
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TOPIC STARTER
To all answers, thank you! Nov 15, 2011

It confirms my first opinion.
Thank you for your help!
clione


 

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:53
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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I joined a similar site... Nov 16, 2011

...that, while not as blatant a scam, still falls broadly within the category discussed here.

I of course can't mention the name, but think "counting": start from zero, and then....

Be careful of those who offer such services!


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:53
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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I think we should thank them! Nov 16, 2011

Do you think serious customers would send their jobs to a site that claims that no experience in translation is required? Our customers are serious people.

Non-serious customers who just need a rough idea of what the documents say are not our ideal customer, let's face it. They will always pay little and will always complain about having to pay for something they can get with Google Translator, won't they?

And serious, but misinformed customers, once confronted with the poor results provided by the RealTranslatorJobs.com service, will think twice before requesting another job from them and will look for real translators for their important documents.

So all in all, we should thank RealTranslatorJobs.com for their initiative!


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 21:53
English to Czech
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I beg to differ Nov 16, 2011

Tomás Cano Binder, CT wrote:

Do you think serious customers would send their jobs to a site that claims that no experience in translation is required? Our customers are serious people.


Hi Tomás,
although I understand (and like) your sarcasm, I don't think that we should thank scammers for anything. The site is not directed at clients: it is clearly aimed at baiting poor victims and make them pay a "registration fee" to receive future jobs which will clearly never arrive. There's very little probability that any single client, serious or not, will ever come across that website.

All the best!

Stan

[Upraveno: 2011-11-16 11:15 GMT]


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:53
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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No wonder... Nov 16, 2011

No wonder their company name does not appear anywhere, and their domain name was registered via a privacy company. I somehow suspect they would be sued immediately if they published their name.

 


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