Translation agency using "adult service" phone number
Thread poster: Jean-Philippe Drécourt

Jean-Philippe Drécourt  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
English to French
Dec 7, 2011

Hello all,

I just received an application from an agency located in Camden, London who was offering cheap but not unrealistically low prices for Translation + Proofreading + Review through a quite professional looking email. The only problem is: their phone number is a "0908" number, which in Britain is reserved to adult services and charged at up to £1.50/min.

So keep an eye out for these!

Hope this helps,


Jean-Philippe


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:52
Spanish to English
+ ...
Interesting info Dec 7, 2011

Jean-Philippe Drécourt wrote:

Hello all,

I just received an application from an agency located in Camden, London who was offering cheap but not unrealistically low prices for Translation + Proofreading + Review through a quite professional looking email. The only problem is: their phone number is a "0908" number, which in Britain is reserved to adult services and charged at up to £1.50/min.


So even if they only receive queries from would-be translators seeking work, they can still make a profit on the calls, even if they don't actually handle any translation work at all! This is handy to know...


 

XXXphxxx (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
Portuguese to English
+ ...
Hysterical Dec 7, 2011

What next?

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:52
English to German
+ ...
In memoriam
An award for excellent customer service? Dec 7, 2011

Lisa Simpson wrote:

What next?



After all, they will fulfill all your needs and desires and make you really happy.



 

XXXphxxx (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
Portuguese to English
+ ...
I'm dialling the 'phone as I type... Dec 7, 2011

Nicole Schnell wrote:


After all, they will fulfill all your needs and desires and make you really happy.



 

Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 03:52
Member (2004)
English to Polish
Talk to me... Dec 7, 2011

Nicole Schnell wrote:
After all, they will fulfill all your needs and desires and make you really happy.



Talk to me... Talk to me dirty... Talk to me about synonyms and false cognates... Talk to me about segments and match rates... Talk to me about three-cent jobs and the imminent demise of the translation market... Talk to me!


 

Susanna Garcia  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:52
Italian to English
+ ...
In memoriam
Services Dec 7, 2011

Jean-Philippe Drécourt wrote:

The only problem is: their phone number is a "0908" number, which in Britain is reserved to adult services and charged at up to £1.50/min.

So keep an eye out for these!

Hope this helps,


Jean-Philippe


It has to be asked - and you know this how exactly?



 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 03:52
Member (2009)
English to German
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Interesting (translation) business concept Dec 7, 2011

Offer little, pay nothing and make lots of money.
Who wouldn't like that?


 

Jean-Philippe Drécourt  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
English to French
TOPIC STARTER
Good question... Dec 7, 2011

Susanna Garcia wrote:

It has to be asked - and you know this how exactly?



... I called of course ;o)

but before typing the last digit, I checked this:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186216-s605/United-Kingdom:Telephones.html

Phew!

JP


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:52
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
So... Dec 7, 2011

...they wanted a quick and dirty job!

 

Ivars Barzdevics  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:52
English to Spanish
We do have something in common.... Dec 7, 2011

we do our job with our tongues!

 

Yolanda Broad  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:52
Member (2000)
French to English
+ ...

MODERATOR
In the US, "premium rate" numbers are "900 numbers" Dec 7, 2011

It's worth keeping an eye out for those "premium rate numbers! And, in fact, there are been a few cases of 0908 UK numbers used by job posters on ProZ.com in the past.

In the US, the "premium rate" numbers are "900 numbers" See, for instance, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premium-rate_telephone_number


 

Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:52
Member (2010)
English to German
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Stimulus package Dec 8, 2011

So, if our business requires a 'stimulus' package, we should probably call that number...



 


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