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

Jean-Philippe Drécourt  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:26
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: 12:26
Spanish to English
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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  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:26
Portuguese to English
+ ...
Hysterical Dec 7, 2011

What next?

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:26
English to German
+ ...
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.

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XXXphxxx  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:26
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.

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Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 12:26
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.

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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: 11:26
Italian to English
+ ...
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?

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:26
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Interesting (translation) business concept Dec 7, 2011

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


 

Jean-Philippe Drécourt  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:26
English to French
TOPIC STARTER
Good question... Dec 7, 2011

Susanna Garcia wrote:

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

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... 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: 12:26
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
So... Dec 7, 2011

...they wanted a quick and dirty job!

 

Ivars Barzdevics  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:26
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: 06:26
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
Local time: 06:26
Member (2010)
English to German
+ ...
Stimulus package Dec 8, 2011

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

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