Scammed by an independent translator
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bbbb bbbb
Eritrea
Local time: 09:13
Jan 13, 2013

I'm writing to seek advice from wiser and more experienced translators who have given sound advice in the past. I have been translating on a freelance basis but I made the mistake of working for a translator who hasn't paid me after more than six months and many reminders. I've given up hope but the catch is that he/she is a member of proz.com with a valid profile. Is there any way to apply pressure via the site? (If so, would I need to become a paying member to access services that would allow me to do so?) Does anyone else have other suggestions? In case it matters, the translator in question lives in a different country than I live/work in.

 

Farzad Akmali  Identity Verified
Member
English to Farsi (Persian)
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Post a Blueboard Entry Jan 13, 2013

Dear Martha,

In such cases, we normally post a Blueboard Entry. The site has no commitment regarding the non-paying outsourcers, but when you post a No. 1 Entry (which means you won't work for that outsourcer in future), you are prompted if you have received the payment or not; they try to persuade the outsourcer to pay you.

I hope you receive the payment soon and won't have such experience in future.

Happy translating.



[Edited at 2013-01-13 20:29 GMT]


 

bbbb bbbb
Eritrea
Local time: 09:13
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you!! Jan 13, 2013

Thank you, Farzad! Very helpful information.

 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 08:13
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
Hi Martha Jan 13, 2013

The first thing to do is submitting a support request with all available information.

You can also make an entry at the Blue Board (in case there is no BB record for this outsourcer, you can create it).

Natalia


 

Mehdi Golestaninasab
Iran
Local time: 10:43
English to Farsi (Persian)
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in a similar situation Jan 13, 2013

Dear Martha
Hello
I've been in a same situation, I've done something that resulted in payment, maybe this also work for you. I found the translation first client (by goggling) and also I've downloaded his CV and found the major companies he work for. Then I prepared an email along with a copy of communications and proofs and threaten him if he doesn't pay me, I'd inform the clients about his behavior, this way he just apologized me and send me the money.
Please consider this as your last option!


 
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Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 03:13
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
This could be a case of impersonation Jan 14, 2013

Hi Martha,

Sometimes a scammer will impersonate a professional and innocent colleague or company in order to steal translations, as described in this article.

Submitting a support request with all related information is a good strategy.

Regards,
Enrique


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:13
Spanish to English
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Very true Jan 14, 2013

Enrique Cavalitto wrote:

Hi Martha,

Sometimes a scammer will impersonate a professional and innocent colleague or company in order to steal translations, as described in this article.

Submitting a support request with all related information is a good strategy.

Regards,
Enrique


I had this exact same issue last year where a scammer stole the identity of a real professional. I did get paid for that project ($3,000), but with fake money orders.


 

bbbb bbbb
Eritrea
Local time: 09:13
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you! Jan 14, 2013

Thanks to all of you for contributing! Now I have several ideas.

 


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