Bedford Translations receives hundreds of CVs each month, and only around 5% are genuine ones…
Whether you’re a freelance translator or working for a translation agency, you need to be aware of the scammers in the industry.
Scammers steal professional translators’ CVs usually by claims of `marketing their CVs` or `offering to work as a mediator between freelancers and translation companies`. They can steal the CVs from online platforms such as ProZ as well. They modify the CVs (sometimes they even don’t!) and they spam translation companies sending applications by using different email addresses. It’s highly likely that you will receive a Google translation or no translation at all if you happen to place a job with these scammers. And they want to be paid by unidentified PayPal addresses so that you cannot trace them.
Bedford Translations Vendor Management Department carries out a strict screening process for freelancer applications Here are some ways you can look out for fake CVs if you’re dealing with translator applications:
If you are a freelance translator, a couple of ways to protect yourself can be not publishing your CV in online platforms such as ProZ and not collaborating with people who offer to `market` your CV. In case you receive scammer emails you can report the email addresses to Translator Scammers Directory so that people can be informed about them in the future. If you notice the scammer is using the real name of the original translator, you can try to get in touch and inform them about their stolen CV.