Modern Languages student has article published in The Linguist
10 October 2013
Final year Modern Languages student, Charis Fisher, has a two-page spread in the current issue of The Linguist warning translators and agencies about a new scam doing the rounds.
Charis Fisher, a final-year undergraduate student in the School of Modern Languages, published a very interesting piece in the latest edition of The Linguist, the professional journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, which can be read online.
On her placement with UPS Translations this summer, Charis came across a scam whereby the CVs of professional translators are downloaded from online translation portals, the contact details are replaced, and the CVs are then submitted to translation agencies with the scammer's own email address and covering email. Charis was alerted by the odd inconsistencies between the very professionally-produced CVs and the poorly phrased and formatted covering emails. The article offers some practical hints to companies and to translators on how to protect themselves. For more on scams affecting translators, see the Proz scam alert board.