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Re: Dubious translation agency

aurora111
Active Member
Aurora M Member Since: Apr 20, 2017
1 of 8

Hi all!

 

I'm new to this community and still getting the hang of it.

 

I've been recently contacted by this so-called agency. I was sent this mail:

 

**Edited for Community Guidelines**

 

But, it's just weird to me that I was not asked to hand out a sample or anything at all.

As said before, I'm getting acquainted with all these formalities and I'm not sure if I should "trust" any agency and send out my information as it is.

 

How can I recognize legitimate agencies and what is the protocol to be followed when getting hired by an agency.

 

Thank you so much in advance for your support!!

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Aurora,

 

Did this agency approach you on Upwork?

~ Valeria
Upwork
aurora111
Active Member
Aurora M Member Since: Apr 20, 2017
3 of 8

Hi Valeria

 

First off, thank you so much for replying.

 

No, I was contacted by this agency through e-mail.

versailles
Community Guru
Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Aurora, I haven't had the chance to read the e-mail before it was edited but generally speaking, outside of Upwork while working with an agency for the first time it is a good idea to ask for an advance of 50%.

 

There is another option, you can provide them with the link to your Upwork profile and ask them to hire you through Upwork. This way, if they accept, you will benefit of the payment protection in place on Upwork, in exchange of a 20% or 10% fee.

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colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Aurora, ask CS to check this out for you. There are sometimes genuine Upwork recruiters whose emails seem really scammy, and seem not to have anything to do with Upwork.

 

If the OP's question concerns one of UW's recruiters, then  it is high time Upwork monitored wording and email access.

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Nichola,

 

Aurora hasn't been approached by Upwork Talent Specialists. I wasn't able to find the agency she's referring to on Upwork. 

~ Valeria
Upwork
colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Sorry, Valeria,

 

Just thought I'd mention it (as you know, none of us have insider knowledge), because I have certainly missed out on a couple of jobs that were suggested by Upwork recruiters , which I have dismissed out of hand thinking they were scams.

 

I don't think you can blame me for suggesting the OP covers her bases. And I only suggested she should ask customer support. 

 

 

aurora111
Active Member
Aurora M Member Since: Apr 20, 2017
8 of 8

Thanks again to you all for your prompt advice. I'll definitely put it into practice.

 

I've been sent the same e-mail a couple of times more. It's just weird.

This so-called agency is Power Translation supposedly based in Israel.

 

Anyway, I just disregarded it as I have a bad feeling about it.