We’ve heard from several members who have reported an increase in scam email. This is a very common occurrence with non-profit associations but has been happening a lot more this week.
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These emails frequently include “American Translators Association” or “ATA” either in the subject line or body of the email. These emails were not sent by ATA and should be deleted.
The most common emails members have reported receiving concern fake job offers. The sender usually mentions they are “contacting you about your directory listing published online via the American Translators Association.” Sometimes, the email recipient is invited to an online interview for the position and will be given a link to register. In some cases, a well-known business is cited as the employer and a hiring manager is mentioned by name. Details such as an hourly rate and job requirements are often included.
These are just a few ways scammers are trying to separate you from your money.
Scamming is an ever-present concern for freelance translators and interpreters. Make it your business to learn how scams work—watch ATA’s free webinar Don’t Fall for It! Scams Targeting Language Professionals. You’ll also find a basic overview of scams and how to avoid them on ATA’s website.
There are a number of ways to report scams, most of them as easy as filling out an online form. Your complaint will help authorities around the world spot trends and coordinate efforts to combat fraud.