As freelance copywriter in Spanish, I always have to be looking for new clients and in the meantime I am used to finding suspicious job offers.
I won’t write here the specific URL and name of the company because I think it is more important that people understand what seems not legit than the specific websites that do the scams.
An example of a scam job for translators
The last very suspicious job that I have found said things like:
- You will work for big companies as Coca Cola, Disney…
Well, I really don’t know these two particular cases, but big companies usually hire an agencies and do not lose time hiring freelancers that are not able to reach their expectations related with volume of work.
- You do not need experience
Maybe you do not need experience, but I don’t know any company that says this openly if it is not desperate to get more workers. Even if they do not need experienced workers, an experienced worker usually gives more confidence to the client, so why would they write this in the job description? If they do not need experience they won’t say it explicitly, in order to both experienced and not experienced apply.
Until this moment this job seems too easy, but it could be ok. Problem is that now come the bad news. You need to pay a registration fee in order to go into the platform and access these great and generous clients.
They promise they will give your money back if you do not find accurate jobs.
A quick internet investigation about the website gave me some forum discussions with freelancers saying they never had their money back.
- Too easy jobs doesn’t exist.
- Too easy jobs well paid doesn’t exist.
- Never give money to get a job. You need to earn money, not to spend it.
If you are going to pay for a platform, then be sure that the platform will only charge to you a proportion of your earnings. This is a win-win relationship because you are sure that they want you to get jobs. More you earn, more they earn. You do not earn, you don’t pay. You become rich, they become rich. Easy!