So, I have this recurring buyer.
I do translations, and our first project was a short text about bitcoin. Can’t remember exactly what it was, but it wasn’t the first time I translated something related to cryptocurrency, so I accepted, did the job, and all was fine.
And then a few weeks later, there was a new order from him, once again about cryptocurrency-stuff. Only this time it was about an automatic trader. I didn’t think too hard about it, I know there are automatic traders online, so I did the job and again, all was fine.
But then a few weeks later he approached me about a big order, over 20K words, divided into several shorter texts. I noticed these were reviews about different autotraders for cryptos, but that all systems seemed identical, so this aroused my suspicion and I spent about five minutes googling this before realizing that these traders are known scams.
I’m not involved in crypocurrency, I had no idea until I noticed how similar the texts were.
I feel so bad now! I mean, what if someone read these texts and actually invested (and lost) money? I’d assume the scams work since the buyer is once again requesting work and I feel terrible.
So here’s my problem; someone who would go through this much problem scamming people probably wouldn’t think twice about doing a paypal cashback or something, so I don’t want to piss this client off and lose the money he already paid me (it’s not an insignificant sum but hardly four-figures).
The scam is itself illegal, I’m pretty sure, since they’re not actually providing a trading bot. But that doesn’t mean the client I’m working with is the person responsible. I know I can block them, and I’m leaning towards doing that, but I’m really worried about cashbacks as retaliation. Doing more work for them is of course not an option for me.
Should I report them to fiverr?