I’m a translator, and often people contact me to ask me for an offer. Sometimes these people attach the full document that needs to be translated with the first message they send me.
Now, this on its own is no problem of course. But I often see people sending me documents that obviously don’t belong to them, and contain very very private information, like social security numbers, pension decisions and contracts.
What happens most of the time is someone from ******* or ******* sends me a very sensitive document of a Dutch person for example, and they ask me to translate it for a very low price. So I somehow suspect them selling a translation service somewhere else which they try to outsource (which they may do, but the person who sent the document has no idea where all his or her documents are being send to).
I often refuse to translate such sensitive documents. But should I do something else as well? Like report it somewhere?
I’m very interested in hearing your opinion/advice/experiences!
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