Is there a Chinese translation scam?
August 26, 2014 8:00 AM Subscribe
I've been approached via email by someone I don't know describing himself as a Canadian with a Chinese wife who runs this language service center
, offering to translate one of my books into Chinese. The offer is unsolicited and it does not specifically mention the title of my book.
Is it a scam that I haven't heard about yet?
posted by sixpack to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the content of the letter:
My name is Paul XXX, I'm a Canadian who lives in China with my Chinese wife Gentile (Chinese name: Zhou, XXX). We run our own language service center in Hangzhou, China. (www.shantzservices.com) and my wife is looking to get into the translation business.
Specifically, she is looking to translate very interesting books (like yours) into Chinese. We've been looking around the internet for a good project to start her off with and after finding your book my wife asked me to reach out to you.
We both seem to think that there would be a big demand for your book in China and there are several sites where you can put up your book for sale. Also, Amazon has a Chinese mirror site that many Chinese people use to buy books.
My wife has a lot of translation experience, she has done all the translation for our own language center. All the course materials, legal papers, leases etc. She is an avid reader and wants to start translating books.
Since this would be her first book, we would be quite flexible on the rate, as the main purpose is to get her some experience. We would just ask that you be a little flexible on the timeline since it might take her a little longer to get over the first time hurdles. We can guarantee a very quality product once it’s finished, but it may take us a little longer to get there.
After the translation, if you would like we could put the book on Chinese sites for sale as a free service and a way to say thank you for letting us translate. We also have some connections with agents and publishers in China and could make introductions for you if you wish.
If you're interested, we would love to hear from you. I can be reached at XXX@hotmail.com. We could set up a time to chat over skype so you could get to know us a little bit.
Take care and hopefully we hear from you!