If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Scams are on the rise, and the language industry is no exception.
Fake Check Scams
If an entity unknown to you wants to pay you by check, beware! There are a number of check scams involving fake checks. The Federal Trade Commission has a good explanation on scams involving fraudulent checks.
Recently, identity and CV theft has been on the rise in the language industry. The Translator Scammers Directory contains some detailed information on this topic.
Knowledge Is the Best Defense
NCTA Board members Peg Flynn and Carola Berger published an article with more information on scams and preventative measures in the Spring 2017 edition of Translorial, the NCTA publication for members. The article can be accessed after logging in to the members-only area. An earlier article by Carola Berger which appeared in The ATA Chronicle in 2014 can be downloaded here.
The American Translators Assocation has more information and a list of resources here.
NCTA also offers a 25% discount off the regular subscription price of the Payment Practices list.
The NCTA Ethics Chair is also available in case of further questions. Please be advised, however, that the NCTA Ethics Chair has no recourse to intervene in issues or disputes that involve people or entities that are not NCTA members.