Please read my colleague Nick Jones's recent blog post about a proofreader-targeted scam that's doing the rounds. Not only does Nick outline how this scam works (which may help you recognize whether you're being targeted); he also offers some excellent advice on how to protect yourself from these kinds of attacks. You can read the article here: The overpayment scam that targets proofreaders (Nick Jones on findaproofreader.com).
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and the curator of The Proofreader's Parlour. She is also the author of Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers, Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business, and Omnibus: Editorial Business Planning & Marketing Plus.
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