Updates for Interpreters and Interpreter Agencies
Warning: Scam Targets Interpreters
An interpreter reported that she had been targeted by a scam utilizing her information on the roster. An individual sought her assistance in translating a document. The individual sent a check that exceeded the cost of the interpreter's services. The interpreter deposited the check but notified the individual of the overpayment and asked how to return the extra amount. She was instructed to send a money order, which she did. The account the payment check was written on had been closed so the interpreter was not paid for her services. Because the refund was sent by a money order, she could not get that money back.
To protect yourself from scams:
- Do not provide personal information to individuals who contact you requesting your services.
- Make sure that checks have been cleared by your bank before transferring or wiring any refunds or overpayments back to the sender.
- Be wary of work requests from strangers in remote locations. If you receive a work request, ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and who they represent. If they claim to represent a company, use the internet to verify that it is real.
If you think you are the victim of a scam, call the Minnesota Attorney General's office at 651-296-3353.
Person claiming to represent the Minnesota Department of Health has been calling interpreters
A person claiming to represent the Minnesota Department of Health has been calling interpreters on the roster and asking to interview them during the evening, at a hotel. The Minnesota Department of Health is NOT requesting interviews with interpreters. For reasons of safety, we encourage you not to meet with anyone unless you can verify their identity and you meet in an area visible to the public.
If you have any questions or concerns about this notice, contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-3731.