Hooray! My blog is now included in Google and Yahoo’s search engine list but I still need to type firstname.lastname@example.org for my blog to appear. I hope by writing the fake company’s name, my blog will appear on the search soon.
If you are a novice freelancer, you can bid on clients with verified payment method as long as the job is part time. In case of an hourly job, you can receive the payment for the first week. If no payment received after the first week, stop the work and request to your client to cancel the job. In case of a fixed job, the escrow must be funded first and the first milestone must be set to the shortest time possible so you can tell if your client is indeed honest and trustworthy. The second milestone and so on must be set to what you and the client agreed upon.
If the client is not responding and seems unprofessional, instead of cancelling the job, you may mark this as complete so future clients will know that you aren’t paid on your job or you may also dispute the job.
We assume that you are experienced freelancers on Elance and you will not bid on clients with unverified Elance payments. I and Pratiksha Sharma will share tips on how to detect scammers/fake clients in hourly or fixed jobs.
This is the usual description of hourly jobs posted by scammers in elance. Looks legit but look at the client’s history carefully.
Elance doesn’t offer an escrow fund unlike in Fixed jobs. It is hard to detect if the client will really pay you. First look for the job description. If the description is too good to be true, run away because the client maybe the person who is hard to deal with and we don’t want to work with these kind of clients. If not, go and bid. Make sure that you look for the client’s job history. If the client has awarded several jobs and still did not make a payment to one up to three freelancers, avoid the client as soon as possible. If the client only paid 1-2 clients, you must be careful also if it is only on small amounts unless the freelancer’s profile and history seems legit and if they are really verified.
Another client. I got this screenshot from a $0 job from a random freelancer. The client’s profile now doesn’t exist.
Pratisksha shared this client bmahusay29, the client is still alive and kicking even she already reported this to Elance.
Out of 10 jobs made and 6 jobs awarded, the completed jobs have $0. Scammers are everywhere and it’s difficult to catch them online unless there’s a huge sum of money involved but for only services, nah!
If ever you will have conversations outside elance, find the client’s IP address so you will know if the client is telling the truth about his/her location.
The advice is the same with hourly jobs except that escrow must be funded and the first milestone must be set to the shortest time possible so you can tell if your client is indeed honest and trustworthy. The second milestone and so on must be set to what you and the client agreed upon.
That’s it! Good luck on your full or part time freelancing career here in Elance. Thanks for reading! I would also like to thank Pratiksha, Nick and the other freelancer for sharing their Elance experiences so I can share these to you.
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