Scammers on freelancer.com - Share your experience

by Duc
8 replies
Hi everybody,

Recently, I have been scammed on freelancer.com and would like to share my experience.

I wanted to do it the lazy way, spend money and let some outsources from India build Adsense websites for me. This freelancer got 10/10 reviews and appears very professional, so I hired him for a job where I spent 700 EUR to get a website that could earn $50 a day. He claimes to be an ex-google employee and found a way to get organic search engine traffic on my sites without the whole back link trouble. I was sceptical, but there was no upfront payment involved so I gave it a go. To my surprise, he delivered and the website earned initially $15 and continue to grow in earning. Together with his perfect review I totally trusted him and believed that I have found a golden opportunity to get rich quick.

So I borrowed some money and accepted his offer to let him create a $250/a day site for 4200 EUR upfront payment. I hesitated, but I thought with the paypal protection I will be on the safe side. Paypal created some problems for Indian transaction, so he suggested me to use Western Union or Money Gram to transfer the money. He gave me his mobile phone number, and PAN card and bank account statement of his business partner of the company to prove that me he was legit. I made some phone calls and through various conversations he appears to be a competent and trustworth guy, so I wired him the money via his business partner contact details.

Not long after this, adsense income stopped. I checked the adsense income more thoroughly and could see a contry specific CTR for India at 40%. Shortly after this my adsense account was banned. I managed to get it back since I had other websites running, but the income from his side was of course not paid out. The strange thing is, this guy still answers my emails and also picked up when I call. He told me that he has some server problems and will handle this soon. He is just very busy right now, because he found a super opportunity to earn money with forex. He could earn $5000 USD with this each day but is still looking for funds to get started. He assures me that I will get my money back, and that I should not worry.

This really confuses me... I mean, would an average scammer not just run away with the money? What do you think? Please share your thoughts. Anybody experiencing something similar? What you suggest I could do? Do you think there is anyway I could see this money again? To Indian warriors: Is a PAN card any good? Would legal actions make any sense?

Long story, short... What I learned and hopefully this will help my fellow warriors:
1. Don't look for quick secret money earning methods. If it is too good to be true, it is likely to be so.
2. Don't trust reviews blindly. Get your own experience about an outsourcer and build business over time.
3. Stop at yellow lights. There are many times where my intuition said: "He, stop for a while", but I just rushed through. It may get you faster forward, but is dangerous in the long run.
4. It's easy to spend money, but it's very hard to get it back. So be extra-careful about giving money away. In case of freelancer.com. Don't let them talk you into prepayments. Always go with milestones. Don't give reviews up front for any reasons. Only after they did the job.
5. Say NO earlier is better then say NO to late.

Regards,

Duc
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  • Profile picture of the author Webpromotion
    Run.... do not walk away from that person.

    That person is just a scammer... an expert scammer.


    My bad experience with freelancer was with getting articles written.
    They send a "sample" but then when you ask them to write a short 100 word trial article on
    some random keywords...... the writing goes from excellent to bad.
    Because they basically copied the article from somewhere and they thought they could
    find another one when you gave them the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Think about it: if someone can create sites that generate $250 a day in adsense revenue, why would they need you or anyone else?

    It's the oldest lure in the world: the desire to get something for nothing. Learn your lesson and move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Duc
    Yeah this is the point... He said it's because he wants to diversify and sell services. Since it will cost $250/mo to maintain the site. He already has enough sites like this and would need to reduce the risk and broaden his income.
    Thinking about it. Greed just blind me... Should I just forget about the money now, or do you think there is a chance to get it back?
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Duc View Post

      Thinking about it. Greed just blind me... Should I just forget about the money now, or do you think there is a chance to get it back?
      Just my guess, but I doubt that you will ever get your money back whether he answers his email or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    He claimes to be an ex-google employee and found a way to get organic search engine traffic on my sites without the whole back link trouble.
    Yeah..he let some of his friends click on your ads..

    Why you paid $4200 upfront is beyond me..based on what? On his promises? I would have trouble selling an ESTABLISHED site for that amount unless i can document the income....and you spent this amount upfront?
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    • Profile picture of the author Duc
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Yeah..he let some of his friends click on your ads..

      Why you paid $4200 upfront is beyond me..based on what? On his promises? I would have trouble selling an ESTABLISHED site for that amount unless i can document the income....and you spent this amount upfront?
      At this time. The other site earns money. I also had paypal protection for 45 days and just want to see what he can do. I mean he had like 40 reviews almost 10/10 in freelancer.com. Could they be all faked?
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton095
    I may share with you with only my freelance opinion..so listen..I think that for any of economic opinion (especially for a very limit budget) - it's te most usefull. But riscs..because of money...
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  • Profile picture of the author MM80
    Did you actually pay the 4200€? I mean that's a lot of money!!!! I had some problems with indians too but I got scammed with 100 bucks not that much!
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