I submitted my proposal and was awarded the job for $50. It was my first ever eLance gig, and I was thrilled to have it.
I did a couple hours research, wrote up something, then revised several times it as he requested, and now he's just sent me a message, after all that work and revising, saying, "Im sorry i dont think this will workout. im sorry but i will have to hire someone else." That's a direct, copy/past quote.
So now he's got MY work that I spent time writing, for FREE.
Lesson learned. Always ask for 100% upfront payment.
Man, I wish I hadn't had to learn the hard way . Scumbag scammers suck.