i got scammed for the first time!

Philippines
August 8, 2012 3:10am CST
I have been working on several work-at-home sites for a little over a year now, and I quite enjoy it. Then I found this site, elance, and i signed up as a freelancer. I applied to several writing gigs, and i got hired by a certain nehamukherjee85 username. It was a fixed-price thing, and he or she offered to pay me $250 for 150 articles. I thought it was a good deal so I took it and started working on the articles. Then, elance emailed me and said that something was off about this nehamukherjee85 person and that I should not submit anything until he has escrowed my payment. I double-checked his or her profile and saw that he or she had paid someone else from before and so I thought I should just remind him or her about my payment, so I did. Nehamukherjee85 replied and told me not to worry and keep working. So I did. I should've trusted my instincts and reported the darn person. After all my hard work, I never got a single cent and he or she never replied. Have you ever been scammed? I feel so furious. God will deal with him or her in His own time and in His own way. Still, I wish I could've gotten some compensation or whatever.
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@owlwings (44065)
• Cambridge, England
8 Aug 12
You are not the only person to have been defrauded by this person. See here: http://soniak01.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/fraud-on-a-reputed-freelancing-website/ and also here: http://www.imakemoneyeasy.com/threads/111586-WTS-50-SEO-articles-batch (may be the same person as 'soniak01', but at least one other member has responded to say that they were scammed). The only thing you can really do is to do as this person has done and to claim ownership of the articles and, perhaps, sell them to someone else.
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@TeamCholent (2839)
• United States
8 Aug 12
I have never been scammed but I have been bothered if that counts. Are you not able to report that person for now so nobody in the future will get scammed? In the future try and work on smaller deals such as 5 articles at a time. I am sorry you got scammed but hope that won't prevent you trying in the future.
• Philippines
10 Aug 12
Thanks, I'm doing okay now. I have trusted employers on oDesk and other sites who pay me well and give me jobs regularly. :)
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
8 Aug 12
I would also think that its a good to be true deal. I was thinking of searching your articles over the search engine every now and then so that if the person who scam you will post your hard written article, you could get even with him/her by riposting it to the sites owner. And I hope you post could be a lesson for all of us to be careful on the deals that we engage at in the internet. As I said, i would had go for this deal if I am offered one. But, as you said you were already given a clue that this person is too good to be true.
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
Always trust your instincts! Although most people are good, there are still a lot of scammers. At any rate, I'm sure I am way better off than he is. :)
@Raine38 (11506)
• United States
8 Aug 12
Oh no, that's terrible! I also used to write articles online and I know how it is to put in hard work and meet deadlines. Have you reported that person to elance so he wouldn't be able to scam others again? Maybe you can also be on the look out for your articles online, if ever he or she will post it on a website. ANyway, it's his loss, not yours. You only lost money, but he lost his integrity.
• Philippines
10 Aug 12
True! Yes, I did report him but I think it was too late, he'd cancelled his eLance account. Anyway, I put some comments on a few blogs about what happened so fellow online writers will be aware. :)
@Nursefrai06 (2498)
• Penrith, Australia
10 Jan 13
Wow, 150 articles is not a joke. Too bad I kindabthought elance was a really legit site cause they have so many good reviews. This is the first time I've ever heard something negative about it, oh my goodness I hate them now, that's so notbgair making you work like that. Not to worry one way or another, karma will get back on them and not to worry cause one day that nehamukherjee85 will die eventually.
• India
7 Jan 13
Hi friend, sad to hear about this, are this person is from mylot? Scammers are available every where, we must be careful with them. Don't trust any individual person, as you mentioned you submitted 150 articles, it is not easy to write them. As an article writer i know about the pain and vain in this, surely the scammer will get punishment for his activity
• Canada
10 Oct 12
Hi, I'm sorry that you got scammed by this person..I don't think it was the company's fault but the actual client..It's really frustrating that there are scammers out there and i think we all learn from our mistakes..I don't think it's fair for you to stop working at all, it's only a matter of researching the person's file or feedback so we should pay more attention..You should be cautious of fixed price contracts too. I hope you will have a peace of mind after what had happened to you..and yes you should trust what your instincts tell you..You're an intelligent person..Life's full of trial and error and we become smarter and wiser people from it..As the saying goes there's no bad deed that goes unpunished.. Take care...
@riempie9 (1021)
• South Africa
21 Sep 12
Yes, this is the risk we take. I feel sorry about it, but know next time when people keep putting you off that there is something amiss. Do not submit more until you know about the person who is commissioning you. We all learn during the first few months what to do and what to reject.
• Kenya
21 Sep 12
Hi Zainirye, I so get your pain and your post actually encouraged me today as I was boiling over when I found out an article that I wrote as a test sample was sold by the client and he cancelled my order. Take heart and just do your best and the person who stole from you will get his or her just dues. Keep on writing and never give up. I will take this advise as well.Have a great day.
@garson (884)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I am curious to how many words are required for each article. It would not be a good deal or worthwhile if this person asks for 500 words for each article, for example. Of course, many people can pay low and some writers are flexible with any payment. How many articles did u submit? Was it all of them? When E-lance notify you about this person, does the email specify any reason about this person? Does the profile mention how many people were paid in the past? Did you notify E-lance about this? Sorry for the list of questions. I hope that you overcome this and keep it positive.
• United States
7 Sep 12
I have had one issue years ago with this they promised so much more work from home we will pay type of thing and nothing came out of it. I was instanly mad. I do have one question which other work from home sites do you use? I haven't been about to find any other good ones.
@silverfox09 (4717)
• United States
28 Aug 12
The internet is full of so much scammer , I normally do writing for paying sites . I made my own blog that way I will not get scammed I am writing just for me . I am sorry to hear about you being scammed, those people make it bad for legit ones.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
15 Aug 12
Well, though Elance and Odesk are prestigious sites, there are also some bad guys who take advantages of the sites to get their jobs done freely. So we must be careful when we do jobs there. I also encountered a cheat. It seemed that he was generous, because as we all know, most clients will bargain with contractors during the interviews. He didn't bargain at all. And when he gave all the contractors good feedback such as "excellent job""well done", etc. But when the time of the payment. He disappeared, no matter how you tried to contact him, he gave no answers. But thank god, at last, the site helped me to get my money. And gave me suggestions not working for the client any more. So i think though it is really annoying to meet a cheat, we should learn some lessons and never be caught by such guys any more.
@shello (964)
• United Arab Emirates
14 Aug 12
Oh. That is so unfortunate. There are really people out there who live for nothing but to get something in exchange of nothing. Tricky and very inconsiderate of how the others would feel upon knowing that there efforts were gone for nothing. Yeah, God will deal with him at the right time and he will have a dose of his own medicine. As for you, don't worry, I guess something will come out in exchange of that unpaid hard work. Well, just keep on and better be careful the next time. Thanks for sharing, this may serve as a lesson to all who are trying their best to earn online.
@zhihao12 (363)
• Singapore
14 Aug 12
The virtual world is filled with scams like this and it is hard to avoid it especially when you are trying to earn some income online. However i would advise not taking this experience too hard and lose moral in earning money online. You may have wasted your efforts and failed to get the money you deserve, but that does not mean you did not manage to get anything away from this incident. Think about it, this experience allows you to take a clearer view on online earning and remind you how many scams are still here in the online world currently, and you will be more aware of such incidents and avoid it from happening in the future. Not being sarcastic here but it is true that the more scams you experiences, the more adept you are at spotting such scams and avoiding it so it is not such a bad thing after all. Just accept it and continue earning money in other areas.
@mariaperalta (19076)
• Mexico
13 Aug 12
Thats bad, but if its the first time you are a lucky one. I have been scammed many times over the last 5 years while working online. You never know who is really behind some of these sites.
• India
13 Aug 12
Yes you are right. Also I got scammed for the first time. I think not only me and you, also got scammed first time those are working work-at-time.
@kaichoukebz (1190)
• Philippines
12 Aug 12
I had experienced being scammed also. I had provided someone for Facebook likes. It was a contest in Facebook actually. I really strove hard to provide excellent service to him. After the end of the day, I cannot imagine that he will scam me. Yes, God will be the one to punish him someday. I do believe also in karma. :( It is just like you are feeding your family through a scammed money. It is really better to have nothing than to earn everything through scammed things. I promise myself that I will not be fooled again. I really swear. I will be aware next on freelancing sites.
• United States
11 Aug 12
That is just awful I am so sorry it happened to you. I am an employer on odesk and I know that writers are afraid of not being paid for their work. Here is what I do. I tell people I want 10 articles on a topic (and list the topic). I ask them to submit I article and I will pay them for that one article and if I am happy with their work I will offer the 9 more articles. That way if they are concerned about not being paid they are only out 1 aticle. I have never not paid anyone even I don;t like there work. If I am only paying for one article at least I am not out any big money and odesk is still happy with me. I have had writers ask me for payment prior to writing the articles which I will not do either. If I have them write the 10 articles I ask them if they want to be paid article by article or wait for the entire job completion for their payment. It is strictly their choice. I have had writers choose both ways- and I have no preference. Most of my writers ask me for more work so I figure they are pretty happy and I have had no complaints from either them or odesk. Next time you might suggest a pay as you go article payment. If the employer refuses go elswhere. If you think about it, it costs me, the employer, no more if I pay you article by article or all at once. Again I am so sorry this happened to you- it gives us, the employers a bad reputation and is totally unneccesary.
• India
11 Aug 12
Hello zainirye, That's so terrible. You had write 150 articles for nothing! I really want to thank you for sharing this information so we can beware at every step. If you posted those 150 articles on site like hubpages you can earn for long time.