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Scammed by a freelancer

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Linux K Member Since: Jan 27, 2019
1 of 15

Hello ,

as my title says I think I got scammed by a freelancer , I had a task for iOS development , easy to do task with a fixed price , the freelancer agreed on everything then i funded the project , and immediately he withdraw from it , now I cant see any credit on my account !

 

first time on Upwork ! I have no idea whats going the this **edited for Community Guidelines** site explains nothing at all ! 

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
2 of 15

You should calm down. If you funded it, it must be a fixed price project, so the money you paid is in escrow, and the freelancer cannot withdraw it until you approve a milestone, or the freelancer requests milestone approval and you do nothing for 14 days. Before any of that happens, you can always cancel the contract and then the money will be returned to you.

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Linux K Member Since: Jan 27, 2019
3 of 15

John tank you for your answer 

as I mentioned I am new here so I am really confused ! 
Shouldn't the refund be in my upwork wallet ? 

this is the status of the offerl : Declined - by contractor on January 27, 2019

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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
4 of 15

 freelancer declined your offer?
so he/she never started working on the project, right?

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Linux K Member Since: Jan 27, 2019
5 of 15

Hello Sanja

 

I think he did as long as I hired him but after 2 mns he said sorry i won't do it and withdraw but I see no funds back on my balance like I paid him for nothing .

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
6 of 15

I've seen posts about this in the forums before. I don't know how the refund process works exactly, but my recollection is that it can take several days.

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Vivek K Member Since: May 28, 2016
7 of 15

It seems Your pressed Hire Now Button and sent an offerwhich was declined by freelancer. Hence No contract was started. A contract is started only when your offer is accepted by the freelancer.

Thus there is no question of being scammed. The freelancer has not taken your money but just declined to work for You on this project.

The amount would be refunded to your payment method in a few days.

I am not sure exactly How many days? But Probably upto 5 days.

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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
8 of 15

I believe he declined your offer - you need to approve milestone release for each milestone your funded. So - if you didn't approve the release of funds - you didn't pay him - so no worries.

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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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9 of 15

Hi Linux, 


I'm sorry to learn that you find using Upwork confusing. I checked your account, and can see that the money in escrow (when you funded the project) has already been credited back to your billing method. This should reflect on your statement within 3 to 5 business days. If you check your Transactions page (Reports > Transactions), you will see that you have already been refunded as noted on transaction with Reference ID 219232041. 


Since you are new here, I recommend that you read up on the resources we have compiled here to help you familiarize yourself with the Upwork platform.


-Avery
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Linux K Member Since: Jan 27, 2019
10 of 15

John thank you for your answer 

as I mentioned I am new here so I am really confused ! 
Shouldn't the refund be in my upwork wallet ? 

this is the status of the offerl : Declined - by contractor on January 27, 2019

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