Reply
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply

Client is running a scam

brewer_john
Active Member
John B Member Since: Aug 4, 2017
1 of 7

How do I report client for a scam to get my articles for free by guaranteeing payment and then not answering emails or paying after he received them?

 

The following from client: 

**Edited for Community Guidelines**

yitwail
Community Guru
John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
2 of 7

You can flag the job as inappropriate, and give "Asking for free work" as the reason. But you sent the client samples without a contract, so you won't receive a penny in return.

__________________________________________________
"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
brewer_john
Active Member
John B Member Since: Aug 4, 2017
3 of 7

thanks

m_njari
Community Guru
MERCY N Member Since: May 6, 2015
4 of 7

John B wrote: 'I would like 3 blog posts(articles, whitepaper) that would be relevant for our website...'

 

If you obliged, meaning if you provided those 3 articles as part of the interview, which means the client was yet to raise a contract, I'm afraid you have no recourse. 

 

Next time ask the client to raise a contract for the test article. If you look at profiles of seasoned contractors, you'll see tiny amounts like $20, $10 or even $5, which constitute pay for test work. Alternatively, provide the client with a sample of past work, selecting that part that you think will portray the skill or style the client is interested in. Personally I even provide a paragraph or two from the middle of a book I've written just to show my style. 

 

So, you can go on and report the client as a scammer, but not with the hope of being assisted to get your work paid. 

 

brewer_john
Active Member
John B Member Since: Aug 4, 2017
5 of 7

Thank you foe your comments

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
6 of 7

John,

 

Please, make sure you have a contract with the client before you start doing any work for them. That way you can benefit from Upwork Payment Protection and receive your payment. If the client requests you to work on the assignment without a contract, please flag their message or original job posting.

~ Valeria
Upwork
brewer_john
Active Member
John B Member Since: Aug 4, 2017
7 of 7

Thank you

TOP SOLUTION AUTHORS
TOP KUDOED MEMBERS