I see you already received good advice from Jessica and Rene. To reiterate, the client would have to make an offer and you would need to accept it in order to have an active contract. Don't start working without an active contract, which would show in your "My Jobs" tab. You can find more details here.
I've looked at your profile and would like to ask you to remove the Facebook and portfolio links from your overview, since they contain your direct contact details.
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But yeah - he was looking for youto edit it for free. I get those all the time...I even had someone request that I write lyrics and poems for their book (Im an author) and they took off running when I said I wouldn't send them the content before escrow was funded.
Bless their little hearts.
re: "The client may not be trying to cheat people. Just because he sent you the file does not mean he is giving you the job."
David is correct that sending a complete file does NOT mean a client was trying to cheat a contractor.
It is perfectly reasonable and normal for a client to send a complete file to a contractor he is interviewing, or to include a complete source file as part of a job posting.
BUT in this case, the client WAS trying to cheat the contractor. The client didn't simply send a complete file. The cient ALSO was quite insistent that he wanted her to do the work on the file, and that it needed to be done ASAP, and then when the contractor asked that the official contract offer be sent, the client disappeared.
Sending complete file: Good. (It does NOT mean you have been hired. Doesn't mean client is scammer.)
This particular client: Bad. Tried to scam this contractor, but failed.
@Aleia W wrote:
It was an article for a travel publication or blog post maybe? But he just wanted it edited, not written.
Maybe the article was stolen as well and had to be edited because of that.