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Re: My client is trying to scam me

mabel_olamide
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Olamide M Member Since: Jan 5, 2019
1 of 14
This is not the first time this is happening and I think it’s becoming common.
I wrote a book for a client, sent her everything. Did all the corrections required and now she doesn’t want to pay my balance. She paid 50% and is now refusing to pay the rest. She claims the content is plagiarized and I have checked using copyscape and grammarly and it shows 0% plagiarism.

I’ll like to file a dispute against her but I don’t how. Can someone guide me through this.
petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
2 of 14

Olamide M wrote:
I’ll like to file a dispute against her but I don’t how. Can someone guide me through this.

Are the remaining 50% funded and in escrow? You can only dispute what's left in escrow.

mabel_olamide
Active Member
Olamide M Member Since: Jan 5, 2019
3 of 14
Yes, $300 is in escrow
petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
4 of 14

Try and work it out with the client. If the client does not budge, you may have to contact suoport to dispute. But submit against the milestone anyway to follow the process correctly.

 

mabel_olamide
Active Member
Olamide M Member Since: Jan 5, 2019
5 of 14
I’ve tried to do that but she is not responding. I might have to contact support.
kinector
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
6 of 14
Yeah, sounds like the client is just trying to make it go away hoping you don't take action after launching isome ntimidating accusations.

As Petra suggested, you have a good claim for a dispute. The client is being dishonest and immoral by avoiding you.

But first, make sure you've used the Submit Work button and have waited for 14 days. If the client does nothing, the money will be released to you. If the client disputes it, you can feel confident in responding to it.

So, if I understood correctly, you don't need to do anything except wait those 14 days of the submission to pass. (Unless you didn't press the right button yet, in that case do it now.)
mabel_olamide
Active Member
Olamide M Member Since: Jan 5, 2019
7 of 14
She split it into three different milestones. She has not activated the
last milestone yet so I can’t submit any work.
kinector
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
8 of 14
Ouch. Then you have nothing you could possibly dispute. 😬

Better luck next time. Or rather, follow the process more carefully in the future.

NOW it sounds like the client knows exactly how the system works and is utilizing the process to her advantage.

So you're saying she's about to get $300 worth of free work from you?
petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
9 of 14

Olamide M wrote:
She split it into three different milestones. She has not activated the
last milestone yet so I can’t submit any work.

Then how are there $300 in Escrow?

Can you talk us through how that happened?

kinector
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
10 of 14
Petra, I suspect Olamide might have been seeing what she was hoping to see: $300 in the escrow when in reality it was $0.

It can happen to the best of us. Everyone has a weak moment.
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