re: "I recently go taken for approx $325 recently after working for three days."
Did you send scammers $325 from your bank account?
Or did you do $325 worth of work, and they didn't pay you?
(These are two very different things.)
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@Kerry C wrote:
Another one you need to watch out for is David Kedode, he contacts you and says he can't place an order on upwork as there is error messages can he have your email to which he sends work. He then sends work and says he pays 15th and 30th of every month when you do the work and the 15th comes he makes an excuse and says it will all be settled by the 30th that date arrives and then he says his client has not paid him and he has logged a complaint with upwork. I have told up work about this as well. Personally i think there should be a way that these cretins are booted off up work, it makes working very unpleasant.
When you agree to work and get paid outside of Upwork you not only invite to be scammed, you also break the terms of service and risk your account to be suspended. Furthermore you defraud Upwork (out of the fee) and cheat every honest freelancer on the site.
It always mildly amuses me when people conspire with a fake client to cheat, then come running to the very platform they tried to cheat when their co-conspirator fails to pay up.
If it wasn't for freelancers breaking the rules, the scammers would go away because there would be nobody left to scam. The "cretins" are not only the clients who break the rules, it's also the freelancers who are the reason they are here in the first place, and who hurt the honest freelancers who work within the rules.
This client showed up on my google search right after I was **Edited for Community Guidelines**. She is still actively busy on freelancer. I know upwork and **Edited for Community Guidelines**are two different sites, but still. I wish I googled this woman's name after I finished about 10 articles for her. Worth $200 more or less.
re: "after I finished about 10 articles for her. Worth $200 more or less"
The good news:
If a scammer tricked you into writing 10 articles for her, and never actually paid you for this work, then those articles still belong to you. You may include them in your portfolio, or sell them to somebody else, or do anything you want with them.
re: "Can not believe..."
Don't be too hard on yourself.
EVERY freelancer has stumbled and made mistakes when starting out.
Many (not all, but many) freelancers have made the same mistake you made. Others have made other mistakes. We learn from our mistakes and move on.
I have been working as a freelancer on Upwork for many years now, and I still make mistakes.