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How to Avoid Scam on Freelancer.com

Updated on July 4, 2014
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One of the reasons why most people don't believe in earning money online is because of scammers. It's true that there are a lot of scam sites on the internet. There are some who sell you a program and promise to multiply your money. Others sell eBooks with guides on how to earn money but actually they're just full of rubbish. There are also those who make you click ads and do other petty jobs but not pay you anyway. Their scheme is simple- to take advantage of people.

Because of scammers the reputation of outsourcing sites like Freelancer, Elance, and oDesk get stained. Some just give up on working because they are repeatedly cheated by their employers. No one can blame them, they're the victims of this hideous crime.

Here are some helpful tips which you can do to avoid scammers on Freelancer (some may be applicable to other outsourcing sites).

An example of a legit employer.
An example of a legit employer. | Source
  • Check the employer's profile. Upon opening a project, see to it that the employer has at least 1 review. Of course maybe the project you opened was made by a first-time employer so he/she doesn't have a review yet. But just to make sure, work with those who already have reviews. Leave the filtering to the ones who dare. Check also if the employer is "Payment Verified". It is indicated if the '$' sign is blue and not gray (see picture above). For further investigation, read the text feedback of other freelancers to see what they got to say to the employer.

  • Serious employers make their project descriptions clear and understandable. They specify who they want, what they require, how much will they pay, etc. It is doubtful if a project description is just a sentence or two specially when they don't have a review yet. You also have to check their offer. Don't be too excited when you see that they are willing to pay an amount so much higher than the average rate. That may be a scam specially when the employer still has no reviews.
  • There is a big chance that the project is not a scam when the employer paid to post it. If the project has "Featured", "Private", "Sealed Bids", or "Fulltime" tag in it, it means the employer has cash and is most probably trustworthy. See the picture below for more info.

Can't read it? Just click it.
Can't read it? Just click it. | Source
  • Last but not the least, milestones. For me this is the final test to see if an employer is trustworthy. If the employer won't approve paying in milestone, ask why. Explain that it is the most secure way of payment compared to Paypal or any other online payment processor. Some really won't create one because sometimes they keep their money on Paypal. You should just trust those who say this if they have sufficient reputation (e.g. reviews, feedback). If it already sounds doubtful then just leave it and find a decent employer.

Conclusion

I have been scammed a lot of times already. One time I made 10 articles of 500 words each and the rate was $3 each. I finished them all within 24 hours and submitted it. The employer never replied. There was no milestone either. And the employer doesn't have any reviews until now but he has a lot of closed projects. I wonder who he's scamming now.

Use your instincts. Even though it's only written conversation and what the employer want to say can be rehearsed, try to feel his/her intentions. Never be afraid to make a mistake and be swindled. Mistakes are good for learning.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a scam-free day!

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      Reginald Chan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Another good article. I would say always ask for pay per article. That is the best. For starting new client, maybe 2-3 articles is fine per payout. I always nego for pay per day and that never fails me. Also, sometime we got to play smart. Even if I know I could write 10 articles a day, I would say 5 and at least for the first few days, I am able to see if he/she pays as what promised :)

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Very useful hub. I appreciate the information. I have a profile on freelancer.com & a few other sites, but have not yet taken on any jobs. I'm so hesitant because of the possibility of scams; as indicated by your hub. Such a shame that you did all of that work, and someone took advantage of it! That's awful! =/

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      So sorry that happened to you!

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @nicregi, I always do that too whenever I work with new employers.

      @VeronicaFarkas, Thank you for reading! Don't be afraid to take jobs on Freelancer, use my tips :) And when you find a good employer stick with him/her.

      @frugalfamily, I still have maybe three or four 'scammed' stories. It took me a lot of times before I learned how to avoid them.

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      christine0215 5 years ago

      @ jasonlicerioWow. its nice and i treasure it. i learned from it.. thnx a bunch.. i also got scammed.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @christine0215, I'm so sorry about that, but at least you learned from it :) Are you a writer too? Why not check my other hub on winning a bid on Freelancer?

      https://hubpages.com/business/Tips-on-Winning-a-Bi...

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      christine0215 5 years ago

      @ jasonlicerio.. im not a writer, im just looking for a part time job actually. So i prefer like data encoding. ^^ just an ordinary person.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @christine0215, oh, anyway, good luck on your career! I hope you earn more money :D

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      Thilinarama 5 years ago

      Freelancer.com is a bluddy scam ... They only concerned about their money.... Not about poor freelancers .. So the best thing is to move away from such platforms and admit in to the trusted platforms like ODESK...

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      I respect your opinion but in my personal experience Freelancer.com is really nice :)

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      arief 5 years ago

      Yeah yeah... right. But you seem to forget the fact thet Frelancer.com loves to use scam tricks. Example: they suspend users' accounts anytime the time transfer (into paypal or moneybookers) comes. Of course the money transfer is frozen as well. I suppose they charge interest on that money, right? I am sorry to say you may be scammed at the very moment you decide to trust Freelancer.com

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      It didn't happen to me yet. But let us see.

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      turantekin 5 years ago

      Hi all

      I am am one of the victim of Freelancer.com. First time user from UK i wish i could find this blog before paying money to them.

      I did deposit 480 USD (They charged me 492 USD) to my account.

      I was trying to create milestones for project,

      4 pieces of 120 USD

      I did not realised that it is on GBP then i did cancel it. All money came back to my GBP account. I converted them to my USD account.

      When i deposited i had

      £ 5 and $ 480 in my account.

      When i converted i see that i have

      $441.52 and £5.00 i have so i lost 38.48 USD in seconds???

      USD and GBP exchange rates doesn't change like that in a second? I know the market. I know that guys would like to get profit but that is cheating. There is no that much high profit in Money Exchange Market? And it is impossible.

      Then i emailed them and Costumer Service was terrible. They just said they can not fix it and to give my money back they offered more than 2 weeks???

      This is scam. I cannot accept it. They can not charge users that much exchange rate this is insane. This is a big scam.

      I don't know what to do to be honest. I claimed to get it back on Paypal but it is going to take ages. And they will keep my money god knows for how long.

      Shame to do business like that.

      Thanks for listening :(

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      I haven't experienced that yet. I haven't even deposited money on Freelancer. I just work.

      What a horrible experience. Sorry for you man.

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      GrowMap 5 years ago

      The largest scam to avoid is Freelancer.com itself. When you pay via PayPal they keep their site attached to your account and take out money at will. If you award additional money above the original contract there is an additional fee, but no way to figure out in advance how much it will be.

      You can't create a milestone until you deposit more money - but when you deposit the amount you need to pay a freelancer they take some random amount out of it. So then to pay your freelancer you have to deposit more money - but they have a $30 minimum and won't accept just their fee amount.

      The site is really confusing - but their money games make it a scam and there are many people who say they opened an account, put money in, and then Freelancer closed their account and kept their money. Search for Freelancer.com scam to see them.

      If you use PayPal to put money in Freelancer you have to manually disconnect them or they can take money out of your PayPal account any time they feel like it. Here's how:

      Log into PayPal, click on Profile, then click My Money, then update on "My preapproved payments" to cancel.

      You have to do that EVERY SINGLE TIME you put money into Freelancer. STAY AWAY. Try elance. I haven't yet but it has a better reputation and hopefully it couldn't be worse.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for that info GrowMap. How about if you are a Freelancer and not an employer? Have you encountered such things too?

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      Hosam 5 years ago

      Please read everyone…THIS IS NOT SCAM !!!

      I’m building up my own freelance website…it should be ready by 2 weeks at the most….it’s going to have much less fees to freelancers and absolutely no fees to employers….fees are 6 % for regular free membership and only 3 % for distinguished membership (distinguished membership is 100 dollars for 6 months or 150 dollars per year !!!!!). Then comes the ULTIMATE membership which is 200 dollars for 6 months or 300 yearly and with this membership, you pay 0 fees and post unlimited and get a special seal next to your photo !….Free members only bid 50 times a month while distinguished and ultimate members bid unlimited ! There is much much more than this !

      This website will also have an area for regular people to consult with experts via live chat so if you are expert at something, even beside computer stuff, such as eduational subjects, home furniture…etc, you can sign up and make money starting at 50 cents a minute when you chat with people needing your advice !

      THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS WEBSITE IS THAT THE LAST WEEK OF EVERY MONTH IS ABSOLUTELY FREE OF ANY FEES FOR ANY ONE AT ALL…we understand that people pay their rent, bills, and other stuff by the end of the month and therefore we would like you make you more happy and make you able to earn more money by not charging you any fees at the end of the month !!!

      First five freelancers to send me email at: Elsha3er_2009 (at) yahoo will get an ultimate membership free of cost for the first year and will not pay any fees at all for the first year, not even 3 %.

      Other freelancers, send me email as soon as possible even if you are not one of the first five…I have great surprises for you !!!!!!!

      I also need a lot of employers who need jobs done with no fees for you at all. Freelancer.com charges 3 % fees to employers but I will not charge you any fees.

      There are a lot of contests and chances to make money beside working…..Confirm by sending email to elsha3er_2009(a)yahoo.com

      Website URL: http://www.all-help.com but it is not up yet, it is still being developed by the developer.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      Nice. Hope it is finished soon.

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      thesavvychic 5 years ago from I go back in forth between the Philippines and the U.A.E.

      Hi! Thanks for your insightful post...

      What is your opinion on employers who wants to "test" your writing skills before approving you for a project by asking you to write several articles for free?

      Thanks and more power!

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      Nah, I think about that as kind of a scam. I'd prefer that we just send a link to them of our article published on the internet (with a proof that it is ours).

      We don't know maybe the article and keywords the employer is requesting is the one he/she needs. Then he/she would get it free.

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      thesavvychic 5 years ago from I go back in forth between the Philippines and the U.A.E.

      I try to avoid bidding on posts like that but there's just so many of them! ;)

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      freelancing 5 years ago

      a lot of thanks for that info GrowMap.I am really impressed by this website.there are many instructive information about freelancing.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @thesavvychic, keep avoiding them!

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      Beatrice 5 years ago

      Hi Jason,

      This is very useful information.

      I have started looking for work on 'freelancer'recently and did not know how to go about it. The moment I received an email asking me to work, I started working and wasted 9 hours only to realise that it was not the right procedure. It was only after contacting Customer Support - freelancer.com - that I was able to understand everything. They were very cooperative and guided me properly. Even though I have not yet got an opportunity to work , I hope I am able to find some genuine employers via freelancer.

      Regards,

      Beatrice Mendes

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      Robert 5 years ago

      Hehe, I believe it's impossible to avoid scam on scamming site. Just type in google "freelancer.com scam". It's all true. They can suspend your account with all money in any moment and borrow it.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @Beatrice,

      Hey! Thanks for that info. I hope you have a nice and flourishing freelancing career. Just follow some of my tips and avoid those who don't really pay.

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      Manshuk 5 years ago

      I have registered in Freelance.com under 1 month free of charge trial for 50 bids but I had to connect my paypal account. The site told me that this is safe 100% and PayPal sign was next to the registration button saying that the freelance.com is authorized by PayPal.

      Now, I am starting to worry on the fact that I connected these sites.

      Today, I was asked to fill in captacha for 0.9 cents per 1000 captachas! HAHAHA, I wonder who is gonna do it on this earth, even though they are short of money etc., just the internet, electricity, laptop operation and your time is more valuable.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      0.9c per 1000 captcha??? What kind of a job is that? lol. Anyway, good luck on your career!

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      Abdul wahab 5 years ago

      Whenever i am trying to Deposit Funds in Freelancer Through Paypal this error is occur (Deposit Error! Sorry, deposit failed. Sorry, deposit failed. The transaction could not be completed due to a PayPal error. Please verify your payment source in your PayPal account and try again. )

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      I don't know anything about that. I never deposited money on Freelancer, I just work and work :D

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      Emir from Freelancer.com 5 years ago

      Hi everyone. My name is Emir from Freelancer.com. I came across this blog post and all of the comments posted here. We appreciate the feedback.

      I’d like to thank Jason for posting tips on how to better use Freelancer.com. Freelancer.com is fully committed to bring you the best customer experience. We have dedicated teams scanning and removing dubious accounts.Also, we we would to add our our own tips (http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html) to succeed at being a freelancer and employer.

      I'd like to take some time to address the concerns posted here.

      We'd like to assure everone that Freelancer.com is not a scam. We have more than 3.4 million users and have paid out more than $120 million dollars to freelancers all over the world. We've won numerous international accolades and awards and been featured in prestigious news networks, trade publications and more.

      Freelancer always strives to be as transparent as possible with our fees structure. You will find descriptions of our fees in our FAQs (http://www.freelancer.com/faq/view.php), and How-to and Articles section (http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html). You may also find our Our Terms of Service in the footer of our site (http://www.freelancer.com/page.php?p=info/terms).

      With the vast amount of transactions and millions of users going through the site, we put in place account verification procedures to verify the user's identity. This is done to create a safe environment for freelancers and employers.

      @Arief, Thilinarama, GrowMap, Turantekin and Abdul wahab:

      If you have any account concerns, we would be more than glad to help you out. Please send an email to customer-support@freelancer.com together with a detailed explanation on your account concerns. Please include your name in the e-mail so we can identify it. I'll inform our Customer Support Managers to be on the look out for your e-mails and once we receive it, we'll resolve your account issues.

      Be assured that we’ve taken into account your feedback on Freelancer.com and we will definitely improve on what we do.

      Thank you very much and I hope we have addressed your concerns.

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      Ak 5 years ago

      I believe freelancer is a good site. We are also, not associated with freelancer.com, building a completely free freelancing website that allows you to find and post freelancing jobs. The main aim of the site is to allow only genuine employers and freelancers get access to one another. Freelancers and employers will have the options of settling the payments outside the site in which case it will be completely free or use the site to manage payments and delivery. The site is www.freelancer-portal.com. It should be ready in 4-5 weeks but any suggestion can be submitted to info@freelancer-portal.com or if you will like to be notified when the service is ready. Thanks

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @Emir: At last, a person from Freelancer. Thanks for the tips and for addressing the concerns of the freelancers who commented on this hub. I really don't know what to tell them because I haven't got any issues with Freelancer yet. Thank you so much.

      @Ak: Good! Another freelancing site, another door of opportunities :)

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      jazzer707 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      I'd like to comment about my terrible experience at Freelancer.com

      I posted a project, then awarded it to a freelancer company. This company asked for milestone payments, which I proceeded. Now, this freelancer never accepted the project and the project expired and the system opened it up for bidding again, so that's OK up to here...right? Wait...

      Now comes the good part, I find out that the milestone or money was not deposited back to my account, in other words I did not have it anymore. This money was being retained or withheld by Freelancer.com.

      I contacted the staff to question what to do, they tell me "contact that company and ask them to cancel the milestone payment"...so I did.

      After several failing attempts to contact this ghost company (they just never answered my messages) I contacted Freelancer.com once again and explained my situation...now guys keep on reading...

      They told me: "There's nothing we can do about it, they have to cancel the milestone for us to free up the money"

      I asked: "Who has the money now" - they say: "Freelancer.com does"

      then I told them again that the ghost company will not answer (I have reasons to believe this, after so many attempts)..well they keep saying "go dispute the milestones"

      Let me tell you:

      (A dispute takes a long time and a lot of writing to get resolved)

      I told them I didn't want to escalate to a dispute,and one more time they tell me "there's nothing we can do about it, sir"

      I asked them: "what happens to my money if ...

      a) they go out of business

      b) the owner dies

      c) they just ignore me

      Their answer was: "THE MONEY STAYS IN FREELANCER.COM"

      Well guys, I don't know about you, but I call this "Stealing" or "Scamming"

      What do you think?

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      This actually applies to all of the freelancing sites in general. It's important to know who you are dealing with. I've gotten screwed and also have seen employers leave when they had the contract stating that I needed to complete the project.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @jazzer707: I hope a person from Freelancer checks on this hub again to address your concern

      @mikeydcarroll67: I don't like it when they do that. That is why I just apply to those who have ratings already.

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      Yunas 5 years ago

      I have got 7000 USD in my account and they suspended my account the day they gave me for withdraw, I was working on freelancer since good couple months, I have got 5.8 with 5 stars 100% completion rate.

      They are Scam and I have legitimate reason to prove it. I have complete detail how they act how they do and what the shit is their policy.

      Moreover during suspension they not forgetting to charging me for monthly subscriptions,

      They asking me shit questions since 2 months for now, First they asked me to upload or send ID , I sent them my Driving licence, then after some time they asked me for passport, I sent them again and also uploaded to ticket system.

      I sent them reply with attachments as they require (Format, size of picture everything I followed. ) Also uploaded at their stupid ticket system.

      And i always got email from them that I didn't provided my passport yet. Then i opened new ticket. And I came tot know very funny thing that I guess they put my email in junk. Because they acknowledge and sorry for delay this and that bla bla bla.. shit reasons, and again next day i received email that still i didn't provided passport. isn't it lovely ?

      How I felt after sending my most official document 22 times , you can't imagine.

      I then sent them very harsh email with the reference of email I received earlier with acknowledgement of my documents (passport). Next day I received email with again shit reason that one of my passport edge is not clear. As far as i know that Driving licence is a complete ID. moreover edge never takes matters if passport number and other information is visible and clear. Well I again sent them very clear copy.

      So They don't know what they doing , They don't have any address any phone number to contact, Am In London, UK and I never seen a website without address. They don't even have certificate to take personal detail.

      I have got 8 on going projects worth 500 – 4000 USD , with more than 6000 USD milestones, my client asked them and warned them about what they doing , and next day they suspended his account as well. isn't it funny .. a very nice customer service.

      So I know one thing that it's a big scam, and if its not I will screw them now, and I will snatch 10000 numbers of their clients to other website now. I have got marketing skills, great development experience. And I know how to do it. They wanna play I will play now.

      Warning : to those who wish to join them, better goto odesk (they verify identity in 2 hours max), elance, guru.com. these are legitimate websites. And don’t try freelancer.com, Chief Ex of freelancer.com is belong to criminal activities in his past life. his face is not even like a true businessman.

      If you want to contact me for complete detail most welcome, my email is voipdevelpr@gmail.com.

      Thanks & Bye.

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      xia 5 years ago

      I have also a victim of freelancer.com and this is the user is http://www.freelancer.com/u/samitXI.html as it is my first time posting question, then he is helpful on the first place then I ask many questions and he answered back , He told me he will do my project if I paid the price. As a new user I followed his advice because he has a good review and then when I transfur the fund he message me that he cannot do it. What the F on him! and I contact the support and they said they cannot do anything about it. Its really a shame that what this expert doing is reflecting on their site. So i recommend to avoid this site.

      Thanks

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      Emir from Freelancer.com 5 years ago

      Hi Yunas,

      My name is Emir and I work for Freelancer.com. I came across your post here in Jason’s Blog. I’d like to address your concerns first.

      I’d like to assure you that Freelancer.com will only freeze or suspend accounts to further validate a user’s identity or investigate the transactions done through our site. I understand that you went through our account verification procedure. It is necessary to have a high quality photo of the ID so that we can be sure that the photo is genuine. Please also take note that we will not disclose sensitive information unless to comply to legal obligations or with your express consent.These procedures and policies are in place to create a safe environment for freelancers and employers.

      We would like to assure you as well that Freelancer.com is not a scam and we do not operate to defraud people of their money. The site has over 3.4 millions users worldwide and have paid out over $120,000,000 to freelancers around the world.

      I’ve escalated your concerns to our customer support managers and they’ve told me that they’ve sent several e-mails to you regarding your account suspension, but they were waiting for your response. Your account was still suspended as we were investigating an employer that you had been doing work for. We have now unsuspended your account.

      For any other concerns or enquiries, please send an e-mail to customer-support@freelancer.com. Thank you very much.

      We hope that we have addressed your concerns and hope to see you use again Freelancer.com services. Thank you very much

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      terinam 5 years ago

      Hi, Jason, thank you very much for the tips and tricks to the site. I joined as a new freelancer, then was looking through the projects, and found that ads were being entered with exact wording of other employers (I was on for a good 8 hours just reading through the site)...I contacted the customer service, and they said that it's allowed as long as it doesn't go against their policy. I also asked about how the payment goes...they told me that I pay freelancer the commission first, even before I start the job. Does Freelancer pay me, after the employer pays freelancer? I didn't think that it was right for me to pay for a job that might not pay me, so I asked them to delete my account. I accept your warning of take a scam or two as a lesson learned. I just don't understand that if money is with freelancer.com, if the employer defaults, then freelancer has to pay the employee for work done. Also, why do people bid on other people's ads LOOKING for work, offering to do work? I like the ads that employers place asking for the bidders to write a specific sentence to prove to them that they read the WHOLE posting, not just parts of it. I know jobs are hard to find, and people are excited about finding THE perfect project, but employees really have to read the complete post and follow the directions in order to get that right job.

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      Emir from Freelancer.com 5 years ago

      Hi Yunas,

      My name is Emir and I work for Freelancer.com. I came across your post here in Jason’s Blog. I’d like to address your concerns.

      I’d like to assure you that Freelancer.com will only freeze or suspend accounts to further validate a user’s identity or investigate the transactions done through our site. I understand that you went through our account verification procedure. It is necessary to have a high quality photo of the ID so that we can be sure that the photo is genuine. Please also take note that we will not disclose sensitive information unless to comply to legal obligations or with your express consent.These procedures and policies are in place to create a safe environment for freelancers and employers.

      We would like to assure you as well that Freelancer.com is not a scam and we do not operate to defraud people of their money. The site has over 3.4 millions users worldwide and have paid out over $120,000,000 to freelancers around the world.

      I’ve escalated your concerns to our customer support managers and they’ve told me that they’ve sent several e-mails to you regarding your account suspension, but they were waiting for your response. Your account was still suspended as we were investigating an employer that you had been doing work for. We have now unsuspended your account.

      For any other concerns or enquiries, please send an e-mail to customer-support@freelancer.com. Thank you very much.

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      Avie 5 years ago

      I agree with @thesavvychic. There were some employers on freelancer.com who would like to take you to a trial employment and ask you to submit articles but you never get paid. I have been into that and I agree with you it's mostly a way for them to get more articles and not pay for anything at all. Thanks for this post, Jason. I would like to recommend staff.com, though. It works like odesk or freelance and if an employer wants to "try" a contractor, the employers will have to pay $10 so we can say that these employers are willing to pay for a service rendered by their chosen contractor. Not to mention their in house HR team who manages payroll. The jobseekers don't have to worry about not getting paid.

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      Emir from Freelancer.com 5 years ago

      Hi Xia,

      Emir here from Freelancer.com. I came across your post here in Jason's Blog. With Jason's permission, I'd like to address your concern.

      I've forwarded the information you’ve provided to our Customer Support Managers. We will conduct our investigation and suspend the account if necessary. Please be assured that Freelancer.com's dedicated teams work non-stop to scan and remove dubious and unscrupulous users.

      Since you transferred funds outside of Freelancer.com, it would be impossible for us to get your money back.

      For future projects, we strongly encourage you to use the Milestone Payment System to help projects get completed smoothly. By placing a Milestone Payment, we will hold the funds until you are completely satisfied with the freelancer’s work. This will also obligate the freelancer to complete the project as specified.Using a Milestone payment will also let you use Freelancer.com’s Dispute Resolution Service, which allows you to dispute the Milestone if you are unhappy with the performance of the freelancer. For more information, please visit this link (http://www.freelancer.com/faq/view.php) and acess the FAQ.

      Also, we suggest you check the user’s reputation to gauge his/her reliability. It gives a detailed summary of what the user has accomplished, be it an employer or freelancer. The higher the reputation a user has (5 Stars being best), the more reliable and reputable he/she is. You could also check how they communicate, their completion rates or if they were on time.

      Again, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope that you will use again Freelancer.com services.

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      Katherine 5 years ago

      Freelancer is a scam. If you haven't experienced it yet, it's just a matter of time. I created my account over a month ago and hired two freelancers for a small project and an much larger web-based project. The small project was completed yesterday and I paid the freelancer. This morning,I find my account suspended. The large project was a website that was supposed to go live this weekend. No email notification, nothing. I contacted support and was told to email my concern. I have yet to receive a reply.

      So here's my plan of action:

      Post complaints on every social media outlet I can think of - facebook, twitter, google+ linkedin (I have over 900 linkedin contacts, so that word should spread quickly)

      Contact all the appropriate authorities - google, paypal, BBB, FTC. The amount of complaints on the web should really force the authorities to investigate.

      Publish a brief in my trade association's magazine (circ. 75,000) and website (115,000 monthly visits). Contact all my media partners because I think there is a lot more going here.

      I also intend to post a series of blogs to try to warn as many people as possible.

      Ultimately, I think my funds are lost, my project will be delayed as I scramble to find others to complete and I have a fear that the poor freelancer who worked so diligently on my smaller project was probably stiffed too.

      Thanks freelancer.com - now you know how I'll spending the next several days as I make it my top priority to warn everyone about your fraudulent business practices.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Manshuk. I'm taking the time to respond to the concerns about Freelancer.com and I'd like to address yours.

      We are glad that you registered at Freelancer.com. Getting the one month free trial gives you a lot of benefits such as 50 bids per month, put 30 skills in your profile, increased portfolio size, unlimited project bookmarks, employer following and more. A Paypal account is necessary for receiving payments and withdrawal of payments and especially for using Milestone Payments. But there are other payment systems available for you as well. Please visit this link for more information specifically the Billing and Payments secton (http://www.freelancer.com/faq/view.php).

      You mentioned that you are now working on a captcha entry job. Please be informed that Freelancer.com deletes or removes all projects that involve captcha data entry work as these jobs propagate junk e-mail and spam and clearly violates Freelancer.com policies. Seeing as you already accepted a captcha job, we’d like to ask if you can report it immediately to Freelancer.com Customer Support or send an e-mail customer-support@freelancer.com. We will immediately remove this dubious project.

      We have tens of thousands of quality job projects waiting for you at the site. To help you land better jobs, we’ve got tips for new freelancers for writing effective bids and more. Please visit this link to know more - http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html

      To help you gauge whether an employer is reputable or not, we recommend you check the employer’s reputation. The higher his/her ratings are (5 being the best), the more reliable he/she is. Dig deeper into the employer’s profile as well, and see how much effort they’ve put into their project listing, how thoroughly they have described the project, and if they have provided additional documentation to help you understand the project.

      Thank you very much and I hope we have addressed your concerns.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Manshuk.

      We are glad that you registered at Freelancer.com. Getting the one month free trial gives you a lot of benefits such as 50 bids per month, put 30 skills in your profile, increased portfolio size, unlimited project bookmarks, employer following and more. A Paypal account is necessary for receiving payments and withdrawal of payments and especially for using Milestone Payments. But there are other payment systems available for you as well. Please visit this link for more information specifically the Billing and Payments secton (http://www.freelancer.com/faq/view.php).

      You mentioned that you are now working on a captcha entry job. Please be informed that Freelancer.com deletes or removes all projects that involve captcha data entry work as these jobs propagate junk e-mail and spam. It also violates Freelancer.com policies. Seeing as you already accepted a captcha job, we’d like to ask if you can report it immediately to Freelancer.com Customer Support or send an e-mail customer-support@freelancer.com. We will immediately remove this dubious project.

      We have tens of thousands of quality jobs/projects waiting for you at the site. To help you land better jobs, we’ve got tips for new freelancers for writing effective bids and more. Please visit this link to know more - http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html

      To help you gauge whether an employer is reputable or not, we recommend you check the employer’s reputation. The higher his/her ratings are (5 being the best), the more reliable he/she is. Dig deeper into the employer’s profile as well, and see how much effort they’ve put into their project listing, how thoroughly they have described the project, and if they have provided additional documentation to help you understand the project.

      Thank you very much and I hope we have addressed your concerns.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Katherine. Emir here from Freelancer.com. I came across your post here and I’d like to address them.

      Please be assured that Freelancer.com is a legitimate business. We are not in the business of defrauding people of their money. We have millions of users of the site and hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

      I understand that your account was suspended. Freelancer.com will only freeze or suspend accounts to verify a user’s account or to ascertain the nature of the transactions done through the site. If you have funds inside those accounts, please do not worry. It won’t go anywhere. It will be made available once you’ve gone through account verification procedures. These policies and procedures are in place to create a safe environment for freelancers and employers.

      We understand that support has been in contact with you and your issue has been resolved. Should you have further enquiries, please send an e-mail to customer-support@freelancer.com and we’ll address it promptly.

      Thank you very much.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Avie,

      Emir here again from Freelancer.com. I regularly check Jason’s blog for new replies about Freelancer.com and I came across your comment.

      If the employer is asking for samples of your work, ask them to award you a small milestone for the initial piece of work. This way, you can have peace of mind. It will also show that the employer is prepared to put up money for the project.

      With more than 3.5 million users of the site, we’d like to assure you that there are many outstanding and reputable employers on Freelancer.com. To work with the best employers, we suggest you view their Reputation. This feature provides a detailed summary of what the user has accomplished, be it an employer or freelancer. The higher the reputation the employer has (5 stars being best), the more reliable and reputable he/she is. Also, we recommend that you view the employer’s profile. See how thorough they were in describing a project (the more detailed and specific it is, the better) and how much they were willing to pay for the project. As we have mentioned in our previous posts, we have more tips at our site (http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html) to help you become successful freelancers.

      Be assured as well that Freelancer.com dedicated teams work non-stop to scour and remove dubious accounts and project listings. Should you encounter one, please send an e-mail to customer-support@freelancer.com and so we can do our investigation, remove the job posting immediately if necessary.

      Freelancer.com aims to bring you the best customer experience which is why we take into account every feedback about our service and support to constantly improve on the work that we do.

      Thank you very much and we hope you use Freelancer.com services again.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Jazzer. I saw your post here at Jason’s blog. I’d like to address your concerns.

      We greatly appreciate you using the Milestone Payment System. This allows you to use the Dispute Resolution Service in case you’re not happy with the work of the freelancer. In this case, since the freelancer won’t respond anymore, your milestone will go back to you.

      We’ve looked into your case and it seems that you have already filed a dispute and it went to your favour. The milestone has already been refunded to your account.

      Be assured that the Freelancer.com will not hold Milestone Payments indefinitely. As we have stated in our Terms and Conditions, http://www.freelancer.com/page.php?p=info/terms , that if an employer has not provided any instruction to Freelancer.com with respect to a Milestone Payment within 1 year after the day that the Milestone Payment was made, and has not logged in during that time period, such Milestone Payment will be refunded to the User account of the person who initially paid it.

      Again, please be assured that Freelancer.com does not scam nor defraud people of their money. These policies in place are meant to provide a safe environment for employers and freelancers alike.

      Thank you very much and we hope we’ve addressed your concerns.

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      jazzer707 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      Mr. emirfreelancercom

      Where you said "In this case, since the freelancer won’t respond anymore, your milestone will go back to you" ... unfortunately, that is not what I was told, even though I specifically asked the right question.

      Then where you say "We’ve looked into your case and it seems that you have already filed a dispute and it went to your favour. The milestone has already been refunded to your account" ... this was due to my actions after I made my post here, and let me tell you sir, it was a very aggravating experience, that involved fighting against your system to recover my own money, meanwhile Freelancer.com retained and enjoy my $50 for several days without my consent.

      Why is that?

      Now you say something here that is not what happened to me "that if an employer has not provided any instruction to Freelancer.com with respect to a Milestone Payment within 1 year after the day that the Milestone Payment was made, and has not logged in during that time period, such Milestone Payment will be refunded to the User account of the person who initially paid it"

      In my case, I did provide clear instructions to Freelancer.com with respect to a Milestone Payment that was never taken by the worker, because they never accepted my project, so there was never any business deal or agreement between us. The instruction were to release my money immediately.

      However, the Freelancer.com staff kept saying to me "there's nothing we can do about it" "the money stays here"

      What would you call this position?

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      jazzer707 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      Mr. emirfreelancercom

      Where you said "In this case, since the freelancer won’t respond anymore, your milestone will go back to you" ... unfortunately, that is not what I was told, even though I specifically asked the right question.

      Then where you say "We’ve looked into your case and it seems that you have already filed a dispute and it went to your favour. The milestone has already been refunded to your account" ... this was due to my actions after I made my post here, and let me tell you sir, it was a very aggravating experience, that involved fighting against your system to recover my own money, meanwhile Freelancer.com retained and enjoy my $50 for several days without my consent.

      Why is that?

      Now you say something here that is not what happened to me "that if an employer has not provided any instruction to Freelancer.com with respect to a Milestone Payment within 1 year after the day that the Milestone Payment was made, and has not logged in during that time period, such Milestone Payment will be refunded to the User account of the person who initially paid it"

      In my case, I did provide clear instructions to Freelancer.com with respect to a Milestone Payment that was never taken by the worker, because they never accepted my project, so there was never any business deal or agreement between us. The instruction were to release my money immediately.

      However, the Freelancer.com staff kept saying to me "there's nothing we can do about it" "the money stays here"

      What would you call this position?

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      disappointed 5 years ago

      Have been working on FL as a writer for the last 6 months or so and just had my 3rd withdrawl request denied by Freelancer because apparently two of the employers I have ben worknig with 'have issues' with their accounts. I have completed the work - they have transferred the money - it shows in the balance on my account - but when I tried to take it out - WHAM! both employers suddenly have problems with FL and FL won't release the money paid to me by those employers. The endless emails between myself and FL have already started - so far their suggestion is that I get in touch with the employers directly. They said they are verifying them - but on their FL profiles both employers have excellent reviews and appear as 'payment verified'so obvioulsy that doesn't count for anything! Milestone payment system was used with both of them - so obvioulsy that doesn't count for anything either.

      Remains to be seen what happens next ... will keep you posted as to wahy happens.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      @disappointed. I came across your post here at Jason’s blog and I’d like to address your concerns.

      Since both of your employers were suspended, Freelancer.com will withhold any withdrawals from the funds deposited by the employers until they go through account verification or clear their transactions done through the site.

      While we do our best to get employers to go through our verification procedures, we will sometimes ask for the freelancer who engaged them to contact them as well so we can resolve account concerns as quickly as possible.

      I’d like to help further. Please send your username and the project ID to emir@freelancer.com and we’ll get our Customer Support Managers to sort out the issues around your account.

      Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Jazzer. We appreciate the feedback.

      I understand that you went through our procedures and processes to recover your funds. As stated in our Milestone Payment System policy, both employer and freelancer have to agree to release the funds.

      Since you filed a dispute, as per our policy, we needed to wait for the freelancer to respond. That is why our customer support teams asked you to contact the freelancer to get him to respond to your dispute. Since the freelancer did not respond anymore and through our own investigations, we awarded the return of your funds to your account.

      Please be assured that these Freelancer.com policies and procedures in place are meant to provide a safe environment for freelancers and employers alike. We would like to make it clear that your funds with Freelancer.com did not go anywhere. This a policy that we have in order to protect not just users but Freelancer.com as well.

      We apologize if our Customer Support didn't make this policy clear with you. I will report this incident to our Customer Support Managers so we could further improve our support services.

      We've taken into account your feedback our customer support and be assured that we will continue to improve our support and services to better serve you.

      We hope we've addressed your concerns and hopefully see you use again Freelancer.com services.

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      RAjan 5 years ago

      I think Freelancer is a good website, what you have to do is just check out their terms of use and their conditions.

      One should first watch other people who are working their. One should do a proper research before doing any kind of work.

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      carmenph 5 years ago

      WOW! I should have looked up this hub before I listed in freelancer.com. Now I got my first certified account with their site only to receive a note from my PayPal account saying USD6.45 were deducted from my account for a service in Freelancer.com that I did not authorize. When I talked to my client he also experienced the same. Probably when he awarded me the job and I accepted it that triggered the system within Freelancer.com to deduct from both our PayPal accounts.

      Definitely this website/company needs to be SEO'd so they come up high in page rankings in google search for SCAM.

      Thanks for this very useful and relevant hub. Most timely.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @carmenph: They have a 'project acceptance' fee that they deduct on your account when both you and your employer agree upon the project. The amount depends on the bid you made. Hope this helps!

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      Karen G. 5 years ago

      Hello, thank you for this post! My first ever Freelancer.com experience was, thankfully, not a scam and I still write for that same employer who gives me bulk articles monthly. I definitely agree about applying work only from those that have feed backs.

      Also, since 10% is actually a big amount to pay for each time that you will get work (some projects can earn you hundreds and even thousands) and aside from taking 10% from us, they'll take 10% from the employers too, so you can imagine how much they're actually making. Also, you can opt to work outside the platform once you have proven that the person that you are working for is not a scammer. This is also one of the reasons why some employers would ask you to send them an email (even though it's not allowed as per policy) instead of hiring you over Freelancer or Odesk for that matter. I agree about taking calculated risks and asking to get paid after 2-5 articles. If the employer does pay, then the work is likely to be legit.

      Also, if you are a writer, make sure that you write a 500-word article for no less than $5 (even this is very cheap). That's how to keep our business going. Clients actually pay for $15-20/500-word article and a big chunk of the fee goes to the agent, whereas we are the ones that help them earn plenty of $$$. So negotiate for a good price especially if you know that you're not just worth $3 or less. If you know you are good, don't give in to their sometimes impossible turnover hours or days--just continue writing excellent, high-quality articles they will never find better writers. Perfect tone, perfect grammar, etc., etc.

      I have been scammed over Freelancer and in Odesk as well, where I passed 50 articles yet I didn't get paid. I'd say only 3/10 employers are actually legit and paying, which is kind of disappointing and a lot scary because these platforms don't really have a means to protect "us"--their "business partners". This is why milestone payments are highly recommended.

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      Jason Licerio 5 years ago from Philippines

      @Karen G.: Hey, it's nice that there's another good comment here :) Almost all of 'em are bad news.

      I like your spirit, 50 articles and didn't even pay you? I'm glad you never gave up! Don't you ever let go of the trusted employers! They're short in supply these days.

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      emirfreelancercom 5 years ago

      Hi Jazzer707. We appreciate you replying back to us.

      Since you’ve provided all of the necessary details, the account issue and concerns are now clearer. I apologize if there was confusion with our replies. Please be assured that we only wish to help and inform you about our policies and procedures regarding our Dispute Resolution Services.

      As we have stated before, Freelancer.com has these policies and procedures in place to provide a safe environment for freelancers and employers. We apply and utilize all of them, (including our Terms and Conditions that users agreed to when they sign up), to resolve account issues and concerns.

      As always, we will use your feedback on our support and services to further improve on the work that we do.

      Thank you very much and we hope for your success in your endeavours.

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      Nadeem 5 years ago

      Very good article. I have been working as a freelancer and most of my web designing projects comes from freelancer.com.

      I to got scammed many times but at least i learned from my mistakes.

      Now i be really selective about the project and client on freelancer offering projects. I have at least 5 regular clients withwho i first starting working through freelancer and now we work directly and have been working since 2009. We trust each other and if the payment get delayed for even a month, i do not worry as i know i will get it and they trust me too and pay me advance in thousands if i need it for some reasons.

      The best thing to avoid scams are to stick to your rules in most of the cases. Ask for milestone, the money in milestone is not either your's until you complete the project or of client. It is secure.

      So altogether i had bad and good experience both on freelancer but i prefer remembering Good ones.

      There are people try to get work done and vanish but we are not GOD to know peoples intention. So be safe friends.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Nadeem: Exactly.

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      Daniel 4 years ago

      Nice article. Its really hard to get a reliable employer and contractor alike especially when it comes to online work. Its good if there is another layer of security added before a work is done. I've got my job from Staff.com and they have live relationship managers that verifies the identity and credibility of both employers and contractors on what they are putting into their profiles.

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      emirfreelancercom 4 years ago

      Hi Nadeem,

      It’s great to hear your story and how Freelancer.com has helped you. We’re also glad that you’re using our Milestone Payment System to have your projects get completed smoothly.

      Reading your Freelancer.com experience continues to drive us to provide the best service. Be assured that we will push our teams further to scan and scour dubious job postings and remove them from our project listings.

      Thank you again and we hope you continue to use Freelancer.com services.

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      emirfreelancercom 4 years ago

      Hi Karen,

      I have your read post and we would like to thank you for providing additional tips to help users as well.

      I’d like to address your other concerns.

      Freelancer.com fees are nominal and some of the most competitive in the online outsourcing industry. The project fees that you mentioned were rates for the free membership plans. We have membership plans that lower project fees and commissions to as low as 3%. For more information on our fees and Membership plans, please visit these links - http://www.freelancer.com/news/articles.html and http://www.freelancer.com/membership/index.php.

      Freelancer.com provides all of the available options for our users to do their transactions. We encourage everyone to utilize our Milestone Payment System to get projects completed smoothly. By asking for a Milestone payment, it will give you peace of mind, and show that the employer is prepared to put up money for the project. This in turn, will obligate the freelancer to meet the project requirement as specified by the employer. Please be assured that Freelancer.com takes great care of its users from the moment they sign up.

      If users conduct their transactions outside of Freelancer.com, we will not be able guarantee complete protection. We will only be able to provide limited support in case the transaction goes wrong or the freelancer runs away with the funds.

      As to your concern about our employers, I’m glad to inform you that Freelancer.com has one of the largest pools of professional freelancers and reputable employers. Please be assured that there are thousands upon thousands of trustworthy and reputable employers on the site.

      I hope I’ve adequately addressed your concerns. Should you have further enquiries, please send an e-mail to customer-support@freelancer.com and we’ll address them promptly.

      Thank you very much and we hope you continue to use Freelancer.com services

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      lovewriting2011 4 years ago

      Hi Great hub JasonLicerioPH! I am very glad that everybody is aware. My account got also suspended just recently for fixing my friends account suspension. We have suspended both for transferring funds with out any project related. We admit the violation twice and we are trying to fix everything because I still have $100 + $300 milestone for my 2 ongoing projects there, (now unfortunately my Employer disputed the $250 because of my account suspension). However my friend's account was suspended for almost 5 months with $177 and $250 milestone funds. We are trying to fixed everything but the support@freelancer.com sucks! - They might be a scam or not, but freelancer.com is hurting people. Freezing or "STEALING" our funds (which we have worked hard to earn for more than a month) without any mercy. Guys we have already a team (113 people with the same case) to fight out against them and relieve the truth. Let's see a few more months if they still do the same way. please kindly contact our leader to fight these out -- ... TO all with same experience like we had, you are not alone. email us -- epsurv@gmail.com or juliusgalvez12@gmail.com --- or you can seek help and send complaints to ---- http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber/cybe... --- and ---- http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for your feedback! I hope emirfromfreelancer will comment here again to clarify thing. But personally, I haven't been scammed by Freelancer yet, only by the employers. But I never had money like $250 so maybe that's where the difference comes. I always cash out at $60-$90.

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      Scripts Bay Freelancers 4 years ago

      If you want A Legit Freelancers Site To Get Jobs Done Or Do Jobs You Can Just Join This Site Like I Did It Is A Great Site I Would Have To Say And They Have Great Customer Service To Try Them Out For Yourself And See You Will Love Them Like I Do http://scriptsbay.com

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      Chaim S. 4 years ago

      Reposted, but very useful:

      - POST your case on Freelancer.com facebook

      - ASK the media who wrote about Freelancer.com or awarded them with any prize WHY do they support crooks

      - ASK Visa, American Express and Mastercard why does Freelancer.com uses illegal fees on credit card transfers

      - COMMENT on any article you find about Freelancer.com (especially the mainstream ones) how it may look in real life

      - CONTACT the journalists

      - SPREAD this word

      ASK THE QUESTIONS!

      Ask them why have they awarded Freelancer or its CEO. Ask them whether they praise any form of crookery!

      Awards in Australia’s Interactive Media Industry (awarded Freelancer.com)

      info@aimia.com.au

      Webby Awards (love to award Freelancer.com)

      deniser@webbyawards.com

      Ernst & Young (awarded Mr Barrie with Enterpreneur of the Year Award)

      bryan.zekulich@au.ey.com

      Inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 (awarded Mr Barrie)

      brweditor@brw.fairfax.com.au

      Emir, you are lying and I hate your generic posts.

      Freelancer declared war on many decent people - YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS WAR!

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      Complaint on Odesk 4 years ago

      Hi

      I have a cyber compliant for a person who does not like to divulge her last name but she is Paige C and a Manager of Odesk Corporation based in Redwood city, California , USA and Paige just harrassed and threatening my wife to be ousted in odesk but prior to that I was the first victim because she suspended me permanently on the ground of baseless and self invented evidences and I have money on that account then she continues to threaten my wife online and we really suffered sleepless nights and injured feelings. Since We are based in the Philippines, we seek your assistant for closing this business odesk corp or have this Paige be terminated from the job.

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      Alex 4 years ago

      Freelancer.com has the worse staff and "customer support", if it can be called a "customer support", the staff is VERY rude, totally unprofessional, you can open a ticked and wait until you die for an answer or you can receive a copy-paste stupid answer. They have the WORSE customer support I EVER seen!!! Also they have A LOT of cases where they "block" users accounts which have quite a lot of money and steal all the money. Don't use freelancer.com!!!

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      emirfreelancercom 4 years ago

      @lovewriting2011

      Hello. This is Emir from Freelancer.com. We appreciate the feedback.

      As we have posted before, we will suspend or freeze accounts if they are in violation of Freelancer.com Terms and Conditions or there is a need to verify user accounts and transactions done through the site.

      Once an account is frozen, all user transactions will be suspended and that includes access to account funds. Please be assured that account funds will not go anywhere. It will be made available once you’ve gone through our account and transaction verification procedures.

      Please be assured as well that our Customer Support Teams dedicate themselves in informing and educating users about our site protocols and resolve account issues as quickly as possible.

      Again, these policies and procedures in place are meant to provide a safe environment for all our users.

      I’ve looked into your case for you and our Customer Support Team has resolved your issues so you may continue on with your projects.

      Should you have further enquiries or concerns, please send an e-mail to support@freelancer.com and we’ll address them immediately.

      Thank you very much

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      shyamrathore70 4 years ago

      For all the Indians who are reading this thread, try ejobsjunction.com very legitimate site with trusted loyalty provided for many years. I have no complaint to make about them, so far so good and I was able to make small sums of money which are more than useful.

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      monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Sorry to hear about your situation. I despise scammers. Scum.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Emir commented again so hear him out guys!

      @shyamrathore70: Thanks for the additional sites!

      @monicamelendez: Thanks for the sympathy! I despise scammers too.

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      JW20 4 years ago

      Here’s my tip, to find a right partner in outsourcing your business I think we should not only consider Elance, Odesk, Freelancer or other sites that have been on several blogs reported as “scam”. I am developing a website for my e-commerce business and I always trust “Staff.com” in hiring web developers. They can give you full time workers at low cost price. To be honest with you I just started doing business with them when I read a blog from Odesk that has this link https://staff.com/browse

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      I hear a lot saying that staff.com's really good.

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      Sarkis Agasarkisian M.S., J.D 4 years ago

      I deposited $300 in freelancer and received email for freelancer that my account is -$100 negative. I send them multiple emails asking them to show me the report to see where my money went to. They are not responding to it. I keep receiving the same message again. I tried to chat with them, but they only suggest to email them. Those are crooks. I fined out that they have done this to so many people. Don’t ever trust them with even a penny.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      That's a lot of money!

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      maxfromfreelancer 4 years ago

      Hi Alex,

      My name is Max and I also work for Freelancer.com. I’m helping my colleague, Emir, to address concerns about Freelancer.com.

      I saw a similar post at another site and I’ll post our reply here as well.

      It is unfortunate that your experience with our Customer Support was unsatisfactory.

      Freelancer.com Customer Support Teams go through stringent training to help users with their concerns and resolve account issues as quickly as possible. All Customer Support messages are monitored closely and we’ll check our logs if there were any instance of customer neglect.

      We’ve also taken note of your feedback about our responses and be certain we will further improve on it.

      Please be assured that we don’t block or suspend user accounts just because they have money in their accounts. Account suspension only happen when there is a need to verify a user’s account or the transactions done through the site, or if the user violates our Terms and Conditions.

      I’d like to further assure you that we do not steal or defraud people of their money.

      I hope I’ve adequately your concerns. Should you have further enquiries, please send an e-mail to support@freelancer.com or to max@freelancer.com and we’ll address them promptly.

      Thank you.

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      maxfromfreelancer 4 years ago

      Hi Sarkis,

      My name is Max and I work for Freelancer.com. We appreciate the feedback. I saw a similar post at another site and I responded to it. I'm posting same reply here.

      Please be assured that our Customer Support Teams do their best to resolve account issues as quickly as possible. It is unfortunate your experience with our Customer Support wasn’t satisfactory. I will report this incident to our Customer Support Managers and we’ll do our investigation on the matter.

      I’ve looked into your case for you and it appears that there was an issue with one of your transactions. I’ve asked one of our Verification Team managers to contact you and assist you with your account concerns. I’ll also help and follow up your issue until it gets resolved.

      As with our previous Freelancer.com posts, I’d like to assure you that Freelancer.com is a legitimate business. In fact, we have just acquired Scriptlance, the fifth largest freelance marketplace in the world. With this acquisition, Freelancer.com now has over 4 million enterprise users and professional freelancers. Please visit this link to know more – http://blog.freelancer.com/general-announcements/f...

      If you have further concerns, please send an e-mail to max@freelancer.com and I’ll answer them immediately.

      Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

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      Shiv 4 years ago

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      THANK YOU ALL GUYS FOR THE TIPS

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      For a freelancer newbie, i've had rough starting.

      I got a message from this so and so guy, with login id and password for typethat.biz. All you gotta do is login to this site and type the CAPCHA images which come fluently one after another. This job is not at all relevant to the description he mentioned for employment. For each captha you type, you are rewarded $0.00068. That means to earn $10 you need to type 14705 capcha images. Each cpacha image takes about 5sec(in the night, but awefully slow in the day time). So approximately 20hrs of your precious time to earn just $10. That too not sure if they really pay are not. I JUST WANT YOU ALL BEAWARE OF THIS KIND OF SCAM. For a new freelancer, i can't believe freelancer.com entertains this kind of things. LESSON TO BE LEARNED IS, DON'T EVER TRUST AN EMPLOYER WITHOUT PROPER PROFILE INFO. I HAVE RECEIVED 3 MESSAGES IN ONE NIGHT FROM 3 guys TO WORK IN typethat.biz.

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      FUNNY THING

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      1) Freelancer.com website deducts 1XP for retracting your BID(even after realizing that it is a scam).

      2) -2 Credit points.

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      SCAMMERS I FOUND SO FAR

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      freelancer id:

      1) anjalin3

      2) jarin2

      3) lakraniru

      BEWARE GUYS

      Regards,

      SHIV

      (my freelancer id is mirrorseiva)

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      Vane 4 years ago

      Hi everyone ... i just have one question .. can i live from this jobs im unemployed rigth now... have lost of skills and i can work 40 hrs at week ...

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      chaimkovalsky 4 years ago

      Freelancer.com is a scam. Want to avoid scam? Avoid Freelancer.com!

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Vane: Yes actually there are full time online jobs. A lot of people earn lots of money in online jobs. It's very promising.

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      Vane 4 years ago

      WOw great news .. thanks one more thing .. do you suggest me star with freekancer do i need to pay a membership ? than yo very very much

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Vane: You could if you want to. There's Odesk, Elance, Staff, and other sites too. All of them are free to be a member.

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      HELP 4 years ago

      every time i try to deposit damn funds it says deposit erroe thing with my paypal!

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @HELP: ask support!

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      Sweet Lancer 4 years ago

      Check out SweetLancer.com – New 100% FREE site for US based Freelancers & Employers

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Sweet Lancer: Thanks for the info! Now freelancers have more choices!

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      sayeed hassan 4 years ago

      Few days ago I started to find work in freelancer.com. I heard lot of typing jobs are available which is generally conversion of image file to a word file. I made 2 bids. I got a message in the dashboard to start the work. the site is typethat.biz. I got user ID as API=10 and password: some numeric. They encouraged the new persons to bid. Assuming the whole project is managed by the freelancer.com system I started to work when I see the message. I noticed the message after 3 days. But the work is not what it was said in the project submission. They were capcha typing. I tried to contact that mmkadder from Bangladesh. But there was no reply. No clarification mail. In 4-5 to days I made a bid for another one. Now I got another mail in my dash board that is exactly the same as before. Now I understand something is wrong. Searched the net and got this hub. I can now understand what is happening.

      My one thing I can not imagine how come this same type of cheating going on for years?? In the same process? How come an employer post such a job only having a badge and giving absolutely no other information? It is very easy to control these sort of thing with the improved system and putting some benchmark for the employers. Surprisingly freelancer.com is doing nothing! If they could not do anything at all they can put some staffs to watch this. I can be sure if they have any good intention for the freelancer who sweat to earn money here!

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @sayeed hassan: I guess these kinds of projects are not made by those who are really looking for freelancers but laborers. They even had a different site, typethat.biz, which is a captcha-type earning site. You should've not entertained it when it looked suspicious already. Or you could've reported the project to Freelancer.

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      sayeed hassan 4 years ago

      As a new freelancer and as the first job I got in to their trap. Spend 5 nights in vain. But what I am curious to know is, isn't it possible to detect their messages when posted in dash board? I assume every thing can be traced by the system. I have seen other site doing it, cancelling the project as soon as they are detected.

      I wrote freelance and they have removed that two projects. But I really became sad when I see those are still coming the next night! You can see the problem that I can guess but can not report it unless I bid and get the message in my dashboard. How long I would be doing that? How many hours I would waste before I get a real project. I think there are plenty of them!

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      4 years ago

      F you Emir from Freelancer.com!!! And F freelancer.com with it’s shitty support !!!!

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      Freelancer.com is cheating 4 years ago

      I think most of these projects are posted by freelancer.com themselves to make their sire look its full of projects. .. They're doing it neatly without leaving the trace as they know the price of getting discovered. So take cautious and don't pay for Sponsored bids.. this is another reason they fill the website with fake projects.

      I received over 25 notifications that projects are closed and expired within 1 day. It is impossible..This means all the projects are posted on the same day and I placed bid on all! ...Something isn't right.

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      Fe 4 years ago

      I always learn from my mistakes; If I'd read your article before i applied for a bogus job, I wouldn't have believed you. I registered to freelancers.com and the same day I applied for 3 jobs which i got responses from employers; After working for a long while, something told me to check out these employers and imagine my shock when i saw that their accounts were CLOSED!!! Seriously?? Are these corporate thieves or what?

      Now that I've read your article, I wont make the same mistake twice.

      -moraafe1989

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      reksesh 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      My experience in freelancer is limited to the one assignment I taken this month and so far the employer has been good. But, I have been scammed on SkillPages for finance and accounts related articles when I first started freelancing four months ago. I have deleted my account there.

      Even at freelancer, 7 out 10 projects smell scam from the very word go. More shocking, I even found porno requests disguised as video creation.

      If you're South Asian, the popular presumption seems to be sub par command over English...that many of us have studied in "English medium schools " with English as the first/main language all through our school and college years doesn't seem to matter.

      A lot of them ask newbies like me to provide free samples, accept payment directly via PayPal, or work without being awarded the contract. What I find more shocking is professionals working for pennies.

      Without a contract, a feedback or milestones, how is one supposed to find legit jobs there? I love to write but these scammers make it a depressing experience.

      As soon as I was awarded the project, Freelancer took away 5$ as fees even before I earned the first milestone...they take care of themselves, but do they care about the ones who get fleeced both ways?

      I have asked my employer to pay through FL for this project , but if I continue working with him, I might opt for direct payment if the stories I read on your hub comments are true.

      Thanks, Jason, for providing a platform to have our say- for and against.

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      Dutch Avic 4 years ago

      Are they really scam?

      Well, My answer is a Big YES and a little big No. Why did I said so? How could you trust a person who comes in, let's say in odesk.com or elance.com then register an account and point out all the skills they claim to be 100% genius and let the freelancing sites vouge on it? It sounds like a dog who just vomitted then when back to his vomit.

      The answer will remain doubful. No wonder if you use the keyword: Odeskscam or Elancescam then type it on your browser, you will see different people both clients and contractors hurled countless complaint against the freelancing site but most of all they talk more against the freelance who looted their money. In other words, these so called experts freelancers who pointed out their skills to be 100% great turns out to be 100% lack of skills.

      Let me ask you? What prove can you assess or do if that freelance you choose is indeed a credible one? Nothing! When you hire a freelance in any freelancing sites, it's like playing a poker. It is a gamble so to speak.

      For me, that is risky. I won't gamble my money if it isn't sure. No wonder many businessmen & companies today pays high looking for experts to do business plan for them but the main point they will consider is the Prove of Return of Investment or ROI for brevity.

      All their resume and profile can be fabricated though some freelancer are indeed genuine but it will be like as if you can find them but you have to dive into the sea and find a pearl. Wow. That is absurd. The SURE thing is there are many LEGITIMATE COMPANIES globally where you can outsource to do your task and that will be a little expensive but at least it is 200% Sure in terms of whatever skills you needed. I am proud to say, Avic's Marketing Firm has that credibility in terms of history and online reputation but most of all, it is an ISO certified Firm.

      I want you not to be part of those people who just end up victims from scam either from a freelancing site or from the freelance itself but they both work in cannivance.

      http://www.avicsmarketing.com/111508801

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Good comment guys :)

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      YOU CAN BELIEVE IN THIS: 4 years ago

      Department: General

      Full Name: Marko Jotovic

      Email: marko2407@gmail.com

      Your Question: withdraw problem?

      Staff: Alvin L.

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      10:15 * There are currently 3 chat request(s) before you in the chat queue.

      10:15 * Your Question: withdraw problem?

      10:15 * Please wait, an operator will be with you shortly.

      10:15 * There are currently 2 chat request(s) before you in the chat queue.

      10:15 * Your request is important to us. Please wait, an operator will be with you shortly.

      10:15 Alvin L.: Hi, this is Alvin. Welcome to Freelancer.com Support Desk. How can I help you?

      10:15 * You are now chatting with Alvin L. (Email and Chat Support Agent) - General

      10:17 Alvin L.: ahhh mao ba.

      10:17 Alvin L.: alas 8 part.

      10:17 Marko Jotovic: hi

      10:17 Alvin L.: I am sorry about that.

      10:17 Alvin L.: May I know your concern?

      10:17 Marko Jotovic: I was request withdraw

      10:18 Marko Jotovic: before few days

      10:18 Marko Jotovic: it was ready for 18th-19

      10:18 Marko Jotovic: now is 19th - and didn`t proced

      10:18 Marko Jotovic: no benefit

      10:19 Alvin L.: Can I have your username so I can take a look at your account?

      10:19 Marko Jotovic: creatiewell

      10:19 Alvin L.: Thanks for that information. Please give me around 2 minutes while I check your account.

      10:20 Alvin L.: Thank you for waiting.

      10:20 Marko Jotovic: sorry is: creatiwell

      10:20 Alvin L.: Thanks for that information. Please give me around 2 minutes while I check your account.

      10:20 Marko Jotovic: ok

      10:22 Alvin L.: Thank you for waiting.

      10:23 Alvin L.: Your withdrawal request has been canceled as your employer "florentahm" is having issues on its account.

      10:23 Marko Jotovic: and what I can do now?

      10:24 Marko Jotovic: this is past work

      10:25 Marko Jotovic: I was award project with that money because you didn`t give me to withdraw,now I get money from musicsocial

      10:25 Alvin L.: We suggest that you contact your employer and ask your employer to send an email to support@freelancer.com for the proper department to assist the issue of your employer.

      10:25 Marko Jotovic: I AM MARKO - I AM NOT florentahm ??

      10:25 Marko Jotovic: is that clear???

      10:25 Marko Jotovic: I don`t uderstand that rules

      10:26 Marko Jotovic: is that mean I CAN`T WITHDRAW ANY MONEY FROM FREELANCER.COM?

      10:27 Alvin L.: The proper department is holding your funds as your employer "florentahm" is having issues on its account. The payment from your employer will be held by the proper department as this will be under investigation.

      10:28 Marko Jotovic: Hey - this is not my employer - how you can have that rules? I was done jobe for him - i don`t know who is him,I don't care about him!!!! Your job is to worry about employer - I was work project here and I want MY MONEY!

      10:29 Marko Jotovic: from musicsocial

      10:29 Marko Jotovic: money from florentahm I spent before month

      10:29 Marko Jotovic: isnted to withdraw

      10:30 Alvin L.: Florentahm is your employer on the project "Custom Project May 12 2012 23:55:52".

      10:32 Marko Jotovic: yes he paid me - and I can`t be responsible for what he have issuse with you - this is not my job

      10:32 Alvin L.: At this moment, your best option is to contact your employer and ask your employer to cooperate with the proper department for them to assist the issue of your employer.

      10:32 Marko Jotovic: I was contact him 100000 time

      10:32 Marko Jotovic: and nothing

      10:33 Marko Jotovic: did I done this job?

      10:33 Marko Jotovic: http://www.freelancer.com/projects/Flash-Video-Ser...

      10:33 Alvin L.: Once your employer has settled the issue on its account, you may proceed on withdrawing your funds.

      10:33 Marko Jotovic: are employer pay me 100$ ? yes

      10:33 Marko Jotovic: and now what??

      10:33 Marko Jotovic: your rules are crazy

      10:34 Marko Jotovic: What am I guilty of??

      10:34 Marko Jotovic: so now he can close his account and I can`t work anymore?

      10:35 Alvin L.: Please note that the proper department has the right to hold funds that came from a fraudulent transactions.

      10:35 Alvin L.: The payment from your employer will be investigated by the proper department.

      10:35 Alvin L.: We suggest that you contact your employer and ask your employer to cooperate with the proper department.

      10:35 Marko Jotovic: he don`t respond on any mail such is the fake employer and I can work anymore?

      10:36 Marko Jotovic: your proper department is incomprehensible!!!

      10:37 Marko Jotovic: if you got problem with him - you can resolve it - not me!

      10:37 Alvin L.: The proper department are already contacting your employer regarding the issue on its account.

      10:37 Marko Jotovic: and what they do?

      10:37 Alvin L.: Please wait for this to be solved for you to withdraw your funds.

      10:38 Alvin L.: They will be investigating the issue of your employer

      10:38 Marko Jotovic: wait???

      10:38 Marko Jotovic: this was 4 months ago

      10:38 Marko Jotovic: 4 months ago

      10:38 Marko Jotovic: how much I need to wait?? until the end of year??

      10:39 Alvin L.: For the meantime, we suggest that you continue working on other projects for you to earn as you may be able to withdraw the funds that are more than the payment of your employer "florentahm".

      10:39 Marko Jotovic: how I can work if I can't withdraw money??? please explain me that?

      10:40 Alvin L.: We regret to inform you but we cannot provide a time frame for this issue as this is being handled by the proper department.

      10:40 Marko Jotovic: I done project: Project ID: 2436151

      10:41 Marko Jotovic: I done project: Project ID: 2436151 - and now I can`t withdraw money?

      10:41 Alvin L.: As I have said that you can withdraw your funds that is more than the amount that your employer "florentahm" has paid you.

      10:41 Marko Jotovic: ok.how much I can withdraw?

      10:44 Marko Jotovic: in total

      10:44 Marko Jotovic: at the moment

      10:44 Alvin L.: The total amount paid from your employer is $160. If you earn more than $160, you may withdraw the funds that are more than the payment from your employer.

      10:45 Marko Jotovic: I mean on musicSocial

      10:45 Marko Jotovic: project I done for 100$

      10:45 Alvin L.: For example, you have $200 currently on your account, since the $160 is being held by the proper department, you may only withdraw the $40 on your account.\

      10:46 Alvin L.: Please contact your employer to settle the issue.

      10:47 Alvin L.: Is there anything else I can help you with?

      10:47 Alvin L.:

      If you're temporarily away from your computer, I'll wait 2 minutes and then close this conversation.

      10:48 Marko Jotovic: now I am here

      10:48 Marko Jotovic: and I want to withdraw my money from Project ID: 2436151

      10:48 Marko Jotovic: may I do that?

      10:49 Alvin L.: As I have said that the proper department are holding your funds. You may not withdraw your funds as the proper department are still investigating this.

      10:49 Alvin L.: Please contact your employer to settle the issue and for you to withdraw your funds.

      10:50 Marko Jotovic: you got issue with them or me?

      10:51 Marko Jotovic: please can I withdraw money from Project ID: 2436151 or no ??

      10:51 Alvin L.: It is your employer who have issues on its account but the proper department are holding your funds for investigation.

      10:51 Marko Jotovic: Employer die!

      10:51 Alvin L.: As I have informed you that you may not withdraw your current funds.

      10:52 Alvin L.: Is there anything else I can help you with?

      10:52 Marko Jotovic: why I should wotking more with you ?? and keep money on your site if I can get it from your site?

      10:53 Alvin L.: Please contact your employer to settle the issue. Once the issue has been settled, you may withdraw your funds.

      10:54 Marko Jotovic: but I said to you - employer was die

      10:54 Marko Jotovic: he is death

      10:54 Marko Jotovic: you understand that

      10:55 Alvin L.: The proper department is currently investigating the issue of your employer.

      10:55 Alvin L.: Please wait for this to be settled.

      10:55 Alvin L.: Is there anything else I can help you with?

      10:56 Marko Jotovic: if you don`t resolve my problem in 3 days - this conversation it will be PUBLIC!!

      10:57 Alvin L.: We suggest that you contact your employer in any means for you to urge your employer to cooperate with the proper depart

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      Moly 4 years ago

      Oh does it mean that once i register the site and deposit money they will freeze my account and ask for shit things like ID and passport etc..? does it happen with any employer try to deposit money?

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      No they don't ask for ID and passport. And I don't know how often these things happen.

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      Daphne 4 years ago

      hi,

      Im a member in freelancer since 2010 but i never had the chance to work for a project. But now when i bid and i have a message from an employer i always get this CAPCHA images things that the employers wants you to type. Is it really necessary for typing this CAPCHA images?

      Thanks

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      yourmami 4 years ago

      I had never heard of freelancer.com until they withdrew money from my bank without me even signing up with them for anything... now I need to dispute the charges from my bank, cancel my atm card because I don't know how they got the card # and its just a BIG headache...

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Daphne: Well, that depends on what the employer wants you to do. And yes, sometimes they hire people to write ReCAPCHA images for them which is so tiresome.

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      maxfromfreelancer 4 years ago

      Hi Daphne. This is Max from Freelancer.com. As my Freelancer.com colleague has posted before, Freelancer.com deletes or removes all projects that involve captcha data entry work as these jobs just generate junk e-mail and spam. These also violate Freelancer policies. Some users disguise their captcha jobs as other data entry jobs (i.e MS Word typing, online work, etc.)

      If you have accepted this job, we would like to ask if you can report it to Freelancer.com Support or send e-mail to support@freelancer.com. We will immediately act on it and close down the project. I'd like to assure you that there are hundreds of other great projects waiting for you at the site. Thank you and I hope I have addressed your concerns.

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      maxfromfreelancer 4 years ago

      Hi Molly. This is Max from Freelancer.com. I'm taking the time to respond to your concern as well. I'd like to reiterate again that Freelancer.com will only freeze accounts to validate a user's identity or investigate the nature of the transactions made through the site. If there are no issues with the transactions and projects, and the user took the time to verify his/her account, they will be able to deposit and withdraw payments without any problems. But if there are account issues, we will require the user to go through our account verification process. I hope I've addressed your concerns. Should you have any further enquiries, please send an e-mail to support@freelancer.com and we'll address them immediately. Thank you.

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      Hmmm.... 4 years ago

      Hi everybody, I'm a member of freelance.com too, I'm really sorry with my grammar first. Btw, I've experienced on withdrawal (as a freelancer, of course). It was my first withdrawal (to PayPal), when I want to withdraw $251 (charge $1 to PayPal). Since I've to waiting for 20-30 days due to security reason, I wait the day till it finished (It said it would be finished at 24th. But when I checked to my withdrawal history (25th, I live on GMT+7), it said "not enough money to transfer (while my money gone) and it said, it will done on 1970! Lol, then I was thinking, should I use time machine? Then I sent an email to customer service ASAP and thanks God, they sent my withdrawal immediately. Frankly, I think there's something that wrong, says, system error (computer or hacker maybe), cheating staff (we can see it on our gov), there're so many possibilities for a mistake since human works would never perfect and all I hope freelancer.com will improve its quality to the best, thanks :)

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      Joe 4 years ago

      It's not just freelancers that get scammed on Freelancer.com: there are a lot of lousy freelancers on that site too. The ratings don't mean a thing by the way, I am on my 3rd 5 star developer that doesn't deliver. Valuable lessons learned in the past 6 months, as soon as I can get out of this deal with either part of my money or a finished project I'll avoid that site like the plague. Sure, letting me talk into releasing a milestone up front was stupid but no help in any way from Freelancer.com. Even though my freelancer's profile begins to show signs of more people being scammed Freelancer.com sits back and keeps cashing project fees. Don't even try their online service desk: as said before in previous posts it's like talking to 10-year olds.

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      Oleg S 4 years ago

      Yes you're right, it so

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Joe: You've got a point Joe, freelancers may also scam you. There are a lot of those who don't finish their jobs.

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      ricardomontes 4 years ago

      I've used the site myself and I haven't had any kind of problems with scummy employers or their support. In fact, I'm pretty happy with Freelancer. made a lot of money over the past 9 months. It's odd that you found their support to be crappy. To me, they're pretty straightforward and helpful. They even helped me take down a scamming employer. I think it really helps that you go through their TOS and FAQ so you'll know what you can do and can't do.

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      maxfromfreelancer 4 years ago

      @Hmmmm. We appreciate the feedback. Be assured that Freelancer.com Support Teams dedicate themselves in resolving account concerns as quickly as possible. As to the site's issues, I've forwarded your report to our Engineering Team and they will look into it and make sure that it doesn't happen again. Be further assured that we will continue tor improve our services and support to serve you better. Thank you.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @ricardomontes: I'm glad you're happy about their service. Personally I haven't got any problems from Freelancer too, just the scamming employers.

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      Astrid 4 years ago

      Hello,

      We just created Alatask, a Facebook Application that connects Task posters and Task bidders to interact with each other thanks to the power of social network. Users can be recommended through friends they have in common so it increases trustworthiness in the relationship. Also we do not take any fees.

      We hope you will like this new service and that you will try it.

      Any feedback is welcome.

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      Aris Alamanos 4 years ago

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      Vijeet 4 years ago

      Good Article........I know many people just think Freelancer.com a scam because their Account is suspended..........But I don't think its a Scam and great earning potential and have written a blog to help reactivate the account when suspended - http://freelanceraccountsuspended.blogspot.in/

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      sudhakarshah 4 years ago

      There are lots of scams on freelance websites indeed. I found out about opinionvalue.in through a referral from a user on a freelance website. I had to make sure the person was trustworthy, though. Now, I earn regularly using opinionvalue.in

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      Mladen Djukic 4 years ago

      Hi,

      My name is Mladen Djukic (that's also my username on Freelancer.com and every other websites where I'm registered) and I will try to share my negative experience with you. Of course, it's all about Freelancer.com.

      I am registered at this website for two years, I've won few projects and contests, payments was regular and on time, everything seems to be fine...until few days ago.

      At Saturday (17.11.2012.) I have won the contest for 490$ (contest holder: pythoncolt, contest: Logo Design for iisoft (ID 11325)). Contest was guaranteed and paid in advance by employer. Same day employer transferred money to my account. I even withdrawn that funds at that same day to my debit card. Day after, at Sunday, I'm logging in and suddenly there's no any money on my account! What's happening? Contest was deleted, as well as employer's profile. First step, contacting Freelancer support. Support suggested me that I should contact employer directly, which I did. He was suspicious, by their allegation, and they said that money is reversed to him. I've contacted him, he replied me back (which I didn't expect cause they told me that he is a fraud or something like that) surprised by Freelancer action and deleted account. Obviously, he's not a fraud...if it is, he wouldn't reply to my email...pretty simple and obvious. And of course, he doesn't get his refund. So, Freelancer don't want to refund me, nor the employer...and I'll repeat, contest was GUARANTEED.

      After three days of tickets, emails, complains Freelancer still won't admit their system failure and their mistake...but I won't give up just like that. I'll wait up just a little more and complain, and then if I'm not get refund I'll try to spread the word about their stealing website everywhere.

      And I've just started...

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      Oleg S 4 years ago

      Freelancer.com is proud to announce that we have just acquired vWorker...

      Your money is possibly spent for it.

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      Oleg S 4 years ago

      and my money too

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      Marco 4 years ago

      Mladen Djukic good for you mate! You do that! They are a scam company. They have scammed HUNDREDS of people including myself. It is a shame..

      And yes Oleg S, they did acquire Vworker... A beautiful proof of a growing company getting rich by scamming and robbing people.

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      Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

      Great hub. Thank you for sharing your experience. These tips will help me. I knew on Freelancer. I have done only one or two projects, so I have not enough money to withdraw. But after reading some of the comments, I am not sure if I want to work further. I hope I will not face any problems such as suspended account or similar.

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      vworker user 4 years ago

      I was shocked to see that the vWorker site is now acquired by Freelancer.com and all the data regarding the ratings, profile etc will be merged with freelancer account. But I had another account which was created due to acquisition of Scriptlance by Freelancer.com then this vworker account was having different registered email. They created two different accounts after merging. But when I asked the support to club the ratings of both my accounts to one and delete the empty rated account, the support person simply rejects the same by saying we can not do it.

      @Emir, What to do now? Please help..

      Thanks!

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Silwen: I hope you are having a good time and not being scammed by others. Remember to trust those who really pay you money.

      I am shocked that they also acquired VWorker, eliminating competition maybe?

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      tanujashetty5 4 years ago

      Another way of spotting scammers is through the amount that they promise to pay. I have worked for people in the past who promise high payments but I end up getting scammed. The only companies that I have worked for that are not scammers are the ones that don't pay much, like OpinionValue.in which happens to be the first company that I have come across that isn't a scam. Anyway, good luck to everyone who is freelancing!

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      tom 4 years ago

      Maybe you could try this new job board for freelancers http://lanzee.com . It's remarkably easy to use.

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      Harry Sadler 4 years ago

      Thank you for posting this! I found it because I was searching for ways to post a scathing review of freelancer.com myself. I am a freelance voice over talent. During the only job I received on freelancer.com, the employer decided not to pay, and simply leave the site. You see, freelancer.com took money from my account as a “fee” before I was even paid by the employer.

      As a result, for my honest work I ended up PAYING $30 TO FREELANCER.COM, and not even being paid what was promised by the employer.

      freelancer.com offers no protection (such as escrow, or dispute resolution) for the freelancers on the site, and really don’t even deserve to use the term “freelancer”. I am truly disgusted by this money stealing site!

      DON’T USE FREELANCER.COM !!! BEWARE !

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      Oleg S 4 years ago

      Freelancercom doesn't understand that their actions force freelancers to suggest clients to sign contracts on other sites.

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      Lanzee 4 years ago

      Freelancer.com is imho not good for people who don't want to pay money if they already are paid subcribers on a monthly basis. The whole business model of Freelancer.com is sick and will fail. Why should pay 5 or 10 or any percents from the price if you are already a member (aka gold, platinum or whatever member)? I don't get it. Ahh, they want more money ;). Try Lanzee.com. It's build with "simplicity in mind". No fancy bullshit, just freelancing. It's free including non-publlic pojects, sealed bids, unlimited bids a day and posting a project, of course, for free ;). And yes, maybe Lanzee will have paid membership in the future, but the model where you pay only once. Not twice like on Freelancer.com. E.g. you pay your subscription for 6 or 12 months and you don't need to pay anything else or vice versa you pay only some percentage from a project if successful. Freelancer.com business model is for dumb people who want to pay at least twice for the same thing.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      It's nice to have alternative sites for online jobs. Keep it coming guys, but just make sure they're legit based on personal experience.

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      afreelancerfromfreelancer.com 4 years ago

      Hi All,

      Reading this post, I am afraid to use my freelancer ID here lest the power that be at the site freeze my account. I want to report that there is a new kind of scam going on at Freelancer.com and the only party to benefit from this appears to be Freelancer.com. Employers (one should avoid them) without any reviews or verification, post a genuine sounding project. The higher you bid, the higher are the chances of your getting the bid. Even I have seen more than one person being awarded. As soon as you accept the bid, 10% of the fees gets deducted by Freelancer as per their POLICY. After that the Employer completely vanishes. Now in this only Freelancer benefits. When you report this to them, they will say Money once taken can not be returned and you should be careful before chosing your employers. I am sure these unscruplous employers are not doing this for fun but on behalf of Freelancer.com. If Eric or Max of whoever from Freelancer are listening(reading) this, prove that I'm wrong by refunding the fees for the non-project I was awarded by scamsters on your site. Why should you allow employers without depositing funds award a project and if you do it's your mistake and don't make the poor freelancer pay for it. It reduces your credibility.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @afreelancerfromfreelancer.com: I see your point. Someone who wants that to happen may create a project and get the highest bidder. That way, they can extract a larger amount from that bidder and Freelancer benefits. Nice analysis.

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      boneybutt 4 years ago

      I'm a freelancer and actually had two attempts to "direct hire" through the freelancer.com account site for a project I never bid on... for a project task set that I never bid on. At first I was going to accept the first one (yay!!), but I looked up both the project and the employer, and there was no history present. A ghost.

      Only Freelancer.com benefits from this scam.

      The ghost gets nothing.

      I didn't even bother with the second direct hire notice. You get some 5 emails telling you that you should accept before the job is awarded (to some other sucker).

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      el 4 years ago

      I am a new member on freelance.com and it already looks suspicious. I won two projects and the site immediately took 10% from my account before I even started work on the project, let alone earned some money. You cannot withdraw your money fast, you need to wait and then if you bid for a larger project and you are accepted, they take 10% of the promised earnings before you even made any money, and if you reject the work your account may be suspended. Terrible... If I don't get my money, all the world is going to hear about it :)))) They cannot do this for long..

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      boneybutt 4 years ago

      @el -- in fairness, they used to wait until you settled with them, which you could hold off for a while, during which you would get the payments into your freelancer account from your employer. If you went negative balance by too much, you'd have to settle before either bidding or accepting other projects. I suspect that unscrupulous freelancers would simply bid the one or two projects, get paid off-site, and never settle ... and simply open another fresh account. The site can't afford to connect everyone for free! A good number of employers do not care about the number of reviews a freelancer has if the price is dirt cheap; and a lot of the minimum fee projects are considered "good money" in many countries where these freelancers reside.

      Most of the projects that I bid on are valued between USD200-USD700, so competence is a normal requisite. Bidding at the USD30 level requires you to be in the company of riff-raff, and employers accepting these bidders are burned more often than not. I always laugh when I see the reposted project.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      They do not care about the ultimate end user: the freelancer. They charge both sides (project creators and project bidders) and will do whatever it takes to keep the money they squeeze out of both ends.

      Example #1: If you put in a bid and are accepted, then do work and are not paid (partially your fault for not creating milestones and handing in the 100% completed work before being paid, sure..), they do not give a hoot whether you get paid. Even when you complain to them about an employer not paying you, they gladly place the blame back on you and don't lift a finger to punish the thief either in the form of a negative review (you aren't allowed to leave one if the project is never marked as "complete") or any other punitive measure.

      Example #2: If you accept a project that is set to earn you, say, $500 dollars, 10% is instantly taken from you. $50. Say the employer never gets back to you, follows up, or anything even results (no work is even done, etc), you CANNOT get back your $50. You can plead them, but your pleas will surely fall on deaf ears and automatons towing the company line about the necessity of following their high and mighty "policies" .. USE THESE GUYS AS A LAST RESORT, or if you do use them, TREAD CAREFULLY!

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      ainna 4 years ago

      Hi,

      My experience unfortunately confirms the above. But what scares me is that captcha typing is actually used by fraudsters to decipher and illegally login to various websites for fraudulent activities and you can find that information easily in on the internet. Freelancer participates and facilitates fraud and crime, hence it is complicit in these crimes. I found that even when I wasn't bidding on captchas I would get offers of jobs to do them - I reported majority of them. I tried one such job at the beginning, and after doing some part of it all the work I've done vanished the next day.

      Another experience where after accepting work the employer never proceeded with giving me the actual work and 240 dolars was deducted as project fee that is normally deducted. I understand it is in accordance with their regulations. What regulations? Fees for a project that is a non-project? So, the fees for something non-existent? I understand if they punish the employer but why freelancer?

      These people should be sued.

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      thoughtspeech 4 years ago

      They should indeed be sued! They make money off of the scams of other people, as the freelance worker is still charged for the project even if the employer runs off! The result is that Freelancer still makes 10 percent commission, the Freelancer pays, and no one wins! Not to mention the ways in which they scam their users in other ways! I just got an unauthorized bill for $199, for a service I did not authorize or request! I tried to stop payment via Paypal, only to find that they had suspended my account after taking all of my money! I still have payments coming in from employers, so that money has basically been stolen as well! I know I'm rambling, so go see my full story at freelancerscams.blogspot.com. It's a page I started to expose the truth about these crooks.

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      Kwikode 4 years ago

      It's actually amazing how many of these sites you come across, and like most people on here I to have had issues with Freelancer (namely their numerous and exorbitant fees) and I would never have joined if Scriptlance wasn't bought out by them.

      I loved Scriptlance. It was easy to use, cheap and only had the features on the site you actually needed, not like all the unnecessary rubbish on Freelancer. So recently a developer friend and I decided we want to create an outsourcing community inspired by the old Scriptlance business model, a developer community first and foremost built with its customer in mind.

      So please note this is not a site promotion as there is currently no site. This is a chance for the outsourcing community to get involved in our Kwikode.com forums and provide us with ideas of the marketplace that they want to use. Hope to see you guys there.

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      kHan 4 years ago

      Hi, the rating of employer was 5 stars i.e. 100%. he aborted the porject and freelancer charged me with commission fee and now not refunding it to me.

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      In Disbelief 4 years ago

      Freelancer.com is unbelievably unprofessional.

      If you are there, get away asap - that is my recommendation. Awful service.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Right now I am not working on Freelancer because of all the problems a lot of people are experiencing. I don't want to be in that situation.

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      Steven King 4 years ago

      Hello,

      the milestone is not safe at all, there are so many scammers who scam peoples on freelancer.com with stolen credit card.. i have lost over $2000 through freelancer.com. when i ask support what the hell is my money? their response was contact your employer. after argument, they said that employer charged back.

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      peter gregg 4 years ago

      January 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Freelancer.com, in its sole discretion, may place a hold on any or all of the payments you receive when Freelancer.com believes there may be a high level of risk associated with you, your Account, or any or all of your transactions. If Freelancer.com places a hold on any or all of the payments you receive, you will be provided with notice of our actions and the way in which to resolve the issue. If you are involved in a dispute, in certain circumstances Freelancer.com may place a temporary hold on the funds in your account to cover the amount of any potential liability. If the dispute is resolved in your favour, Freelancer. com will lift the temporary hold. If you lose the dispute, Freelancer.com may remove the funds from your Account.

      Freelancer.com may remove the funds from your account? to where their account? this company will try and find any reason for banning your account and conviently putting money into their coffers, they are criminals, DO NOT RISK putting money into their website.

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      Bjorn 4 years ago

      I have had my battles with the freelancer.com customer service as well. They may have 120 people working there 24/7 365 days a year but nothing good is coming out of there. I probably received the same answer like 10 times, always stating the obvious and not helping me at all. On top of that freelancer.com has turned into the biggest screw job ever, screwing people as good as they can.

      Freelancer.com used to offer a good service but now it looks more and more like a pure money making business that's doesn't care about the freelancer. There is no user-friendliness anymore and no transparency.

      I contacted freelancer.com because I had an issue with the exam payment. I got free exam coupons and thus I decided to take a few exams. Logic would say that once I get those rewards, that I can use them right away, that's at least how ANY other website does it.

      But logic doesn't seem to apply at freelancer.com, instead the company aims at screwing freelancers as good as they can. Because one has the first activate one free exam coupon after the other before taking the exam. This should be explained much better but again, freelancer.com is not user-friendly and not transparent. On top of that the actual section where those coupons need to be activated is well hidden.

      What should be is that either the coupons are immediately activated after they have been ordered. If that's too difficult, then at least give freelancers the choice when doing the exam, if they either want to pay or use a coupon.

      But currently it only looks like freelancer.com is looking for any possible way to screw its users, plain and simple. I wouldn't care if it was 1 exam, but I took 3 and never has freelancer.com reminded me about using one of my coupons. When do they think I wanted to use them? 50 exams later?

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      Brian Scott 4 years ago from United States

      I've been using Freelancer.com for a few years, mainly as one who hires a freelancer. I sympathize with the commenters here who had been "scammed" and lost money and time. I always err on the side of caution and typically hire a freelancer based in the same country, or one who has been on Freelancer.com for a few years and has proven to finish projects. Likewise, I tend to seek projects posted by individuals who have a positive track record on Freelancer.

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      Joport 4 years ago

      Freelancer doesn't work. The reviews don't appear until weeks later. That happened to me. I was scammed out of £250. When I complained to freelancer they did nothing, took no responsibility and just said well I should have looked at the reviews. But there were no reviews there. It was only a few days ago that one appeared by a lady who had also been scammed by 'Hidden Marketing'. She had posted the review 23 days ago, but it didn't show up on the profile. But not changing this system. By not making it so that reviews appear immediately freelancer is enabling a site where criminals get away with their crimes. They continue to do nothing and offer no apology.

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      Unknown Fees 4 years ago

      I felt being scammed by Freelancer many times since starting using this website in 2011. Many unknown fees were charged without my consent., but I still keep using it because I don't know where else to get freelancers. Today I found out there were more unknown refundable project fees charged since 2011 were not refunded yet! I didn't even know they exist because the projects were never rewarded to any freelancer and were supposed to be free posts, so I really had no idea where the charges came from, and it says refundable but I didn't see any refund since 2011. I am so pissed off! I would stay away from it if I could.

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      Joport 4 years ago

      Yes, I have also had many unknown fees taken from my account. If you complain about how the system doesn't work they will give you a written warning and then suspend your account.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi guys! What other sites can you suggest for us to earn money? The only ones I know that are legit are oDesk and Elance.

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      df 4 years ago

      Thanks, as an employer with no reviews... yet.... it was goo to see how to minimize the first post skepticism....

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      Oleg S 4 years ago

      Re Hi guys! What other sites can you suggest for us to earn money?

      The only ones I know that are legit are oDesk and Elance.

      guru.com and peopleperhour.com

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      Jore 4 years ago

      I made some projects in freelancer.com

      There are some good craphic fesigners. Web site designers they are like scammers.

      I wondered why somebody looking for job in freelancer.com?

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      dan 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I spent there more than three months I could not get a single job.

      Most of the jobs are fictitious, projects are cancelled, closed and disappear. Also I saw very suspicious responses from employers, very good English for the advert and later horrible English spelling in the PMB; it is not possible for the same person, and finally projects are closed.

      That is the reason they need to get money from contractors, via testing skills and membership upgrade, because projects are not real so they do not get 10% of them.

      The few real projects, if they exist at all, are taking from people with reputation, if you are new there is no chance at all to get a contract,never ever, so people find friends to contract themselves and get reputation.

      Also they cheat you when selecting the skills, they are really mean, If you do not choose all the skills you can at first, then later you are limited and cannot add more skills until next month, unless you pay, of course.

      And when you sign they hide information, you do not know their commission, rules,.., nothing. And you have to get their spam mail every day, no opt-out option.

      The worst is the time you waste, not just the money.

      Really trust me, stay away from them, as far as possible.

      cheers!!

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @dan: Haha, I know this.

      "Also I saw very suspicious responses from employers, very good English for the advert and later horrible English spelling in the PMB; it is not possible for the same person, and finally projects are closed."

      It's really suspicious when it goes like that.

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      jenny 4 years ago

      the freelancer.com scam facebook page, liku us and help to get the word out:

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freelancercom-Scam/...

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      Meow 4 years ago

      Hello!

      I came across this site by chance and horrible to hear the feedback of freelancer.com ( i just accepted my first job and realise that i had a negative digit on my account already).

      If the employer just disappeared or no respond ,Is there a way i do not need to pay this fee? (I am not yet deposit anything in their account)

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Meow: You need to finish the project to earn the money to remove the negative balance. That deduction to your balance is automatic every time you accept a project.

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      Meow 4 years ago

      Hi, thanks for your reply Jason.

      I would like to finish the project (that I haven't yet started!) but the employer did not reply my message. In the worst case, what should I do if the employer just disappear and leave me with negative account? (Report to Freelancer support?? )

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @Meow: Well, you have to finish it.

      Both you and the employer are deducted the same amount so it will also be a trouble for him. Now if you report this nothing will happen because it's in the Freelancer manual. There are a lot of cases like this, just hope he replies soon.

      Now that you read my tips just go with employers that offer milestones and has a good reputation like stars or the dollar symbol to make sure they're legit.

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      Meow 4 years ago

      Thanks Jason.

      Pray that the employer will get back to me soon!

      By the way, I bid in the project that I will finish task in 10 days, does this timing start ticking once I accepted the job? Or it is the time frame I and employer agreed PM?

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Don't worry about the ten days deadline. It's just for formalities. It still depends on whether the employer contacts you about the project.

      The deadline is just for your profile. If you actually finished it within ten days it will reflect in your profile that you are a follower of deadlines and doesn't delay the job.

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      I really hate scammers. I had joined with many sites that offer money making and suddenly that sites disappear. It is really a waste of time.

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      Calif 4 years ago

      Should have come here to read reviews before getting on freelancer.com. I have spent time and money trying to get my money back. I post a job on Sunday, deposit money, 39 hours later, they deduct $9 dollars, so I am asking for the rest of deposit back and it is taking them forever. It is Tuesday, I am waiting for my deposit refund back. I made a backup of every communication with them. Here's the summary:

      Sunday Post job, deposit money via paypal, freelancer deduct 4 dollars ask for specific contractor , shows up waiting for acceptance by that specific contractor, requires to wait 36 hours to see if contractor want the job,

      Monday 32 hours later, the contractor still has not decided if he takes job, sent 3 emails inquiring about the status. I received 3 emails from 3 different people giving me canned reply "refer to this link for the 36 hours blah blah...", I waited.

      Tuesday 37.5 hours, status, contractor still has not accept or decline the job. I had wanted that specific contractor, no one else. it still shows the contractor awaiting acceptance. I inquire to customer support why it been past 36 hours, the contractor still has not decided and freelancer does not allow me to revoke the award. 4 email back and forth.

      Tuesday 38 hours later, freelancer sent me an email contractor will not take contract. I replied that I will cancel the job because i can't find a person who can do the project. They take $5 off my deposit for deleting project.

      Tuesday 39 hours later, I am po'ed. I got on chat to customer service. I inquired about my getting back my deposit. The guy told me oh as soon as we end the chat session you will receive an email about your refund.

      I got the email telling me about them refunding my $5 back if only if I repost my job for other contractors. Now I am so pissed. I said no. I just want the rest of my deposit back. This lady said she will forward the deposit refund request to some dept for review. I have asked 4 times when they are returning my deposit to paypal.

      It took me 5 minutes to send a deposit via paypal to freelancer. When I tried to get the rest of my deposit back, it is taking a long time. I have not got back my money yet.

      freelancer is a fraud and scam company. DO NOT USE THEM --Read the fine prints.

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      POinCal 4 years ago

      Freelancer is a scamming company. People do not use this company.

      This is now on the list of scam right below the Nigerian scam tricks.

      Write to the CEO Matt barrie email: matt@freelancer.com

      and Director of Customer Experience Alaister Low

      go to http://about.me/alaisterlow and email him.

      This company is a scam company. People do not use freelancer.

      freelancer is worst f..ing company than bank of america.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting. I haven't heard of freelancer before, but it sounds useful!

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      lola 4 years ago

      I paid 169€ for nothing, Ray didn't finish the formula and I was so stupid to release the milestone when it was not finish

      he made a formula for my online shop that was not adding to the cart, I can make the same in a piece of paper and it will be as useful as his.

      After 3 MONTHS fooling me, always telling me he was going to fix it next week, he still tells me that "he didn't ask for more money, even he did spent more time" I FEEL STUPID AND CHEATED , now I don't have money, I don't have formula and I lost 3 months.....

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      John 4 years ago

      ishtiak146 is a scammer. Be careful.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      @lola: That's too bad. Freelancer's like that shouldn't be tolerated.

      @John: Haha, nice one John.

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      patel 4 years ago

      hi im indian lol

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      Msjobsy 4 years ago

      Hi Jasonlicerio, this very nice information. Job well done.

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      Msjobsy 4 years ago

      Hi Jasonlicerio, this very nice information. Job well done.

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      Jason Licerio 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Msjobsy!

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      Jason Magnus 3 years ago

      Seriously freelancer.com makes the most money with the automatic payment scam. I wont go there again, I prefer SEOClerks.com, the only leading marketplace in today's time.

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      Jose - Brazil 3 years ago

      I just signed up on freelance.com, and took two English tests. It's not hard to notice that the price for the tests gets higher as you increase their level. That is a little bit strange. There is not apparent reason for that. Can someone clarify that for me ? Thanks.

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      James Jasper 3 years ago

      Freelancer.com is not very ethical. Their customer care is poor. They just give standard answers without actually looking into anything. They do not resolve anything.

      A freelancer scammed me on freelancer.com - left my Wordpress installation in a complete shambles and despite numerous emails to freelancer.com - I get nothing. And the freelancer just doesn't respond.

      I am not a Wordpress expert, but when I looked further into my Wordpress installation (after getting errors trying to upgrade the core - something that should be available), I saw so many other issues. The freelancer left my Wordpress in a shambles and wont respond to me.

      I can't even leave a rating for the freelancer and can't give them a comment. This is not acceptable.

      And the customer service at Freelancer.com does nothing other than to tell me to contact the freelancer who wont respond.

      This was an awful experience - no solution and just a shambles.

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      aXXo 3 years ago

      Currently almost all projectsare scam. The website is similar to the forum, when artifically created users post projects on and on and naïve people bid, like me for 2 weeks. You wont win. Of course U can pay the staff what u have. Its useless.

      On one hand they post projects with users created artificial, to get bids and to push money up from PayPal etc.

      Mark this site as Unwanted in IE/Firefox menu.

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      Kalle 3 years ago

      Got scammed there as well. They are several indians working together, giving each other feedback etc so it all looks really great. I'm sure they don't scam everyone either, just someone once in a while

      I got scammed by user samitXI. He's working together with dobreiiita and neshgold99. I've found more of their accounts but I can't remember them right now. Just wanted to tell people to be careful.

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      john 3 years ago

      I am planning to use freelancer to update my website in joomla 1.0.

      Hope that all will be fine.

      http://www.ebook-store.eu

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      ssitaly 3 years ago

      Hi!

      Have been working on FL since March 2011 and never had problems before.

      Now my withdrawal breakdown! I've asked to support and they said one of the employer I'm woking with "have an issue" with his account.

      I've done the work, the employer transferred the money, the money is on my account, but I can't take it!!! I've more than $550 USD on my account and can't have access on it.

      The support told to contact the employer directly, they say they are verifying him, and that they can't give me more informations for "privacy reasons".

      I want to underline that I USED MILESTONE payment.

      15 days passed and the problem is still not solved.

      I've contacted the employer but he doesn't know how to proceed.

      1) Here's my email exchanges with support:

      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      (Me)

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 06:12 AM

      Hi! I've made a withdrawal request (Paypal) on 07/30/2013.

      The processing data was Thu, 1 - Fri, 2 Aug 2013, but I didn't receive nothing. Now I've made a second request (the first one disappeared from the dashboard) and hope to get my money. Please, tell me if there is any problem with the system

      Ericka T.

      Email and Chat Support

      Staff

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 06:52 AM

      Hello there,

      Thank you for contacting Freelancer.com Support.

      Record shows that your employer, translationlands, is currently having issues with us. Since the funds you are trying to withdraw are from them, you won't be able to withdraw the funds until they settle the issue with us. You may contact them regarding this and have them settle the issue with us. Please understand that this is done for you and for the rest of our users as our way of providing our members a safe environment to do their online business. On the positive note, things will get back to normal as soon as your employer settles their account. Should you have other concerns, please feel free to contact us.

      (Me)

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 07:31 AM

      Hi! I understand the problem and asked the employer to settle the issue with you. But I don't want wait in vain... What happens if he doesn't solve the problem with freelancer.com? I used milestone to get guarantee about payment..!!!!

      Amy V.

      Email and Chat Support Agent

      Staff

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 08:15 AM

      Hi, Thank you for mailing us back. We truly regret the inconvenience this gives you. However, please understand that a proper department handles these issues and we do not have direct access to it. As per Privacy policy, we can no longer discuss further information on this matter. All we could suggest is that you try to communicate with your employer and resolve this issue with them. Your understanding is highly appreciated. Please let us know if you have other concerns.

      (Me)

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 08:39 AM

      If freelancer.com had an issue with this person, why I didn't receive any warning from freelancer.com when I accepted the job?

      This way the milestone guarantee doesn't work! Which department should I contact?

      Lyndon S.

      Email and Chat Support Agent

      Staff

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 09:46 AM

      Hello, Thank you for getting back to us. While we understand your concern, note that we have a specific department within our organization that validates user accounts and the transactions made to and fro. We are implementing this procedure to protect well-meaning users like you from fraudulent transactions. This is also specified on section 7.7 of our Terms and Conditions, which states:

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      7.7 Hold on funds

      Freelancer.com, in its sole discretion, may place a hold on any or all of the payments you receive when Freelancer.com believes there may be a high level of risk associated with you, your Account, or any or all of your transactions.

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      The funds you received from translationlands are currently undergoing verification. Rest assured that the funds that you have received from them are still in your account and will be available when your employer's verification process has been completed. Your understanding is highly appreciated. Let us know if you have other questions.

      (Me)

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 09:58 AM

      Thank you for reply.

      What happens if the verify fail?

      Can I withdraw money gained with other employers?

      Ramon M.

      Email and Chat Support Agent

      Staff

      Posted on: 03 August 2013 10:38 AM

      Hi, Thanks for writing us back. I understand that you would like to know what happens if the employer translationlands is unable to complete the verification process. Since it is already being handled by the proper department, we are not privy of their information regarding this matter.

      Rest assured that the funds that you have received from the employer are still in your Freelancer.com account and will be available when your employer's verification process has been completed. I suggest that you contact the employer about this issue so that you can proceed in withdrawing the funds from your account. Should you have further queries or concerns, feel free to email us again.

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      2) Here's what employer said:

      (me)

      "Hi! I can't withdrawal the money gained with your projects, as you have some issue with freelance.com . Please settle the problem with freelancer.com in order I can get my money. I did an hard work and I want to be paid for that. Please answer me as soon as possible... "

      (translationlands 2 weeks ago)

      "which money you mean ?"

      "the amount i just released for you ?"

      "i already released the money for you"

      "i am trying to solve the issue with freelancer..you are talking about $500, but they froze and cancelled over $17,000 of my money..so believe me i am trying to resolve this asap"

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      Necu 3 years ago

      Thank you, JasonLicerioPH, for this information ! But I was wondering if the reviews themselves could be made by some of employers "friends".. Like he could pay someone to review his jobs or profile positively.. I'm not yet a freelancer but I would like to start making some money with my knowledge in 3d modelling or architecture ... However, I can't stand one thing that most of the users complain: The right to take money from you paypal account without your notice.... I just couldn't believe that is happening in 2013 -_-. It is unacceptable for someone to get into your paypal account and just grab your money like that. I, as an owner of a paypal account, must be noticed where my money are going and to choose if I want to pay or not. However, I see you pointed about the problems that appear due to employer's lack of seriousness.... But I see many people arguing about the lack of seriousness of the Freelancer.com's employees themselves... They are seen as ordinary thieves due to the taxes they dare to charge for nothing, no precise answers whatsoever from support desk, lack of finance guarantees on their own budget and more... How can we defend against these ?

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      alhoseany 3 years ago

      i lost $500 with them yesterday on scam projects. read my review here:

      http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.freelancer.c...

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      Paul S Williams 3 years ago

      Hi

      I am using freelancer.com since years now, it was a good site at first, really fast, php-based. I won't complain on money issues here because, to be honest, I never had an issue with them about this, other than usual withdrawal delays and high fees. Not to mention I don't tend to hold a lot of money on there, not even on paypal; I usually withdraw to my atm card as soon as I can. I don't trust none online service to hold my money.

      Now, freelancer.com made changes during the years, most of them terrible, i.e. website speed, limitation on bids for free users and others. Always to damage the worker and focus on their own pocket selling you memberships. The site used to fly back in 2006 when it was purely php based, no Ajax, no crap whatsoever. Now, it's full of that, you get Ajax up your ass even from going to page 1 to 2 through projects before bidding. Ajax sites are slow, didn't you know it GAF? Java is slow, Javascript is slow, didn't you know it? I remember clicking on my user profile and having to switch to a faster laptop I have at home because the page simply didn't load on a decent P3, 1ghz RAM. Isn't it a P3 1ghz RAM enough to display a black and white, non-flash page properly and fast? They seem to have fixed that, though

      Now, this is the problem we have now and this one is *serious*. Since 10 days ago freelancer changed something that's ruinning our businness and they care shit fixing it. I am talking about the private messaging system which is *now disabled* when you bid. This means you can't send samples to your employeer, nor private messages anymore. Unless customer starts a private message.

      And this is not even the worst! Line break is not respected in your bid text!! So, now that you are not allowed to send private messages (unless customer starts a private message with you), you have to place links in your bid text in order to actually have a *chance* to get the job! Read below the conversation we had with customer support:

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      Freelancer staff: "Keep in mind that our site does not support line breaks on the bid page. "

      Me: And do you think this is something to be proud of ? Is it like a "feature" ?

      So are you telling your whole 9 million users that not having the ability to

      properly space paragraphs out, making the whole text a whole unreadable mess is

      a feature or something to be proud of!?!

      Imagine you have to write in your bid something bulleted such as:

      Paragraph 1

      Details:

      - line 1

      - line 2

      - line 3

      - line 4

      Paragraph 2

      - link 1

      - link 2

      Your buyer will read it like: Paragraph 1Details:- line 1 - line 2 - line 3 - line 4Paragraph 2- link 1- link 2

      *** And are you saying this is a feature and not a bug of freelancer.com that

      should be addressed? ***

      ----

      This is totally unbelievable, all they have to do is replacing the line break by a br html tag upon displaying the bid text and they are not doing it. It's a whole line of code what they have to add. This is getting us *no job* since days, damaging our busines while in the past we had a strong customer messaging based on the samples we showed

      My experience as a business man tells that you can convince a customer better with a good sample rather than with a small paragraph of text telling him that you are an expert in the field. Both thigns are killer, but if one of them is missing you don't make it

      If their approach was avoiding spam and/or copy/paste messages with this measure, this is not the way to handle it

      I strongly suggest everybody post a ticket into their support system in order to let them know as a community that we need the private messaging system back OR AT LEAST the line break respected in bid's text

      Regards

      Paul

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      Tritara 3 years ago

      The site freelancer (ca = com because I receive their emails from both) is obviously a scam site with their money game and the tricks and traps directly associated with it. The ever-thirsty "create Milestone" monster even lies that freelancers often ask the employers to create the milestone twice while the freelancers themselves do not know that employers are paying before they start working. I hired two freelancers and I was not allowed to contact the second freelancer because I refused to create the milestone for the third time. So I ended up paying the commission for the job award (15% or so) and 5CAD for deleting the aborted job (and the posting is still there at freelanceradar and freelancer with different country code top-level domains) for nothing. And I was asked to go shopping on the site with the remaining deposit. Worst of all, deleting your account cannot be done by you, but by them only. You have to obtain a "support ticket" by bringing up the matter to the support desk and they take as much time as they want by not answering or giving piecemeal answers or asking to do this and that. The first thing you should do is to cancel the "Authorized PayPal Accounts" by going to profile/settings/account settings. I am now registered at GURU. It's the anti-pole of the "freelancer" in every respect. The button for deleting your account is on the profile page (so it's a matter of a fraction of a second) and everything is transparent there, especially the money matter. I am writing this to do my portion of duty as a member of the world community in weeding out scams and help honest people thrive.

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      Alexander 3 years ago

      Freelancer.com - the biggest scam

      Very serious and responsible I work 120%. On freelancer.com since 2008, but employers were allways happy and my ratings is still 5.0.

      Since the site passed into the Australian hands, the freelancer.com strongly degraded. A lot of things changed: the number of projects increased, new functions were added, greed of the freelancer.com grew many times, scam scale increased.

      The administration isn't capable to control monetary operations. They have no tools for this purpose. It is ok for the site, if after a good review and released payment, freelancer.com reversalt he transaction depriving you earned money. You do not even notified about it. They quietly remove the money from your account. I will say more. Freelancer.com can reversal the transaction after the money is withdrawed and keep your balance in a deep minus , and then they demand from you to put the money back on your frelancer account. As a result the freelancer.com will remove from you 110% (10% fees, which were removed at the beginning of a project + 100% of your earned money that were returned to the employer). Sounds absurd? Today it is quite so on the site. To all claims they answer in the manner „We can do nothing. A chargeback has been filed on the employer‘s payment provider. We only take fees. We would recommend that you contact the employer directly and ask to pay again.“

      All of these milestones - complete nonsense! An employer can post a project, create a milestone, get the project done, release the money and after get all money back. Freelancer.com promotes scam. What milestones for? To give the appearance of reliability? After a project is done, you won‘t see the money anyway. In addition, you pay 10% fees. Cool!

      Today the freelancer.com is not the guarantor of honest execution of deal. It is just a message board with the job offers, where you take all risks upon yourself. Freelancer.com only can guarantee that you will pay them all fees for the opportunity to be deceived!

      It is a pity to lose rating and reviews, but it is even more a pity for the nerves. There are alternatives and it is time to leave freelancer.com. You are sure it is no concern of you? Just type in google „freelancer.com scam reversal“.

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      unknown 3 years ago

      So, Its all true...

      If you want to delete old closed project of yours, you need to pay them $5 USD...isn't that funny! :D

      btw...Matt Barrie, ohhh well, just look at his face...

      Is he scum???.....NOOOOOOOO :D

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      Yasitha Bogamuwa 3 years ago

      Hello All, I bid for a IPSec VPN project for 100 USD and I won it. After I successfully complete the project the employer (He had around 15 positive feedbacks) paid the total with 5 star positive feedback. Later I tried to withdraw the funds which I earned from this project and freelancer rejected the withdrawal saying that "Unfortunately we were unable to process your withdrawal request. Decline reason: Funds originated from an account that is currently under review." Therefore I contacted freelancer through their support ticket system and they asked me to contact the employer and ask him to resolve his account issue. Next I contacted him and begged him to resolve his account issue because I'm burning for nothing I did. What he said is, Now the Project is over and he paid the total. He doesn't want his freelancer account anymore, Simply he left freelancer. Again I contacted freelancer and said what he mentioned. The reply was "For security reasons, the funds on the employer's account has been put on hold until the account issues have been resolved.". I know I will never receive my funds because the employer will never resolve his account issues by submitting the documents which freelancer asked him to submit. Finally he got what he want, freelancer got what they want (Freelancer fees. They refund the fees but I can't withdraw it because minimal withdrawal amount is 30 USD) and I lost my money. This is for you mates, don't use their site. I don't want to see this thing happening to you. If you want proofs, please type your email address, I will forward what I got.

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      Dina 3 years ago

      They Charge The Money On Accepting the Task .. What if The Employer does not pay !! money should be deduced from milestone payment or upon completion of the task and money delivered !!

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      NAHLI 3 years ago

      I have had two Bad experiences. First a guy "hired" me for a translation job. I accepted and when I talked to him, he told me he didnt create any project. Freelancer.com charged him and me 5$.

      Today, somebody hired me for technical assistance, asked me my skype account and while we discussed the project he tried to hack my computer. I turned it off and asked for assistance. He had put two malware in my computer and I haven´t accepted any file from him

      Here is the profile of the person

      https://www.freelancer.com/u/oronnosl.html

      I´ll provide his skype soon,. Im afraid to log in skype, he really made me nervous. I could report him and change all my passwords ASAP in another PC

      As u see is a person with good reputation and cannot imagine how many new freelancers has fallen with him.

      I reported him and his project and freelancer hasnt sent me any comment. Thats dissapointing.

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      Johne885 3 years ago

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      Johnc853 3 years ago

      Superb post but I was wanting to know if you could write a bdebgbbgkekf

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      deea 3 years ago

      Please don't accept working on :https://www.freelancer.com/projects/PHP-Website-De...

      I worked with him on the last project and he didn't pay me.

      I did more research on him and apparently he does that a lot.

      The user is https://www.freelancer.com/u/TechoSpot.html

      Name: Mahak Champ

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mahak410

      Skype: mahak.104

      LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mahak/73/129/818

      Projects associated:

      Current

      eStudy.me, AM Psyche, TeeSpring

      Previous

      Techospot, Treasure Jewellery, GameToSoft

      DO NOT ACCEPT TO WORK ON THESE SITES.

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      Gery 3 years ago

      Have you been victim of freelancer.com?

      Me too :( I have the case opened .... with not respond from freelancer.com

      Do you know that: “Freelancer founder earns $235 million – while customers of the site are ripped off “

      Freelancer, an Australian registered Internet company makes millions while abusing Australian consumer laws. Caution – use this site at your own risk as Freelancer takes no responsibility.

      If you want to try to contact the management team: http://www.freelancer.com/info/management.php

      Here is their direct email address and phone numbers:

      Nikki Parker, Regional Director, North America, Australia & New Zealand, Tel +61 427 173 025, Email nikki@freelancer.com, or Evan Tan, Regional Director, South East Asia, Tel +63 908 882 8519, Email evan@freelancer.com, or Jorge Azurin, Regional Director, Continental Asia, Tel +63-908-867-3373, Email jorge.azurin@freelancer.com, or Bill Little, Regional Director, Europe, Tel +44 (0) 7940 924555, Email bill@freelancer.com, or Sebastian Siseles, Director Regional para Latinoamerica, Tel +54 911 32 60 07 30, Email sebastian@freelancer.com

      If there is not result them please follow this direction below:

      1. File a government internet crime complaint with: ic3.gov/default.aspx

      2. Report fraud, visit: stopfraud.gov/report.html

      3. File an online complaint with State Attorney General: oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

      4. File a government consumer complaint with econsumer.gov/english/report/overview.shtm

      5. Report to Australian Competition Consumer Commission: accc.gov.au/consumers/complaints-problems

      6. Report to Law Enforcement: aclei.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

      7. Report to Scam watch: scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/693900 ; ALSO asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/Complaining+about+sales+offers+and+promotions+of+consumer+goods+and+services+ASIC+site+version?openDocument#State or territory consumer affairs

      8. Report computer, internet-related, or intellectual property crime: justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.html#C4

      9. File a complaint with Office of Fair Trading: fairtrading.qld.gov.au/make-a-complaint.htm also: acma.gov.au/Citizen/Take-action/Complaints

      10. Contact investigative reporters from TV Channels and Newspapers / magazines and all you guys will provide evidences to them. Please save all your email received from freelancer.com

      11. Register complaints with as many review sites as you can "Google Reviews, Yelp, Business reporters and other private organizations .... etc"

      12. Post Blogs. Minimum 1 SEO article per day till you will see the result on google, yahoo and bing.com. Spread the word by posting on your blogs, create new blogs, Blog Comments, Guess Posts and invite others to share their similar stories they faced with freelancer.com etc. Please keep posting on all social media....

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      erwin 3 years ago

      Milestones arw

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      erwin 3 years ago

      Milestones are a joke. Even if the employer created one, freelancer can take that money back because some bullshit reasons, but you still pays the fees, lose your work and the milestones. I just recently lost about 200 USD and feel unsafe as hell in that scam.

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      Jason Licerio 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi fellow freelancers! What do you think I should write next about freelancing?

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      Jason Licerio 2 years ago from Philippines

      @erwin: Milestones are the only way I got legit paying projects through article writing. I'm not sure with high paying jobs on how secure it is but with the small projects like mine, milestones always come out as most secure method for payment.

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      Chav Chambers 2 years ago

      Great tips Jason. Can you please state which of the freelancing sites you worked for and they didnt pay you? I worked on Elance and its the best i have come across, I have never come across any scammers on there. Odesk seems like it has the potential for scamming. Freelancer is loaded with scammers, I stopped using it, I didnt actually work on it but I saw plenty of signs, I even questioned the employer to put them on the spot and analyze their response. Another site that I deemed as a scam is Freelance Junk, see the analysis of them here and why they are deemed as scammers: http://workonline2day.wordpress.com/scam-alert/fre... We really need to be cautious, cant put in all that hard work for nothing.

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      Tina 2 years ago

      Freelance Junk Ltd.com is a SCAM. They are so full of lies and all they want is your money. I never got the chance to work for them because they were telling me I had to pay to get on the site. What a joke. I am so tired of all these Scams I am going to make it my point letting everyone I come in contact with know they are Scammers.

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      WDewal 2 years ago

      Well, if employer does not want to release a milestone, he/she can file a dispute. The problem is that freelancers have almost no chance to win it! I've got a friend who works at freelancer.com, and he shared a statistics related to disputes: only 7.4% of disputes are won by freelancers. I asked him why and he told me that there is an internal policy at freelancer.com that demands to always trust employer arguments. So it works with fair customers, but a drawback is if a customer is not truethful you have no chance to get your money.

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      Arafat 2 years ago

      Very helpful post, especially for newbies. I've explored the scam project issue in depth here: https://screenshotmonitor.com/blog/how-to-avoid-sc...

      Thanks!

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      visualcomando 21 months ago

      --- Freelancer.com ---- the BIG SCAM --- This video shows how Freelancer.com will smoke away your money ---

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eESrvA6daG8

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      Nicky 20 months ago

      If this is such a terrible site, people should just stop using it... Use a marketplace with confirmed agencies and firms like www.webagency321.com

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      Nicky 20 months ago

      If this is such a terrible site, people should just stop using it... Use a marketplace with confirmed agencies and firms like http://www.webagency321.com/

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      FLMaybelle 20 months ago

      Hi, Nicky. This is Maybelle from Freelancer.com. While we respect your view on our site, we would like to assure you that, if you have any questions or concerns, I, along with my team, will be here to assist you in any way we can. Just send me an email to maybelleb@freelancer.com.

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      Chris 17 months ago

      I took their basic numeracy skills test so I could add something else to my profile to show to prospective clients. Their tests - or at least the ones I looked at - cost $5.00 plus a processing fee of around $0.42. Here's an actual question exactly as it appeared on the test I took:

      "John eat 2 pieces of apples a day. Now, is Thursday, but he remembered the his apples left after eating apples during Monday are 30 pieces after that, he gave the half of all his apples to her daughter. How many apples left, if today is Friday after eating the two pieces of apples?"

      At least three other questions on the test had issues, such as multiple correct answers or no correct answer. Needless to say, this is completely unprofessional, especially considering these are paid tests. How can I showcase my skills to prospective clients with a test like this? After the test was completed, there was an option to add more questions to the test. It looks like they don't even verify new questions for accuracy.

      I contacted customer support and 4 days later I was told they do not refund the exam fees. Instead, they offered to let me take another exam for free and they offered me one free month of the lowest paid membership option. First, there's no way I'm ever taking another exam for that site, free or not. Second, because of the exam that I did take I was already eligible for one free month of a higher-level paid membership, so offering me the lowest one is completely pointless.

      Based on this experience and the countless other reviews I've read about this site, I just decided to cut my losses and run. I advise you all to avoid this shady site.

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      Disappointed 16 months ago

      Freelancer.com is not a website. It is rather a platform for harassment.

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      Mateo 15 months ago

      First name : Abdullah

      Last name : Bin Shahjahan

      Address : Khulna, Bangladesh

      postal code--9000

      Skrill email: msadman14@gmail.com

      This is his facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mesuk.abdullahbinshahjaha...

      and on freelancer he even uses his facebook friends picture: Faruk Hossain

      This is the picture of his facebook friend: http://prntscr.com/aebwr3

      And this is his nick on freelancer: Coredot and his picture on freelancer http://prntscr.com/aebxng

      We had an agreement of me paying him 50 eur in advance and then he will start working on application but as soon As i payed to him he was saying he want 30 more and that he will not start project unless i pay him which i refused and soon after we stopped conversation. These are parts of conversation and him saying he don't want to start and soon he blocked me.

      I know all of these details cause he wanted me to pay to him via Western Union so he gave me all his data. I had some problems with card and after that we tried with bitcoins and couldn't do it also but after few days I payed to him with SKRILL

      Here are screenshots of part of conversation and skrill proof of paying to him

      Skrill payment:

      http://prntscr.com/aec6r9

      Conversation:

      http://prntscr.com/aec0wj

      http://prntscr.com/aec3ac

      http://prntscr.com/aec3pw

      http://prntscr.com/aec4uk

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      Left 14 months ago

      My only suggestion is avoid Freelancer.com at all cost - it's going to cost you (dearly) if you don't.

      This website has given me my worst online experience EVER. Still struggling to get my money back from them. Customer care is barely literate, feels like you are talking to a scammer most of the time than a real employee.

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      Hi 10 months ago

      Freelancing sites is no totally a scam it is just when you violated some rules and that i where they push you to the gutter..

      http://www.avicsmarketing.com

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