How the scam works:
If you are a writer, you might encounter the following scam. Crooks register themselves on specific writer job boards and say they need a little test example, for which they are willing to pay for, which in turn could lead to a larger project if they like your writing..
Victims are required to write short paragraphs on a specific topic. Once the small assignment is done, the scammer is “happy” with the paragraph and pays the writer.
They leave positive feedback for the writer on the website, and require the writer to do the same for them, upon receiving payment. All done, now proceeding to the second deal: the full project.
The writer gets tons of info about the project and starts working on it for the next few weeks. Once that is done, they send the material for approval. Of course, the beneficiary has some changes to suggest and – when everything looks perfect – they will take it.
Now the scammer vanishes without paying for the complete job. The feedback, however, cannot be changed, since it has already been left by the victim. The writer’s project will be used for print distribution, so the writer will probably never find it online and file a complaint.
How to avoid:
Very tough, since the “employer” paid the first time and might have positive feedback online. The best thing to do is to require a deposit, as well as being paid a portion every time a milestone (a chapter) is reached.
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I have just been scammed by hirewriters.com this is how it happen. i sign up to there free online site to hire a writer for my web articles. i was unable to fund the account then as a Nigerian cos i dont have PayPal account. so i was told that if i have a relative in USA that as PayPal account he or she can help me out to fund my hire writer account. so i send some cash to my sister in USA with my login details wy she do fund the account for me. then i confirm the money in my HW account when i log in, so i go fodder to contact hire writers through my HW account then i logout. the next day am trying to login to my HW acct then i was told that my account as been frozen, and i was told to contact the support for more info which i did. And i was told that i have log in with a different IP login. i explain to them that the only person that login to my account was my sister which she was the one that help me out to fund the account from USA. then the Hire Writers senior manager told me that my account is gone. imagine i cant get any article i cant get my money back then i concluded that this is a new web scam from hirewriters.com pleas inform people to be careful with doing business with hirewriters.com
WritersDomain.Net has ripped me off for almost $300.00 – I did the work, they chose to delete it without a single review, or acceptance or rejection. I counted on that money, as most freelancers do, and spent 3 days working on these pieces.
Brian Good, of a particular mobile app site, is posting jobs on writejobs.info and craigslist claiming to pay $200 a week for people to message businesses on Facebook, soliciting his mobile app company. Not only did he not pay me, but he ripped off an entire marketing company for thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, nothing can be done except posting this warning around the internet. :/