The Internet keeps on developing exponentially, so freelancing is becoming increasingly popular, and those who want to get profit at the expense of other people are also growing in number in geometric progression.
You can find a lot of complaints about scammers online.
How can you avoid being scammed on the Web?
How to distinguish a scammer from a normal customer?
How not to let the scammer deceive you? Read and be prepared!
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1. Take Your Time To Trust Someone
First, clarify all the terms of the deal, scrutinize the task, and settle all the issues with payment.
Such promises as “we will be able to offer you lots of highly-paid work, but at the moment you have to work on a budget and without any advance payment” are not worth your time.
2. Require Prepayments
Do not work without a contract, an advance payment or a “Safe Deal”. Here, at least part of the money will be yours and the whole experience will not be so offensive.
The results of your work can be shown in many ways, without sending the source code: you can show the screenshots with part of the work, demonstrate the work through Skype, etc.
3. “We Need To Look At Your Style”
Do not be deceived by statements like: “You start doing the work, and we’ll see if your style suits our needs” or “Send us a sketch, and then we’ll make an advance payment.”
The style of your work is perfectly visible in your portfolio, and what needs to be done is described in the statement of work.
Always ask for an advance prepayment – FIRST the money, and then send them sketches, drafts and all the rest of the work.
Another frequent case of fraud is the collection of works and ideas as if for a competition.
Think well before submitting anything for such events that guarantee absolutely nothing.
5. “Please, Edit That For Free”
Of course, you must edit it if you have messed up. Most often for free.
But, there are cases when the customer wants to get 2 projects at the price of one order. In this case it is necessary to pay special attention to how much the order meets the statement of work.
6. “Biography Of The Client”
Do not be lazy to search for the information about the customer in the search engine – sometimes you can learn a lot of interesting things!
In order not to get scammed online – the basic principle of working on the Internet is “Be careful”.