Freelancer Scam Review




They hire freelance workers doing anything from designing, writing, web development and many more. They're the largest outsourcing marketplace with a fairly good reputation. You will pay 3% for posting a project and higher fees for winning and getting paid for your project. You also have the option to upgrade to the gold membership of just under $20 a month, which give you the ability to post projects free of charge. Freelancers that have a gold membership will also have reduced fees and an improved reliability score on the site.
 
Before you bid on any projects make sure to check the employer’s profile, make certain that they have at the least a few reviews and check for “payment verified” marked by a blue “$” sign. In addition to read the feedback text of other freelancers to see what experience they had with this employer. Employers should make their project descriptions understandable by defining what they expect you to do and how much they will pay you for work that is done.

Don’t accept tasks that pay high sums of money for little work, there is a chance that it may be a scam especially when the individual have no reviews.  I would recommend projects that has been paid to post for, or with the “Private” or Full-time” tag in it.


Freelancer in itself isn't a scam site, but remember scammer's can still post their advertisements, with very little risk, since Freelancer cannot verify everyone posting, therefore be careful when applying for tasks or projects and seek only the jobs with good reviews to be safe.

I had study a lot of scam reviews, stating that people got scammed by Freelancer, and even so many individuals set them self up for been ripped off from taking on offers without spending a bit of time investigating the employer, the reviews and payment offers. With a little brain power I think anyone can make money off this site, maybe not a full income but still enough to pay for hosting or investing in a solid online business.



11 comments:

  1. Do you really believe that there are no inherent problems of the service? I don't know whether you really care for the truth or not but to enrich your this article you should search a bit more about the issues that people suffered from. Limiting affiliate earning without notice and setting it to a meaningless 90 days period, taking project fee for a project for which the user never got paid, taking gold membership fee even for a suspended account, taking fee from unverified users and later ban that same account in the name of verification when withdrawal request is made... there are many many issue that just can not be covered up by blaming the employers and workers. - freelancingwatch.blogspot.com

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    1. I have had it with freelancer.com. I am over the scams, the taking of my money, the poor service. I am over it all.

      I was going to write up my story with the many many many many horror stories out there but decided that I need to do something a bit different. I found out that Freelancer.com has worked with NASA in the past (YES NASA!?!? Are they out of their minds??)

      So I set up a petition to NASA to get them to cut ties with freelancer.com. Hopefully if enough people sign it, they will and that will shake up freelancer.com (I doubt it though!!!! They seem to be beyond repair!!)

      Anyway, please sign it, share it, support it. You know the drill. Thanks.

      https://www.change.org/p/nasa-tell-nasa-to-boycott-freelancer-com

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  2. By the time of writing this post (2012/10 - the date is up in the browser) I did in fact made money from Freelancer, and about 5 out of 6 times I was fortunate enough to not end up with a scam artists, due to research I subscribe to about all of the programs before writing a review in order to see if I can make money with the system or not. You did not mention anything about your support tickets and how freelancer had responded to them.

    Did you report the problem(s) to certified organizations for investigation?
    How did they react to the problem?

    Like I stated, the post was written in the time frame when I did make money with them without any major problems.

    Thanks for the comment, I will write a follow up after doing some investigation into the newest negativity on this matter.

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    1. Thanks for replying. A sophisticated one indeed. But still the spirit that is expected is not seen. Still it is all about getting success "5 out of 6 times" and not against the ripping off practices continued by the service (mentioned some of them in the previous comment). Please don't get me wrong, I am not trying to teach you the dos and don'ts.

      Its about expectation. Your article is having screenshot of mywot.com which fallsly represents a clean image of the service. Having full marks on "child safety" doesn't account for "worker safety". Having a "clear certificate" from siteadvisor represents mal-ware free environment and not necessarily mal-intention free environment.

      You have referred the clean image portrayed at mywot.com by giving a rating screenshot. Please check the comments, too. That will reveal that why i am writing this and why you should search a bit more. - http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/freelancer.com

      Many many thanks again for giving the chance to interact.

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  3. Well as you may have noticed, I do make a point to respond directly to comments as quickly and swiftly as humanly possible. You might like to know me first by reading a few other reviews or posts on my site before taking me on, this blog is not my one and only I do have a few others that also require attention but I always do my follow ups, but everyone makes a mistake and sometimes miss a few lines, let me quote the last piece of my comment directly too you...

    "Thanks for the comment, I will write a follow up after doing some investigation into the newest negativity on this matter"

    I see you had only recently joined up with blogger (May 2013) and would love to actually see some of your older blogs or websites that have a bigger traffic rate, for you clearly don't understand how to resolve an issue in the right manner and still keep lots of visitors happy without stepping over rules and boundaries. Only an fool will immediately write up a poor follow up review without doing research and risk being banned or reported for stating wrong information.

    Your newest blog is entirely build on slamming Freelancer, but without the valuable comments from real visitors, or much traffic. Trust me I hate scammers just as much, I recently published a post about Banners Broker, and I do not have shame to lift my opinion when things go wrong, (feel free to have a look) but I make sure to get my ducks in a row before I open my mouth. Get some traffic to your site, ask people nicely to comment and help you to get power - then take Freelancer on in a legit way with backup on your side. By attacking blog owners with high traffic will not solve the problem or help you to raise awareness, for some site owners are not that tolerant to newbies and will just delete the comment. Rather ask fellow bloggers nicely to help you justify by linking, social media etc.

    Again you avoided my questions - "Did you report them?" "What was the outcome?" I need to know this, for there is steps to take in order to make huge problems like these get acted upon.

    I am indeed shocked by the recent concerns within Freelancer and don't see being ripped off as a joke! The follow up review is already within my diary, but I need to stay in a professional level and do my research proper by talking to people directly, by screaming "O my Goodness it is a Scam" towards a program that had helped me so much in the past when I needed it most, would just be unprofessional, for I have to look firstly at all of Freelancers Terms and Conditions and weigh them up with complains (see if anyone did not read them before joining) The next step would be to get in contact with people currently working on Freelance and ask them to give a feedback, and so forth.

    Scammers had made it totally impossible to earn from programs for they invade round about every site whether it is trusted or not, forcing the owners to tighten the terms and conditions too such levels that cause more problems than results, I have the suspicion that this had happened to Freelancer and they lost control over the system functionality, but until I can back this up with facts I am only speculating.


    Kind Regards

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    1. Like to see comments? Come to my blog: http://getahindu.blogspot.com/2012/08/can-freelancer.html

      See Kent's article: http://read2learn.net/freelancer-com-scam-2012/

      Check hundreds of comments here: http://lisaamartin.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/the-trouble-with-freelancer-com/

      Or just look up on Google: freelancer.com scam

      No, it is not only about blaming the middleman for counterparty scamming. It is about middleman being a scammer.

      Terms and conditions you say? Changed unilaterally, even wthout customers' knowledge about it? Are you kidding me? When I dared to expose Freelancer.com I got blackmailed from their personnel and my private data got spilled. Even more sad attempt to kill the criticism was threatening me and Read2Learn owner with legal actions. This is beyond lack of ethics... this is becoming a bad joke.

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    2. Getting info from Freelancer is close to impossible, and members simply just ignore emails. Those who are in the system make it out to be fine, those who got burned obviously have negative feedback.

      As you may have noticed in the address bar, the review had been written in 2012/10 - I had never encountered a problem with them back then and since I am not working with them anymore it would be impossible to judge.

      I am always open for feedback and updates, you might browse around my blog and see that I am brutally honest when it comes to flaws.

      http://www.christene-marketing.com/2013/04/banners-broker-scam-review.html

      http://www.christene-marketing.com/2013/03/empower-network-scam-review.html


      If you have any proof (snapshots, emails and so forth) I will gladly post it on my blog and invite you even to write the update, I had invited freelancer members to do the same, but without any results.

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    3. Please go through my blog... have posted a number of screenshots. This includes privacy abuse (Freelancer.com personnel has been spilling my personal data and trashing me publicly) and calling me... racist. Quite a lot of material you can enjoy: www.getahindu.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for the update Chaim - I am sure that readers will benefit from it greatly

    I have to do a follow up review and will include the link in the post

    Keep up the good work

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  5. Scammers can get into anything at anytime using the vulnerable spots in the system. As a freelancer it is our responsibility to be alert and keep our guards high to ensure the loss of time and money.

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  6. I have had it with freelancer.com. I am over the scams, the taking of my money, the poor service. I am over it all.

    I was going to write up my story with the many many many many horror stories out there but decided that I need to do something a bit different. I found out that Freelancer.com has worked with NASA in the past (YES NASA!?!? Are they out of their minds??)

    So I set up a petition to NASA to get them to cut ties with freelancer.com. Hopefully if enough people sign it, they will and that will shake up freelancer.com (I doubt it though!!!! They seem to be beyond repair!!)

    Anyway, please sign it, share it, support it. You know the drill. Thanks.

    https://www.change.org/p/nasa-tell-nasa-to-boycott-freelancer-com

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