Those who know me know that I’m one of the most honest people you’ll ever meet. I’m caring, friendly, supportive, all that great stuff. Those who know me can also tell you that I have zero tolerance for any kind of injustice. Whether it be someone who gets away with murder, or someone who gets away with scamming, it is unacceptable. So, I’m writing this post as a warning to those who look to sites such as Freelancer.com to find work/people to work for you.
Long story short: I hired someone off of Freelancer.com to fix the UberFacts website. If you’re a fan of UberFacts and often go to the website, you may have noticed an “Error establishing database connection” message last week. Well, that’s because the website is very popular now. *Applause* Anyway, the website needed to be optimized. So what did I do? I hired someone to optimize the website, duh. After said person claimed to finish the optimization, I logged on to see that nothing was fixed. Of course I said that to the person, and after they failed to do anything about it, I hired someone else. (Letting him know that I was hiring someone else as well and that he no longer needed to work on the website). After clearly stating multiple times that he had not fixed anything and that I found someone else to do the job right, he still kept contacting me. Since, I had someone else working on it, things were back up and running. In an attempt to prevent this man from logging back into my system where I had OTHER people working, I told him “Everything looks better, thank you for all your help.” Did he help? I don’t think so. Did everything look better? Yes, because I had other people helping me.
After that exchange, this guy still wanted me to release the $277 payment that I had set aside on Freelancer.com for him, but I wasn’t about to make it easy for him to scam me. I created a dispute and let the case go to arbitration. Guess what happened….
FREELANCER gave him the $277! After I had paid $2,300 to someone else to fix what this guy didn’t and included screenshots of my conversations with the scammer. I was confident that my case and evidence was strong enough to prove that this man did not do anything, but Freelancer failed to protect me. Now I need your help!
Please comment below stating your opinion on this matter. Was it right for Freelancer.com to give this man my $277 when he failed to do what he said he was going to do? After I paid someone else $2,300 to fix my problem? After telling him everything looked better? (Because someone else fixed it?) Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Let’s stand up for what’s right here.
Update: After all was said and done, Freelancer issued me a full refund and returned all of what this fraud was given. They’ve made their way out of the dog house, but I won’t be letting them into my home just yet.