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Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Missnande(f): 7:47am On Oct 08, 2018
THIS A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE PREVIOUS TOPIC.

I think we can continue on this thread without having to open another one.


If you have fallen victim please share your story, let us know that we are not alone.


If you have any tips on how you dealt with that challenge or general advice for newbies on how to detect scammer please don't hoard it, someone might need it.

If you would like to expose certain people please do so with concrete proof so you don't tarnish a person's image.
Writers can also verify a client here before taking a job



MY FORMER QUESTION:


I wonder if it is wrong to ask for payments(at least half of it) before accepting a writing job or what other means do you know of to detect scammers. It seems like they are increasing by the day, people who offer you a gig, accept your work and when it's time to pay they go dumb. Have you been scammed before? How did you deal with it and how are you preventing it now?


Cc' ewawumi,photoshoot,aremu01 Please kindly tag other writers you know.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by skarlett(f): 7:50am On Oct 08, 2018
Yes oh! Insist on at least 50% upfront payment, if they don't agree, don't do it.
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Oyinprince(m): 7:57am On Oct 08, 2018
Oh! Thank God I'm not the only one thinking this way. Too much dishonest folks out there
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 9:30am On Oct 08, 2018
Its not every one who outsource writing works out is a scam, the same way its not every writer that claims being scammed is justified. What I personally do I request for proof that the client rejected my work, if you have no proof, then its a scam. Same thing I do for those I outsource to. There are situations where claims by nairaland writers are not always the whole truth
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Missnande(f): 11:40am On Oct 08, 2018
ewawumi:
Its not every one who outsource writing works out is a scam, the same way its not every writer that claims being scammed is justified. What I personally do I request for proof that the client rejected my work, if you have no proof, then its a scam. Same thing I do for those I outsource to. There are situations where claims by nairaland writers are not always the whole truth

Thank you very much I get your point,but I mean people that approve your work, ask for your account details then suddenly stop replying your messages.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 11:55am On Oct 08, 2018
Missnande:


Thank you very much I get your point,but I mean people that approve your work, ask for your account details then suddenly stop replying your messages.
Those ones, na God go judge them. Took me threatening to report one to my grandmother before he replied n paid my money
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Aremu01(m): 11:58am On Oct 08, 2018
There is one I am dealing with at the moment.... Since Saturday,I delivered.... Now it's time for payment he's talking about exchanger issues. I ll be patient for a couple of days sha and see....
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Missnande(f): 5:20pm On Oct 08, 2018
ewawumi:

Those ones, na God go judge them. Took me threatening to report one to my grandmother before he replied n paid my money

LOL I should try that sometime. Thank you
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 8:06am On Oct 09, 2018
skarlett:
Yes oh! Insist on at least 50% upfront payment, if they don't agree, don't do it.


If you insist on half, what's the assurance you'd get the remaining half, I think we can go about it another way.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by skarlett(f): 8:07am On Oct 09, 2018
photoshoot:



If you insist on half, what's the assurance you'd get the remaining half, I think we can go about it another way.

I'll send in half article grin grin grin
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 8:47am On Oct 09, 2018
skarlett:


I'll send in half article grin grin grin

Lol smh
How would you get your half payment, or would it be sensible to use an escrow?
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by skarlett(f): 9:01am On Oct 09, 2018
photoshoot:


Lol smh
How would you get your half payment, or would it be sensible to use an escrow?

I don't know, I'm just saying
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 9:09am On Oct 09, 2018
skarlett:


I don't know, I'm just saying

Uhnuhn embarassed
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 9:24am On Oct 09, 2018
Best we can do Is to have laid down rules with which we deal with them.
Do not write for anyone who chats you up out of the blues.
Before responding to an ad, check up on the op's previous posts and comments, if something fishy comes up, let go.
If he or she is offering an unusually high rate, ask for his personal details and pictures especially if he is chatting you up himself.
If he is chatting you up outta free will and his rate is average, ask for his nairaland moniker, check it out before accepting
These are mine, let's add others

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 9:25am On Oct 09, 2018
Having a thread where we can dump the contacts of these people is a nice idea too.
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Aremu01(m): 12:21pm On Oct 09, 2018
ewawumi:
Having a thread where we can dump the contacts of these people is a nice idea too.
This one is a very good idea....
I have been thinking in this direction too...
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 2:21pm On Oct 09, 2018
ewawumi:
Best we can do Is to have laid down rules with which we deal with them.
Do not write for anyone who chats you up out of the blues.
Before responding to an ad, check up on the op's previous posts and comments, if something fishy comes up, let go.
If he or she is offering an unusually high rate, ask for his personal details and pictures especially if he is chatting you up himself.
If he is chatting you up outta free will and his rate is average, ask for his nairaland moniker, check it out before accepting
These are mine, let's add others


Nice
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 2:21pm On Oct 09, 2018
Aremu01:

This one is a very good idea....
I have been thinking in this direction too...


Please tag me if you eventually open one, I have a particular number I want to drop
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 6:28pm On Oct 09, 2018
Since we are in support, let's start right away. I suggest we open two threads, one for the scams, and another for reputable ones
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Missnande(f): 9:52pm On Oct 09, 2018
ewawumi:
Since we are in support, let's start right away. I suggest we open two threads, one for the scams, and another for reputable ones

How about everything in one, so one thread doesn't drag behind another. Something like a thread were you post the person's number and job info and people tell you if its likely scam or real, then if you've been scammed you inform us of the person with proof. Like a confirmation and exposure thread.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by ewawumi(f): 10:28am On Oct 10, 2018
Missnande:


How about everything in one, so one thread doesn't drag behind another. Something like a thread were you post the person's number and job info and people tell you if its likely scam or real, then if you've been scammed you inform us of the person with proof. Like a confirmation and exposure thread.
That's a better idea. Let's kickstart, abeg
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 7:37pm On Oct 10, 2018
ewawumi:

That's a better idea. Let's kickstart, abeg


What's the name of the thread o
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by SoberDisciple(m): 8:21pm On Oct 10, 2018
I need a writer. eCommerce blog.
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Prudee(f): 1:23am On Oct 11, 2018
I was scammed for two stressful to write articles. I published them on my blog immediately and shared the link on Facebook. Still looking to publish them on medium. They became plagiarized content. I think the client got to know and contacted me with a different phone number to carry out his revenge plan because this time around it was a book that I did till day break and till evening the next day and that he left with me saying he had already done them. I was lucky I told him that I misplaced the work and was starting afresh. He left the book with me. I am hoping to publish it in an academic research website where readers would pay to read it (it was nonfiction). Now I noticed the similarities in the language of the two people and by default I will not do your work if you use those words. Although my assistant blocked the client on our Watsapp line without my knowledge. He is just telling me that yesterday when I expressed surprise at not hearing from that client. You have to be smart. They may not agree to pay you upfront but don't give them the full work (in its entire quality) until you are paid in full. #justsaying.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by sirevee: 1:38am On Oct 11, 2018
Prudee:
I was scammed for two stressful to write articles. I published them on my blog immediately and shared the link on Facebook. Still looking to publish them on medium. They became plagiarized content. I think the client got to know and contacted me with a different phone number to carry out his revenge plan because this time around it was a book that I did till day break and till evening the next day and that he left with me saying he had already done them. I was lucky I told him that I misplaced the work and was starting afresh. He left the book with me. I am hoping to publish it in an academic research website where readers would pay to read it (it was nonfiction). Now I noticed the similarities in the language of the two people and by default I will not do your work if you use those words. Although my assistant blocked the client on our Watsapp line without my knowledge. He is just telling me that yesterday when I expressed surprise at not hearing from that client. You have to be smart. They may not agree to pay you upfront but don't give them the full work (in its entire quality) until you are paid in full. #justsaying.

This is serious. Yours is even a child's play when compared to my last experience writing a 75k worded eBook for a Nairaland client... Sadly, I had to abandon and overlook some other projects I was doing then.. The useless guy still had the effrontery to contact me with a different number that he wanted me to write another 45k eBook for him.. Guess what I did, I accepted the work but did not even open the file till the client couldn't hold up any more and had to cancel the offer. It still beats me how someone in their right senses will swindle another hustler of his/her hard earned money. What happened to the supposed dignity with labor? Guess, the preacher who wrote the epistle about the "heart of men been desperately wicked" foresaw a whole lot in his lifetime..

God help us

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by SoberDisciple(m): 8:35am On Oct 11, 2018
I've read your sad stories. Sorry to hear. Please if you write well. See WhatsApp contact below.

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Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Missnande(f): 9:18am On Oct 11, 2018
This.
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by Aremu01(m): 10:59am On Oct 11, 2018
Missnande:
This.
Good one
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by FunnyDude: 4:25pm On Oct 11, 2018
Seriously. I've passed through a lot from some bad guys. When I'm Starting out, I met some bad client that gave me 20k words to write on. He absconded with my work and money.
Another person chatted me from the blue to quickly write a job to pay 5k, he did same thing by scamming me.
So many dishonest people here. You got be careful .

1. Don't accept an offer from a person that quickly chat you up from the blues without knowing them, say they pay commitment fee.
2. Don't agree to write large projects without commitments, it will be disastrous at the end most times.
3. Don't be greedy to accept job from anyone you don't know with short deadlines.


The following monikers should be avoided as well:

FOREVERMORE
TOMMYIKES
MESUTOZIL

08141109078

And more coming soon
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by photoshoot(m): 4:46pm On Oct 11, 2018
Good! Registered
Re: Have you been scammed as a writer? Share your story! by hiibiz(m): 9:25pm On Oct 11, 2018
ewawumi:
Best we can do Is to have laid down rules with which we deal with them.
Do not write for anyone who chats you up out of the blues.
Before responding to an ad, check up on the op's previous posts and comments, if something fishy comes up, let go.
If he or she is offering an unusually high rate, ask for his personal details and pictures especially if he is chatting you up himself.
If he is chatting you up outta free will and his rate is average, ask for his nairaland moniker, check it out before accepting
These are mine, let's add others

Though I am not a writer but I feel your pain of working so hard but not getting paid!
Nice proposal, but in addition also run some background check on the clients Monika and check for when the account was created and comments about the client from other Nairalanders.

New accounts are more likely to scam than older accounts.

Also ask clients to state their name in full at the beginning of your conversation then at the end of the negotiation ask for the clients Government issued Valid ID. Run background check on the clients email before sending the job if you have any doubt.

For those who have been scammed, it is painful but please post the Monika, phone number, ID and email of the scammer that way others who carry out background checks won't fall victim.

Just my little addition

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