Note: see latest updates at end of this post! Hilarious!
I get so sick of people taking advantage of me online that today I added the "Scams" category to my blog. Troy Warren of LetsTalkBusinessRadio.Com is the client that has motivated me to put up this unfortunate category when he neglected to pay for services rendered by myself. I want to expose people like Troy Warren so it doesn't happen to someone else. If this post prevents one person from working for him and getting ripped off, I'll be glad I posted it. The amount he burned me for was not that much, which makes it a worse scam in many ways because if he was willing to stab me in the back over less than $200, think how quick he would be not to pay someone on a larger job. I don't know this person, Troy, from anywhere but from the client who referred him to me, but he acted like he was a big shot marketer who had plenty of money which caused me to let my guard down a little with him, but regardless, this is just one of many examples of why freelance workers online should always get at least a percentage of their payment up front EVERY TIME. I started out doing a small test project with Troy and accepted a small amount of money upfront before starting. Again I was careful as always with this client, but in the end, he still got me. It is really sad that we have to live in a world with people like Troy that we can never let our guard down in front of, but that seems to be the case. The best advice I can give freelance workers who conduct business over the internet, is to collect as much money up front as possible. I normally won't take on a new client without collecting at least 33% upfront and I try to get half. That way, if I do get ripped of, the sting is a little less than if I were to get taken for the entire project cost. Anyway, this will be the first of many posts on Jafty.com that exposes scammers like Troy to the online world. I may post some of the people that have scammed me in the past here as well if I can find their information. I will post all of Troys info below that I have to help others avoid working for this untrustworthy online predator. I also encourage others to post about people who have scammed them by not paying for services rendered. Let it be known that Troy never had a problem with the work that I did that he mentioned and we had a long conversation over the phone in which I was clear about what I was going to do and what I would charge him, so there was no excuse for him to justify withholding my payment. In fact he kept saying that he would pay it for 3 or 4 weeks in a row and failed to every time even though the agreement we had stated that he would pay on the first Friday after starting the work. I both started and finished before the first Friday and that Friday and every Friday after that, he had a new excuse for why my invoice was not paid. Now, I've heard of bad luck, but if you have time to make up so many excuses, you surely have time to log into PayPal and make the payment! I said this to Troy and he blamed it on his "Bookkeeper" I've never dealt with his bookkeeper before, so I don't know why he thought to blame it on a probably fictional bookkeeper, but that was the gist of most of the excuses. When I asked why he didn't just log into PayPal himself, he kept silent avoiding that question. More to come folks!
If anyone else would like to expose a scammer such as Troy Warren, I have now opened up my site to contributors and any creditable scam report will be published. Simply use the Contribute link in the main nav of this site and sign up to become a blogger and you're in!
So today is March 18th of 2018, just over two years after I posted this. I was going through my emails today and found a "Cease and Desist" order supposedly from Trow Warren's attorney or from LetsTalkBusinessRadio.com's attorney. From what I understand about a cease and desist order is that, as long as I have been completely truthful, there isn't much they can do to me. So, I am not going to be intimidated by this cease and desist order and I sent the supposed attorney, Ched Desire an email back. I'll post that email here for your reading pleasure:
My statement is not false and I will stand by it 100% and will NOT remove it. I believe that I have not broken any laws in telling the world that this person has not paid me because it is all true. Since it's been up about half a dozen other people have contacted me telling me how Troy has also not paid them for work, so you should consider working for an honest client rather than whatever Troy W. is. Tell him if he doesn't want such comments on the internet then he should pay for the work he hires unsuspecting online workers like myself to do. Thanks for reminding me about him though, I think I'll post some more truths about him online now that he's back on my mind. When my family suffers because he scammed me out of a week's pay check, I feel I have the right to tell anyone who is listening about it!
In fact, has he paid you? Good luck. You'll need it. Also I see you sent this to my service provider, who quite quickly dismissed it, but it seems that you are the one accusing me of doing something that I have not done, I must therefore request that you cease and desist as well.
...Also, how am I supposed to believe that a person like Troy Warren, who scammed me out of a meager few days of pay, can afford to pursue a law suite against me? Wouldn't it be less expensive for him to have simply paid me for my work? Anyway, this just fires me up again about the issue. I have every right in the world to post on my blog regarding the theft of my services by Troy Warren. He can keep his little couple hundred dollars he refused to pay me for the services I provided him because the only thing I hope to accomplish now is to keep him from taking advantage of other hard working online service providers and it seems that my post is accomplishing that, so I have no intentions of ever removing it, nor should I ever. The fact that he does this under a company name simply makes that company look bad.
I do appreciate the reminder to update my posts though. Maybe I'll start a whole new website in Troy's honor! That would be great!
I'm sorry, I'm not the kind of person you can take advantage of and quietly goes away like nothing happened. I will make sure as many people as I can reach out to will hear about this, especially now that he has made this week and futile attempt to intimidate me with legal nonsense.
Ian L. Jafty Interactive Web Design www.Jafty.com
So, I sort of doubt the Ched Desire person even exists, but if he does, I feel sorry for him for even being associated with Troy Warren. I personally do not think that Troy is above faking this whole cease and desist letter, so I decided to have a little fun with it. If anyone would like to read it, send me a comment and I'll post a link to the pdf.