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!