My name is Sharad , and I'm from India. I run a small-medium IT company which is primarily involved in development of websites, e-commerce stores, SEO etc.
This guy (Dan) awarded us a project via Scriptlance website (A famous freelancer portal http://www.scriptlance.com). He told us to begin with the job, and that he'll be depositing the upfront money meanwhile. We worked for good 15 days on his project, but no money was deposited.
Once we were finished with his job, this crook captured the updated files, changed the FTP codes to his website, and then started telling us that he'll be paying after a week. Forget a week, but he kept us swinging months after months for the payment, and didn't bother to pick the phone whenever we called him. Lastly he refused to pay at all, and all our hard-work went to vein!!!
We reported this fraudulent to Scritplance authorities, and asked them to intercept. They did setup an inquiry, and asked both the parties to submit necessary evidences in favor of our stand-points, which I did it too. But guess what, this thief didn't responded to Scriptlance queries at all, instead, he kept sending me threatening e-mails every now and then (which we continuously forwarded to Scriptlance authorities).
After a month, when this crook didn't replied them, Scriptlance ceased his webmaster a/c, sent us a sorry-note for being unable to help us out, and entitled us to submit negative feedback for him.
This was a mere $225 project (though he didn't pay even a single penny of it), and really didn't affected us much, however, it is necessary to let everyone know what kind of man he is, and why one should keep him away. When I searched his name on Google to find his exact location & phone num etc, I was surprised to see the number of fraudulent he has carried out, and what could I do except regretting to work for him.
As you can see here at ripoffreport, most of the fraudulent-cases against him are related to Real-estate, and unfortunately enough, it was we only who worked out his website (www.nocreditcheckproperties.com) - which he used as his tool of forgery, and swindled several innocent people. I specially feel sorry for all of his victims who contacted him through this website. If I'd have knew that he is going to screw people using this website, I'd have never been agreed to work on it.
If we look at his msn id (firstname.lastname@example.org), it appears that he works with different company names to fool the people around. I wonder how come this guy is still free to operate, as he should already behind the bars for whatever he has been doing so far.
He's a smooth-talker, polymorphic, and really difficult to trace. We cannot do much with him, as we're sitting here at India, and we really don't know whom to report, and how, but I request any and all the affected people (specially those from United States) to report his activities to Police, FBI, CIA, or whatsoever other law-enforcement agencies handle such crooks there in your country.
We've been working with 100s of American people so far, and all of them have been very nice with us, however, like they say, The bad apple always spoils the crate, this guy is different than any common American man, and you must be extremely cautions while having any deal with him. Any questions or queries are more than just welcome. It'd be my pleasure if I could save even a single person from being tricked by this cheap guy named Dan Heskett. Shame on you, Dan!!!