ED Magedson – Founder
Freelancer.com Attempted Theft of Money Internet
I wanted to file this rip-off report to warn people about a very popular site called Freelancer.com
This site is very popular because it has suceeded in getting many freelancers to sign-up and offer their services. Freelancer offers as a money conduit -- You pay them and then they -- say they will - pay the freelancer.
I believe Freelancer is a very very clever structure created by organized crime in Singapore.
Because Freelancer is not based in a developed country, they feel that they are above the law.
What they do is accept your first payment or two over the site to create a feeling of comfort. That is the most important step in their scam.
Then when you pay a larger amount they freeze your funds. They say they need verifications. The fact that you paid in the past is forgotten.
First they say they just need a phone verification. Then that is not enough, they need you to answer questions.
Then that is not enough -- they want you to take a picture of yourself with your ID. They say this is to prove your identity. This requirement which no other site requests other then being a total invasion of privacy allows their ''rogue agents'' to steal your identity. Freelancer can then state that the information that they ''legimately'' required was stolen and distance themselves from the greater theft they are commiting.
If you don't go along with this scam they will try to hold on to your money. They will say they can't refund it to you or pay the client. For some reason, they are able to charge your card and hold on the money but they don't feel ''comfortable'' paying the client even after multiple billing cycles have passed or refunding it to you.
If you are a victim of the Freelancer.com scam, contact your credit card company and request a CHARGEBACK. Dispute the payment on the basis of FRAUD. You will receive your funds back and freelancer.com will be penalized. Eventually VISA will limit their ability to accept payments. Also right the Singpore Embassy in your Country about this scam.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/06/2014 05:34 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/freelancercom/internet/freelancercom-attempted-theft-of-money-internet-1121362. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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