Report: #1128988

Complaint Review: Steve G

  • Submitted: Fri, March 07, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, March 07, 2014
  • Reported By: CaptainSaveAConsumer — Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • Steve G


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SteveG aka username bbbbbbb40 on Elance. He works for or runs a site called He's trying to get people to write book reviews for him. The proposal says that MOST reviews earn $5 and that you have to accumulate $40 before you are paid. He then sets you up on an "hourly" payment contract through Elance that isn't even valid. He also refuses to put the $40 into escrow which is the only way to get the payment protection. He's also only paid 50% of the people who have worked for him. Here's the e-mail job offer. It's SO sketchy!


Steve G said: 

Hi, I run a book and movie review service called It's really a unique kind of review service, with very specific, categorized data which is all searchable. (We're #2 on bing for "book reviews" and #1 on google for "detailed book reviews"). We're trying to get more reviews to expand our database. All our reviews are high-quality curated reviews.

You can make $5 per review, and you get to pick the American book (assuming no one else has reviewed it--we have a button on the site where you can check for that), and you only need write a few paragraphs about it. You can quickly accumulate money this way. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to complete a review within 15 minutes or so, so conceivably you could make $15-$20 an hour....and it's all about movies and books you've already seen.
Detailed reviews of unreviewed books make a full $5, less detailed ones make less. Here's what a detailed review looks like:
(Yours needn't be as long as this one, as long as it summarizes the plot--I've seen people do it well in 2-3 paragraphs.)

You get paid on elance when you reach $40. Each time you submit a review that we accept, we will send you an email telling you (a) we added it to the database (b) your dollar totals and (c) how much more you need to reach payout. If you look at the sheer # of new reviews, you can see we have a lot of people working for us--and getting paid! I have reviewers I have already paid hundreds of dollars to.

You can review movies as well as books, but our major need is books, especially FICTION books written in the past 7 years.
Links for submitting book and movie reviews:

You can start any time you're ready by going to the link above and registering your first review, which will register you into the system. You set the pace of what you review and when.
Let me know if you have any questions,
PS We also have a service called which is also paying $5 per review--for anyplace you've lived in the United States. (


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#1 Author of original report

Steve Dishonest

AUTHOR: CaptainSaveAConsumer - ()

I see that instead of telling the truth, Steve G from believes he will get away with lying. This fraud he tried to commit happened on I never submitted a review to him and he knows it. He's lied to you here and he'll do it again.

Steve G. saw that my Elance account was closed and believed our correspondence was closed with my account. He didn't realize I saved our e-mails and will now post them. You'll see the first e-mail where he solicited my work and tried to con me. You will then see a second e-mail where he lies to me. 

I was new to Elance. Steve G's offer sounded pretty fishy, so I contacted Elance. They told me to NEVER start a job until the funds are in escrow. Steve G from's e-mail to me clearly shows his fraudulent  attempt to procure work without payment and rip off a new worker. A quick check of his username will show 50% of people he's hired have been paid. That's a ton of unpaid work.

I knew Steve G was a bad guy, but I never thought he would come up with a 100% vcticious response. I guess I should say I'm not surprised. It was my duty to expose the fraud and warn the public. These e-mails I am posting will be both my proof and my vindication.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Why Stephanie Martin was unpaid

AUTHOR: Repondingtoreport - ()

The writer, a young lady named Stephanie Martin of Pompano Beach, Florida, was indeed unpaid. She submitted a three sentence review of the See-Spot-Run variety that looked like it had been written by a 6th grader and declared herself done. We could not accept that, and she grew enraged. From her screenname ("Chief Sweetums"), and other correspondence she sounded like a child. We pay hundreds and hundreds of reviewers, but only for professionally written reviews. If you have doubt about this, go to our site and look at the hundreds of new reviews and the large number of repeat reviewers--either they are all working for charity, or they are getting paid. People with common sense can draw their own conclusions.

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