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Complaint Review: Heather Catania - Los Angeles California

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  • Reported By: CK — Los Angeles California United States
  • Heather Catania

    Los Angeles, California
    United States

Heather Catania Social Fleur Heather Catania - don't work for her, don't work with her. Los Angeles California

*Author of original report: Heather Catania: don't work with her, don't work for her.

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As everyone who's written about Heather has stated, she has NO money. She rides the wave of bad loans, promises pay, and fails to deliver time and time again. It is absolutely not in her bank account, and what she DOES secure is total blood money, and gone in a wink with expensive parties and huge trips. I worked for Heather back in the day as a freelancer on her startup social media business. I had been advised before to bring on "serious" legal control and "make sure she signed the papers", so I did just that... poor me, a starving girl with rent to pay, couldn't say no to working from home. When she interviewed me at her place, she seemed extremely genuine and business-savvy. Every time we met up, she was always acted professional. She quickly proved to be the exact opposite (I'm still trying to decide if she has a compulsive lying problem and genuinely believes her own lies... or if she's just a true bred scammer).

Behind Heather's back, my few coworkers and I got really close, and we began realizing how utterly RIDICULOUS it was that none of us were being paid on time. In the short span that I worked for her, I sent invoices repeatedly and did not ONCE get my money on time. None of us did, ever. Once: my coworker noticed a transaction TO Heather's account FROM hers one day for a total of $15000. She was livid and stunned, so ALL of us changed our banking info, and one of the other girls stopped working for her. We should've all stopped, of course, but the money WAS coming - just never when she said it would come. Since we were all in cahoots with one another, we would laugh and mock the lame excuses she'd make ("OMG! Sending right away!" or "I will personally see that it's done. So sorry." – COMPLETE bogas). She became a laughingstock among her employees, but also an acute source of stress. I was also copied onto MANY emails from the clients she would "pick up" for months at a time. She would promise to revamp their websites, make their brands beautiful, and kickstart incredible Instagram accounts to make them popular. BUT she was just making small businesses pay MASSIVE UPFRONT fees (seriously, around $20k), then having her employees steal Instagram images from popular accounts and reposting them, and leave the websites out to dry.

The Instagrams never looked good, the customers were always unhappy and always sending emails telling her to fix it. Everything was always unfinished. Customers would rage and try to back out, but it was too late – their money was gone and their loans would set their companies back big time. The other thing is, as an employee, Heather always tried to make the work sound legitimate and ongoing, but it was SO fake. People hated her pretty quickly. We saw all the legal issues and the backfiring and companies getting mad. Anyway, it's been awhile now, but I hear something about a website and an eBook, so whatever you do, steer clear of her. She is still on the prowl, and shockingly is not behind bars. Although I hear that she's had a few small claims threats... not surprised. Hoping someone manages to get her with something bigger so these companies can stop being destroyed. 

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Heather Catania: don't work with her, don't work for her.

AUTHOR: CK - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, December 08, 2018

As everyone who's written about Heather has stated, she is a scammer. She rides the wave of bad loans, promises pay, and fails to deliver time and time again. It is absolutely not in her bank account, and what she DOES secure is total blood money, and gone in a wink with expensive parties and huge trips. I worked briefly for Heather back in the day as a freelancer. I had been advised before to bring on "serious" legal control and "make sure she signed the papers", so I did just that. When she interviewed me at her place, she seemed genuine and business-savvy. She quickly proved to be the exact opposite.

Behind Heather's back, a coworker and I got close, and we began realizing that neither of us were being paid on time. In the short span that I worked for her, I sent invoices repeatedly and did not ever get my money on time. None of us did. Once: my coworker noticed a transaction TO Heather's account FROM hers one day for a total of $15,000. She was livid, so ALL of us changed our banking info. One of the other girls stopped working for her. She sent a message to all of us advising us to quit. Heather would make lame excuses ("OMG! Sending right away!" or "I will personally see that it's done." but never apologized - I hear that's a scam tactic... COMPLETE bogas). She became a laughingstock, but also an acute source of stress. I was copied onto a couple emails from the clients she would "pick up." She would promise to revamp their websites, make their brands beautiful, and kickstart incredible Instagram accounts to make them popular. BUT she was just making small businesses pay MASSIVE UPFRONT fees (seriously, around $20k), then having her employees steal pictures from the internet and reposting them, and leave the websites out to dry.

Customers would rage and try to back out, but it was too late... their money was gone and their loans would set their companies back big time. The other thing is Heather always made the work sound legitimate, but it was super fake. People hated her pretty fast. Anyway, it's been awhile now, but I hear something about a website and an eBook, so whatever you do, steer clear of her. She is still on the prowl, and shockingly is not behind bars. Although I hear that she's had a few small claims threats... not surprised. Hoping someone manages to get her with something bigger so these companies can stop being destroyed. 

If you are a starving freelancer, look elsewhere. Best of luck.

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