Hey, kids! I have faced a lot of fraud in design sphere! I write this thread in order to protect you from similar situation! In Russia we often use the service of freelance designers. As far as I know, this tendency is spread all over the world. The majority of designers asks for 50% prepayment. A very few of them use contract. As a rule, it is convenient to use contract only when both company and designer are located in the same city. However, when you work as freelancer, you can work on the projects from the people, living in other cities or even other countries. And some dishonest designers use the "advantages" of this situation! They can just take your prepayment and then the bird has flown! So be careful! Search the name of designer in the Internet, in case you are interested to work through freelance! May be you will find him in the black list... Who knows??? Good luck!