Hello People! I had an experience today and I thought I would share it with everyone. Maybe some of you could throw more light on it. I am a seller at fiverr and sell a few articles here and there from time to time. I was contacted by a buyer this morning and this is what he had to say, ?hi friend, can u write articles for my 25 clients articles.... if u do it ...i give u 200$ for that..... read the attachment and do the step in the attachment to contact me right now to get project details....its very urgent so contact quickly.... regards xxxxxx xxxx? Along with the message was a .txt file attached which apparently had the guys facebook details and he asked me to send him a friend request, so that we could chat live on facebook. I go ahead and add him on facebook and he comes on and we start discussing the deal. He gives me a number for the articles and asks me the bulk price. I make an offer and tell him that I would need half of the price to be paid in advance and the remaining amount after the work is completed. He agrees and asks for my Paypal details. I give it to him and then he says, ?Just one thing??.. Then I ask him ?What is it??....He says that before making the payment he has to verify my identity and says that he wants my contact number and that his server would send a code to the number, and that I had to give him that number and that would complete the verification process. I was hesitant in giving my number and asked him if there was an alternate way that we could verify my identity. He said that it was the only way that it was possible. I said ?No Thanks, Good luck finding another writer. Good Bye? and logged off from facebook. Do you guys think that I should have gone ahead and given him my number and then given him the code to complete the verification or did I do the right thing by not sharing any details as God knows for what purpose was he using my number to verify God knows what. Maybe trying to create a PVA (Phone Verified Account) for Gmail, Facebook, Flippa, ?etc. Lol. I don?t know. A few pointers which I did not mention earlier in my post are that I am not the types where I get excited if someone tells me that they would pay me money and I get all excited about it. I like to use a little common sense before dealing with anyone for the first time. The first thing I did when I saw his msg on fiverr and even before I added him on facebook was go to his profile on fiverr and check as to how long has he been on fiverr. Well, this guy had signed up on fiverr just 2 hours back. The next thing I did was, to get him worked up a little. I kept asking him as to how long has he been a member at fiverr and how long has he been employing article writers at fiverr. Well, he kept ignoring the question again and again and did not choose to answer the question. The third thing I did when he asked me as to how much would I charge per article, I went ahead and quoted a high figure per article. For example: If an article would cost about 5$ on fiverr, I quoted 8$ per article just to check his reaction and the best part is that he agreed. Now, why would a guy pay 8$ outside of fiverr, when he can pay me 5$ for the article on fiverr and save 3$ per articles. It?s simple math!! Maybe if he had countered my offer with a 3$/4$ quote, I think it would have then made sense because why else would you want to deal outside of fiverr? This was just getting fishier and fishier. After noticing all this, well, I called it off. I know I did the right thing, but still wanted to check with everyone here if there is still more to the story. Something which I would have missed??