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How To: Not be a Victim of buyer fraud

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by JoeMongan, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. JoeMongan

    JoeMongan Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Everyday in business we see buyer fraud happening but very little is done about it. Whether you're a new member
    surfing the hire a freelancer section or a long time business it is important to know the due diligence process of
    weeding out kids who just want you to do free work for them so they can sell it.

    Avoid doing work for people if:


    • They request that you do all of the work before they pay. Some down payment is fair and if they are
      an established member but disagree to a down payment then their just doing their own due diligence and
      you need more time around here before people will trust you.



    • If you offer an intangible service like SEO, Article writing, or Graphic design always send them a link for payment
      as a service and don't just let them send you the cash via PayPal. That way they cannot claim non-delivery and get their
      money back like that.



    • Always take their Skype ID's or email ID's and punch them into Google. Do a quick search and see if their name
      pops up anywhere else. A lot of times you can find out a lot just by doing a couple of searches.



    • If a member joined in 2008 but has not been active for a very long time or only has a handful of post then
      be wary of accounts like this. Join date doesn't matter as much as the accounts overall activity history.

    Remember to never let your emotions for success get in the way of common sense. Most of these guys claim to
    have a ton of work but order very little to start. Its just a bait tactic to get you eager to do the work before any
    money is laid out on the table. Some of you guys already know this but a lot of new guys get burned quite often
    in the hopes of making money online.

    Be careful and don't accept the work if you think its going to be an issue. The last thing you need starting out
    is someone scamming you out of your labor and time. If you are an established business then its just a pesky
    problem. Finally if you are selling servers or other services that can be abused make sure you clearly state your
    terms of service and let the client know they will not receive a refund if they blacklist or ruin it. That way you are
    not liable for their actions.

    Stay vigilant and make that green! :cool:

    -RK
     
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  2. SnoopyDrew

    SnoopyDrew Senior Member

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    Good advice, always need to keep an eye open for these people.

    excellent thread :headbang:
     
  3. srb888

    srb888 Elite Member

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    Small addition: If it sounds too good to be true... Run away! :)