Maybe there is something I am missing out here. This scam resulted in a total loss of $600. A scam, probably by proxy. The member involved is NOWHERE. His profile can be found here: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/members/936-nowhere.html The thread in which he made request for backlinking job is here: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-wtb-search-engine-optimization-services.html So as to understand who is who in the screenshots, these are the email names/skype usernames: 1. That is NOWHERE, a member here who requested for the job 2. AR Network - This is the "partner" of NOWHERE. May be a fictitious or real human being 3. Daniel - This is my email name 4. Femmy - This is my skype name THE PROJECT The project was to build backlinks to his 18 of his sites in the auto insurance niche. This was the email with respect to that: In order to acertain my competence, he asked for a sample which was to do backlinking task on just a site. He asked for the sample and I did everything as requested. This was the mail he sent after doing it: I was paid $150 for the job done. Because the job was done as requested, he had to add 2 more sites to work on, making 3. This was the mail he sent with respect to that: THE "PARTNER" The whole thing started getting complicated after finishing the first site and was about to start the 3 sites, NOWHERE called me through skype and said he would like to introduce his "partner" to me. He said they were both very impressed with the first job I did. I was just hearing the other guy speaking underground. In that first conversation through skype, he offered me another job to write 100 articles for the auto insurance niche. The cost of the articles was $300 at the rate of $3 per article. This was the mail to support that: The above image shows that NOWHERE was the real person in charge of the whole project. He used the word "I", meaning that he was the one responsible for the whole job and not the "partner". From the introduction of the "partner", communication about the project with NOWHERE was no longer regular. Then one day, he sent me a mail that the "partner" would like to chat with me through skype. I did not know if that "partner" was the same NOWHERE himself. I noticed that NOWHERE was becoming less involved in terms of communication concerning the backlinking project. The "partner" seemed to be the person taking the decisions as to what he wanted to be done. There was no way of knowing whether NOWHERE and the "partner" were the same person. This was the communication we exchanged concerning the article writing job in addition to backlink building. This showed he was satisfied with the articles. This was the mail he sent to me, officially "bringing" the "partner" to the whole scene: I used to deliver the articles in batches of 20 articles per batch. This was the mail sent to me requesting for the last batch of the articles, showing he had been satisfied with the 80 articles I had written so far: REPORT SENT ($600 due) As agreed, I sent the report for the first 2 weeks for the backlinking project and the article writing, making the sum of $600 due to me. This was the mail I sent: INDEXING It would be noticed that agreement was to create backlinks. It was not part of the deal for me to ensure that those links were indexed by the search engines like Google. NOWHERE sent me a mail that his "partner" wanted to know what I was doing to ensure that the links I was creating were indexed. However, he (NOWHERE) did not dispute that I had done a high quality job. He even requested in a mail that I should send an invoice ($600 due) for the 2-week job. This was the mail he sent: This was my response to him with respect to the indexing issue: This was the invoice I sent: FROM JANUARY 7, 2011, NOWHERE STARTED TELLING STORIES ON THE $600 PAYMENT NOWHERE started telling all sorts of stories on the $600 payment. This was what we exchanged through mails: A lot of stories are now being told. NOWHERE is now pushing me to go directly to his "partner" for the $600 payment. This was what we exchanged through mails: NOWHERE AND HIS "PARTNER" STOPPED RESPONDING TO MY MAILS TO BE PAID THE $600 NOWHERE later stopped responding to my mails for the $600 payment. I did not have any business with his "partner". The "partner" did not initiate the deal with me but he was neither responding to my skype call for chat. This was the mail I sent to NOWHERE. He did not reply me. 18 SITES OFFERED BEFORE THE BREAK IN COMMUNICATION After I sent the report of the backlink building for the 3 sites, his "partner" gave me additional 15 sites to work with. This was before both of them were no longer answering my mails and skype chat. This was the skype chat we had: "PARTNER" COMPLAINED THE HIGH PR PROFILE LINKS COULD NOT BE ACCESSED The "partner" complained that most of the high profile links I created could not be accessed except one signed in. The links concerned were about 40 out of 120 high profile links manually created. I created the links manually with images of cars (the sites being promoted were on car insurance) and personal profile like date of birth, occupation, hobbies, etc. He later offered to pay $400, complaining that the $600 was too much. This was our chat through skype: OTHER SKYPE CHAT WITH "PARTNER" LAST MAIL TO NOWHERE. NO RESPONSE UP TILL NOW WHAT NOWHERE OR "PARTNER" HAVE FAILED TO PAY THE $600 FOR: 1. Writing 100 articles for the car insurance niche 2. A total of 120 high PR profile links 3. Social bookmarks on popular sites 4. A total of 55 article submission 5. A total of 24 web 2.0 sites with content 6. A total of 60 manual commenting links CONCLUSION Well, $600 is gone. However, the questions that come to my mind are: 1. Was NOWHERE the same as "partner"? Have I being dealing with the same person for close to two months and thinking that I was dealing with 2 different people? SCAMMING BY PROXY? 2. If NOWHERE was different from "partner", did he know about the actions of his "partner"? 3. If NOWHERE was not part of this scam and different from "partner", why has he failed to respond to my emails and skype chat? This was my experience with NOWHERE. Probably members of this community with more wisdom would be able to point out what is amiss.