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Victim of a Con - Please help

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Delboy2424, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Delboy2424

    Delboy2424 Regular Member

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    didnt you ask for a payment up front or deposit?
     
  2. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    Find out where they were published and tell them to take them down. You can find your articles by using Copyscape.
     
  3. jstover77

    jstover77 Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Man, sorry to hear about this bro, but you should've gotten the payment up front, or at least 50%. Learn from the experience and move on.
     
  4. peter73

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    Yeah, you should ALWAYS ask for a deposit. Where did you meet this guy anyway? I'm sorry to say this but there is nothing you can do even if you find his personal info, calling the police won't get you anywhere even if you have his personal info. My best advice would be for you to be more ALERT next time, if you can write a quality article, then don't be afraid to ask for a deposit, and to show your skills, agree to make him a 100 word article so that he can evaluate you.
     
  5. crowded

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    go to the shit list and report there!
     
  6. Delboy2424

    Delboy2424 Regular Member

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    Arent you supposed to contact the mods first and ask for a pm to be sent instead of instantly discrediting another member (assuming he was on here) with only one side?
     
  7. AnThRaXx

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    he wasnt a member of this forum, it was a job on GAF. :(.... I've already tried contacting the person the articles were published under... well it was quite a few different... A couple of them said that they bought the articles off a guy and the other 2 didn't respond to my message...So how can I make the publisher take down the articles, only proof I have that I wrote them are the emails.. will that be sufficient enough evidence?
     
  8. AnThRaXx

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    not to mention if they already paid for the articles I really doubt they will take them down just because I was screwed
     
  9. Delboy2424

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    think you may struggle to be honest but you can try - you may just need to put it down to experience and as I said in my opening post make sure you always get something up front so you are not out of pocket - if someone wants to pay for your work they will...
     
  10. ExtraWinner

    ExtraWinner BANNED BANNED

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    This is happened on BHW??
     
  11. terryv48

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    Sorry for your plight son. I would suggest looking at it as an $800 tuition fee to the college of life.

    Learn from it and do not put yourself in that position again.

    I wouldn't turn future customers off by asking for a deposit up front either. That would have the affect of turning off customers that do not trust that you will perform and they would be out their money as you are in this situation.

    My suggestion in the future is to limit the number you are willing to do at a time, and allow them to download them in conjunction with their payment. That way, both sides will feel somewhat safe in the transaction.

    Regarding the lost 8 bucks...Don't fight a war you can't win. Continuing to worry about what is done is only having an affect of continuing to cost you money. (Your time is valuable, isn't it?)

    Good luck!
     
  12. AnThRaXx

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    Thanks guy. Guess i'll just have to take your advice and let this be a lesson. Kind of sucks but you win some you lose some.. :(

    Thanks anyways guys. Take care
     
  13. marketingwise

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    It is time to kiss your money goodbye. And you learned a lesson. As terryv48
    says get paid as you produce osem of the work. Besides GAF has an escrow system they call milestones, you should be using that.
     
  14. redtide1969

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    Man, sorry to hear that Anthrax. I don't know of much you can do either unfortunetely but definitely try to cover your a** in the future, especially on such large content writing projects. I'm sure you had a ton of time invested in the guy's articles. That just blows big time.

    I hope you can find the chump and make his life miserable somehow.
     
  15. timothywcrane

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    I mentioned this in another thread here, but with the help of a nofollow blog and a copyscape account, you can help protect the licensing rights to all content that you were never paid for. You may never see your $800 from the original client, but you might make more from it yourself. You can also go after almost anybody that uses your content with a C&D order (Just use a template and email it if you must) with the logs proving first post from your Copyscape blog (please read other post).
     
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    I'm sorry, but thats life, but good luck finding him!
     
  17. inkcredible

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    Wow, sorry to hear that. But at least you know what to do next time and so do I!
    "Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them yourself"
     
  18. greentitanium

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    id assume he owns those blogs they are put on.
    only other option besides a literal lawsuit.. contact hosting
     
  19. bhprince

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    sorry about that man... i have been screwed in the past when i freelanced for a website. He owed me 3600$ and all of a sudden he vanished, stopped communication etc.. again this was not at BHW