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    Quote Originally Posted by okosh View Post
    Does it really matter where a crook spends the money they stole??....All that matters is that it's stolen money...
    It matters if the gutter press gets hold of the story. "Big wig bonkings" sell more news papers than conniving shareholderr deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by path2prosperity View Post
    Chaim could contact BBC World Service to ask for help. On the other hand somebody like Eagle who already contributes to radio and TV programmes could ask for their assistance in exposing the biggest International fraud that he has encountered to date.

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    You are too kind with your comments about our abilities, but Freelancer.com is not that big of a scam to warrant TV or radio attention outside of Australia. But I think it could possibly be of interest to the Aussie press and magazines since it is dealing with a local business.

    I think the magazine would definitely be interested in doing an article if they did not do an article on Barrie as the cover posted suggests, and if they did it still might be of interest since it is a different viewpoint than what I am sure was in the article. But it is going to take someone who is a victim and especially from Australia to get them even interested in doing an article on them and Barrie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleOne View Post
    You are too kind with your comments about our abilities, but Freelancer.com is not that big of a scam to warrant TV or radio attention outside of Australia. But I think it could possibly be of interest to the Aussie press and magazines since it is dealing with a local business.

    I think the magazine would definitely be interested in doing an article if they did not do an article on Barrie as the cover posted suggests, and if they did it still might be of interest since it is a different viewpoint than what I am sure was in the article. But it is going to take someone who is a victim and especially from Australia to get them even interested in doing an article on them and Barrie.
    True Lynne but they have administrative contacts on the Isle of Man which is in the Irish Sea. I do not have enough understanding of how it works at this stage but I could ring BBC World Service to ask why an Australian scam has its HQ on an island which is off our shores and see if they would read this thread.

    Please let me know if an "outraged old woman's" questions about that could get them to this thread. The Isle of Man has been a centre for other online scammers like VLane.

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    If a person would be wise enough to read even a bit of their Terms & Conditions, they would never sign up with this company.

    User Agreement for Freelancer.com


    This is an important document which you must consider carefully when choosing whether to use the Freelancer.com - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online website at any time.


    This Agreement was last modified on 7th January 2011.


    THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBES THE TERMS ON WHICH FREELANCER.COM OFFERS YOU ACCESS TO OUR SERVICES.



    Acceptance of User Agreement

    This user agreement ("User Agreement" or "Agreement") is a contract between you and Freelancer International Pty Limited (ACN 134 845 748) if you are a user of Freelancer.com - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.co.uk - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.com - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.com.au - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online or Freelancer.co.nz - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online. This user agreement is a contract between you and Freelancer.com PTE Limited (Singapore Company 201022717D) if you are a user of Freelancer.hk - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.sg - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online or Freelancer.ph - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online. trading as the Freelancer Group, ("Freelancer.com", "we" or "us") which operates the Freelancer.com - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.co.nz - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.com.au - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.hk - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.ph - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.sg - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online, Freelancer.com - Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online websites ("Site"). The Site is offered to you conditional on your acceptance of the User Agreement. Please review the terms and conditions set out below before using the Site. Your continued use of the Site after such time will signify your acceptance of this User Agreement.

    This User Agreement and all policies and terms incorporated by reference constitute the entire agreement between you and Freelancer.com as to its subject matter.

    If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions you should immediately cease to use the Site. Please note that we may close, suspend, or limit your access to your Freelancer.com account ("Account") or the Services provided by us on the Site ("Services"), and/or limit access to your funds if you carry out activities which are in contravention of this User Agreement and its associated policies incorporated by reference.




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    Wonder if anyone has ever commenting on not being paid in their Tycoon Talk forum??
    Tycoon Talk by Freelancer.com :: Be a Big Fish!

    I am sure they would not last long..
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    WARNING!! Freelancer buys up another one!!

    A bit of consolidation in the world of online IT outsourcing: Freelancer.com has bought one of its competitors, Canada’s Scriptlance, in an all-cash deal to spearhead its move into the country and expand its global footprint in other new markets. Prior to the acquisition, Scriptlance had been the fifth largest freelance marketplace in the world; adding its 360,000 users to Freelance.com now brings the total number of enterprise and professional users on the main site to 4 million.

    Freelancer.com says that to date it has seen 2.3 million projects posted on its site covering areas like website design, graphic design, copywriting and SEO. But as the market for outsourcing has grown, and the economy has continued to remain tight, other skillsets have also entered the mix. These include astrophysics, aerospace engineering, biotechnology, manufacturing and industrial design.

    Other financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but in the deal Freelancer is getting not just a rival IT outsourcing company with global reach — some 600,000 projects across 244 countries, with $43 million paid out to freelancers in that time — but also some IP and customers in the area of crowdfunding.

    Scriptlance’s founder and chief exec, René Trescases, developed Scriptlance’s crowdfunding platform himself — one of the world’s first, the company claims — and one recent project saw users putting
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    The acquisition follows several others that Freelancer.com has made since being founded in 2009 to expand into new territories.

    The web properties now owned by Freelancer.com include GetAFreelancer (Sweden); LimeExchange (United States); Freelancer.co.uk (United Kingdom); Freelancer.de Booking Center (Germany); Freelancer.com.au (Australia) and Freelancer Hong Kong (China), as well as the Freemarket.com virtual content marketplace (United States) and the Webmaster Talk (United States) forums.

    Freelancer.com claims that these user numbers make it almost double the size of its closest competitor. Today people can hire out their services in some 11 currencies, with particular popularity in countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, home to highly skilled IT workers in countries short in on-the-ground jobs.


    Soon they will control the entire freelancing world, what happens then??
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    Quote Originally Posted by okosh View Post
    Does it really matter where a crook spends the money they stole??....All that matters is that it's stolen money...
    It seems Matt Barrie is a real important person in Australia according to The Sydney Morning Herald and the many articles they have posted about him. I am just going to post my findings here as it is all public information and you can also read from your local paper if you live in Sydney, Australia. One article was included yesterday with Barrie giving his advice for Australian Students and education. It is a lot of info but just take your time and then you decide.

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    Barrie and his mates were also hackers at Sydney Uni, although they are now coy about what it was they hacked into. "I just don't know how much I can say," says one university mate, Tony Jreige. "Most of it was troublesome." Another friend, now Barrie's partner in Freelancer, Darren Williams, tells me there's "still not much we would admit to ... we vaguely knew Julian [Assange], back in the day." Barrie says it was "harmless fun".

    Apart from studying, hacking, chasing girls and developing a reputation as a man you couldn't kill with a keg at an engineers' party, he was always looking for ways to turn a buck. His parents set up an art and craft supply business, and in his last year of school Barrie, using his parents' presses, started making mouse pads printed with com-pany logos. He sold tens of thousands and continued the business through university. He also ran supervised underage discos in nightclubs with the city's hottest DJs. "He made money out of it," says Tony Jreige, "but he just loved to be the centre of attention - to be the king of things."

    In the middle of the dotcom boom, in 1997 and 1998, Barrie went to Stanford, the world's leading tech university. It opened up a whole new world. "It was where **** happened," he says. The businesses started by his classmates at Stanford, he estimates, "would now have a market capital-isation of at least three to four billion". One of his mates set up PayPal and sold it to eBay in 2002 for $US1.5 billion.


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    Mr Barrie's take: "Not sure what on earth this is doing here ... should be in the infrastructure committee, not this taskforce which is supposed to be working on how we can build up the technology industry in this country. Because representatives from Telstra, Optus, the film industry and Freelancer.com are totally qualified to talk about container terminals. Not."

    The 53-page report was circulated to taskforce members last Tuesday and they were given just a day and a half to sign-off. The "final version" was then expected to be handed to the NSW government by the end of last week.

    "If no response is received, we'll keep the process moving and will take 'nil' response as your approval to release," wrote Michael Harrington of the NSW Trade and Investment department in an email to taskforce members, seen by this website.

    Mr Barrie suggests inviting technology entrepreneurs such as Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Australian-based global technology powerhouse Atlassian, on to the taskforce ("soon to be, if not already, Australia's next big billion-dollar technology company").

    However, he said Mr Cannon-Brookes told him: "Mate, I did that last year, and it was the first, and last government committee I will ever do."

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    Freelancer.com was born almost by accident. On ‘'gardening leave'’, after finishing in late 2006 with the computer chip company he once ran, Barrie was searching for a side project and was exploring setting up an online web directory.

    He says “I was looking to upload thousands of listings and was prepared to pay someone in Australia $2 per listing. When I couldn’t find someone in Australia I went searching online and came across a Swedish site called Getafreelancer.com”.

    “It was a terrible site, every shade of grey, developed by Ukranian designers out of the Cold War. But I posted my job and when I came back to check on it there were 74 responses. People had bid $500, $400, $300 for the project and I eventually got it done perfectly for $100 by a team in Vietnam in three days. I thought ‘this can’t be real’ and I figured out it had the potential to completely disrupt the global labour market”.

    Barrie started writing the software for an Australian version of the site, and simultaneously discovered two, similar US businesses had managed to raise tens of millions of dollars to develop their own site.

    Realising it would be impossible to compete with the US sites by building a similar business from scratch, he approached Getafreelancer’s Swedish owners to buy the business and was given a first option on it.

    Then he had to work out how to finance the deal. Having walked out on 10 venture capital companies in his previous business, Barrie was sceptical he could raise the required funds to finance his venture.

    “It was very tough,” reflects Barrie. “The people I did see didn’t understand the business and the fact it was already making money.”

    Then in came Simon Clausen, who had just sold a business to IT security firm Symantec and was looking for a project in which to invest. “I was already talking to him about being an independent director for the company and when I showed him what I wanted to do, he came up with the funding,” says Barrie.

    Having bought the business, Barrie then set about fixing the business model. At the time, the business received a 10 per cent cut of every job that went through the site, or members could pay a $12 monthly flat fee for an unlimited number of jobs. The problem was that this fee was often rebated. “We were basically offering a free service,” laughs Barrie.

    So one of his first decisions was to change the fee structure to a 3 per cent commission model. He says “within months cash flow went through the roof.” At the same time, Barrie bought up 12 competitor sites around the world.

    The business has had a phenomenal rise since then and now has 85 staff globally, 2,600,000 users from 234 countries, 930,000 posted projects to date and there has been $90,000,000 spent through site.

    But despite the business’s meteoric rise, Barrie says, he’s not preparing Freelancer.com for a listing.

    “We’re still at the organic growth stage. Although there’s a fire hose of traffic to our site, there are still hundreds of things we’re working on to make Freelancer.com the next eBay.”

    Nevertheless, if they are not doing so already, it’s almost certain it won’t be long before venture capital firms are beating a path to his door.
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    His website put the world in a spin by allowing companies to hawk professional jobs from architecture to copywriting to the lowest bidders around the world.

    Now freelancer.com entrepreneur Matt Barrie thinks it's high time the Australian secondary school technology curriculum receives a similar seismic shake-up.

    The dwindling number of students enrolling in tertiary information and communications technology (ICT) courses has caused consternation within Australia's high-tech sector and university community.

    Recent figures released by the Australian Computer Society showed enrolments had halved in the past decade, entry standards had fallen and one in two students were dropping out before graduation.

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    While universities and the sector prepare to redouble their efforts to lure the young to a technology career path, Barrie says they're on a hiding to nothing until secondary schools overhaul the way ICT is taught.

    He is calling for state and federal funding to create a semester-long ICT module which can be delivered online, administered centrally and assessed via an automated marking system.

    The course would teach high schoolers some programming fundamentals, encourage them to write apps and aim to fire their enthusiasm to enter the industry that made Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire at 23.

    It's a model which the Australian National Computer Science School has used to deliver the NCSS Challenge, its annual high school computer programming competition, for the past seven years.

    The five-week competition, which runs under the auspices of the University of Sydney, guides students through a series of programming activities and has seen participant numbers swell from 150 in 2005 to 4200 this year.

    Barrie said a longer program could be created by the school for as little as $1 million and used to augment existing high school ICT curricula, which he described as old fashioned, irrelevant and bland.

    A draft of the new National Curriculum for Digital Technologies is due for release in February but Barrie said an online course could be developed before the new curriculum is launched and rolled out, without having to retrain teachers.

    The introduction of up-to-date course material with real world applications would capture the imagination of students not attracted to the ICT discipline as it is now taught, he said.

    “The kids would like to go out there and learn but the curriculum is so stagnant. It's all bureaucracy and the teachers don't want to look like dummies … I don't think the problem is teaching the students, it's teaching the teachers.”

    Online learning was no longer the poor cousin of classroom-based lessons and could give students access to better quality support, albeit remotely, than they received in the classroom, Barrie added.

    “The tools and online streaming are so good that the experience is superior to sitting in a class.”

    A computer science and electrical engineering graduate and part-time lecturer at the University of Sydney, Barrie has earned a reputation for calling a spade a bloody shovel. Earlier this year he spoke out against the NSW government's draft 10-year plan for nurturing a digital economy in the state, condemning its goals as 'fluffy' and irrelevant.

    Former executive dean of science and technology at QUT Simon Kaplan agreed that secondary ICT courses needed a major overhaul.

    “One of the key problems with the school ICT curriculum is that it is taught badly by people who don't really understand what ICT is about so they employ a kind of shallow, rote teaching that doesn't take them outside their limited comfort zone,” Kaplan said.

    But he questioned whether online courses would engage the unmotivated majority or appeal primarily to geeky types whose course was already set on the high-tech route.

    “If our goal is to take students with an existing predisposition towards computer science and make sure they are taught extremely well and remain engaged with computing then it could work very well indeed,” Kaplan said.

    Associate professor at the University of Sydney and a director of NCSS James Curran said schools had historically invested in infrastructure and equipment ahead of teacher training and up-to-date materials.

    Hooking up to high-speed broadband or handing out a batch of late model iPads did not aid students' understanding of computing concepts or pique their interest to learn more about the underlying technologies, Curran said.


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    Freelancer.com Buys Another IT Job Site, vWorker (aka RentACoder.com), For A Price In The Millions | TechCrunch

    "Freelancer.com, the job outsourcing and freelance IT worker marketplace, has made another acquisition: it has bought vWorker, a job site for freelance coders and other tech professionals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but TechCrunch has heard from a source that it is in the region of millions of dollars. vWorker was formerly known as RentACoder, and is said to be the fourth-biggest IT recruitment marketplace of its kind globally, with 2.5 million enterprise and professional users from around the world, and altogether processing $139 million from 1.3 million projects.

    The deal is a sign of ongoing consolidation in the area of online freelance IT recruitment: it follows another acquisition made in July 2012, when Freelancer.com bought the world’s fifth-largest IT marketplace, Scriptlance.

    Together with vWorker, Freelancer.com now has 6.6 million IT and tech professionals on its books globally covering some 600 categories of IT-related work. Freelancer says this makes it the world’s biggest IT outsourcing site for freelancers. Other competitors in the space include eLance and ODesk.

    Freelancer.com lets companies post jobs to freelancers, but, in a hat tip to the big trend these days for crowdsourcing, it also has structured its site to let individual workers collaborate together on projects. Freelancer.com says the average job on the site is $200 or less — an interesting price point, considering how hard and expensive it can be these days to hire full-time engineers and other IT staff.

    The deal will give Freelancer.com — originally founded in Australia by Matt Barrie, who still runs the company — further inroads into the U.S., with vWorker headquartered in Tampa, Florida. While vWorker focused mainly on programming and other IT work when it first opened for business in 2001, in 2010 it expanded into other areas of tech business, such as graphic design. Hence, the rebranding to vWorker, which the company says stands for “virtual worker.”

    Originally focusing on programming and IT-based work, in 2010 the site expanded to include a wide selection of work categories including graphic design, writing and more. To reflect this expansion, the company changed its name to vWorker – short for “virtual worker”.

    In a post announcing the news, Freelancer.com says that existing people on vWorker’s books will be automatically transitioned to Freelancer.com, effective immediately. “We will transfer over your account balances, user profiles, reputation history, messages, employer escrow payments, active projects and past projects, so rest assured that it will be business as usual once you arrive on our platform,” it says.

    This will also mean a lot more competition for existing people in the Freelancer.com pool"


    Freelancer Buys vWorker, Potential Freelancing Domination Looms - Technorati Small Business
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    Re: Freelancer - Warning!! Ripoff!

    Here are some of the comments on that blog:


    Matt Barrie · Top Commenter · Sydney, Australia

    You'd be surprised what you can get done.


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    Seth Eheart · Subscribe · Top Commenter · Product Manager at Straight North

    Why are you hating?


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    Joao Correia · Universidade Aberta

    I have won ONE job in 5 days... and the guy scammed me. Face this against 30+ jobs in one month in vWorker (that was my first month, 30 jobs awarded and successfully finished and payed) and you see where this is going. In my first month I got $591... this month, it's not even 250... and IT ALL CAME FROM VWORKER's projects I had finished and was awaiting payment... I'm seriously considering contacting my lawyer regarding the unauthorized sale of my personal data to a company I didn't accept the dat6a to be transferred to, and I think you all should do the same.


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    Syed Raza Ali · Web Designer & Developer at Leicester Square Television

    That's bad man I have different email account in vworker and different email account in freelancer, freelancer said they will create your multiple accounts and will close the 1 how sham is it that they are not merging my vworker account into my freelancer account just because of different email and trying to pull down my ranking of vworker, F OFF freelancer.


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    More news on being scammed by Freelancer.com!

    "How Freelancer.com scams your money

    I have used Elance.com before, and still do, but I wanted to try out another service to compare after hearing the hype about freelancer.com.

    I decided to try freelancer and had a good response to the work I wanted.
    I accepted a quote and proceeded with the project. I deposited the money and was charged 2.5% in addition to the winning quote… OK, so I guess someone has to pay for the transaction, I gritted my teeth and moved forward.

    After I had set everything up I noticed a button that said ‘Go to Design Studio’ wondering what it was I clicked it, that was my first mistake. I was told in a blurb that it was to project manage my project and … Quote:

    “To ensure you get the most out of your contest make sure you give feedback to designers, rate entries and reject entries you don’t like.”

    then an email came into my inbox and I had been charged for the service $21.70. I was not asked if I wanted the service nor that by clicking the button I would be charged and that I had been charged (scammers).

    I emailed in my displeasure and was given a refund, they did not even ask my about it so I figure that this happens all the time and they are so used to it they dont even ask you about it.

    This is a job that was quoted 3 days work but the developer went on holidays and stopped answering my emails so I went to the dispute centre, mistake number 2.

    I got a message saying I had no credit and could not lodge a dispute, and then my email poped up with an email from Paypal and one from Freelancer that said ‘thanks for the $256.19. … What?

    Again without asking me and without any notification I am billed without my permission.

    I sent of a complaint to Freelancer and after not hearing back from them after several hours I went to Paypal and lodged a complaint and within 30 seconds I had an email from Freelancer saying I was partially locked out of my account.

    I will never use Freelancer again and warn you not to either. If a company needs to scam you in the ways I have described then they need to be reported to the Fair Trading Commission, which is what I intend to do.

    There are a lot of reputable businesses providing the same service and its rotten apples like Freelancer that spoil the good name of online services. Beware of Freelancer. I will be going back to Elance and will never use Freelancer again just on ethical grounds if nothing else."

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    Has anyone else been losing money like this to Freelancer.com?? We welcome you to come to RS and comment on this??
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    Freelancer.com Is a SCAM

    List of Scams From Freelancer.com

    As if the latest scheme wasn't bad enough, here are some others who have yet to pay me a cent for any of the work that I've done. Here's more evidence that Freelancer.com is a scam! I will not post backlinks to Freelancer, as that would only boost their SEO standings. They deserve to be dragged through the mud. They do not deserve to be rewarded by search engines! I will only list the names, then. Any of these people should come forth if they want to be removed from the list.
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    Why is nothing being done about this company and the obvious ways they are scamming people?


    What do the thieves do next?

    They suspend my account! I still have 6 projects open, and I can still work on them, but that would be outright foolish! I can still get paid, but I can't access any of the money! I can't withdraw or transfer funds! Thus, they've taken another $42 dollars of my earnings illegally! It is against US law to suspend an account with money on it for "verification purposes", which aren't really useful at all given that I'm not the one responsible for suspicious activity here. I'm the one getting robbed!

    I've already left various notes on Reviewopedia, RipOff Report, SiteJabber, ComplaintsBoard, and even an Internet crime monitor recommended by the FBI website. I'm making as much noise as I can. If they are attempting illegal activity, the world should know about it. Freelancer.com is a scam site, and its insidious practices need to stop!

    Freelancer.com Is a SCAM
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    More denials by Matt Barrie -

    Stay away from freelancer.com


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    Solid Snake, simply ask support for a refund. They will be happy to do this.
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    Blah Blah Blah freelancer.com affiliate bulls**t
    Oh hey there freelancer.com affiliate
    How much do they pay you for selling your soul?

    Another place that I think I have posted here already gives a review of freelancer -


    think Freelancer.com makes money by charging people excessive fees and flat out stealing peoples money. Before I wrote this article, I searched “Freelancer.com scam” on Google and read how Freelancer.com wasn’t even paying there freelancers after the jobs were complete.

    Freelancer.com was asking people to fax over Passports, Birth Certificates, SSN’s, or pictures of themselves in the mirror holding a sign with there username and password on a piece of paper. That’s crazy and unprofessional.


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    01-14-2013, 10:51 AM #23


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    Hi Guys

    I'm Matt Barrie, the CEO of Freelancer. Someone passed on this thread and I though I'd respond.

    I see a few of you have had some issues and I'm here to answer any questions you may have and help with any support or billing issues.

    Fire away. If you supply your username it will make things easy to fix quickly.

    Regards
    Matt



    Stay away from freelancer.com



    Hi Matt,

    I have tried contact support for many times, your sales guy just removed me from skype.

    It was SEO category.

    Your sales guy was good of SELLING this thing, but when i started asking why he do not want me provide numbers - views for this category, he just ignored it.

    If you Matt are real, i think you should prove it here! Not just coming and say that you are CEO of freelancer, I wouldn't work again with people who JUST support website, or try sell and promise wonders, in result we get nothing.

    We learned the lesson.

    And if you want help, i would work with you ONLY after you will prove that you are REAL CEO under this account. If you just want send me to your support, then i will pass, it is not worth my time...



    AND HERE IS THE GUY EMAIL WHO SOLD AD AND SUPPORTED US - erick@freelancer.com

    I hope you will speak with him.

    Last edited by djp371; 01-14-2013 at 06:20 PM.

    Why do people continue to even use this freelancer.com?? They are total rip-offs! How can they get away with taking money from a person's PP account without the person being aware of it??
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    Freelancer.com aka Getafreelancer Is a Big Scam - scamboard

    ethanflynn • ✭

    January 17

    Hi steviebarnes912,

    I'm Ethan Flynn, I'm the media relations specialist of Freelancer.com. I see that you have had issues on the affiliate program of our site. I'm here to help you with these and answer any of your questions. Please provide me with your usernames so I can get your problems fixed right away.

    Regards,

    Ethan



    Really they need to hire some script writers, that has been played so many times...


    steviebarnes912 • ✭

    January 16 in Internet Scams



    Am I the only one having complains about this site? No: I personally know many who now Hate this Scam Site.

    Few years back, Getafreelancer was one of my favorite freelance site. I used to work there every day for years, but then something happened to their Management: I think site was sold to some other company or the Management was given in hands of another company. Whatever, happened, I do know that the CEO was changed and the new guy is a Thief [his name: Matt Barrie aka Matt the Thief].

    As this is a big company, therefore they are using complicated techniques to Rip-Off its users.

    I will mentioned at least two Lies of this site:

    Freelancer had an Affiliate Program from the very beginning. Years back, All the rules were clearly mentioned and there were no lies.

    Then Mr. Matt took over, the first thing he did was that: he changed the rules about affiliate earnings without telling the users:

    Instead of giving commissions [commission = a percentage of fee that freelancer .com earned from the users we refer] to affiliate partners for unlimited time period, they decided to limit it to the first 3 months only.

    -----


    jochampion2012 • ✭

    January 18



    I wanted to order some services through the Freelancer. I deposited more than $1500, and after that freelancer has suspended my account.

    They required a scanned copy of my passport. I have contacted them in Live chat and asked to explain why they have stolen my money. They said that this information is confidential. Then I asked them to provide me their certificate of registration to make sure they are serious company and my documents will not be used in fraudulent purposes. They have refused to do it and started to blackmail me that will not return my money. Finally I have sent them my passport.

    The next day I have received a message that my passport is accepted, but they also need a photo of myself holding a piece of paper with the verification word and my username on it!!!!!!!

    I have contacted their supervisor and asked him why they require my personal information and who gave them the right to make verifications. He has answered me using a template that they can't share the reason of suspension, and the right to require personal information is GIVEN TO THEM BY THEIR TERMS OF SERVICES!!!! How is it, huh? I have asked him whether their Terms of Services have the constitutional power, after that he has started to blackmail me again they they will never unblock my account.

    I asked him how many verifications are they going to make, and he has promised that this is the last one. I have done the necessary photo and uploaded it.

    The next day I have opened My Account and have seen... that they even haven't responded me!!!!!!!!!!!! I have contacted them again and asked what's the matter. They have said that they also need my photo with the verification word on paper and my passport in the hand! I have said that yesterday I was promised that previous photo will be the last proof they require from me, they told this is not true. Then I asked them why have they lied me, and they have told me that they simply don't take responsibility for the words of other support agents!!! Then I required to invite the supervisor I talked to the previous day, but the support agent has refused to do it and left the chat.

    I have contacted their support again and asked them whether they have the document that allows them to collect personal information of their customers. They have said "Yes, we have it!". Then I asked them to provide me a scanned copy of it. The support agent has answered using a template that this document is confidential in nature and not for public disclosure. I have said that THE SCANNED PASSPORT is a confident document, same as the photoes of its owner that is holding it in the hand. Also I have said that this kind of documents is not confidential, and if they refuse to provide it, it means they DON'T HAVE IT AT ALL!! After that support agent has stopped responding at all and some minutes later left the chat conversation without any explanations.
    I have sent them the photo they required again, but have decided that this will be the last document I send to them. Also I have mentioned in the description that in case my account is not reactivated within 24 hours, i will have to report a problem to PayPal.
    How do you think, what have I seen the next morning? They have refunded money!!!
    Now it is obvious for me that they simply TRIED TO STEAL MY FUNDS AND WHERE WAITING UNTIL 45 DAYS WILL PASS AND I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN DISPUTES. THAT IS WHY THEY MADE SO MANY VERIFICATIONS!! But after I have mentioned that I will open disputes they have decided that it is better to return me money.

    As a result of my report I want to point out that Freelancer.com is a fraudulent company. Why? They collect your personal info, but at the same time they have no rights for this: they don't have a document that allows them do it. How do they use it? Well, there are lots of ways on the internet how to use personal information in fraudulent purposes.

    Please think twice before you send them anything - FREELANCER.COM EVEN DOESN'T HAVE THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION! Also they use any chance to steal your funds, SO IN CASE YOU HAVE YOUR ACCOUNT SUSPENDED, OPEN DISPUTES IMMEDIATELLY!!! IF YOU FAIL TO DO IT, THEY WILL STEAL YOUR MONEY.

    PLEASE REMEMBER - FREELANCER.COM is a SCAM!
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    I'm new on this forum and this is my first post (after introduction) and I would like to share my experience about Freelancer.

    My (real) name is Mladen Djukic (same username here, same username on Freelancer too), I'm from Belgrade, Serbia and I'm a graphic designer for last two and a half years. Since December 2010 I am registered on Freelancer. For almost two years everything seems to bi fine, I've completed 15 jobs, stayed in touch with few employers that I still work with today, payments on Freelancer were regular and on time...like i said everything was cool...since two months ago.

    At Saturday, November 17th 2012, I've won the contest on Freelancer (Logo design for iisoft, ID: 11325). Contest was guaranteed, prize was 490$. Same day when contest holder chosen me as a winner I have sent files to him, same day contest holder transferred money to my Freelancer account. Same day I've even withdrawn money to my debit card (status pending, for almost 24 hours)...suddenly tomorrow there was no any money on my account, my balance even was -40/50$, because of Freelancer's fee of 10%.
    Hmmm, so what's happening?
    Contest was deleted, as well as employer's profile. First step, contacting Freelancer support... Support suggested me that I should contact employer directly, which I did. He was suspicious (?) and they said that money is reversed to him. I've contacted him, he replied me back (which I didn't expect cause they told me that he is a fraud) surprised by Freelancer action and deleted account. Obviously, he's not a fraud...if it is, he wouldn't reply to my email...pretty simple and obvious. And of course, he doesn't get his refund. So, Freelancer don't want to refund me, nor the employer...and I'll repeat, contest was GUARANTEED.

    After tons of emails, tickets and complains I didn't get right answer nor my prize back. Maybe that's the best thing that happened to me, after that I've started on other website and won 3 contest in 1 month, and earned almost 1000$.

    Yes, Freelancer is a big scam, avoid them!

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    And another one:


    jochampion2012 • ✭

    January 18



    I wanted to order some services through the Freelancer. I deposited more than $1500, and after that freelancer has suspended my account.

    They required a scanned copy of my passport. I have contacted them in Live chat and asked to explain why they have stolen my money. They said that this information is confidential. Then I asked them to provide me their certificate of registration to make sure they are serious company and my documents will not be used in fraudulent purposes. They have refused to do it and started to blackmail me that will not return my money. Finally I have sent them my passport.

    The next day I have received a message that my passport is accepted, but they also need a photo of myself holding a piece of paper with the verification word and my username on it!!!!!!!

    I have contacted their supervisor and asked him why they require my personal information and who gave them the right to make verifications. He has answered me using a template that they can't share the reason of suspension, and the right to require personal information is GIVEN TO THEM BY THEIR TERMS OF SERVICES!!!! How is it, huh? I have asked him whether their Terms of Services have the constitutional power, after that he has started to blackmail me again they they will never unblock my account.

    I asked him how many verifications are they going to make, and he has promised that this is the last one. I have done the necessary photo and uploaded it.

    The next day I have opened My Account and have seen... that they even haven't responded me!!!!!!!!!!!! I have contacted them again and asked what's the matter. They have said that they also need my photo with the verification word on paper and my passport in the hand! I have said that yesterday I was promised that previous photo will be the last proof they require from me, they told this is not true. Then I asked them why have they lied me, and they have told me that they simply don't take responsibility for the words of other support agents!!! Then I required to invite the supervisor I talked to the previous day, but the support agent has refused to do it and left the chat.

    I have contacted their support again and asked them whether they have the document that allows them to collect personal information of their customers. They have said "Yes, we have it!". Then I asked them to provide me a scanned copy of it. The support agent has answered using a template that this document is confidential in nature and not for public disclosure. I have said that THE SCANNED PASSPORT is a confident document, same as the photoes of its owner that is holding it in the hand. Also I have said that this kind of documents is not confidential, and if they refuse to provide it, it means they DON'T HAVE IT AT ALL!! After that support agent has stopped responding at all and some minutes later left the chat conversation without any explanations.
    I have sent them the photo they required again, but have decided that this will be the last document I send to them. Also I have mentioned in the description that in case my account is not reactivated within 24 hours, i will have to report a problem to PayPal.
    How do you think, what have I seen the next morning? They have refunded money!!!
    Now it is obvious for me that they simply TRIED TO STEAL MY FUNDS AND WHERE WAITING UNTIL 45 DAYS WILL PASS AND I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN DISPUTES. THAT IS WHY THEY MADE SO MANY VERIFICATIONS!! But after I have mentioned that I will open disputes they have decided that it is better to return me money.

    As a result of my report I want to point out that Freelancer.com is a fraudulent company. Why? They collect your personal info, but at the same time they have no rights for this: they don't have a document that allows them do it. How do they use it? Well, there are lots of ways on the internet how to use personal information in fraudulent purposes.

    Please think twice before you send them anything - FREELANCER.COM EVEN DOESN'T HAVE THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION! Also they use any chance to steal your funds, SO IN CASE YOU HAVE YOUR ACCOUNT SUSPENDED, OPEN DISPUTES IMMEDIATELLY!!! IF YOU FAIL TO DO IT, THEY WILL STEAL YOUR MONEY.

    PLEASE REMEMBER - FREELANCER.COM is a SCAM!

    Freelancer.com aka Getafreelancer Is a Big Scam - scamboard


    Never fear, they are on it!!

    I'm Ethan Flynn, I'm the media relations specialist of Freelancer.com. I see that you have had issues on the affiliate program of our site. I'm here to help you with these and answer any of your questions. Please provide me with your usernames so I can get your problems fixed right away.

    Regards,

    Ethan
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    Freelancer.com-----SCAM, run away. BTW, is there a way to delete my profiel there, it looks it is not possible?! I don't want them to have my data.
    Here is how they tried to scam me.
    Some XY person contacted me (imagine, they contacted me out of all the people even though I never worked on Freelance, I don't have any reputation there and no work history) and said how she/he wanted to work with me (I forgot what was the main "reason" to choose me). So, this person explained what they needed and after a couple of mails I acepted the job. Once I accepted the job I was automticaly billed?!?!?!? $20 by Freelancer...SO, I didn't even started to work and God forbid that I got payed by a client. Here is the tricky part,once I accepted the job and got billed by Freelancer I never EVER heard from that "client" again. So, I said, whatever, who cares....BUT....I got a warning message from Freelancer saying how I have to pay $20 or Else..Imagine they do this with 100,000 people, and if they take $20 from each guy that's $2,000,000...nifty.

    Stay away from freelancer.com - Page 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mattbarrie View Post

    AllSolutions

    Your $250 project that you were hired for and was cancelled was a money exchange project (buy something with Payza/Alertpay in exchange for payment). These projects are not allowed.
    The other bad project was for buying of Twitter users. We don't allow that.

    Regards
    Matt

    I wonder if you don't allow twitter account sales, then why do you let the projects go live at first place? There's no point in reversing the money from somebody's account if project is already over. If you implemented a check on project validity while money withdrawal was requested, you could have implemented the same check either when project is posted or project is allocated/awarded.
    I personally too had a bad experience but I never lost the money because I never added my paypal account to my freelancer account.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbarrie View Post

    AllSolutions

    Your $250 project that you were hired for and was cancelled was a money exchange project (buy something with Payza/Alertpay in exchange for payment). These projects are not allowed.
    The other bad project was for buying of Twitter users. We don't allow that.

    Regards
    Matt
    Dear Matt,

    Again you caught because tell me one thing if it was a invalid project than why you allow it to be posted ? I know you don't have the answer but I have i.e , you guys allowed that posted because that was a "featured project " and you guys get much fee so you don't worry about it that its a valid or invalid project because you guys getting money by posting that. So you guys just allow to post that project and get your fee and later on reverse the payment. So this way you get your money and eat others money as well. So double profit. Lolzz

    And Matt sir whats your answer over my first issue of $800 that was a valid project I think. I am quite sure, you cant satisfied even one single member here.I am challenging you if you can.

    Thanks for the OP to open such thread and thanks for the community to bring him here.

    ------------

    Hi Guys

    In running a business with 7 million people, there's always going to be some people that are unhappy for a variety of reasons. At Freelancer, we're working really hard to make it a great experience for all.
    In a small token of support for the BHW community, I'm happy to provide $50 of credit no strings attached for the first 20 people that reply with their usernames so they can try the site out for themselves.
    Just reply below.

    How our business model works is that it is free to sign up for employers and free to post a project. Freelancers also can sign up for free and bid for free. We charge a project commission when you award
    the project and pay the freelancer. This commission is between 0 and 3% for employers and 3% and 10% for freelancers depending on whether you are on a free plan or one of our membership plans
    (which come with other features).

    It's important that when you hire a freelancer that you only pay using milestone payments. This is like escrow. If something goes wrong that means you can always get your money back.
    Don't release funds until you get the work that you want and you're happy with it.

    Regards
    Matt
    ----

    After reading the other comments, I don't think he has convinced anyone and what (he) says is laughable after reading some of the CS comments. You never know if it is MATT BARRIE or some other joker they have hired who is responding to comments.
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    Toxic Employer Alert- JonnaNueros121

    Help your fellow freelancers out! Report the user here by clicking on the small, red "Report Violation" link on this employer's page!

    If you're looking for something to say, here's a copy and paste message that you can use:


    This user has been bidding on projects, winning them, and then hiring others through other projects to complete these same projects at a much lower rate. For instance, project 4084282 was actually assigned to the user who was picked for project 4078379. When this second user refused to complete the project, the second user was then given a very bad review and blamed for the financial loss.

    How would I know about this middleman activity? Well, for instance, I was project 4078379.

    JonnaNueros121 is not to be trusted under any circumstances, even if you live in a country where you are able to work for a handful of dollars an hour and still make ends meet. Here is the new face of Freelancer.com, what the site has become and what success looks like for someone who has no respect for fellow freelancers.

    At first, I thought this person was genuine. I did all of my work, got paid, and settled into a reasonable business relationship. Note that this job is for many 500 word articles at $1.5 each, on average. This is a very low rate, particularly for someone who doesn't live in a third world country. I couldn't have sustained myself on this rate for very long. I just worked a while because it wasn't hard for me, and I was able to pick up a little money to make up for holiday season expenses. I was saddened that the writing community on Freelancer.com had fallen to such low rates, but I always knew that it wouldn't be easy making money on writing. So, I took the work and waited for pay.

    Unfortunately, this person never paid me on time. The payments were always late, and this person always made up excuses about how the fees were still coming in, or the client hadn't checked up on the articles yet. Because of the business relationship, I let it go. Around this time, I was starting to have problems with Freelancer.com, so I was trying to sever my ties on the site. It didn't help that I was suddenly getting instructions from another Freelancer.com project via email.

    Things started getting fishy. This is where project 4084282 comes in. Here's a Skype conversation:

    for further reading continue ...

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    Matt Barrie, Freelancer CEO - bad reputation!!!!

    Matt Barrie claims to be a entrepreneur but infact, he is a thief, a scammer, a fraud and a kind of terrorist, Just look into his eyes and you will see terror, fraud, greed in his eyes. He is so greedy and fraud person that it looks clearly on his eyes and he can not hide it.

    I am sure people will understand his strategy of earning money and his bread and butter. People are getting pissed off daily from his website and he really dont care about them. I dont know what he will tell you god when he reach hell.

    All the interviews, awards he has won or given in media are paid, the company pays heavy amount to the media to post the interviews of this dick head so that people get influenced and pays money to him for using his webiste, but he ultimately forget that if he is smart, public is smarter than him and they know all the inside out truth.

    He calls himself influential which is really true, he is very much influential coz he has been ripping off thousand of people since last 10 years and have influenced australian government so greatfully that they never took action against him ever. I dont know how- May be he paid bribe or what he offered, only god knows but no one ever took action against him.

    Regards

    Nitin Naresh

    Matt Barrie claims to be a entrepreneur but infact, he is a thief, a scammer, a fraud and a kind of terrorist, Just look into his eyes and you will see terror, fraud, greed in his eyes. He is so greedy and fraud person that it looks clearly on his eyes and he can not hide it.

    I am sure people will understand his strategy of earning money and his bread and butter. People are getting pissed off daily from his website and he really dont care about them. I dont know what he will tell you god when he reach hell.

    All the interviews, awards he has won or given in media are paid, the company pays heavy amount to the media to post the interviews of this dick head so that people get influenced and pays money to him for using his webiste, but he ultimately forget that if he is smart, public is smarter than him and they know all the inside out truth.

    He calls himself influential which is really true, he is very much influential coz he has been ripping off thousand of people since last 10 years and have influenced australian government so greatfully that they never took action against him ever. I dont know how- May be he paid bribe or what he offered, only god knows but no one ever took action against him.

    Regards

    Nitin Naresh



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    I need to know if this is true? Ripoff Report | Freelancer.com (GetAFreelancer) | Complaint Review: 521310

    I found many more complaints for the website. Also, why don’t your support team solve the query on urgent basis.

    Freelancers from all over the world depend on your platform for their money and how can you suspend the account without notification, when there is money in that particular account and user is with you from last 6 years?

    Can you explain this. What kind of support you provide?

    There is no phone number, no response to tickets, mails sent, no online chat available.

    How do you advice to contact you people for help! Even after contacting your support team so many times, no response.

    This is mental harassment for the freelancers who work so hard on the projects to get money and suddenly they see your mail saying account suspended without any notification.

    And after submitting all proof, no action is taken for days, and no replies.

    What will you say about this?

    I would like to know the answers.

    Thanks

    Freelancer’s Matt Barrie defends online crowdsourcing

    The owner of Freelancer.com said they do not suspend accounts by breaching their terms of service, chargebacks, etc.

    I can say with much proof, they are liars about that. They did it to me today and that's how I found this on Ripoff Report

    I am a buyer on GAF. Sometimes I do some coding, but over 2 years, maybe twice... I've paid out about $6,000 over a few years though for .php and .net coding. I haven't used my account for a few months, because I have been busy with other things.

    Anyways, today (March 10, 2010), i received an email saying my account is suspended for "security reasons" (no other explanation given) and they are demanding my ID for verification. I am an American, so after concluding they are up to something devious, it would not be in my best interest to give them a copy of my idea, which has my personal details on it...

    Furthermore.... So what part of the TOS did I violate between January 12 and March 10, to get my account suspended? Help me out here, cause I've been on hiatus and I have had no outstanding issues at all.

    The only thing I can think of is I've had $20 in the account, which is below their minimum to transfer out.

    Care to explain yourselves GAF?

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    I have been a member of Freelancer.com since November 2012 and my total account balance was $ 14000. When I tried to withdraw the money, my account was blocked for 'suspicious activity' and my account balance has now been reduced to $ 99.15

    Some one please tell me how to get my hard earned money out of this scam website.

    I am contemplating legal action as well. Please advise about that as well. If there are more users here who have the same issue, please contact me.

    Full details in this link: Freelancer.com Scam – Part I : How $10 cost me $14000 – Among other misgivings and apathy of Freelancer.com Staff | Jumbled Mumbling & Fumbled Rumbling

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    Quote Originally Posted by translator.writer View Post
    I have been a member of Freelancer.com since November 2012 and my total account balance was $ 14000. When I tried to withdraw the money, my account was blocked for 'suspicious activity' and my account balance has now been reduced to $ 99.15

    Some one please tell me how to get my hard earned money out of this scam website.

    I am contemplating legal action as well. Please advise about that as well. If there are more users here who have the same issue, please contact me.

    Full details in this link: Freelancer.com Scam – Part I : How $10 cost me $14000 – Among other misgivings and apathy of Freelancer.com Staff | Jumbled Mumbling & Fumbled Rumbling
    It is sad to hear another story like this because they are all familiar. You can find many links in this thread and our other one where people have made similar complaints.

    http://www.realscam.com/f10/freelanc...ght=freelancer

    Freelancer uses a scare tactic and threatens you with their big lawyers if you speak out against them but don't let that stop you. I have read some of the evidence people have posted about their customer service and it is ridiculous. You people who have been scammed by this company need to start filing reports with legal authorities (even if you are not citizen of USA), file with your own country. In USA, you have several choices of places to file reports. Just go to FBI.gov for starters.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and I am sure there will be others in the same situation who will be contacting you. Please keep us updated here also. RealScam gets a lot of attention
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    Matt Barrie seems to use his influence in many segments of politics in Australia. Here he is involved in The Australian Computer Society saying it should be banned.

    The Australian Computer Society should be stripped of their ability to accredit University courses and disbanded. I just walked out of a forum on how we can improve technology education in Australia and wasn't sure if it was a real forum or some sort of parody of such a forum. In the ACS's latest brochure which was distributed on every seat to promote technology to school kids it said pursue "Electrical & Electronic Engineering: install, repair and service technology equipment", "Software Engineering: design and document software structures and operations" and "Network & Communications: provide technical support to help people use software and hardware". Sorry, but who are these f*cking morons? They are doing more damage to the industry than help. I kept thinking that at some point Candid Camera might jump out from behind the door.

    The Australian Computer Society should be disbanded | LinkedIn

    Not all seem to agree with the CEO of Freelancer.com --

    Timothy Bowman Hey Matt. Passionate comment indeed and I'm certain that promoting, endorsing and institutionalizing fairly simple documents for a skilled VISA in the ICT area dangling upfront costs is enormously frustrating for you-and the most others. It's almost like using your company, Freelancer.com and being assessed a 10% up front fee directly from the WORKER (Writer/Web Designer/Artist/Engineering Consultant et al ) before the work has ever been started to make sure that you get your share upfront. And your ACS comments "F-ing Morons" is kind of like how freelancers feel when your Support personnel, numbered up to 4, can't seem to find the answer, for two whole weeks, why Freelancer accidentally took extra money out of a PayPal account leaving a WORKER without upfront funds to pay to Freelancer.com for another job that may get him or her out of hole... then, locking one's account so that the worker cannot complete the assignments because Freelancer.com Support screwed the whole thing up by initiating five separate 'Investigating Ticket ID's' for one problem; I feel your pain! I also understand where it appears to you that the ACS may be acting in their own self-interest by minimalizing hard earned skills (Degrees) devaluing those skills as a 'simple form associated with a 'Protection Racket'. It is also just like Freelancer.com devalues...as an example...Writer's wages by offering a service that churns out light years of utterly mindless dribble for pennies effectively setting a new standard in poor writing and unlivable wage scales in an effort to make a profit by 'Monopolizing' the market effectively destroying a craft that has seen its way through eons of human existence. Matt, you said it better than I ever could! But I do believe it is time for my 3 O'clock Look Into the Mirror. Yes, to stay grounded, I try to look myself in the mirror at least four times per day. I think I'm getting taller by shrinking? But, though the mirror has been placed way down here, feel free to bring your Soap Box....yes, the tarnished one...and join me sometime? It's a ravishingly humbling experience...even for a King!

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    Comments from any of our Aussie members??
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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    Re: Freelancer - Warning!! Ripoff!

    According to what is posted here in RealScam and all over the internet about Freelancer, would you enter a contest sponsored by them?? Would they PAY UP if you won???

    Contest details!

    Get creative and show off the Freelancer.com logo, to as many people as you can, and capture your adventure on video! The most viral, visible & public gathering entries will win US$25,000 in 10 prize categories!

    We're looking for creativity and imagination so, whether you organize a flashmob to shape itself into the Freelancer hummingbird, take over a famous landmark or create a viral video on Youtube, have fun and make an impact!

    https://www.freelancer.com/competiti...seourlogo2012/

    But, darn - it is closed!! Strange - NO WINNERS!!

    Maybe we should get word to Mark Dewey over in Adlandpro to enter this one, as he does his "flash" for free there.

    Mark Dewey | AdlandPro Community

    They will have another one this year Mark, maybe you should try!!
    Don't get ripped off!! Stay informed!

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