Freelance work is booming online and in the freelance marketplace, there are plenty of opportunities for people to make money. Unfortunately, scammers have also been taking advantage of this opportunity by using different tactics to lure potential freelancers. Here’s how you can avoid falling victim to an online scammer.
What to do in the event of an online scam
When you’re scammed, it can be frustrating and disappointing. But don’t worry! Here are some steps to take if you actually become the victim of a scammer.
1) Contact your bank.
Contact your bank as soon as possible to cancel any fraudulent transactions that may have been made from your account. If you’ve lost out on money, this is your first priority.
2) Contact the police.
It may seem weird or crazy, but if you think the scammer might have threatened or blackmailed you in any way, contact the police immediately with a detailed report of what happened. The police will help track down and prosecute the scammer by following their trail and evidence they may have left behind.
3) Request an investigation at your bank and credit card company’s offices.
If there are any suspicious transactions in your account, contact both your bank and credit card company to request an investigation into what happened and to make sure no more fraudulent activity took place on your behalf.
Signs of a scammer
There are many signs that show that a potential freelancer may be trying to scam you, including:
-Making their rates seem too good to be true
-Offering an unrealistic deadline
-Requiring a payment upfront before they start work
-Not being able to provide references
-When the freelancer’s website is not professional or has a poor design
How to protect yourself.
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from an online scammer is to avoid going into it in the first place. You may be tempted to take on projects that you don’t know anything about, but this is a bad idea. If you just want some extra cash, stick with what you’re good at and keep your work local.
Another great way to protect yourself is to become familiar with who your clients are. It’s not always easy, but it helps to know something about the person behind the business so that if they start asking for more money or suddenly stop responding.