I am writing to figure out the best way to get the word out to be aware of potential clients trying to scam freelancers. I have had two different interactions with potential clients who ask for estimates on certain projects, and then once they are to sign the estimate and give a downpayment, it suddenly gets complicated in a number of ways:
- They want someone who owes them money to send me my downpayment, and the money they owe my client, and then I am to send the money from this other person to the client
- They want to give me a credit card for me to charge my downpayment and an amount they owe another “creative” or “project manager”, and then I am to send the rest of that money on to the other person
- They want me to sign up for a certain payment system with in an application so they can pay me that way
(Even though I have given them several secure options for payment to me).
I have not succombed and refused these odd requests. My husband is an attorney which helps, because I learn through osmosis from him talking about the law business.
I do not want other freelancers to be targeted, and I already know of one person in my community who has also had these fishy interactions happen.