Divyanshu Jha's painful loss!
Divyanshu Jha is a Professional Content Writer who was routinely going about his business when he was approached by a "poor girl" for a content writing engagement.
Divyanshu has over 3+ Years of experience in content writing, articles, B2B Writing, and has maintained a good standing.
This "poor girl" Amita approached him to write a piece of content for her website service page and contracted with him in her personal capacity. Despite being a content writer herself and understanding that good content takes time, Divyanshu was pressured to provide a 10K word content piece which he delivered.
The fraud that changed his life!
Amita ended up using the content for her site without Divyanshu's permission and when asked how she used it without asking him, Amita's response was that it was she who had contracted with him and not the company. And to rub it in, she educated Divyanshu that it would be wrong for her to use it but it was okay for the company to use the content since the company did not contract with him.
Divyanshu was never paid for this piece of work. When questioned how she resorted to this despite being a content writer herself, her reaction was priceless - see the pic below.
Here's a screenshot of the conversation between them:
Note: Click here to see the original discussion of this fraud on LinkedIn.
This is what is called a Bait and Switch method of fraud. One person contracts and another person or entity uses the product or service and denies that they are responsible for the payment or money.
Here is how you can prevent yourself from getting defrauded like this:
1. Identify the contracting buyer and product
2. Specify that the product or service is your copyright or yours until paid for
3. Always get paid in advance before and use a platform like Vouch to ensure the buyer's hesitation is also taken care of.
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