Average writers always dream of putting exceptional content together but they are never willing to pay for premium accounts to reach that standard. It's better to invest in learning more skills than to invest your money and get nothing in return for it.

Money spent on fake passwords

Shruti Panvalkar Norikhekar, a freelance content writer was casually scrolling through her Facebook feed when a post caught her attention. It was from a guy called M Sharma who claimed to provide iwriter account for a nominal sum of money. Shruti researched about him a little and did not see any post against him on Facebook. 

She decided to message him and enquire about the same. Sharma provided her every piece of information that she required and proposed a sum of money in return. Iwriter costs $46.50 for 6000 words but Shruti was convinced that she was getting it for a lesser amount. 

She waited for a few days and then finally approached M Sharma to buy the account. He asked her to deposit the amount before sharing the details with her. That’s how deals like this happen over the internet. Shruti agreed and deposited the promised sum of money in his account and waited for him to share the login credentials.

Happiness turned to sadness 

Sharma shared the details as soon as he saw the payment confirmation screenshot. Excited, shruti jumped to the login page of iwriter and tried logging in using the credentials provided by Sharma. 

To her surprise, the login details were rejected by the platform. Shruti reconfirmed it and reentered the details to login but it still indicated the credentials as incorrect. She messaged M Sharma about the problem she faced and asked him to share the correct login credentials. He replied saying that the details shared from his end are authentic and there’s no chance of them being incorrect. 

Shruti tried to log in using the same details again and again but it did not work. Worried, she messaged him again and told him that she has to start working and requires iwriter for it. He kept on ignoring her and she never got a reply from him again. 

A challenge for freelancers

Freelancing has become a common thing for people who want to earn passive income but affording premium accounts for writing is not easy. These accounts charge a lot and not everybody can manage to save and invest in them. What to do then?

One should never buy an account because the passwords can always be changed

Even if a writer wants to buy such accounts, do it with apps like Vouch that help you keep control over your money. 

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