Rinse and repeat
When you are a student you are young and enthusiastic. When you get your 1st internship, after learning new skills, you are excited and eager to work. You don’t mind the long hours and getting paid peanuts for the work you do. There are many who advantage of these young and naïve freelancers. This is the story of one such company that regularly scams freelancers.
Satyarth was hired on 17th May as a freelance Backend Developer. He completed his work and submit his code in Git and then the company just ghosted him. After trying to reach them Satyarth decided to take his story public and posted on LinkedIn
Harshit was hired on June 9th as a freelance Frontend Developer by the same company and had put in long hours every day to complete his work on time and when he pushed his work to git the company blocked him.
How do you avoid these kinds of situations?
· Apply for internships through platforms like Internshala where the platform protects you from fraudsters that don’t pay you.
· Check the company history and background
· Take an advance payment
· And as always use Vouch to guarantee your payments as a freelancer
Follow this for all freelancer payments: When in doubt, use Vouch!
Safety is not just about protecting your credit or debit card number. It's about having control of your money till you've delivered the product or service you contracted
This is Fraud Story #21. Check back here for more fraud chronicles and scams that you can protect yourself from.
Note: This is a good-faith initiative to educate the world about how to avoid frauds like these. Do you have a fraud that you would like to report? Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org