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Is it a scam?
asked by krista p. on 7/15/16
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I'm a victim myself. I already stop using this more than a year ago. I'm surprised that the complains reach thousand plus and still counting... if that doesn't satisfy you I don't know what else will... goodluck
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I was working on Elance for a long time, good clients and good pay. Freelancer is awful, they take your fee before you do any work and you have to fight to get it back. Don't use them - I'm going to try guru.com. Good luck!
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It is a PR platform that enables scammers to appear legitimate or verified. Freelancer doesn't care. They get a sizeable commission no matter if the posting is legitimate or not. Example: A fake ebook listing. Needs author to write 50000 words for US$ 2000. Unwitting freelancer bids and is 'awarded project' with message saying hurry up and accept. Once accepted, freelancer takes 'project fee' while you get tied up in their help callcenter trying to recoup not only the fee but potentially the fake employer gleaned from you using their platform. This site will be in the news soon. Trust me.
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Don't use them... big time a** holes...
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Yes, freelancer.com is a scam site, please never trust on these scammers..
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Just go to upwork.com. Ca see work computer screenshots there. Much better
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In my opinion, there are SCAMMERS TOO. Take a look at my case, they took the money already from my account via PayPal. Then I complained and they told me that the job was fake, and my money is not refundable. WHY IF THE JOB IS FAKE, IS MY MONEY NOT REFUNDABLE. The issue here is not about their policies, the issue is that they are so greedy for money they put up a system to get their money from somewhere no matter if the job is fake or real. Why shouldn't people wonder if FREELANCERS themselves set up these fake jobs. People are really complaining but then the company boasts of MILLIONS. They are WICKED people, who care about themselves. The $250 I lost to them cost my team and I a lot of pain...but FREELANCER doesn't care. So many people are complaining, yet they set up some flimsy excuse to SAFE FACE.. not this year FREELANCER. Your unfair policies and fancy English cannot save you.

Stay Away from them please, involve yourself in local freelance jobs in your city or area. It's better than a company that doesn't CARE
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If you use them then use only pay per hour. As far as I know that is OK but under no circumstances bid for a fixed price job. If you're 'accepted' they immediately take 10% of the value of that job from your Paypal account. I am surprised Paypal allows them to do this as Paypal had to do a lot of work behind the scenes to get my money back.
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I honestly have no idea. I've tried my best to sort it with them. They say that I've got to put in a dispute with the freelancer to get back my money that was their fault. It's really crap. I should have to be doing this.
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No, it is not but their some of the policies are making them to sit on the client's money which they hold in the name of disputes and they dont give more informaton, we lost $620 to freelancer.com. After 6 months, they said their client had issues in the credit card hence we have revoked the payment
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YES. Emphatically, YES - it is a scam. Do not use this site or their services at all. As someone else mentioned, I see a lawsuit happening very soon for these folks.
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Yes it is a scam for sure, they are just out to steal people's money...stay away!!!
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Yes. Run!
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I'm a victim of this site, It won't grantee your rights and will scam you.
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For sure
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it's not a scam but it's also not recommended compared to the other good freelancing sites that there were on the market which they bought and screwed
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nothing else than a scam, google it "freelancer scam"
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I wouldn't say it's a scam. Just a bad company with a flawed model of doing business. I didn't get what I wanted or paid for. Bad freelancer that was rude and thought they deserved money for really bad subpar work. But Freelancer did not refund my money until I went through a lengthy process and back and for with the freelancer. It was not pleasant. In the end there are MUCH better services like Upwork or Fiverr that you can use. Why give them money?
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Some freelancers are not qualified and not able to do the job whereas, others are okay, it depends on what you need to do? but the majority of them are not up to the level
The website places extra charges on you for nothing and you wont be able to reach the customer service !
just stay away from it
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If you get a crappy developer you have no protection. They have the same people that use to work for Paypal now working with Freelancer.com when I tried to get my money back freelancer.com made up a fake website saying that was the website I got built.... So yes they are scammers
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JUST DON'T. I found a $2300+ misc charge from them on my corporate card. Also, because they are in Australia, VISA charges a foreign transaction fee of 2%. So, I got a hold of them and they said no problem, it will be reversed. It took 3+ weeks to get the transaction reversed and then it was for 2100. They tried to claim numerous reasons as to why it happened. 8 weeks after the fiasco started, I still don't have the balance or the 65 foreign transaction fee. AVOID USING THEM. Also, I urge everyone to who has had an issue with them, to contact the consumer protection agency or the US AG to get them to refund all the money that they have scammed people in this manner and to bar them from doing business in the US.
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I concur with many of the opinions and views on this matter. I would be very careful about engaging in any project unless you fully understand the implications and realize the fact that there is very little protection. Freelancer don't give an airborne fornification as long they get their cut of fees. Save yourself a lot of time and problems and please avoid.
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No. It is not. I had a bad experience once that I was not able to withdraw money for about 2 weeks. I posted a bad review about freelancer.com here in this site. But after that problem got solved, I never had any such trouble. I came back here to edit my review because I found freelancer.com to be A.W.E.S.O.M.E
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It's not a scam. I found my programmer of 10 years on there.
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I just withdrew $600 and the only pain is the verifying identity and the 15 day wait. but other than that my bank wasn't charged. so to me i don't think so. I was patient.
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No krista its not a scam. A site which is giving you money what you earn with out any investment. Giving you free premium member ship.
But here reality is like freelancer supports their employers about 80% support to employers. And rest of 5% to their policies. And rest of 15% support goes to freelancers.
My message to you is that beware of being tricked by the employers and always kept proof when you are in projects.
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No, the site is as legit as eBay. People having bad experiences is because issues with users or even with the site that might not be perfect. But the site is not setted up for scaming people! You do have to be carefull with employers/freelacers you work with since the site is not responding for them.
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No. Not the most competent outfit on the planet, but definitely not a
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Not, but you need to be very careful as you wont be able to reach a real person if you need help and is tricky, what mean you need tonunderstand and pay attention at every step or you will lose you money easily
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