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Advice needed: Potential Client asking me to start project prior to payment


daniellerlarkin

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Hi,

I have a potential client that messaged me today. We had some back and forth about what I offer, what she needed, etc. standard stuff. But then she hit me with this message:

“Ok. I will be picking up my banking card within the next two days. My country is still in the pandemic. If I provide you with my manuscript and goals for this project, are you willing to start and receive payment shortly thereafter?”

Which instinct tells me that it’s a scam and that I should run, but I guess because I’m newer, I’m not sure. Has anyone else experienced similar? Are my instincts correct?

Thanks for your help/advice.

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Guest lloydsolutions

Don’t do it!

A buyer orders, pays, and then you deliver.

If you bypass this you will have worked for free.

Suggest you check out the Terms of Service at the bottom of the Fiverr main page for the rules as to how Fiverr works.

Everything is explained there in great detail.

Check this out:

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Don’t do it!

A buyer orders, pays, and then you deliver.

If you bypass this you will have worked for free.

Suggest you check out the Terms of Service at the bottom of the Fiverr main page for the rules as to how Fiverr works.

Everything is explained there in great detail.

Check this out: Top 5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Badly Behaved Buyers

Thank you, I ended up just telling the buyer per the terms of service I couldn’t start but I’d be happy to take on the project in a few days when she is able to make the payment.

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