We receive an amazing number of requests to post “warnings” regarding possibly sketchy freelance writing jobs. Since this is a blog geared towards freelance writing jobs, it only makes sense to warn against unsavory types, right?
I don’t post warnings because if I’m going to point fingers and make serious allegations on a blog visited by 5,000 people each day (plus 9100+ subscribers), I darn well better be sure I have my facts straight. While there are plenty of people who need to be exposed, I also don’t want to expose FWJ to a lawsuit. I’ll allow discussions of each job in comments at our Freelance Writing Jobs leads blog, but I don’t publicly call someone out unless I’m sure they’re a scam or ripoff. I don’t have time to thoroughly investigate every scam request.
There are also situations where writers feel they have been slighted but it’s either an oversight on the client’s part or the writer isn’t telling all sides of the story. I’ve noticed in many situations there are, indeed, two sides to each story. While I do want to steer you away from scammers, I want to be sure they’re really scammers and not just the victim of a disgruntled writer.
A terrific blog to visit to research and report writing scams is Writer’s Beware. If you’re not feeling a particular client, do a search there and see what you come up with. Also, visit our writing leads blog and ask questions to the regulars, they’re terrific about sniffing out scams and dealing with unsavory types.
Later on, we’ll discuss scams and the various ways to spot them.