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Proz member took $275 from me, gave me nothing
Thread poster: sanderson1611

sanderson1611
United States
Local time: 03:47
Apr 27, 2015

What do I do when a proz member wants to be paid up front, takes the money, and then refuses to answer any emails, phone calls, etc, and several weeks later has delivered nothing?

I have worked with scores of translators on proz.com, and this is the first time such a thing has happened. Is there no recourse?


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Tom in London
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There might be Apr 29, 2015

In what country does this person reside?

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sanderson1611
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In the United States Apr 29, 2015

California

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Tom in London
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Try these Apr 29, 2015

sanderson1611 wrote:

California


Try these:

http://tinyurl.com/lvha3q2

Choose one that's close to the home address of the person who stole your money, and choose the heaviest, most threatening-looking one with the scariest website that sets out exactly what they will do if s/he doesn't pay.

In my experience, if you send a non-payer a link to a website like that, giving them 24 hours to pay in full, they pay when they realise what may happen.

[Edited at 2015-04-29 19:03 GMT]


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sanderson1611
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Thanks, Tom! Apr 29, 2015

I'll try that!

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Tom in London
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Keep us posted Apr 29, 2015

Keep us posted. I just *hate* people who don't pay or who steal other people's money.

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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Sorry to hear this Apr 29, 2015

Also you could report this to the proz support team. This person should be banned if (s)he does not pay you!

Good luck


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Tom in London
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That too Apr 29, 2015

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

Also you could report this to the proz support team. This person should be banned if (s)he does not pay you!

Good luck


Yes- that too, because you may not be the only one.


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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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True Apr 29, 2015

"Yes- that too, because you may not be the only one."


Hopefully this might put some pressure on him/her.


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sanderson1611
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How do I report them to the proz team? Apr 29, 2015

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

Also you could report this to the proz support team. This person should be banned if (s)he does not pay you!

Good luck


Is there a link to where I can report this person?


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Margarita
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Support Apr 29, 2015

Please contact Support at http://www.proz.com/support?mode=ask&sp_sub_mode=ticket_submit .

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Sorry to hear this Mr. Anderson Apr 29, 2015

sanderson1611 wrote:

What do I do when a proz member wants to be paid up front, takes the money, and then refuses to answer any emails, phone calls, etc, and several weeks later has delivered nothing?

I have worked with scores of translators on proz.com, and this is the first time such a thing has happened. Is there no recourse?


Please inform the staff at www.proz.com/support


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Don't forget WWA Apr 29, 2015

Don't forget to fill in a WWA entry to warn others.

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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Accident or illness a remote possibility Apr 29, 2015

If the person does not react at all, it can't be ruled out that he or she has fallen seriously ill, had a bad accident or worse. Just a remote possibility to bear in mind before definitely labelling him or her a swindler.

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sanderson1611
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I don't think that's a possiblity Apr 29, 2015

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

If the person does not react at all, it can't be ruled out that he or she has fallen seriously ill, had a bad accident or worse. Just a remote possibility to bear in mind before definitely labelling him or her a swindler.


I see your point, but in this situation, she went back and forth with me repeatedly saying over and over again that she was "almost done," etc. There were multiple broken promises along the way.


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