EP235: Protecting Yourself From Freelance Scams

Protecting Yourself from Freelance Scams


Be diligent when dealing with clients, regardless of their field. Remember that freelance scams can happen to anyone, and awareness is key to protection.

Today’s episode of the Savvy Scribe podcast focuses on an interesting discussion about freelance scams and how to avoid them.

How to Identify and Avoid Freelance Scams

  • The LinkedIn Connection: An optimized LinkedIn profile attracts a potential client.
  • Caution with Unsolicited Offers: I highlight the need for caution when a client reaches out to you, especially if you’re new to freelancing. Initial interest doesn’t guarantee legitimacy.
  • Verifying the Client: Research the company by Googling it to ensure its authenticity.
  • Real Person Check: Schedule a video call, like Zoom, to confirm the client’s identity.
  • Beware of Gmail Addresses: Be cautious when clients use personal email addresses (e.g., Gmail) instead of a company domain. Legitimate businesses usually have professional email addresses.
  • Profile Photo: I also discussed the importance of checking for a profile picture on the client’s LinkedIn profile.
  • Prioritize Contracts: Stress the necessity of having a contract in place before starting any project.
  • Contract Signatory Verification: Ensure that the person signing the contract is a legitimate representative of the company.
  • Payment Terms and Security: Clarify payment terms and secure methods for sharing sensitive information, such as banking details.
  • Red Flags: Stay vigilant and recognize red flags in client interactions, as scammers often prey on freelancers’ eagerness.
  • Rates Too Good to Be True: Be cautious against rates that seem too low or too high, as they may indicate potential freelance scams.


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