Author Topic: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers  (Read 2965 times)

pipthom

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My name is Festus Ndebele.   I am from southern Africa, where poverty is high and wages are low; more reason why I was forced into searching for remote work on the Internet to support my family.  In December of 2012 I saw an advertisement at www.Freelancer.com.  I signed up and was very happy to be hired by a company that needed my skills.   Unfortunately, even though all turned out well with the employer and Freelancer debited his bank account to pay my wages, I did not actually receive any money for all my work.  But I have no quarrel with my employer.  He approved of my work performance and authorized payment.  Instead, there is some disagreement between my employer and Freelancer.com and I am caught in the middle.   I did a search to see if other people had experienced this problem and to my amazement I found hundreds of similar complaints about Freelancer.com not paying the wages it collects from employers. It seems I am the victim of an ongoing scam run by Freelancer.com's multimillionaire CEO Matt Barrie.

When I signed up at Freelancer.com, I reviewed all the terms and conditions and tried to protect myself from dodgy employers by applying for jobs marked as "verified" by Freelancer.com.   I used the Freelancer Milestone System, which is similar to an escrow account to guarantee that the employer has sufficient funds on hand to pay for work done.   I was hired at $2/hour for 52 hours a week and a bonus of $30/week on completed tasks.  I accumulated total earnings of US$636.00

When it was time to collect my money from Freelancer.com they said I could not... I was told that Freelancer.com would not release my money until my employer's source of funds could be determined. They told me to tell my employer that he must comply with Freelancer policies and submit additional photo I.D. or I would not be paid. I replied to Freelancer that there was no legal justification to delay or confiscate my earnings since I have no control over my employer's actions. Freelancer.com had identified my employer as “verified” but had new doubts. Two different Freelancer support persons, Y-na A. and Lance (no second names), sent me the same email – word for word. It said, in part:

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We currently have account issues with your employer that we cannot discuss with you due to the Freelance.com privacy policy. This is already being handled by another department and we are not privy of their information. I advise that you communicate with your client regarding their account status. You will be allowed to withdraw your earnings once they settle their issues.

It‘s now been 12 weeks and I still have not been paid. My experience, along with the experience of hundreds, even thousands of others, leaves one to conclude that Freelancer.com is exploiting people from third world countries. I therefore demand, on behalf of all the workers shortchanged by Freelancer.com, that the Australian authorities open an investigation into this company and its boss Matt Barrie.

ScammedbyMattBarrie@gmail.com
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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelanc
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 07:47:32 PM »
Hello My friend Festus Ndebele
You are also a victim of the scam Robert Matthew, unfortunately you're not the first and you will not be the last because the occupation of Robert Matthew and scam, it's vi vi in ripping off the gents, I also threw one of the victims, I complain to the police, I really hope he will pay for the scam and it will finish ca vi prison.
Robert Matthew is a great thief
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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelanc
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 07:57:48 PM »
This Robert Matthew is a total scam!! Stole 1k of my money. Supposed to send back in three weeks, stalled for three after that, then quit responding to me totally.
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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 03:36:36 PM »
Those things happens, I believe with freelancer.com you must proceed with caution. What we've had happen to us is the freelancers will place a bid amount and once you award them the project often times they immediately will quote a different price and tell you that you have to repost the project...

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 04:57:03 PM »
A lot of people are victims of scam in million of websites, we need to be more careful to avoid that kind of situation... anonymous messages

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 09:28:02 PM »
There is scam even in the messages that we recieve in our mail, but we need to be a lil bit careful just like that

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2013, 05:41:53 PM »
The other day recieve a mail and could identify that it was a scam, they operate in an exellent way but we need to be really carefull

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2013, 01:19:49 AM »
In our computers we recieve scam and mails with traps and stupid things, but those ecurrency like bitcoin ensure security

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2013, 05:04:08 AM »
Personally, they haven’t scammed me, but seems like there are people being scammed and that’s completely wrong. These people are putting effort into their job and of course they deserve the payment

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Re: Robert Matthew "Matt" Barrie Scamming Low Wedge Freelancers
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2013, 03:19:36 AM »
It's such a shame that people want to get easy money without any effort, and the worst part is that they are damaging other people.  >:(