I would like to admit that getting Scammed is not that common (from my experience) but it does happen. Below is my story of getting scammed and some tips to try and prevent it.
However I feel as if I recently did. In my scenario this guy who was looking for one of my gigs started having a decent sized conversation IN THE INBOX NOT THE ORDER PAGE with me about what he wanted, price and delivery time. We settled on about $85 for two days. He responded very quickly and convincingly each time making him seem ‘legit’. Anyway after much hard work I sent through a preview IN THE INBOX NOT THE ORDER PAGE. This preview was not the full gig but I guess it was enough for him to be tempted. For the next day I tried to contact him with no response. He downloaded the preview and ran. He got MY work and WILL use it for himself.
Anyway that’s my story and here are some tips to prevent getting scammed.
Only send through a preview with a watermark covering the image/video to prevent their use of it.
Try to avoid sending through previews.
If you cannot send through a preview make sure the buyer orders the gig/custom offer. Tell them it is just a preview and they can decline it. (Don’t send a preview in the inbox as they can run away like nothing happened).
Don’t start making the work until the buyer buys it. Otherwise you could be wasting your time.
Remember though that it may be a real person, stay nice and professional.
Instead of sending through a watermark it may work better to send through the image or video in extremely low quality. Waters marks can be removed, quality cannot be improved!
7.IMPORTANT - Don’t work from inbox messages!
IF YOU FEEL YOU GOT SCAMMED
If you feel that you did actually get scammed make sure to stay professional and don’t start having a go at them. These messages CAN be used against you. Make sure to apply some pressure. Such as telling them that you will contact Fiverr Support if they don’t respond withing the next 24 hours.
If someone really wants something that you have they will just order your gig. That simple. Don’t fall for these scams. There fake!
Tell me your scam story below.