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How to spot and avoid scammers [archived]


The risks: getting suckered out of your money, giving up personal info to a scammer, and losing your faith in humanity.

How can you spot a fiverr scam? Many of them feature the same telltale signs:

An abundance of spelling and grammatical errors.

A typo here and there is forgivable, but when a gig is riddled with poor English,

it’s an indication a scammer owns that gig using automated translators—or the person behind the gig just doesn’t care about the gig and its potential buyers.

Either way, you probably want to stay clear.

Generic Gig photos.

Look for real photos instead of the typical product pics or photos found elsewhere on the web. It’s hard to believe the seller

actually has the item in question if he’s using PR photos.

If you see the same gig posted word for word in another account, that’s a huge red flag. You can search through the fiverr site.

Too good to be true.

The biggest telltale sign of a fiverr scammer is if the gig promises a ridiculously good result.

When you’re buying from sellers seemingly desperate to get sales, it’s hard to know what’s a true offer or just bait.

Know what your you want, if you have any doubt, pass on it.

Fiverr offers other common sense rules to avoid scams,

including only meeting in person for local listings, never wiring any money, and never giving out any personal or financial information.

When You’ve Found any gig to purchase: Vet the Seller and Know Your need.

The risks: wasting your time buying a fake gig or something other than what you’re expecting.

Let’s say you found what looks to be a legit gig—the photos are unique and the gig doesn’t look like typical fiverr scams.

Now it’s time to ask some questions and find out more about the seller and the gig.

Ask detailed questions about the gig you want to buy over multiple chats.

Look the seller up.Look criticallty at the sellers rating(cancellation,communication,refund etc)

Avoid Fiverr Scams


This is how a scam might begin:

"you are nice man sir give me a order as gift."

I know, it happened to me.


Thanks for the info.

Ive just joined and browsing around to find this. Darn scammers, will they ever stop.


Reply to @peter_c_: Yeah you are welcome,just try as much as possible to make the very best of your stay over here at fiverr. Stay safe.


Reply to @fastcopywriter: Yes, truly when you see people like this you just smell foul from their tone. You just know that they are the lazy type and don’t have anything to offer. Its just advisable to stay clear of them.


You described workers that try to make some penny online with little or no knowledge on their service, but I don’t think they will scam you but their product will be most likely low quality.

If scammers want to scam you - they will. They don’t last long but I’ve seen groups of sellers that organize them self and buy each other gigs, push them self up to Level 2 (seen a top rated as well) with 5 star feedback from the same people multiple times. And they buy each other gigs just to leave the rating, its hilarious this was Graphic designer to another designers and reverse.

Do a quick research if the offer is too good and check the feedback comments and who leaves them. :slight_smile:


Reply to @bigbadbilly: My statement on the issue of grammar is not racist in anyway. What i am trying to say is this, if i am from an English speaking country i should be able to write my description in good English, and not mess around with my work. If you cant write it why not give it to those who can. You should show some level of professionalism with your gig outlook.


Reply to @vinegraphics: Ya… The Racist bit was a little overboard on my part. Sorry. LOL. But… My point(s) still stand. Not everyone here on Fiverr is from an English speaking Country. Their grammar alone does not mean they can’t provide their service. As a matter of point… their lack of English skills has nothing to do with their ability to complete a gig. And do it well. (Unless it’s a English translation gig or something. LOL).

I am the worst for bothering people to get someone to read their gigs and fix the grammar. But, truth is maybe they don’t know anyone who will do it? Or, like I said… maybe they’re checking out the Fiverr waters. Of all the “Red Flags” someones spelling or grammar isn’t one of them. I also stick to the fact that the “Perfect” sounding gigs are the ones you need to double check. Scammers don’t make mistakes with Grammar. They want everything to be perfect so they can scam you. (The good ones do at least).


If you call out a scammer they refund your money, but when they have 5,000+ completed gigs you realize that 5,000+ people were too dumb to know it was a scam


Or maybe you were an overdemanding buyer, who knows? I like how you thumbsed up your own post by the way. Lovely touch.


Sellers with writing gigs and proofreading gigs claiming college degrees who don’t know enough to capitalize the pronoun I are scams.


Buyers should take their time before ordering any seller’s gigs. Scammers are every where around but it’s up to you how to order the right person-person who is more passionate to prove himself/herself rather than just trying to get more and more orders.

Personally if I cannot perform any task when a buyer asks me, I refuse him straight away before ordering my gigs.


I used to tell my gigs buyers read thoroughly before order.

I convey my gigs appropriate.
Desire buyers vary.
Sellers can not meet all


I don’t know if this would be considered a scam, you tell me??? But this guy states that he can send your music to 1500 blogs and then he sends you a list of the blogs, but I went through the list to see if any of the posts were on these blogs and I can’t even find the blog sites at all…I found maybe 4 out of 1500 but 2 were the ones he sent and those only had 3 people post from 2009. When I asked him why don’t I see not only the blog sites but we’re getting no views from the link?? out of 1500 blog sites, I would expect at least 1 click if not more…His response was “Hey I don’t control if they post it, I just send it to them”…So did I just pay for a hope? And who are “they” if there is no blog site?


hmmm… I wonder what would happen when a scam seller meets a scam buyer?


You got hosed.


It really is hard on this site to tell what you’re getting into if there is no sense of trust. To have help with a web page for example- you have to trust the seller won’t do damage and then hold it hostage for you to pay him to fix it. Such was the case with a SEO who promised “Organic” social media views but actually damaged my shop account (won’t say which one it was) by sending huge black hat direct traffic to my page that would be impossible to generate unless was underhanded…I looked bad and the site has locked me out of customers view mainline…no one normal view since


That happening would make me really happy. It’s like A meeting A, the result? A raised to the power of 2. May the odds be in their favour.


Thanks for the info. I have met both the scam seller and also scam buyers.

Does that seem legit? I honestly cant tell.