There is a problem if someone somehow gets your email address and contacts you on it, and you didn’t give it to them. Then they are in a bad spot potentially as far as being in violation of TOS through no fault of their own. I don’t turn in people either unless I am being put in potential trouble. It’s a bad spot to be in since you don’t understand what’s happening, how they got it or what might come of it.
I know lots of sellers do have other websites or places on the internet where their email address can be found but I don’t and definitely don’t expect to get a email from a seller or fiverr user outside of fiverr.
Just like you said: “You don’t really know that they don’t mean you harm” I too was in this situation. It caused lots of fear and confusion and not knowing what to do.
I know you have friends on and in fiverr. Imagine my horror over the whole thing.
If I don’t report it I can be in violation. I knew nothing would happen. I just didn’t have a good solution to being between a rock and a hard place. What would any person do in this situation? If you do one thing you can get in trouble with that person. If you do another thing you can get in trouble with fiverr. Blood pressure and stress levels go through the roof.
Never get in touch with anyone outside of fiverr for any reason. Not only are you violating TOS but you also put that person in a situation of not knowing how to handle it, and potentially
causing them to be in violation of TOS also. They really have no alternative but to report it if
they want to ensure they are following the Terms of Service of the site.
My punishment was a total nervous collapse when someone contacted me by email when that information is a closely guarded secret from everyone and everywhere. I almost had to be hospitalized the next day. I am still on tranquilizers from the experience. I physically felt and still feel like I have been run over by a truck.
I did not automatically say Oh I will turn in this person. It’s someone I chat with in the forum and I do feel I know them and like them. It was a really bad situation for me. Just awful.
The stress was extreme. I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy to be in that situation.