“OK, let's start out with what the client failed to mention and that is that the project was delayed because of his refusal to fund the balance of escrow. He also fails to mention that he and the project in question was located in Singapore. This would be similar to you sending of value something half-way around the world, with no form of guarantee that the receiving party would pay for the item upon receipt. No one reading this would do such a thing, so it should not be expected that I should too.
I mentioned escrow, and for those unfamiliar with escrow on Elance it is a fund overseen by Elance in which the client deposits funds and once the
project is complete he or she informs Elance that it is ok to pay the contractor. It protects the buyer in that they must approve the release of funds, and it protects the provider by letting them know that the funds are available, so it is good for all parties involved.
I should also mention at this point that the amount of escrow in question was less than $500 for a project valued in excess of $2 million.
Now, you may say "but he paid $200 and received nothing in return". Well. He did receive something in return, and that was the time involved to do
all of the research and the other tasks involved with creating the final project. It is like a building, you see the nice exterior, but there is also a lot of foundation and frame work that was done ahead of time. What
he did not receive was the finished product; however he was told repeatedly
once escrow was funded he would receive it shortly.
As for me being located in Asia, as opposed to the US, well my location is easily verifiable, so I will not dwell on that issue.
He states that he would like you to contact him, so by all means feel free to do so if you wish. However, considering all of the correspondence was done through Elance, meaning he, I and Elance all have the same messages; I would be interested in what he has to say.
I know this all comes down to a he said she said situation in that each party wants you to believe there side of the story. What I can provide, is numerous references from reliable sources that state the credibility of the client is zero, this way you will be able to form your own opinion
Freelancer Feedback Comments for Client:
“Despite what open currency says the delay in the project was caused by his refusal to fund escrow, and there was no request for additional money. I can understand how some reading this would have questions, but let me give you few verifiable facts, and then perhaps you will understand why I would not provide any more service until escrow was funded. You see it turns out the individual is presently being sued for more than $1 million dollars. There are also numerous accusations of fraud, and claims of Ponzi schemes associated with this individual. Whether he is guilty or not is not up to me, but given his reputation, and the fact that he and the project were out of the country, I could not proceed without escrow being funded. Look, a poor review I can live with, as it is going to happen to all of us at one time or another, but a review based on lies and half-truths, is a different story. We typically have excellent relationships with our clients, and truly enjoy working with them, and being a part of their projects, sadly this project had an unfortunate outcome that is not typical to our normal relationships with our clients. Thank you and we look forward to assisting you with your business planning needs,”