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How to Avoid Getting Scammed on Fiverr

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Are you considering purchasing a gig on Fiverr but worried you might get scammed? The platform itself is not malicious, but the truth is that you’ll always find people trying to scam you. It does not matter where you go. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to dealing with Fiverr sellers to make sure you get your money’s worth.

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1. Stick to Fiverr’s top-rated sellers

One way to avoid scammers on Fiverr is to stick to top-rated sellers and Fiverr Pro sellers. These freelancers are vetted by Fiverr and have a proven track record of outstanding work. The chances of you getting scammed by one of these sellers are extremely low. Typically, these sellers have worked their way up to this level and would not risk their reputation by performing malicious acts of any kind. It is worth mentioning that these sellers tend to charge much higher prices and rightly so. If the prices exceed your budget, you may have to look lower on the rankings.

This does not mean that a new seller on Fiverr with no level status cannot be depended on. A new seller on Fiverr may have more years of experience in one’s skill than a top-rated seller. This tip is therefore for those who would rather play it as safely as possible. The truth is that there are many amazing freelancers you might be missing out on if you solely purchase from Fiverr’s top-rated freelancers.

2. If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is

Don’t be so greedy for a grand bargain that you become blind to the obvious red flags. If the seller is promising the world to you for $5, don’t expect to gain the world. It is highly unlikely you will and you are just setting up yourself for a headache. Gigs may have suspicious gig titles which promise to feature you in a Forbes article or something of that sort. Stay away from these sellers at all costs!

Needless to say, inexpensive prices do not automatically mean the seller is malicious. Fiverr is an extremely competitive marketplace. New sellers are, therefore, many times so desperate to get their first order that they will charge ridiculously low prices for tedious tasks. However, don’t take advantage of desperate hardworking people. That makes you just as bad as a scammer in my opinion.


3. Communication is key!

Make sure you contact the buyer before placing an order. You want to make sure you both are on the same page. Communication beforehand may also make you pick up on some red flags.

Here are a couple red flags to look out for when conversing with a buyer:

  • Bad English

    This primarily applies to situations in which having excellent English is important for the project. If the seller claims to produce amazing articles or blog posts, but shows numerous basic grammar mistakes in the conversation, move on to the next seller.

  • The buyer wants to communicate with you outside of Fiverr.

    This is actually against Fiverr’s terms of service. If a buyer is trying to sway you off the platform then he or she is presumably a scammer. Staying within the boundaries of Fiverr offers you a certain level of protection so it’s best to solely carry out transactions on its platform.

4. See proof of the seller’s claims

Does this seller have any reviews? What do the reviews reveal? Looking at what others’ experiences with the seller were like can be quite insightful. In certain situations, it may also be helpful to ask the seller to share his/her portfolio with you. However, don’t ask for a free sample of their work. This does not put you, the buyer, in a pleasant light as you are petitioning them to work for free.

5. Trust your gut/instinct

You might pick up something questionable with a Fiverr seller. Maybe something is not adding up. This could be based on conversations, after reading their descriptions or looking at their profiles. The best thing to do is to trust your gut feeling and find someone else for the job.

Final Thoughts

Follow these tips, and I doubt you will have any issues as it relates to being scammed on fiverr.com. It is genuinely a great marketplace that instantly connects buyers to freelancers and makes the process very simple. I’d earnestly recommend it to anyone. Just make sure you stay away from sketchy sellers!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Grace

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