I got a project from a freelancing website.
Client: It’s about a day’s work. I’ll give you $500 when you complete it.
Now, I know a thing or two so I insisted on a deposit of 50%. He agreed and paid me $250 up front.
I finished the project in seven hours. When I showed it to him he was really nice and happy with it.
Client: Great! Now send me the finished version and I’ll pay you.
I know it’s a mistake to give someone a finished version before you’re done but he was so nice and had also paid my deposit without question, so I sent it.
…Then I never heard from him again. The freelance platform was no help either, for the record.