Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Freelance Frauds: Delhi tops the List

Have you ever been cheated in a project where your intellectual work was simply stolen? Was there a situation where the money promised to you in a freelance writing project was simply never delivered? Well, its far too common in Delhi -- perhaps one reason for people getting less and less attracted towards freelance assignments.

Most freelance assignment in Delhi drops in through a friend with lot of sweet talk and friendly gesture, something that is intended to override your demand for a contract paper. Common dialogues that drop from the proposer of the assignment when you seek a written agreement etc are, Are Humari Aur Aapki relation alag Hai," "Aap to Mere Bhai Ho," Yeh Sale Fraud Companies Ne To Delhi Mein Sabka Naam Badnam Kar Rakha Hai."

And while you spend fuel and effort running around putting together parts of a great assignment, its often too late when you hear that the project was "shelved" for reasons unexplained or your english was simply "not upto the mark." Even programmers are not spared from this ever-rising menace of frauds.

Content writing and research frauds in Delhi is in its all-time high. Even senior professionals with several years of experience often find themselves in the receiving end of such practices. Since the relationships usually does not come through hard paper contracts, freelance workers usually do not have the power to appeal before a labour court of take legal action.

How do you identify credible companies from fradulent ones? Well, there is no single formula in which you can. Even job sites like http://www.naukri.com/ and http://www.monster.com/ carry a advertisements of several of such fradulent freelance companies.

My suggestion to all freelancers in Delhi is to undertake some research before undertaking any assignment. And the one best formula for succeeding in the game is to look at all these companies with skepticism -- that will keep you alert about where you are heading. And do not forget to sign a contract beforehand!

I will definately try to publish some amazing and true case studies of such fradulent cases in Delhi for seperating the wheat from the chalf.

13 comments:

RK, Delhi said...

I agree

Sonia said...

And this article has an ad for freelance writers flashing above it..:) The question comes to mind, where does the disillusioned e-learning professional turn to? From the frying pan of mediocre companies to the fire of the freelance frauds? Is there a way out? Are we doomed to this maze or is there an elusive e-learning Mecca?

Sangeeta Patil said...

I always knew that Delhi is teeming with Thugs in all hues and shapes...

vijay said...

It is very vital subject to discuss. Some suggestions also have been given here…that’s fine. Some people use to make others ‘mamoo’ with sweet talk and friendly gesture… rather it’s a type of economic exploitation, he feeds himself upon others’ labor. As you write, u should publish some true cases of such fraudulent for separating the wheat from the chaff, if you can.

Anonymous said...

It's not only Delhi, it is at most places in India. The root cause is that Intellectual Property is not valued in India. That is why software is always asked for "free". It has nothing to do with the cost , mind you (the same people will spend lavishly at 5 star hotels on parties). It is just a mindset. Until that is changed nothing will change.

Anonymous said...

The freelance community doesn't need thugs and frauds like MR. AC! Especially Delhi. Its amzing how you guys get carried away by this person's copied articles. All plagiarised. I'll post some original sources soon.

vijay said...

Hi dear,
I have read ur next write up “Some Classic Cases of Freelance Frauds in Delhi” Which was posted on Friday, June 29, 2007….has been deleted in which details about Air Hostess Academy, Kailash Colony, New Delhi and something…was given……“As a professional I abhor taking names. And I was shying………. Definately with such fradulent organizations and people around, Delhi may be nearing its end.”
That was the fantastic write up….may I ask why has it been deleted..???

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Anonymous said...

Its true that Delhi has many cheat freelancers who run away with the money of innocent writers all the time. The work is rejected on the smallest pretexts that it has grammatical and spelling errors when it has none or minisicule. The only way to get out of this mess is to upload the work on an article directory. Also, these freelancers reduce payments for rejected work all the time when it gets uploaded later.

Anonymous said...

Easily I to but I dream the list inform should have more info then it has.

Abhishek said...

Great read