Avoid paying through Cash App, Venmo, Western Union, or Bitcoin/Crypto unless you ABSOLUTELY trust your hired writer! When working with a writer, many will ask that you pay them up front for the work. This is typical and should be expected. However! We recommend not using Cash App, Venmo, Western Union, or BTC due to payments being impossible to reverse specifically through these platforms. Only use the above if you fully trust the writer you work with! Send payments through PayPal and select payments to be sent for “Goods And Services” We highly recommend using PayPal to pay for your project! When sending a payment through PayPal for “Goods And Services” your payment is protected by PayPal in the case that you get scammed or receive work that doesn’t match what you ordered! All that you need to do is file a dispute under that payment and provide evidence to their dispute team! Some have mentioned that Venmo is backed by PayPal. While this may be true, their platform doesn’t allow senders to protect their payments. Pay as you go! For those who may not feel comfortable paying in full, contact your writer and request if you can pay as you go! For example: If you have a $60 four page assignment, pay the freelancer 25% ($15) upfront for the first page. Once they turn the first page in, pay another $15 upfront for the second page. And so on and so forth until the project is complete! Check all links sent to your email to ensure they’re coming from the correct website! Many scammers may send you a payment invoice to your email. Usually the email is formatted in a way to look like a legit prompt from PayPal, Stripe, etc. This is done so that you click the fake email and enter personal or credit/debit card info that they can steal. Check the email to ensure it’s coming from the correct site! Do NOT reveal any personal information! Never reveal your name, birth day, social security, home address, phone number, or any piece of info that can expose you!