The Fake Freelancer Profile Watch List

24 10 2013

Updated 29 April 2017.

I previously wrote a blog post about the problem of fake accounts on Below, you will find a list I am compiling that gives the usernames of Freelancer accounts that I suspect to be fake – and the reasons why. This list has been going since October 24, 2013.

Please also check the second list at the end of this post – these are user profiles who have previously appeared on my “watch” list but which have now been corrected. “Mud sticks,” so they say, so be wary! Some profiles have been known to jump between the two lists on more than occasion! I have also added closed accounts to this list, for posterity.

If there is a user whom you suspect is fake, misleading, or who is deliberately acting outside of Freelancer’s terms and conditions, please comment below along with your reasons, and I will add to this list. Maybe we won’t catch every rotten apple, but perhaps we can make a small difference!


  1. A2Design – Account has a Canadian flag but previously mentioned in overview: “A2 Design is a professional web design and web development company based in Omsk, Russia.” This has now been changed to a “Russian-Canadian web design and development company”. I guess it could be run by Russians living in Canada, but this is not clear given the previous statement about being based in Russia. 
  2. academicmania – Although the user claims to be based in London in the UK,  their profile text is copied and not-so-subtley altered from the profile of someone called Carol, from the US, at I contacted Carol, and she said she found the news that her profile has been stolen, albeit with some minor changes, “interesting and disconcerting”. I have contacted Freelancer and asked them to specifically close this account – surprise surprise it’s still active. This user seems to happily take part in unethical projects such as posting fake Tripadvisor reviews as well as “academic writing” (aka plagiarism) so doesn’t seem too trustworthy to me!
  3. anchalspecial – False information. Profile states user is from ‘Ghaziabad, United States’, but Ghaziabad is in India. The user’s resume also states that he/she is a student at Delhi University.
  4. ARTICLEYOUWANT – This user, based in Pakistan, previously had plagiarised profile content from that of an American on Elance. Despite the user’s assertion that “I’m your man”, the profile photograph is of a young woman taken from a “desi girls” website. The profile text has now changed and makes claims that the profile is operated by a brother and sister team. I don’t think I would trust anyone who says they can “guarantee…”grammatically errors free content” though! As well as this, the user seems to bid on projects only to re-outsource them, and seems comfortable taking part in really unethical projects such as writing fake Amazon reviews and plagiarising content.
  5. ataamb – there are quite a few things that don’t add up about this user. For starters, it’s clear he runs a team, so despite the fact he once claimed to be the head of a translation team certified by the American Translation Association, that doesn’t mean he really is, or that the members of his team are certified. He has plenty of negative feedback complaining about the spelling and grammar mistakes in the articles he has provided, and doesn’t help himself in his responses to these feedback comments, which are themselves riddled with grammatical errors (and there’s that familiar Asian tone to his writing, too). Next, I googled some of his profile text and found “Dr. Ataamb” online in several places. On one of his online profiles, where he claims to be called Gregory L John, he links to an Ezine author page belonging to a Gregory John, but when I googled the profile picture, it matches the photo on a Linked In account belonging to an Erik Allebest from San Francisco. Suspicious.
  6. barata – False information. Profile displays US flag but user states in profile that he/she is based in Brazil.
  7. Bellathomas – alarm bells started ringing the moment I saw a review in her feedback list from ‘writingpool’ (see below). Writing does not seem native English and her real name is not Bella Thomas, it’s Maryam Nasir.
  8. BusinessWriting – profile text was previously plagiarised from the Elance profile of someone called Alexandar Vasiley from Dubai; now it is plagiarised from someone called Tom Fenton.  Real name according to Freelancer profile is apparently Mohammed Nurnnabi Sarker. Profile picture is now a logo but was previously taken from a ‘Pakistani Girls’ website.
  9. cheeku1234ACCOUNT SUSPENDED. Not only did this user claim to be Hugh Laurie (!), he/she also has plenty of negative feedback to suggest he/she is not a native English speaker and/or outsources to non-native ‘team members’. Feedback also suggests that at some point in the past his country flag has been British. Now it is Australian, but I’m not sure that’s accurate either! Real name is apparently Atiq ur Rehman.
  10. Consultingfirm – location is Pakistan but the profile picture (a young, blonde white woman) is very misleading given that the profile is owned by someone called Asim Kaleem (an Asian man’s name). The photo is in fact taken from this Hungarian webpage. User had previously updated the profile to say that they are running a team, but this has now been removed to suggest the user is an individual again.
  11. eaglesseotech – claimed to be based in Houston, Texas (now Dallas), but profile information matches exactly with two Elance profiles – adeelrk and aakhanz – both based in Pakistan, as well as an Odesk profile belonging to Usman Akhtar (also Pakistani), and the Elance profile of an American woman called Marisa.
  12. emeracsolutions – this Pakistani user (who is also on oDesk) appears to have plagiarised his profile text from another oDesk user’s profile, so I would be cautious in hiring him! (See also the user Writing24x7x363 below)
  13. eringkelly – Though generally good, this user has received some negative feedback criticising her English skills – one outright accuses her of being Bangladeshi. Her responses to these negative comments are also written in extremely poor English, which – if she really did major in English and Shakespearian Literature, is somewhat surprising…
  14. erinkennedy – location is given as Pakistan but the user’s profile name is misleading. Claims to be called “Erin Kennedy”, and the profile picture shows a Muslim woman in a hijab, but the profile actually belongs to Aqib Asif Siddiqui (a man’s name, I believe). She also thinks she has trademarked ‘Masha Allah’, a common Arabic phrase. I like her poem though: “Do or die, never feel shy, think high boy, as high as sky”. Catchy.
  15. Gillianreynolds – Feedback from this user says it all really: ” This freelancer has very poor writing skills not to mention has a fraudulent profile, they are clearly working offshore and are not American, but trying to charge US rates, and conversation would also suggest this person is of foreign decent unlike profile photo.” Profile information was previously copied and pasted from the Fiverr profile of someone called Susanne Bayes (though this has now been changed), and the photograph was pinched from here – the real Gillian Reynolds in that photo is a Canadian school psychologist! The current profile picture is of a completely different woman. Profile links to the EZine page of someone called Gillian Reynolds, but the photograph is of a completely different woman and is located in Canada, not the US.
  16. hash500 – BACK ON THE WATCH LIST! User’s location was previously given as “Karachi, Canada” but this was corrected to ‘Karachi, Pakistan’ so I moved the user to the ‘Fixed’ list. However, I’ve just checked and the user’s location is now showing as ‘Missisauga, Pakistan’ (Missisauga is in Canada).
  17. HelenaReimer – This profile now has a photograph of a different woman posing with a snowman, but previously photos were stolen from the Facebook page of a real Helena Reimer, but she lives in Calgary, not Montreal. Profile text was previously plagiarised from the Yahoo Contributor’s profile of someone named Kim Remesch, then from the Fourerr profile of a British (male) user called Cyprian. The current text matches with this Fiverr profile, belonging to a Sri Lankan male.
  18. Hotline69 –BACK ON THE WATCH LIST! Account had been suspended based on my complaints, but came back online and STILL claimed to be from the UK. The profile used to have a picture of a young brunette girl, then a young, blonde white girl whom I discovered is a Hollywood-based based singer/actress called Lauren Chavez. Then it was a logo, now it’s an Asian woman. Interestingly, at one point, this profile had exactly the same profile photo used by ‘Consultingfirm‘ (who, funnily enough, is also on this list – see above). Profile actually belongs to Mohammed Tamoor Khan (a man’s name, I believe). Location was given as ‘LR, United Kingdom’, which I strongly suspected to be an attempt to disguise ‘Lahore, Pakistan’. Now the user is allegedly located in “Bay Shore, Pakistan” – there is a Bay Shore in New York in the US, but I don’t think there is one in Pakistan.
  19. indrecoleman – claims to be from ‘Marbella, United Kingdom’, but Marbella is in Spain.
  20. JanetWriter – Despite having an American country flag, the username ‘JanetWriter’ and a profile picture of a young woman, this Freelancer introduces himself as Pritom Roy who studied at Khulna University and Dhaka University in Bangladesh. All the Pritom Roys I can find online are Bangladeshi men, so go figure.
  21. juzerfakhri – Previously suspended, now back online, yet user’s location is still given as ‘Mumbai, Kenya’ – Mumbai is in India.
  22. leader3838BACK ON THE WATCH LIST! Previously, the user claimed to be called Sherlin Lindsay from New York in the US and used a stolen photo of an American family lawyer called Alexis Martin Neely. Terrible English was a dead giveaway, as was the fact that there is a People Per Hour profile with the same name, which had the location “Dhaka, United States” (Dhaka is in Bangladesh). The profile text also used to match the Guru profile of someone called Bella Martin, located in India (which I also suspect is a fake profile as the photograph is taken from a “beautiful and young girls” website.) After many violation reports, this account was eventually suspended and the location was changed to Bangladesh. BUT, it’s now showing as the US again. Come on, who are you kidding!?
  23. lizabrown234 – User’s location is given as “Chicago, China” and “her” English is appalling. I found ‘Liza’ on Twitter, asked her whether she really was from the US and had a bit of a conversation with her… needless to say she did not convince me that she’s a native English speaker! She even posted about our exchange on her Facebook page saying, “I have to admit that i ruined my “Writer” reputation sometimes here. You know status on social account is different from article. Articles are my work, but status i just want to share some “status”. Therefore someone may challenge my expertise just because of my “status” but ignore my expertise in other professional sites. I don’t want to explain because yes, i never proofreading my status here.” So I *think* what she’s trying to argue is that she sometimes makes grammatical mistakes on her social media pages because these statuses are informal, quick thoughts that she doesn’t proofread, but she’s *definitely* really good at articles. Hmm…Oh, also her photo is used on the website of this Canadian college site – I think it’s probably a stock photo.
  24. marywalker – Her profile icon is now a different woman, but previously it was a Shutterstock stock image showing a “young woman with great smile” used on various dentistry websites as an illustration. There is an eZine page for someone called Mary Walker, but it uses the same stock photo so I highly doubt that the woman in the photo is Mary! Some of the profile text is plagiarised from the Elance profile of someone called Paul Cook. Sort “Mary’s” feedback from low to high and you will also find negative reviews from a couple of people questioning her work ethic and ability to speak/write English. In fact, one of the most recent feedback comments is from an employer who says “Mary” provided him with plagiarised content straight from the Internet.
  25. medchamp – User claims to be a Dr Saurabh Gupta from Australia and gives reference to a journal article that he has authored on. Indeed, the profile picture matches with a Dr Saurabh Gupta that I found online, but that Saurabh Gupta is based in Bangalore, India, not Sydney, Australia. You’d think an eminent dental surgeon would have some kind of online presence if indeed he did live in Australia, but I haven’t found anything…I’ve also seen him outsourcing academic projects to other people on Freelancer and this REALLY annoys me. If he does indeed have a PhD, why oh why oh why would you help other students to cheat!?
  26. milleriren – All the hallmarks of a fake account. User claims to be called Irene Miller from New York, but her profile picture is of someone called Alyse Speyer, from California. The photo has changed several times, between various logos and faces. Negative feedback questioning ‘her’ nationality, and below-par English (especially in responses to negative feedback). There is an Elance account with the same name, which used to have a different photo of Alyse on it – this photo appears and reappears from time to time, and the location on that profile also seems to switch between US and Bangladesh. Currently it’s showing as New York, United States.
  27. misra1 – profile location is given as ‘Udaipur, United States’, but Udaipur is in India. Resume information lists Indian companies, too.
  28. nukapallysandya – profile location is given as “pune, United Kingdom”, but Pune is in India.
  29. Passion5W6 – At first I thought this might have been a genuine profile plagiarised by alungak (see above), but I’ve since discovered that although this profile claims to be owned by a “Marie Catherine”, the photo is actually of a Canadian girl guide called Bryanna Thiel – I’ve contacted her via Twitter to let her know! Parts of the profile description also match exactly with two Elance profiles: Marie D from the UK and Fatima Khan from Pakistan (whose username also has the word “passion” in it – coincidence?), and with an ODesk user going by the name of Marie Catherine. However, the photograph from the latter profile is actually of Angela Comer, who also has an ODesk profile with that same photo. I’ve contacted Angela via Twitter too!
  30. PinkStart – Check out this user’s resume…all listed educational establishments and places of work are based in India. What’s the betting this user is also based in India, not New York, USA as stated?
  31. Playwright07 – whether this user lives in the US or not, there is no way they are a native English speaker. Only 2 feedback comments so far, one which is less-than-stellar review, and the other is from desiredproject7, an account that has previously appeared on this list and is now closed.
  32. rebeccaspurple – User’s profile text had been copied from the website of a professional writer called Lisa Mason but thanks to my whistleblowing this has now been changed – sadly it’s now plagiarised from someone else; a Yahoo contributor called Marilisa Sachteleben. There is also a Rebecca S Purple on Facebook, with the same profile picture, but is it just me who thinks it’s weird that she only has two Facebook friends? One of those is a guy who owns an Indian advertising company, and the other claims to work at Freelancer. Hmm. Contrary to the Facebook Rebecca, the Rebecca Purple on LinkedIn went to Northeastern University, not the University of Virginia, and works as a legal administrator, not a freelance writer. Recent feedback questions her English language skills. She also has a presence on Ezine, and a little-used Twitter account where she writes about skincare. Will the real Rebecca Purple please stand up?
  33. riazahmed75 and riazahmed1975 – duplicated accounts owned by the same person. This was really obvious when I first posted these users to this list (same profile info, same photos) but now the profiles have completely changed – one is based in Malaysia, the other in Pakistan – although both have the same catchy strapline “Quality Work”.
  34. riazahmed1975 and riazahmed75 – duplicated accounts owned by the same person. This was really obvious when I first posted these users to this list (same profile info, same photos) but now the profiles have completely changed.
  35. rossar – User’s location is given as ‘Tallinn, United Kingdom’, but Tallinn is in Estonia. Googling the profile picture led me to a website and a LinkedIn profile owned by a Mr Risto Rossar, from Estonia, funnily enough!
  36. silverhorse73 – Despite that the profile is registered to a Fatima Zarief, ‘silverhorse73’ once claimed to be called “Julie” from Canada. She also has plenty of negative feedback suggesting she is not native or outsources. Location is given as ‘Lhr, Canada’ – suspect that this is an attempt to disguise ‘Lahore’ (Pakistan). Oh no wait, now they’ve moved to “Lre, Canada”. Hmm.
  37. SEOTop10Ranking – Negative feedback suggests this freelancer is either not from the UK as stated, or that ‘he’ outsources to others who are not native English. Profile picture was previously a photo of professional snooker player Mark Williams, posing with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson! It has also been a random logo, but now is another man. User also links to the Ezine author page of someone called Mark-Andrew Williams, which has an American flag, not a British one.
  38. streamedWriter – This user has made a half-hearted attempt at honesty and now mentions in their profile text that “this account is operated from Asia”. Despite this, the flag location is given as London, UK. The English in his or her profile is terrible. The profile is registered to someone called Somine Zer, who claims, in their resume, to be studying at ‘UVAS’, which is a veterinary college in Lahore, Pakistan. A new photo of a white woman  appeared on this profile, although I couldn’t find a Google match, but this photo has now disappeared again. Now we have a homemade logo which brazenly asserts: “Quality with reliablitly [sic]”. Hmm.
  39. VirtualBrainInc – BACK ON THE WATCH LIST. I can’t believe this profile is still online after I blatantly caught them out! I’ve been reporting this profile for months and thought I’d finally got ’em, but no… This account has hopped back and forth between the ‘fixed’ and ‘watch’ lists a few times as it’s been suspended, then reactivated, and suspended and reactivated… Previously gave location as Chelmsford in the UK, but this was changed to Nairobi, Kenya, then Nyeri, Kenya, now it’s Keroka, Kenya. The user has a tendency to nick photos without permission from wherever he/she likes. Previous images have included one taken from a website called, based in Germany, and the logo of the British university Anglia Ruskin. Then there was a picture of the British flag, which I suppose was an attempt to make themselves look British even though they are based in Kenya. Recently the photograph was stolen from this blog post by ‘The Rebel Chick’. The Rebel Chick is on Twitter so I contacted her (cc’ing @freelancer) to let her know that someone was using her identity! She was NOT happy, as you can imagine! Freelancer assured us that action would be taken, but it seems all they’ve done is made VirtualBrainInc change their profile picture. Again. *bangs head against brick wall*
  40. writemedown – False information, though “Karin Hopper” is going to a lot of trouble to cover her back. Googling the profile image reveals that it has been previously used on any number of websites advertising Indian girls, yet the same profile picture appears on various freelancing and social media sites, so she’s clearly trying to create an impenetrable false presence. Sort feedback from low to high and you will see the first three pages are all ratings of less than 1 star, with multiple reports that English does not seem native. Also, would you trust someone who claims, “I won the contest of writing which were held under B.A.C. and holds the certification of excellence in writing.”???
  41. Writer075 – User Manik Shil claims to be from Fort Wayne in the US, but his profile information text matches exactly with this Elance profile, belonging to someone in India.
  42. Writer24x7x363 – wow, finding this profile has opened up a whole can of worms! I googled the profile text for this user, allegedly based in the US, and found exact matches with not one, not, two but SEVEN other freelancing profiles. The profile is registered to Ashikur Rahaman (an Asian man’s name), yet calls himself “Kimberley Michelle”! So is he really from Piscataway in the US, or is he Juli Kate on oDesk from London, UK? Or VJChick on this Wickedfire post? Or Hieral from India at Virtueteam? Or Ali Shah from Pakistan on oDesk? Or is Ali Shah also ‘emeracsolutions‘ on Freelancer? Maybe she’s EllaJane from Canada (now closed), or lyannatujang01 from Malaysia (now closed)? The most believable profile out of all these, in my opinion, is Juli Kate on oDesk – seems as though she has such a good profile, everyone wants to copy her!
  43. Writersdreams – flag indicates that this person is from the US, however in his portfolio he mentions that he is a recent graduate of the Bradford University School of Management – this is in the UK. He may well be a British citizen, or have studied in the UK, but English is not that great and there is plenty of negative feedback to that effect.
  44. WriterSheila – This seems to be a classic fake account, with the added confusion that this user once actually asserted that they are genuine while another user on Elance profile has ripped them off! “Sheila” once said in her profile info: “SOMEBODY USES MY PERSONAL DETAILS ON ELANCE. HE/SHE IS FAKE. BE AWARE OF HIM/HER. PERHAPS, HE/SHE USES MY FREELANCE ACCOUNT LINK AS A REFERENCE. I ASSURE THAT I DON’T HAVE ANY ELACE ACCOUNT. MY FRIEND INFORMS ME ABOUT IT AND I MAKE YOU ALL NOTICED ON IT. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!” – yeah, that excellent command of the English language really confirms a native Texan… The photo on this account is a picture of a make-up artist called Sheila Davis Curtis (from Nashville, Tennessee). This same photo appears on the Elance profile mentioned (apparently from New York), and a PPH profile (apparently from Phoenix, Arizona). Yet while the photo is of Sheila Davis Curtis, the Freelancer/PPH/Elance profiles all reference the Ezine portfolio of someone called Sheila Dollarsby. There is a Sheila Dollarsby from Texas on Facebook, but the photo is of a completely different woman. There is also a Google+ account in the name of Sheila Dollarsby (using the photo of the real Sheila Davis Curtis) – is it just me who thinks it’s weird that her only connections are 4 men from Kenya? Oh yeah, Sheila Davis Curtis’ photo also appears on the Ezine portfolio of someone called Ava Taylor Williams, and there’s this other Elance profile in the name of ‘WriterSheila2015‘.
  45. Writingisland – This profile was flagged up by a reader of my blog in the comments below. The profile picture (which, at the time of writing, shows a young brunette woman wearing a Union flag t-shirt) is a stock photo that has been used on other websites. Belying the UK profile flag, the profile text matches precisely with that of an Upwork profile belonging to a Pakistani man named Imran Anwar. The user who reported this account says that he discovered that work he had produced for this person had later been sold to a student as an academic assignment.
  46. WritingsArmy – User claims to be from the US but previously, the profile text has been plagiarized from the Elance profile of someone named Alison Aldridge who is based in Canada. User is likely from neither of those countries! A previous photograph was stolen from the website of Macquarie University in Australia; current pic is a logo. Account is registered to someone called “Steven Mithchell” (sic). Update: WritingsArmy is now, allegedly, called Raymond Manley from California – the profile text and photograph match exactly with yet another Elance profile, that of a Raymond Manley from Nashville. Ray’s on Twitter, so I’ve contacted him to confirm if he has a Freelancer profile.
  47. Writingspirit – Profile picture has changed to a logo but profile STILL displays a UK country flag. Profile is registered to an Asian man called Muhammad Abu Zafar Subhani.

Previously faked but now fixed or closed (sorted A-Z): (Worth keeping an eye on this list because some profiles have been known to falsify details again after a little while! Also bear in mind that while user’s may have corrected their profiles, much of their feedback may have been generated falsely or based on the fraudulent profile information).

  1. AgathaGMaiti – FIXED. The user behind this profile was a persistent offender I reported many times. Her profile picture has at times been of American fiction writer Jodi Picoult, the logo of a design agency based in Houston, US (which I contacted and they confirmed they did not know Agatha and had not authorised her use of this logo), the photo of Australian writer Freya Wright-Brough (whom I contacted on Twitter to alert), and any number of random photos from the internet. Though the profile text has now been improved, previously it was copied-and-pasted from this ‘How To Write a Personal Biography‘ article written by someone called Mike de Sousa. I have moved the profile to the ‘Fixed or Closed’ list based on a request from Agatha herself. She contacted me via my website, explaining that she lives in Ontario, Canada, and blamed her previous indiscretions on inexperience. She said, and I quote, “Perhaps your judge makes me stunned and embarrassing. I believe this is a misunderstanding. All your highlighted info was 2013 based, and frankly, I was new in freelancer, so profile info, picture overall presentation was rough even I was confused about site too (possible to earn and still confused lolz)”. All I can say is that if you hire her as a copywriter, make sure you have a damned good copy editor, too.
  2. ahsangardeziCLOSED. This chap may well have been a geologist from Pakistan, but he copied his profile information verbatim from the Freelancer profile of Linda Price (a geologist in New Zealand).
  3. ajfmony – FIXED – Location corrected to India. Previously claimed to be from “Chennai, United States.” (Chennai is in India.)
  4. alecmceachernCLOSED. It’s a shame that this user falsified their profile, as according to their feedback they seemed to be doing quite well. I previously spotted that the overview text on this profile was previously 100% plagiarised from this Yahoo contributor, Kim Blakesley. A recent feedback comment also mentioned that ‘Alec’ provided a poorly written article – his response to this negative comment is written in abysmal English, so go figure. Alec’s profile location was ‘Atlanta, Bangladesh’. The text was changed so that it was no longer plagiarised but was written in absolutely appalling English. I love it when I’m right 🙂
  5. alungak – This user has exactly the same profile information as Passion5W6, which is a fake account (see below). However, I’ve taken him off the Fake list as I no longer have evidence to suggest this account is false.
  6. Annawoodward04CLOSED. Profile previously said: “If you need the articles for optimize your website in the search engine, and then I will provide you keyword optimized articles” – native New Yorker? I don’t think so. User’s profile picture changed many times to show different women.
  7. AsaffronCLOSED. My most disturbing fake profile find to date. Not only had ‘Asaffron’ plagiarised the bio from the genuine Elance profile of a lady called Caroline Ryan from the United States, the profile picture was that of a young Canadian woman who went missing in 2011. See more here:
  8. crispwriter – FIXED. Watch out for this as they frequently hop from the ‘fake’ list to the ‘fixed’ list. Location is currently showing as Bahawalnagar, Pakistan, but it has flitted between Pakistan and the UK on several occasions. I suspect that the user (whose name is Rao Waqar Mehboob) is the same guy as this Pakistani profile on Elance.  SUCCESS! User has now removed false photos and has changed their country flag to Pakistan 🙂 Suspected duplicated account and false information given. crispwriter has only 9 reviews so far, but 3 of them are from one Pakistani buyer (sarawriter), who has that very familiar profile pattern of a white-girl profile picture (this time a young blonde child – weird!) and a mixture of very negative feedback and very positive feedback (some of which comes from one of my ‘favourite’ fraudsters, hotline69…). crispwriter also claims to be from ‘Illford’ – does she mean ‘Ilford’ in Essex? Surely you should know how to spell the name of your home town?!
  9. desiredproject7CLOSED – reported this user (real name Imran Khan) for plagiarising their account information from the genuine Elance profile of a lady called Kelly Harbaugh. The profile info also matched exactly with two other suspicious looking online profiles, one called Chris Rogers at Wikinut, and one called Jacob Daniel at LivePerson. I contacted Kelly via Twitter and she confirmed the account was fake, yet Freelancer only closed it down when I chased up my report after 3 weeks!
  10. chyconsl FIXED – Location corrected to Nigeria. Previously claimed to be from London, UK, but all her education and employment history was in Nigeria. Other online profiles of the same person at People Per Hour and Outsource XP were also Nigerian. 
  11. debars123CLOSED. I was drawn to this user by the appalling standard of English. Profile claimed to be located in Kenya, but has taken the profile picture of someone called Tylor Sherman who lives in Canada.
  12. elizabethouseCLOSED.
  13. EllaJane – CLOSED. Profile had previously been plagiarised from this genuine oDesk user.
  14. EverYouth – CLOSED. This profile, belonging to Mohammed Farhad Hossein, followed a familiar pattern to Jilimo987‘s. Location was given as ‘rU, United States’, whatever that means, but then changed to ‘Salinas, United States’. Plenty of negative feedback suggests that this user is not American at all. Like Jilimo987, it linked to an EZine page that is probably not ‘hers’. Article samples in portfolio were terrible!
  15. FlyingBird37 – CLOSED. Photograph changed regularly, but most frequently depicted a woman called Kim Richter, a lecturer in Business Management at a Canadian university. However, profile matched with the LinkedIn profile of a man called GM Abdullah-Al Mamun from Bangladesh.
  16. freelancermadhav CLOSED. This was a duplicated account held by the same person behind kasmiratech, who was awarding himself projects and giving himself positive feedback. Tut tut.
  17. IBArenaFIXED. This account originally claimed to be operating from the UK, but the extensive negative feedback suggested that article writing is outsourced to non-native English speakers who don’t do a very good job. Profile now shows the user’s location as Pune, India. Still, be careful.
  18. Jilimo987 – CLOSED. Profile and photographs had been plagiarised from a genuine freelancer. See my blog post here for the background story:
  19. kasmiratechCLOSED. This was a duplicated account held by the same person behind freelancermadhav, who was awarding himself projects and giving himself positive feedback. Tut tut.
  20. lyannatujang01 – CLOSED. Profile had previously been plagiarised from this genuine oDesk user.
  21. MasterEssayCLOSED. A portion of this user’s profile text matched an Elance account belonging to Melissa Knight. Now, I can’t be 100% sure that Melissa Knight wasn’t also MasterEssay, but a few things don’t add up, which is why I listed the account here. Firstly, and most tellingly, MasterEssay had some less-than-glowing feedback suggesting that he/she has some trouble with English. Secondly, their location is given as ‘Ashburn, United States’, and while there’s an Ashburn in either Georgia or Virginia, neither are anywhere near Murfreesboro in Tennessee, which is where Melissa is from. Finally, whereas MasterEssay is pitching him/herself as an academic writer (grr….), Melissa doesn’t mention this at all – she’s into far more ethical projects including SEO, ebooks and blogging.
  22. MehreenAliFIXED. This Pakistani user’s profile information was plagiarised verbatim from American Gerri Espino’s Elance and ODesk profiles, and the photo was of a Pakistani model called Mehreen Raheel. Both issues have now been fixed.
  23. Mexy14 – CLOSED. User’s location previously given as “Enugu, United States.” (Enugu is in Nigeria.)
  24. mmuhasan CLOSED. I moved Monjur ul-Hasan to the ‘fixed’ list but the account is now closed.
  25. nswapsj CLOSED. Profile text was partly copied from the website of an Australian lawyer called Katherine Hawes and partly copied from the CV of a man called John, which I found online at an Australian legal recruitment firm. The freelancer is neither Katherine nor John, as she was referred to in feedback comments as ‘Alex’ or ‘Alexandra and had a fake profile picture, which was actually of a Russian singer.
  26. OwnersPride1 – FIXED – location corrected to Pakistan and false photo removed. Previously claimed to be from the US. They are still claiming to have gone to Harvard Business School though…
  27. PHDConsultantCLOSED. Despite claiming to be based in the US, the profile information for this used to be partly copied from the Elance profile of this British writer called Teresa – if you read through the profile overview you could very clearly discern the point at which the copied text ends and the faker’s own writing starts! Profile picture was previously of a smiling couple, stolen from the work of an American wedding photographer, then it was a picture of Robb Heineman, a marketing executive associated with Harmon College (in Missouri) and based in Kansas City, then it was another stolen photo from a photography website. User’s location was previously given as Georgia in the US, then it was cryptically stated as ‘Ph, United States’, whatever that means. The last text online matched exactly with this Bangladeshi Elance profile
  28. platinum075 –  CLOSED. I googled the profile text for this Freelancer, and found an identical profile on Elance belonging to a Janet Joyce. The profile photos of the two women on these accounts did look kind of similar, so I almost conceded that platinum075 might be genuine. However, it troubled me that in one of platinum075’s feedback comments, the user refers to her as Maria, not Janet. So the next step was to google the profile picture – and I was stunned to learn that the picture was actually of an Ana Maria Cordoba, a 47 year old woman from Arlington, US, who died in a train crash in Spain in 2012. Since platinum075 had been bidding on very recent projects, one could assume that this was not the defunct account of a dead woman, and was in fact an imposter. I also found some more pictures of Janet (Joyce) Basilone online, and it’s clear they were two different women. Another faker busted – Freelancer shut this one down very quickly, I must say.
  29. PremshanksCLOSED. User’s location was previously given as “Chennai, United Kingdom” (Chennai is in India), but then ‘Mac, United Kingdom’ – if he meant Macclesfield then this could have been a genuine profile, as his profile photo showed him by Blackpool Tower. He may have moved to the UK, but nevertheless the switching location is suspicious.
  30. procreativewriteCLOSED. Not necessarily fake but just plain inappropriate. Pornographic profile picture and vulgar ‘description’.
  31. rachel902CLOSED. Profile picture had been stolen from a news article. See here for more.
  32. sarahmolly83CLOSED.
  33. sarasmithCLOSED. Location was given as Pakistan but the profile picture (a white, blonde-haired child!) is misleading.
  34. satyabratapal1FIXED. Despite the user providing a web address that confirmed he lived in India, his location was given as ‘Pune, United Kingdom’. This has now been corrected.
  35. Silverhope – CLOSED.
  36. shani252CLOSED. The terrible English used in this profile, along with several negative comments doubting the user’s alleged American origin, prompted me to google the profile picture of a smiling couple. Ouch. The couple is Eric Beaudry and Deb Rogers-Beaudry who died in a plane crash in 2009.
  37. steinonCLOSED. I campaigned to get this profile shut down for months – hurrah! Part of the profile text was plagiarised from a “how to write your intro” article. User gave the name Megan Dykeman from Canada, yet was using the photograph an American professor of communications called Gemma Puglisi. There is also an Elance profile under the name Megan Dykeman (but in one review the client refers to her as Amy?!) but the photograph is of a different woman. The Freelancer profile was suspended and later cleaned up – funnily enough, the location was changed to Khulna, Bangladesh, but the account has now been closed.
  38. stuart001CLOSED. This user was flagged up by one of my blog readers and was suspended at the time I checked. It’s now closed. No smoke without fire, eh?
  39. thealchemist21CLOSED. The owner of this profile was someone called Anusha Saravanan, who is allegedly based in Santa Clara in the US. Of course, as with all profiles that have doubtful flags denoting country of residence, it’s entirely possible that this freelancer has moved or works for overseas companies, however, despite the US flag on this profile, the resume section states that they are a graduate of Anna University, which is in Chennai, India, and all Anusha Saravanan’s I can find on the internet are based in India. I did find the LinkedIn profile of one Anbumalar Saravanan (relative? same person?) who did indeed live (or at least work) in Santa Clara for several years, but only until 2004 (now in India). This user did have pretty good feedback, but it all seemed to be for low quality and academic writing projects (my pet peeve!!) and there is never any excuse for falsifying your details!
  40. ThesisPaperCLOSED. This account was fixed after being plagiarised from various other freelancer’s accounts, and having incorrect location information, but has now been closed. Probably for the best!
  41. Universalwriter8 – CLOSED.
  42. uvocorpCLOSED. user claimed to be from “London, Ukraine” but of course London is in the UK (also Canada). I have also reported this user for posting contact details in his project listing, and the project listing was highly suspicious. Under the auspices of recruiting freelancers for an academic writing company (GRRRR!), users are asked to email uvocorp to receive a topic to write a sample on. What’s the betting those free samples get resold?
  43. waqar21081974 – FIXED – Location updated to Pakistan. Originally claimed to be from ‘Rawalpindi, United Kingdom’, but has now corrected country flag to Pakistan.
  44. WordsAlchemyFIXED (sort of). Location now corrected to ‘Lahore, Pakistan’, although the photograph (a stock photo) and the fact that the user calls herself ‘Cheryl Twisp’ is rather misleading. She claims to be “Pakistani by blood and Canadian by law” – not sure what this means exactly, but if her resume is accurate, this apparently just means she studied in Canada but now lives back in Pakistan. The only other online evidence I can find of this person is a Google+ account that has only 2 followers. She claims to be a lecturer and Associate Professor of English at Lahore University of Management Studies, yet does not appear on the Faculty list on the University’s website. Hmm.
  45. Writingpool – FIXED – Location corrected to Pakistan. Jahanzaeb Khan’s profile originally had a photo of a young white woman and claimed to be based in “Lahore, United Kingdom” (Lahore is in Pakistan).
  46. xainishhuxxainCLOSED. Xainish Huxxain is from Islamabad, Pakistan, not Brooklyn, New York. While he was rather careful to disguise his nationality on, he hasn’t been so careful on his multitude of other social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+…



78 responses

25 10 2013
Olaf Schutze

Freelancer themselves,they have me cheated, some years ago. Rude and unable staff. Pricks calling pricks.
0 constructive response to the fact, that they have stolen well over 4000.00 USD, just turning off our account and asking us file a complaint via that closed account.
Pricks for Pricks =

16 03 2014
Marlana Sifter

Hi, I’ve worked for steinon and while I have never seen her use a believable photo, her writing ability seems perfectly real. Her English is not bad and she may very well be living in Canada.

17 03 2014

Hi Marlana, thanks for your comment and I’m glad that you have had no problems while working with Steinon. However, I think it is very dishonest to falsify your profile information. If you were going for a job interview, you would be expected to be completely honest about your experience, skills, qualification, and of course your identity! Employers in real life situations will meet you face to face, obtain references from your previous employers, and may even ask you to show your qualification certificates. Yet for some reason, many employers seem to overlook these checks when hiring freelancers online and blindly trust that what the freelancer says in their profile is true. I have shown that a few simple checks can often (not always, but often) reveal freelancers to be representing themselves falsely – and if I were an employer, I personally wouldn’t want to work with someone who feels they have to lie to get my attention. Although I notice that Steinon’s profile picture and profile has now been changed, I flagged this profile particularly because she was using a photograph of a real professor of communications at am American university – this is completely unacceptable. For starters that photograph is likely to be protected by copyright, so to use it without permission is to commit an offence, but for me the most worrying part is the damage that this falsehood could do to a real professional’s reputation. Though Steinon may be a good freelancer/employer, what if Gemma Puglisi (the professor) saw this profile? What if Gemma’s clients saw this profile? This identity theft could potentially be very damaging. Furthermore, Steinon’s profile text was plagiarized from a “how to write your intro” article found online, so is clearly not a true reflection of her qualities. If you trust her, then of course it is up to you if you want to work with her, but personally, I think people have a right to know who they are really dealing with.

25 10 2013
Lisa Martin

Well, thanks for that. But slagging off is not what this post is for.

29 10 2013
Olaf Schutze

I know, however, a prick is a prick and should be called like this to avaoid misunderstandings 😉

28 04 2017

Hi Lisa, can you explain the process of reporting a freelancer. I recently did some financial analysis for Writtingisland only to learn later she sold it to student to be submitted in i was writing, i thought it was a normal research paper to be used for other purpose only to realize later it wasn’t, The writingisland has a profile with UK flag but her English suggested otherwise. I would be happy if could also help me report this guy

29 04 2017

Hi Paul. Hmm, I have just had a look at Writingisland‘s profile and it certainly does look suspicious. I’ve added it to the list! First of all, be careful of accusing anyone who does not ‘sound like’ they are from the UK as ‘fake’…there are plenty of non-native English speaking people living legitimately in the UK, and plenty more native Brits who cannot speak or write well! That said, a Google reverse image search tells me that the profile picture is a stock photo that has been used on other websites, so it’s not the person you are working with. Also, I copied and pasted the first couple of lines of text of ‘her’ profile into Google and it matched precisely with the Upwork account of a man in Pakistan called Imran Anwar, so I’ll bet that’s who really owns this Freelancer account!

There used to be a “Report Freelancer” button on the profile page, but I don’t see this anymore… a sign that perhaps Freelancer gets so many reports that they can’t handle any more! I guess maybe you have to report it via the support desk now?

While you can of course report this user for being fake, you won’t get very far by reporting them as an ‘academic writer’ who sells articles to students. Although this is highly unethical (I HATE IT!), it is – unfortunately – not illegal. I don’t understand why Freelancer tolerates this kind of ‘work’, but then again, they are not the police.

It does beg the question why you were happy to ghostwrite a research paper, but not a university assignment? Purely my opinion of course, but I feel very strongly that ANY academic work, whether it is a student assignment or academic research, should be credited to the person or people who actually produced it – simply paying for a piece of work to be written is not a ‘significant contribution’, and any decent journal or publisher will have very clear policies on this. Students should ALWAYS produce their own work (though it may be edited for language…unless it is a language assignment!) since the work is being used to judge their worthiness of a professional qualification. In the case of research, there is a place for specialists external to the research team to contribute to papers, but even then I think those specialists should be properly acknowledged (e.g. by being thanked in an Acknowledgements section, not just by being paid…). Just my opinion though…

30 10 2013
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23 12 2013

I would add:
academicmania –
AcademicResearch – (this user claims that is from UK but scored 75% at the English test)
chyconsl – (UK flag, education was done in Lagos, Nigeria)
freelance200 –
Bellathomas –
waqar21081974 –
BusinessWriting –
clare83 –

23 12 2013

Thanks Bogdan! I have updated the list above with most of these suggestions. Although I agree they look suspicious, I don’t think there is quite enough hard evidence to blacklist AcademicResearch (a poor English test result doesn’t really mean anything…there are plenty of non-native English speakers who do actally live in the UK, and even a British person might struggle with this test), freelance200 or clare83, but I definitely agree with the others. ‘chyconsl’ has been on my radar for a little while actually; I thought she might be a Nigerian living in the UK, but I delved a little deeper and found that the same person has accounts on other freelance websites with a Nigerian flag. Her profile text also appears on several other Nigerian LinkedIn accounts!

27 12 2013

Hello again Lisa!

I gave a hand of help to your research and I managed to find out new things:

medchamp – – User claims to be from Australia but the secured phone number is not verified and his comments suggest a poor grammar, frequently attributed to a non-native speaker
cheeku1234 – – Australian flag but some comments suggest Asian originis. Moreover, if you want to discover what a “Contant writer” is, you should hire this guy :).
stuart001 – –> Canadian flag but one comment shows that he is not native speaker
unsasalman – –> Canadian flag…in his description he says that he won medal….in Islamabad (PAKISTAN)
lisa4232684 – — Seems Lisa who has American flag is co-owner with her husband at a British company from Derby…
xainishhuxxain ––> non Native speaker or outsourcing projects
milleriren – – some reviews suggest that she is a non-native speaker

14 01 2014

Hi Bogdan, thanks again for your help. I have added all but one of the users you have noted to the list above. The only one I left out is ‘lisa4232684’ – there is a British company called B & K Building Services in the UK, but there is actually also a B & K Buildings in Kirbyville, Texas, which is where Lisa says she is from. I think she is probably genuine.

10 01 2014

Silverhope’s account is back online.
Also, Silverhorse’s location is now Lhr, Canada. Her name is Julia while Silverhope’s name is Julie. What a coincidence 🙂

16 01 2014

I have some suggestions:
– passion5W6 scored 100% for US English and 90% for UK English and I would say that the other person copied the info from her profile (this my feeling). Moreover, she was given only 5 stars feedbacks. It is not fair to include such a person in this list.
– Also, Gamit has amazing feedbacks. Indeed, this freelancer is from Romania but I would bet that he/she is living in UK now. He/she changed the flag accordingly but, as you may know, if you link your facebook profile with the freelancer one, they take the “city” from Facebook (this means that if you forget to change your Facebook profile when you move to another country and if these 2 accounts are linked then Freelancer’s profile can display inaccurate info such as Paris, UK or Craiova, UK). Indeed, the nationality is Romanian but I would bet that the user is living in UK. I also see that he/she updated her info to Leeds, UK.
So, I propose to drop these 2 users from the list and rather include other users who will be further identified as being fake.

16 01 2014

Hi Bogdan, thanks for your comments. As Gamit has updated his/her city, I’ve removed them from the list. Thanks for spotting that! I think you may also be right about Passion5W6 so I’ve taken her off the list too. Be aware though, the answers to Freelancer’s tests are all over the internet (it’s one reason why I refuse to pay $5 a pop to take them!), so getting a high score doesn’t necessarily mean anything!! 🙂

19 07 2014

Update: Passion5W6 is back on the list – I did some more digging and it turns out that this user is very probably fake after all – see above!

16 01 2014

Hello Lisa!

I really appreciate what are you doing here and I can offer you some precious informations, though I can say that I am not sure about them. But may be subject of investigation.

I have spotted a user who has a great history in academic writing, Xazoo ( I have observed that an employer with a similar name from same country, Pakistan, is basically outsourcing Xazoo’s projects. This employer is Xarraar ( and he is outsourcing Xazoo’s projects for much lower fees ( – attempt to outsource; – original project which was marked as incomplete by the client).

Another examples of fake flags (though I am not sure): (reply to negative feedback denotes Non-Native speaker)

I will come back with more info soon.

Keep up the great efforts!

16 01 2014

Thanks Leonid! I have added some of the users you have identified to the list. I didn’t add ‘MasterEssay’, ‘TheGuyver2040’, ‘Kayla4404’ or ‘JABryant’ as I couldn’t find enough evidence to prove that these users are fake – don’t forget that non-native English speakers can live in native English-speaking countries, and even native speakers can’t always speak/write well. Although it can be a tell-tale sign, simply having poor English is not a foolproof way to tell if a user is faking.

The user ‘assignmentlab’ is honest about the fact that they run a writing agency and will outsource work to their ‘team’ (whether that team actually exists, or is recruited from, I don’t know). Winning projects and then outsourcing the work to other users at a cheaper price – which is what ‘xazoo’ and ‘xarraar’ seem to be doing – is an unfortunate loophole in the system. I think it is a very dishonest way of working, as the person whom you think is going to do the work may not always the person who will actually do it, but I don’t think there’s much that can be done about it. Buyers must be vigilant!

3 02 2014
Nikki Parker

Hi Lisa,
Maintaining the integrity of our site is paramount to us here at Freelancer. With a global marketplace of over 10,000,000 skilled professionals we rely on our supportive, proactive and honest members to notify us of any issues.
Every account that you have mentioned have been contacted. We are working with these members to fix any discrepancies and taking disciplinary action where appropriate. Misrepresenting yourself on the site does not comply with our T&Cs.
We strongly encourage employers to read through freelancers reviews and recommendations and use our chat and email functions to get to know their freelancers before working with them. The overwhelming majority of people working on Freelancer are talented, hardworking and honest people from around the world and can provide exceptional value to businesses, start ups and entrepreneurs.
Nikki Parker – Regional Director, North America & Oceania

3 02 2014

Hi Nikki,

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. It must be a tremendously difficult job to police a site with over 10 million members but I appreciate that you are taking my comments seriously. I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface by identifying these suspected fake/duplicate accounts, but hopefully if we can stop at least some of the fraudulent activity then our endeavors will be worth it and Freelancer will be a safer place to work.

I would support your comment that buyers should get to know their potential workers using Freelancer’s chat function – many MANY of the negative comments I get on this blog are from buyers or providers who blindly award and accept projects without fully understanding the project requirements, or knowing how Freelancer works.

That said, even though I’d like to think I *do* know how Freelancer works, I’m afraid I cannot, hand on heart, currently recommended Freelancer to serious professionals – at least not those in the UK in the writing and editing field. There are just too many fakers, scammers, black hat brigaders and people who just generally don’t know what they are doing. I would say about 80-90% of the project notifications I receive in my inbox are rubbish and I barely even look at them anymore – it’s just not worth my time.

Freelancer could be a great product, but I fear it has become a victim of its own success.

5 02 2014

Hi Lisa! Nice progress :). I will provide further info once I spot new mismatches.

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7 02 2014
Lisa Mason

Thanks for alerting me to mine via Twitter so I could get the profile shut down.

7 02 2014

You’re welcome! Glad that my little obsession is helping! 🙂

24 02 2014

Hi Lisa!
Chech this one: Mumbai, Kenya :)))

2 03 2014

I was about to commend you for your efforts before I saw my profile name mentioned on your blog. My nationality is and always has always been that of a U.S. citizen. Why is there a lack of evidence you say? Well, I don’t know. Perhaps, it’s because my flag’s always remained consistent. Looks like April Fool’s Day came early for you, Leonid. Really, if you wanted to verify whether or not someone altered his or her flag, couldn’t you simply use Google?
I chose the name TheGuyver2040, because I was a fan of the series Bio-Booster Armor Guyver and Phantom 2040 growing up. In fact, before Freelancer support made me change my profile pic, I used an image of the protagonist from the Guyver series. Why don’t I simply use a personal picture for my profile? Do I have to? There isn’t a set rule that says you have to use personal pictures for your profile on Freelancer. This isn’t Elance and I was never keen on adhering to conventional business practices. The main objective of placing bids in the first place is to win and successfully complete as many as you can. Whether you use a Facebook snapshot or a picture of Bugs Bunny is irrelevant. I do, however, agree with you all on the position of obtaining bids through misrepresentation. I feel that it’s wrong and Freelancer support should definitely work to curtail such incidences. Sadly, it’s doubtful that any corrective action will be taken on their part.
Leonid, all of my listed credentials are correct. If you’re suspicious of what I can do, then why not post a guaranteed contest, invite me, and see for yourself? I’m going off on a tangent here, but what’s going on with the contests on Freelancer? It seems as though most writing contests have become overladen with spam entries from non-native English speakers. Ridiculous. Anyway, back to you, Leonid. If you’ve confused me with someone from Asia based upon my analytical skills, then great! Mission accomplished! I crafted my studies based on that of Eastern students I encountered over the years. In elementary school, high school, and even college very few people could compete with me. Why work on a platform like Freelancer, if my skill sets are so exalted? Why not? Regardless of your origins or residence, you’re free to do as you please. I feel like working on Freelancer, so that’s what I do. ‘nuff said. Any other questions, Leonid? No? Great! Thanks!
Lisa, you may want to follow these links:
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2 03 2014

Hi, thanks for your comment! You’ll notice that while one of my blog readers suggested that he thought your profile might be fake, I did not add it to my list of fake profiles. Perhaps I didn’t word my reason for this carefully enough, but when I said there was not enough evidence to support the claim that your profile was fake, I did not insinuate that I thought it *might* be fake. I simply couldn’t find any reason to add your profile to the list, so I didn’t. I’m not sure why Leonid thought your account might be fake – perhaps he will respond.
Thanks for the links you posted – looks like our Romanian friend is outsourcing projects won. Unfortunately, while I think this is highly unethical, it doesn’t break any rules. ‘Writershelby9’ has caught my eye before but I haven’t found enough conclusive proof to report this profile yet. I’m keeping my eye on them.

2 03 2014

Compare the flags in the first three links. Originally, the user identified herself as Romanian, then American, and ultimately reverted back to a Romanian flag.

4 03 2014

Ah, I see. I shall keep an eye on this user!

17 03 2014

Please note that the Romanian freelancer has contacted me and asked to have the links to her profile removed. She has assured me that she is a genuine freelancer and the flag error was a mistake that she has now fixed.

3 03 2014
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11 03 2014

Hi Lisa!
I noticed today that when opening the profile of a freelancer in a new window, the name of the window is like this: Real Name – Nick Name – [main skill] – country.
For example, writingspirit who was mentioned above has the following name:
Muhammad ABU ZAFAR SUBHANI – writingspirit – Article Writer – United Kingdom.
I think that this info may help you in your further research but, indeed, you are a bit blocked by the fact that a non-native guy can move to another country.

Keep up the great efforts!

11 03 2014

Hi Bogdan, yes I noticed this today too and it has been very helpful! I have updated my list and added the “real names” of the profiles where possible (some still use a fake name!). Of course, I can’t say accuse a profile of being fake just because the name sounds “foreign”, but I have been able to identify a few mismatches between the “real name” and the name mentioned in the profile, or the name of the person in the photo. For example, ‘silverhorse73’ is registered to someone called Fatima Zarief, yet in the profile she calls herself Julie! Clearly suspicious!

17 03 2014

Hmm, the “real names” don’t seem to appear for me anymore. Maybe Freelancer realised…

16 03 2014

Hello! Lisamartin,

I thank you specially for this spotted blog those are using their fake ID. Who the hell is “Bogan” that he commented those two accounts are real? Anyway, can you explain why you do this and what are the benefits doing such activities?

17 03 2014

Hi Ronok, there are three reasons why I am making this list.
1) I am raising awareness that there is a problem with identity theft on (and other freelancing sites). Some employers hire freelancers online without doing any kind of background check – they simply trust that what the freelancer has said in their profile or in their bid is true, and – you might ask – why shouldn’t they? However, there seems to be a growing trend for some freelancers to try and make themselves sound more employable than they really are. Employers (and freelancers in cases where the employer is fake!) should be aware of this so that they can make properly informed decisions about who they want to work with.
2) I believe in honesty. I believe that you should be employed for a particular job because you are the best person for the job, not because you are the best liar. If employers and freelancers could all be honest about what they can and can’t do, Freelancer and other sites like it would be much safer and more useful places to find work/workers.
3) I care about the reputations of genuine freelancers. As you will see from the list above, some of these fake profiles have plagiarised content and photographs from genuine professional writers. Not only is this illegal (at least in my country), it is also potentially very damaging to the victim of this plagiarism. For example, read the case of Jilimo987 (profile now deleted):

I didn’t really understand your comment about Bogdan, but he is a reader of my blog who supports this cause, so he has helped me to identify some additional fake freelancers. I check each and every username suggestion and only add a profile to the list if I feel there is reasonable evidence to suggest that the profile/information on the profile is indeed fake.

17 03 2014

Thanks for your reply. I see hotline69 and writingsprit is available at this moment. As well as a lot of accounts are doing such activities. I think we can spot out who they are. Hopefully I can help you on this to make more awareness. I appreciate your approach.

23 03 2014

Hi again LisaMartin,

Can you answer me the following questions?

1. I’d like to see Bogdan’s profile in online coz I liked his writing style for our Company website.
2. I expect he has at least one account in freelancer and experienced person as well. So can I see his/her profile, as I’m interested to provide him some work.
3. How is he able to collect all that freelancer are fake? If he has an account in then what is his/her username there.
4. When I tried to fiend fake users in freelancer, elance and doesk, I found this link and helped me a lot to find real user. So very much appreciated for this post.
5. I think everyone should have personal identity when we’re readers here. If the hon’able freelancer Bogdan provides his/her account for a professional job that would be great.

If you could provide this will be helpful to have the real time great author.


24 03 2014

Hi Ronok,
1) I don’t know Bogdan personally and I do not know if he has a website or online profile.
2) If you wish to contact Bogdan directly then please arrange this between yourselves – I do not provide a freelancing exchange service and I cannot get involved.
3) I do not know Bogdan’s Freelancer username – please ask him directly. I presume that Bogdan finds fake freelancer accounts in the same way that I do – see here:
4) Thanks for your feedback!
5) WordPress allows people to comment under their own names or an alias – I have no control over this.

24 03 2014

Ok, Thanks for the info, LisaMartin


26 05 2014

Hi, lisaamartin what’s your view point on students outsourcing assignments on Isn’t that a crime committed by both the freelancers and employers?

26 05 2014

Absolutely!!! People who outsource their school, university or college assignments are cheaters, and freelancers who accept these projects are equally as bad. Why anyone who has a degree, a Masters or a PhD would help someone else to obtain a qualification by writing an assignment for them is completely beyond me. The problem is, it’s not illegal, which is why Freelancer and other sites allow this kind of “project” – however it is completely unethical and against the terms and conditions of every single genuine academic institution. You can read more about my thoughts on this subject in this blog post:

25 10 2014

Actually I worked with ActualWriter many times and I know her personally. Her name is Emily, she is Austrian who lived in the UK and her English is perfect! She is honest, fair and very considerate. Her account is not fake, it is 100% real. She never do subcontracting what so ever. Her picture is normal and far from being any pornographic. As a matter of fact I could never ask for a better freelancer myself.

25 10 2014

Thank you Mohammad. Based on the information you provided I have removed ActualWriter from my list. Your comment makes a lot of sense – if this lady’s name is actually Emily, then that explains why a couple of clients called her Emma and Amelie – it must just’ve been a misunderstanding on their part. She’s also changed her profile picture now – it was a bit weird before but looks fine now 🙂 I’m glad you had a good experience working with her 🙂

25 10 2014
Max Hartmann

Thank you mohamed you racied me to write a message and you did. Emily from Actualwriter is my friend too and asked me to write. she has many friends from the world and called me say she was very sad to read this. I also told her change pictures and she did some days ago. it was bad but no pornographic or site can tell her already.

I can give you my phone number to call me and verify and this my email also

[contact details deleted by admin]

send message to email or skype and I give you my number anytime. we also respect the post.
thank you!

26 10 2014

Thank you for your concern Max – I hope you don’t mind but I deleted your contact details from your comment as this is my website, not a networking site. Anyway, Emily got in touch with me directly, we’ve sorted everything out and I have removed her name from the list above. It’s nice to know there are *some* genuine freelancers on Freelancer and I’m pleased that you have had positive experiences. Please do be careful who you work with though – I never add a name to this without a reason, and in all cases (except Emily’s where I made a mistake) I am certain they are fake or misrepresented.

26 10 2014
Emily - ActualWriter

Lisa, I can’t thank you enough for all what you’ve done to sort this situation out. I have willingly made some important changes to my profile description where now I clearly state that I’m a non-native English speaker – I chose to do that out of respect for all those native English speakers registered on and even those working off site, as well.

Keep up the good work!

27 03 2015
Ramy booken

Hi, do you know if happymarli profile fake or not!

7 04 2015

I had my own concerns about happymarli, and she used to be on my list. However, she contacted me privately and I was satisfied that she is a genuine user, so I removed her name from the list.

15 04 2015
Ramy booken

Does that mean she is truly from England?

15 04 2015

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. Marli wrote to me (in excellent English, by the way) and told me that she had been the victim of profile plagiarism; she was not the one who had done the plagiarising.
In all cases however, if you feel that there is any reason to doubt a freelancer user you have the opportunity to work with, then exercise extreme caution. Unless you trust someone 100%, I would advise not to work with them at all.

3 04 2015
Daniel is my profile, I was in Sanaa but reside in Stamford, CT. Please correct the info.


7 04 2015

Thank you Daniel, I have removed your username from the list.

27 04 2015

Should add algoszone –

Her english is terrible i think she uses software to do her writing, extremely un-readable as well- I very much doubt she is from the UK

28 04 2015

I agree that her English is terrible, but just because she’s not English doesn’t mean she’s not living in England and there’s no evidence to suggest that her account is fake. Also note that she says she uses a team of writers, so regardless of what is written in her profile, you have no idea who is actually going to be doing the work – like many others on, she probably outsources it to other, cheaper freelancers and sells the articles on for a profit. I dislike this practice, and the fact that she accepts academic writing projects (i.e. helps students cheat) but it’s not illegal (just immoral, in my opinion!). Her feedback is actually very good – and, assuming you are the same ‘microrhythms’ who left her a review a couple of months ago (for an academic writing project…), you had glowing praise for her!

29 04 2015

Not she blackmailed me to leave her a feedback otherwise i wouldnt get my work! and it was an urgent work. The quality of her work is rubbish to worse.

29 04 2015

Though she may engage in immoral or unethical practices, they’re not illegal and I can’t add her to the list of fake freelancers because she’s not pretending to be someone she’s not. The moral of the story is don’t outsource urgent or important work to a random person off the internet without doing a full background check, especially if they have poor English and are offering a very low price. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And I don’t have any sympathy, I’m afraid, for people who outsource academic work.

20 05 2015

Hello! This is Shoaib, is my profile. I am a qualified accountant and has been managing my office with a small team serving local as well as international clients. You can also check my linked in profile at [link removed at user’s request]. We are not in any way associated with xarraar. Please correct your info.

21 05 2015

Hi Shoaib, your username does not appear on the Fake Freelancer Watch List. One of my readers suggested that I include you on the list but I took no action. No-one on this site has ever suggested you were connected with Xarrar, only that you seemed to be doing the same thing: winning projects and outsourcing them to other providers for a cheaper price. If that is how you operate (and I don’t know that for sure) then I don’t think it’s a very ethical way of working, but it’s not illegal so it’s up to you. I also don’t think it is very ethical to write “academic assignments” – you can kid yourself that these essays are for “reference only”, but in reality you are helping students to cheat. Again, it’s not illegal, but it is VERY unethical and devalues the entire higher education system.

21 05 2015

Hi Lisa, I do not outsource my projects, I have completed around 1000 projects at we take help of other professionals in complex IT projects, Financial, Business Planning and Economics, if you closely observe my profile I have only 56 employer reviews, which clearly indicates that we do the work ourselves. We would have more employer reviews had we outsourced the projects earned at I am a professional accountant and have my own office in the city (You must have seen the company’s name at my linked in profile) and I started freelancing with accounting services only, I slowly started article writing and then gradually expanded to academic writing.

You should also note all academic projects are not exam cheating or solving the assignments. Let me give you some examples here:

the above project also contained the skill of academic writing but it is web content in actual.

This was the novel writing and fallen in the category of academic writing.

The above project was part of the student’s dissertation, the student had collected around 1000 questions and needed the answers. We conducted the research and provided him the answers. He will study/use/reuse those answers for his dissertation.

This student already completed his dissertation but was stuck in some calcuations and technicality. We helped him get his answers. We provided him help. The project completed in a day. Do you think the whole dissertation can be completed in a day?

The employer already completed the business plan, but wanted us to write the Executive Summary being the professional accountants and experienced business plan writers. We wrote executive summary for them.

I can show you many similar projects.

We do help students, and we will keep on helping them and motivating them achieving better grades. Its like imparting education and skills. Do you still think we should leave the academic writing?

We are non-native writers, learned English as second language but we strive for the best.

Apart from academic projects, I and my team have completed several accounting, auditing, business planning, book-keeping projects, which is also worth mentioning here.

If you require any further explanation, feel free to ask me.


21 05 2015

Shoaib, while I concede that some of the “academic writing projects” you have undertaken are not, in fact, student assignments, I am still very concerned about what you think is and is not cheating. You said yourself: “the student had collected around 1000 questions and needed the answers. We conducted the research and provided him the answers”, and: “This student…was stuck in some calcuations and technicality. We helped him get his answers”.
This is cheating! There is a big difference between tutoring someone to help them work the answers out for themselves, and actually doing the work for them. It doesn’t matter if you only do a part of the work for them, or the whole thing – if the student is passing off someone else’s work as their own, it is plagiarism.
Why could these students not find the answers themselves? If they were genuinely struggling, why did they not visit their college tutor for help? Why pay a random, unknown, non-native English-speaking person from the internet to do it for them?
Arguably, if a student is not intelligent enough, has not studied hard enough, or simply cannot be bothered to do the work s/he has been assigned to do for a particular course, then he or she does not deserve the qualification awarded at the end of it.
You can read more of my thoughts on this subject by reading this blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:

21 05 2015

Lisa, If a student ask a question to his teacher, and the teacher explains the answer, if you think this is a cheating. I cannot say anything more. I consider it quite constructive for the students to raise as many questions as they can. Even, I remember during my college, I used to prepare lots of questions to present to the lecturer to clear my understanding. If you prohibit anyone getting the answers from more experienced person or more qualified person in the field then there shall be no expansion in the education. The curriculum are designed by the teachers for students. It means those curriculum or syllabus itself is a cheating. I am really confused. I gave coaching to many students, I encourage them to ask as many questions as they can, this does not mean they tried to cheat. How will you impart education, if you confined the information, the knowledge has to be disseminated. But yes, I do agree that should and always happen before the exams. In exams a student should use his own skills. Before examination and during the study, if they strive to find answers of their questions in quest of knowledge. I think it is quite correct to quench their thirst. Quenching the knowledge thirst is not cheating in my opinion. You can think otherwise, I respect your opinion.

21 05 2015

Shoaib, you misunderstand me. Of course students must learn from their teachers. However, it is my understanding that students pay you to to carry out work or research for them. That is cheating. If you or your team-mates do work that the student then submits to their college or university as if they had done it themselves, you have helped them to cheat. You are not their teacher. If the teacher has assigned a a task, an essay, a problem sheet, for example – then the purpose of that exercise is to assess the student’s learning, their knowledge, recall, problem-solving skills or research capabilities. Teachers cannot measure a student’s progress if they, or someone else, have simply told them all the answers!

21 05 2015

And if you think a non-native speaker can’t have the technical skills in a subject. I again say, it is your opinion and I respect it. Getting knowledge and expertise in a skill is no limited to a native speaker only. Any one from the world can learn. I remember the speech of great Martin Luther King. The knowledge is not the property of native speakers only. A non-native speaker can also polish his skills through hard work. But If you think otherwise. I respect!

21 05 2015

I’m getting tired of you trying to twist my words Shoaib. I never said that non-native English speakers cannot be skilled; clearly you have a very good command of the English language, and I have no doubt you’re a much better accountant than I am! The point I was trying to make is, if a student genuinely wanted help with an assignment set by their teacher, at their college or university, why would they not go to their teacher for help, for free? If there was no intention to cheat or deceive, then why would they pay someone they’ve never met, whose credentials they cannot be sure of, who is likely in another country, to do the work for them? It is lazy and dishonest, and that is my opinion.

11 08 2015

Thank goodness for this list. I’ve been “writing” for PinkStart, and found them SUPER sketchy for myriad reasons. I wasn’t sure, and didnt want to throw away a potentialoppprtunity, but something was/is ovviously up. Now i can sever ties without feeling bad about it. Only a few reasons among many:

–Apparently they pay every Monday morning. It was Tuesday around 9:45pm that I got “paid,” and even then I had to badger them about it.
–When I asked for the pay I was owed, the response was “don’t you trust me?”
–They sent me guidelines for a bunch of “articles.” I wrote all four, and sent them to PinkStart saying “here are the articles on X, Y, and Z.” The reply I got was “No. You were supposed to write A, B, and C!” Apparently they “sent the wrong file, oops.” Yet that was obviously them trying to weasel free writing out of me, since they wouldn’t pay because I wrote on the wrong topics.
–$1.25 per 500 words.
–Accused me through email of being the reason “they lost their client” when I couldn’t do an “assignment” . . . because I was in the hospital with kidney stones. This was the day after they paid me the all of $7.00 Tuesday; I was met with an email that said (almost verbatim) “I knew I shouldn’t have trusted you! You took payment and then ditched me! The assignment didn’t get done and I lost my clients! I write to provide for my family!”
–“Doesn’t work through Freelancer,” but has a Freelancer page. Not an employer page, a writer’s one.
–Uses very unprofessional language through email conversations etc. (I.e. internet slang like “u” instead of “you,” etc., which I’ve never encountered from any legit person I’ve freelanced my writing for.)

11 08 2015

Thank goodness for this list. I’ve been working for PinkStart for about a week, and everything was SUPER shady. I was really uncomfortable, knew something was up, but didn’t want to throw away a potential opportunity. I’m so glad I found this, because now I can sever ties without feeling guilty about it.
I can list a billion things that were super sketchy, ugh.

9 10 2015
Ohona Islam

What a hell !!! Why are you posting such type reviews . You were wasting your time and efforts. Rather than you give time to freelance writing.

I read some review . Some of them are partially trust but not mostly true. Who are you to judge freelance profile ?

Are you getting paid from Freelancer or wasting your time ??????????????

Or you are the most fake profile person trying to cheat others. I do think so, you are one of the fake profile holders on Freelancer .

You are not allowed to post such type reviews. As Freelancer did not give you the right. I will contact with Freelancer support and will take legal action against you.

There is proper ad min of freelancer to take care those fake profile. You are not allowed to post such type crappy thing.

I do think so, You are trying to save your own Fake profile on Freelancer and trying to get suspended other profiles as well. Keep trying ………………………………………..

9 10 2015

As I have repeatedly stated, I do not work for Freelancer – this list is maintained in my own time. Why do I do this? Because I believe in a fair and equal marketplace where individuals are employed because they are the best person for the job – not because they are the best liar.
Report me to Freelancer if you wish, but they are well aware of this list and have closed down many of the accounts that used to appear on it, thanks to my reports. I have said or done nothing libellous or worthy of legal action.
Are you upset because your own username appears on this list? If that is the case, please email me via the contact form on my Contact page, explaining why you think I have made a mistake, and I will be more than happy to remove you from the list if I feel it is appropriate to do so.

9 10 2015
Ohona Islam

I am glad , you have replied me . You are not fully true. Partially true. Like anyone may copy content from other that does not matter he holds fake account.

Other may have negative feedback , that does not mean he is non native.

I know someone who lives in US or UK, But originally from Ind or BD or Pak, Then Freelancer will turn their original country flag ? That does not make any sense. Country is something where he / she is living now. Country does not mean he / she is native or non native.

Now the point of Native and non writers. Do you think , only native writers can provide quality ? I argue. I can show you some profile those are non native but provides excellent quality. That seems you are raciest ! Creativity can not be taught .

Another important matter , It is freelancing jobs , Yes , he/ she is allowed to outsource. It does not matter until he or she will be have a promise with client as he/ she is individual.

Your theme is who copy content from Elance , Copy Image from Google , Or Living in US but originally from other country , having negative feedback , all are non native. LOLL> Some crappy site and feedback those are.

You are just kidding some newbie freelancer. My suggestion is , go there , place bid and report if you find any inappropriate profile.

9 10 2015

To respond to your points:
1) You’re right, having negative feedback does not mean that someone is a non-native English speaker. However, it IS wrong to state on your profile that you are a native English speaker when you are not, and if employers are dissatisifed with the quality of English they have received – believing that they hired a native English speaker – then they are perfectly justified in leaving negative feedback. To add to this point, even if freelancers are native English speakers, this does not mean they have the gift of being able to write well!
2) I agree that a user’s country flag should indicate where they are currently living – which may or may not be where they were born. I have never disagreed with this.
3) I have never stated that non-native English speakers cannot produce quality work. Of course they can. You’re correct that the majority of the users on this list appear to be from Asian countries. This does not make me racist, it is just much easier for me to spot fake profiles when the English is very poor, because I speak English. If they wrote in Hindi, or Urdu, or Arabic, or even Russian, Greek, Portuguese – I wouldn’t have a clue if they were fake or not. It just so happens that many of the fake accounts that are written in English are Asian.
4) Of course it is legitimate to outsource work or operate teams of freelancers from one account, but I think that users should be open about this. Employers hire particular freelancers based on what is written in their profile and their bid. If an employer believes that they are employing a specific person to do the work, but then that work is farmed out to random people without the employer’s knowledge or consent, that is highly unethical in my opinion. It’s not illegal, but I think it is poor practice.
5) I do report the fake profiles I find on, and many fake accounts have been closed down because of these reports. The purpose of maintaining this blog post as well is to draw attention to the problem of fake profiles (because clearly this list only scratches the surface – there must be many more!), and to warn people about trusting any of the still-active accounts on this list. As you will see from the other comments on this post, a number of other Freelancer users have found it helpful.

9 10 2015
Ohona Islam

Let me spot on some fake reviews you have provided ! As I know them personally.

1. AgathaGMaiti Native English speaker. But May use others phone or else or may operate team. But this is not fake profile on

2. Annawoodward04 Native English Speaker. You have spoted clearly fake review . You are trying to turn down her.

3. eaglesseotech Basically he is from BD but legally moved to US . So, it is not his fault. Freelancer changed his country according to evidence. You are trying to motivate client in wrong way.

4. IBArena From India , legally moved to UK. Country should be UK. No issue.

5. milleriren legal USA living person. But may operate team. That does not mean she is fake

6. SEOTop10Ranking another good guy , you spoted him as fake profile why ???? You are sucking this guy. English man and living in UK

7. silverhorse73 May be from other country. But legitimately living in CA. So, no issue. I think

8. Writer075 may be from other country but legally living in US. Providing good service. Why did you mention his name ???

9. WritingsArmy From BD , But legally living in US.

10. Writingspirit Pakistani guy , living in UK. No issue.

This 10 profile is 100% correct. You are trying to down them in wrong way. Freealncer does not care your blog or your assumption. They does not based on your assumption. I know those 10 people personally. I worked with them in long or short time.

I elasticate this to Freelancer support. And will ask them who provided you this right to make fake assumptions. As they are loosing their reputation. It is not legally approved.

I think you are doing this intentionally to turn down other legal ids exits on . Stop surviving with fake feedbacks. and I will also mention your blog to the users listed above.

Thanks and good luck !!!!!!!!!!

26 11 2015

Emploer is a fake freelancer from Pak. But his profile shown as he is in UK.Extremely unprofessional and cheater.He always like free work from others.This is link of his profile.
Be ware of him guys..

27 11 2015

Thank you Swainbr. Unfortunately there is nothing on Emploer’s profile that I can use as hard evidence to say they are ‘fake’, so I cannot add him or her to the list. ‘Fake’, in the context of this list, is a profile that I believe to be falsely representing the person or people behind it, e.g. they use someone else’s profile picture, plagiarise content from genuine freelance professionals’ profiles or lie about their skills or nationality, in order to make themselves seem more qualified or more employable than they really are. Without a picture, some text, or any feedback to back up my claim, I can’t make that accusation. Of course, there are plenty of bad freelancers, but that does not necessarily mean they have represented themselves falsely – they might simply just be very bad! I will keep an eye on this profile though.

19 02 2017

Ms lisa martin i have also use emeracsolutions this is original profile and he is best writer in Pakistan i have used many times. But i think you are just making fool to peoples and getting the reviews and clicks on you site.

20 02 2017

Thanks for your comment and I am pleased that you have been happy with this provider’s work. I haven’t updated this blog post in a long time so perhaps he is now a legitimate freelancer; I don’t know. However, when I wrote this post, the content of emeracsolutions’ profile was plagiarised from that of users on other freelancing platforms – this begs the question, if ‘he’ is a genuine freelance professional, why would he copy someone else’s profile?
As for your comment about me trying to get ‘reviews and clicks’, this is complete nonsense – my intention with this post is simply to raise awareness of the problem of fake profiles on Other than promoting my own talents and services as a freelance science writer, I make no money from this website (notice the lack of adverts, affiliate links etc. It’s just a blog, and a rarely updated one at that).

1 10 2017

Already file a complaint against him on nearest police station. First of all he is using the name of girl even he is a boy. Once he will be arrested I will share all his details and country on this page.
Our company name is registered and he has not any right to use our company name on his page without our permission . He has also tried to spoil the repute of the company. Adrian

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