|On approximately 5/10/10, I responded to an ad on Craig's List looking for a video editor. I was told I needed to complete 4 sample projects so the company could see what my abilities were.|
Those sample projects were completed right away and after not hearing anything for a couple weeks I contacted the company.
(6/3/10) They said out of 780 submissions, I was in the top 20, but not the top 10. They asked if it was ok to keep my information on file so as jobs came up they could contact me.
(8/15/10) After a few email exchanges, I was given my first 2 projects to edit. They were completed within 48 hours.
I inquired about how I would be paid and they asked me to complete a W9 and email back to them which I did on 8/28/10.
After that I did 2 more projects and inquired as to when I would be paid. From that point on is when things started to become a little unclear. I was being emailed information about when a check would be sent, which never happened. Then I was told a check was sent, which never arrived. As of today, I have not been able to get a response from phone messages or emails. It's been 2 weeks since any correspondence and I have yet to be paid.
My concern with all of this is based on a few things. Company does not have a physical address, although it is presented as if it was an actual building.
Continued promises of full time employment and continued work, all of which have never materialized.
Company has a W9 form signed by me containing my SS# and other information. I'm concerned what this now may be used for.
Have never met or spoken to company contact Steve Garfield. He only does email.
When calling company phone number, I only have the option of speaking with someone who only takes messages.
Someone from company has been to my house twice to drop off DVDs. Both times DVDs were left at front door even though I was home.
Last correspondence was 2 weeks ago saying check was mailed and I should have gotten it. There has been no follow-up by Mr. Garfield on this.
I have many email exchanges between myself and Mr. Garfield backing up all above claims.
Total due $1400+
I hereby certify that this is a true statement to the best of my knowledge
Responded to a Craigs List ad in May 2010 for a video editor. Completed first of four projects Aug. 28, 2010. Three other projects completed soon after that. Company had me fill out a W9 form and email it to them end of August. At that time I was told checks were mailed the 20th of each month. When that time came and went I contacted them. There were many email exchanges at this time all containing reasons why the check was or wasn't sent. Last response was 3 weeks ago saying check was mailed from Florida. two weeks prior to that. There has been no followup, no return phone calls or emails.
I've found out this company has no physical address, only a PO Box. I've never been able to speak with Steve Garfield personally. They've had my W9 for 3 months and I have not been paid anything. Total due $1400 plus I was told there would be
additional compensation for one of the projects I had to re-edit.