This is so beyond me but this has to be done. Because Rule #18 is never ever piss DJ off. I’m generally a nice and easy-going person but once you piss me off, I’ll raise hell.

This is a story of trusting people too easily online and getting burned for it. And well, me serving internet karma forever to whoever is searching for this asshole’s name.

This is not travel related so go read something else instead.

I am so pissed and frustrated the last days because of this guy named John*.

You see, I did a reader survey last December and most of you guys said you don’t like the black background of my blog. And because I obviously listen to what you guys think, I decided to change and update the site.

I have been working non-stop on it the last 2 weeks. This is why I have not updated the site after Valentine’s because I wanted to surprise you all. I even installed Crazy Egg which is a great tool that showed me what links you guys are clicking and what stuff you’re looking at on my site. And since I am not so techie I needed someone to implement the new stuff I wanted for the blog.

This is how this John comes in. He’s a Filipino who lives in Iligan City.

He found me via one of the Facebook groups where I posted an ad looking for a guy to help me. He seemed nice and he has the experience based on his resume plus he’s a kababayan (a fellow Filipino) so I decided to hire him.

To make the long story short: I wanted him to work on three things (update the color of the site and some functionalities, update the eurotrip calculator and update a few things on my eurotrip service page). He was working pretty fast in the beginning and he told me it was because it’s his daughter’s birthday in a few days and he wanted to finish asap so he can have the money. And since I’m nice and all, I gave him an advance of $100 and told him I’ll pay the rest after he finishes all the tasks.

After I paid him, he slowed down with the work. I figured it was his daughter’s birthday soon and he was busy preparing. But even after his daughter’s birthday he stopped replying to my messages and worse, he stopped working on the tasks.

I messaged him a few times, even offering to remove some of the tasks since he said they will take longer and just focus on the super minor tasks so we can just finish and be done with it. I didn’t care anymore because I was starting to get stressed that he was not working on it. I even offered to pay him $200 more if he finished just the one task this weekend. But nada. No replies. And I know he sees my messages I’ve sent via Facebook. He also deleted me on Skype.

I’ve had enough of this guy. I don’t need this kind of shit in my life. It’s also my fault. I’m too nice and I trusted this shit person too easily. And this is how he repays that trust and kindness I gave him. I rarely do this. This is the first time I paid someone fully before delivering their work. I don’t care about the money I lost. It’s just $100. That’s nothing compared to all the time and effort and stress this has caused me in the last 2 weeks.

If you’re planning to hire someone via the internet, please be careful and don’t pay until the work is done.

UPDATE: Social media has been crazy. Apparently people he knows read the post and emailed him. So it reached him again. So he immediately messaged me and he was saying sorry again and he asked me to remove this post. He told me he was “caught in the middle of a situation”. Well why won’t he tell me that while I was freaking out for 10 days?!? I would have understood and gave him more time. He also offered to return the money back. After not responding to his messages (which is basically what he also did to me), his wife started attacking me and calling me names. But I’ve replied to him yesterday to sort it out coz I really don’t want any drama in my hood.

*John – name changed after he returned the money and won’t stop bugging me about this

DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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18 Responses to “I Got Scammed by this Asshole” Subscribe

  1. Pinay flying high April 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    It’s not about the money, I know. I would have done the same thing if I were you. You wouldn’t have done the post if he replied to your mails. Glad you got the money back.

  2. The Guy April 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM #

    Really sorry to hear of this bad experience DJ.

    Hiring someone over the internet is a big risk especially if you don’t know or have met them in person.

    I certainly would be very hesitant to pay anyone upfront particularly in the situation you were in.

    Hopefully you’ve not lost too much faith. There are lots of other good IT consultants out there and hopefully you’ll get one soon.

    Places like Fiverr, Elance and equivalent have good reviews if you are looking to hire someone.

    • DJ Yabis April 10, 2014 at 5:29 AM #

      Thanks. Yeah I would recommend being careful next time. It was my first time to do pay in advance.

  3. Jean | Holy Smithereens March 13, 2014 at 9:14 PM #

    Gosh DJ I’m so sorry this happened to you 🙁 working with web designers (and other web-related services) alone can sometimes be stressful, more so when you have the unfortunate incident of working with a scammer! nakakainis.
    I usually go by people who have worked with other bloggers that I know. If you paid him by Paypal I hope you can still dispute the payment.

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      I know. So stressful. I just want to finish the update already. Unfortunately I paid him and tagged personal payments so I can’t dispute the payment although now he is offering to return the moeny. =(

  4. Faye March 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    Hi DJ,

    All I can say is forget him.. there are many more good guys around,, just be very careful who you trust,, just because he is Filipino like us doesnt mean he will not scam anyone,,

    I had the same experience and will never trust another Filipino again unless I see him or her in person…

    God Bless and continue with what you are doing,, helping us travelers and learning a lot from your travels,,

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      Thanks Faye. Yeah I’m trying to find another person to finish all the stuff.

  5. Simon March 13, 2014 at 6:58 AM #

    Man, that’s so frustrating! Hopefully no-one else will hire this guy. $100 may not seem like much – but it’s obviously quite a lot to this guy.

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

      Yeah super frustrating. I just want to finish the update already.

  6. Ysh Igdanes March 13, 2014 at 1:43 AM #

    Aww! I’m also working on my site now and good thing I have a trustworthy developer. I’m also a Filipino and I feel really bad about what happened. I mean, it’s his fault and his attitude as an individual but it’s another stain on our race. Hay I hope he won’t get to victimized more people most especially now that bloggers really invest on their sites. Sorry about this DJ!

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM #

      Thanks Ysh. Yeah I want to tell everyone not all Filipinos are like this though. But it sucks when kapwa Pinoys do this to each other. =(

  7. V March 13, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

    Sorry to hear that. 🙁 Let me know what you are working on, if it is something I can do, I’d love to help you out. No charge, of course.

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

      Thanks Vanessa. Still talking to people. I’ll message you.

  8. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family March 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM #

    This sucks! If you paid him on Paypal, can you dispute the charge with them?

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

      Yes but I paid under personal payments so I cant dispute it =(

  9. Marlon March 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

    oi, kwawa ka naman. I’m from Iligan also and a Web Developer. Hindi ko kilala ang tao na yan pero panira yan sa amin na Web Developers from Mindanao.

    If you want me to finish the job that person didnt do just contact me. No advance pay, just pay after the work is done. 🙂

    • DJ Yabis March 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

      I know right. I’ll email you.

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