Thanks for your info....this will help us in future...I guess WHT should make a sub-forum...where all this type of incidents can be posted by members....so that this community becomes much more stronger....
Creating public blacklists to defame people / companies is always risky business, sites like WHT generally like to avoid such confrontations with the accused. While it's allowed here, I highly doubt they'd open up a forum for it.
All fo you that got ripped off by this boxerman , you should all meet up get a lawyer and send this guy a letter saying that you all demand pay and a little bit extra for compensation ( i thinkt hats how u spell it ).
it happened to me a long time ago (back before I used a contract. If I can't get a signed contract now I require 100% upfront) and since then I learned from my mistakes. I was recently contacted by michaelessy asking if I had been screwed by him before (he knew I had done work for him and he had just gotten screwed by him) so I suggested this topic.
Here are some guidlines I've learned from experiences like this that all web developers should follow:
1. ALWAYS require a signed contract. If you aren't local (can't meet to sign it), sign it and fax it to him to sign. Without a contract, you have very little chance of winning a court case over it. But I don't do it for the court cases, its more of a reassurance. If they sign a contract, they know I'm serious and they shouldn't try to get work done without paying. Also it helps to prevent scope creep - if they try to add stuff to the project you simply refer back to the contract.
2. For small projects (under $250) require 100% upfront. For larger projects (under $5000) go with 50/50. Larger than that is usually divided into different phases/milestones...but ALWAYS have some sort of payment upfront.
3. Never deliver files without being completely paid. If you are building a site, keep it in a subdirectory on your site so they don't have access to it until they pay.
4. Have contingency plans for when they don't pay. Something like:
Day 1 - send invoice
Day 10 - send reminder that invoice is due
Day 15 - call to remind them to pay and see if there is a problem or they need help (there are extenuating circumstances in which you should allow them some extra time to pay)
Day 20 - Deliver final reminder to pay invoice containing information on legal action which will be pursued if payment is not delivered
Day 25 - Pursue legal action.
5. Try not to work with online clients. Most people here are probably getting all their work from online, but I've found it is much more time consuming and risky that way. Offline you have less competition, the ability to meet face to face, USUALLY dealing with more reliable companies (bricks & mortar companies - those with actual office locations, are much more reliable than web companies run out of someones house). Also I've found that offline, people are less focused on price and more focused on quality. It seems like online you need to work for peanuts to get any work.