Over the last couple of weeks, I have had several people contact me about some work I agreed to do. No big deal, apart from the fact that the person they were talking to wasn’t in fact me, and I didn’t agree to anything.
Turns out these people who had contacted me had commissioned a person with my name, my photo & my CV on Upwork (formerly odesk). I have since taken steps to have this person removed from their system. Unfortunately the people who commissioned the work already handed over money before checking that the person they were dealing with was in fact me.
Long story short - if you hire someone to build something for you - make sure its the person you think it is before you pay them or agree to anything. For example, contact them via another avenue to confirm their identity - in my case - tweet @bmn to confirm its me.