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> * Originally By: In:spj-l -at- psuvm -dot- psu -dot- edu
> * Original Date: 05-17-96 14:51
> SCAM MAY RIP OFF FREELANCERS AGAIN
> For Immediate Release
> York Life Magazine is back in business, despite failing to pay
> previous freelancers, after promising the cheques in the mail.
> York Publishing, the corporate wing of this faulty magazine
> has been in business for over eight years, according to the
> publisher. However, the magazine has not produced a steady
> publication schedule in that eight year history, and has always
> seemed to go belly up just as the freelancers demand cash.
> The last time, the phone lines were disconnected, and the
> Christmas issue (Dec. 1995) never appeared.
> Around this time, several freelancers contemplated legal
> action, but nothing ever came of it, as it was thought York
> Life's grave was finally here.
> We were wrong.
> "I saw this ad in the Toronto Star's classified section for
> freelance writers, so I called the number," said Jordan Green,
> a freelance journalist originally scammed over a $1000.00 by
> York Life. "When the receptionist answered the phone York
> Life' I almost threw up."
> York Life, a lifestyle magazine serving York Region may be
> back, but ought to be avoided, at all costs.
> "Freelancers should stay far away from York Life, unless they
> don't mind working for free," said Green.
> Risk is a fact of life, but unnecessary risks like York Life can
> be avoided. Freelancers should require a retainer of at least
> fifteen per cent of the total expected pay (minus expenses)
> from any new clients, to ensure they can really put their money
> where their mouth is.
> For further information:
> Jordan H. Green, Freelance Journalist
> e-mail: jordan -dot- green -at- guildnet -dot- org
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