Hi there! I’m xJxck_yy, a Builder, UI designer and businessman on the platform. Here are some of my tips on how to not get scammed. These will be applicable in basically all forms of business on Roblox.
1. Find out some history on who you are hiring/working for
If you haven’t worked with the employer or employee before, do a little bit of a Background check. See if they are in any mutual servers on discord, check out their Roblox and DevForum profiles, etc. This is one way of making sure they are legitimate, and not trying to scam you.
2. Create a legally binding contract
For some things, this might be a little bit extreme (such as small, one time commissions), but it is often a great practice to ensure safety for both parties. It must be signed by someone who is 18+ (in most Jurisdictions, make sure to find out your local laws). If you are a minor, get your parent/guardian to sign it for you. Make sure you are using proper terms, and settings out agreements and expectations very clearly. Just to be safe, it might also be best to consult a Lawyer. This way, if a breach of contract arises, you have multiple options (not a lawyer, always consult one to be sure):
- Simply talking over the issue
- Going to Roblox support (bad option, they only accept on-site evidence, and Roblox support is pretty bad overall)
- Filing a Lawsuit
- Going through Arbitration (you would most likely have to have an Arbitration clause in your contract, unless a judge dismisses the case, meaning you will probably have to go through Arbitration)
- Settling out of court (sorta like point 1)
Remember, contracts can’t be drafted up over something like Discord (inspect element exists).
3. Getting straight to the point and good discussion
When hiring/looking for work, make sure when you are talking to the employer or employee, you both get straight to the point, and are both professional. I’m fairly confident you would be more comfortable working with someone who is professional to some degree, especially when meeting for the first time. Before talking over to many details, simply ask about payments and contracts. If they dodge the question (especially about payment), then you may have reason to be suspicious. Also work out a deal, for example: You complete 25% of the work, you get paid 25% of the total pay.
4. Getting proof of funds, having a team, etc.
In posts, a lot of people will state the members of their team. But, this could all be falsified! To ensure that they are telling the truth, ask them to invite you to a group chat, or a discord server, or something which contains enough evidence to suggest the team is legitimate. Also, ask for proof of funds. This way, you know that they actually have these funds, rather than them trying to mislead you. Also ask for audit log permissions and such, so you can see where the money is coming from. This way, you might be more eased knowing it all seems legitimate, rather than the funds coming from scams.
5. Be nice!
Being kind, professional and respectful can actually go a long way in employment. When initially interviewed or hired etc, they may actually be legitimate. But when you start talking rubbish, accusing them of stuff etc, they may get angry and try to mislead you, as some sort of revenge (although if you’re being rude, you would think they would dismiss you, but sometimes they don’t play nice).
Thats all I have for now, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, make sure to let me know!