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    AFrankOpinion (Robert Frank)

    afrankopinion failed to pay some of it's writers and refuses to communicate with the writers about how they intend to resolve their problems. Beware of this company! They pay pennies on the pound for writing and then blow you off!

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    Got any contact information, Sireen? That makes it easier to locate the exact company you're talking about.
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    The name of the company is afrankopinion. He's based out of Ocala, Florida. Everything he does is online. I think the address, off the top of my head, is afrankopinion@gmail.com. It was naive for me to sign up with him. Live and learn! I was just getting started online freelancing, eager and enthusiastic and stupid! I worked for him for a few months. Last month for some reason he tanked and couldn't or wouldn't pay some of his writers. I contacted him several times. He initially e-mailed me with excuses..and then absolutely nothing. I e-mailed several fellow writers for his service. He paid a few (though later I found out that these seemed to be associates of his personally as they are also posters on his "the Peoples Ocala" Blog.) The rest of us, he's stiffed. He isn't willing to communicate though I have made several attempts. I finally turned him in to the Attorney General in Florida. I'm not sure if this will do any good, but it's worth the effort!
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    The website is located here.

    It seems that, among other things, they offer research papers for sale.
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    The real reason I'm making a stink about this is because so many new writers get scammed on the Internet. It's not nice to mess with people's dreams and talent! Playing nice with this guy just doesn't work. Newbies are fair game. Fortunately, we can be trained!

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    Let's see...a "commercial" site that uses a free webhost...webpages horribly designed and written...sells research papers....

    Why would anyone who considers himself a writer even consider working for such a place? At the very least, how could you trust someone who helps others cheat?

    And the "but I've got to start somewhere" line won't work here. Places like this aren't a starting point: they're miles behind the start line.

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    Admittedly, my thinking was flawed. One day I was online, thinking about how much I wanted to write for a living. I found a site for freelance writers and started looking for work immediately. Sometimes I am enthusiastic to a fault. Anyway, afrankopinion was the second "job" I found. I've already admitted my decision was foolish, wasn't I humble enough for you?
    It was a mistake. Not particularily unique however, as a lot of newbies on the Internet make the same mistake.
    Before you get too sanctimonious about it though, I do make a living writing, however marginal, with or with out your endorsement. Unlike some saintly and all knowing personas, I occassionally learn the hard way. That doesn't mean I enjoy seeing others go down the same garden path. Hence, my warning.

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    Easy, folks.

    Sireen, I don't believe CaoPaux expected you to grovel. CP brings up a good point, though, which is that companies that help others cheat probably aren't very reliable about paying their authors. This, too, is a good thing for newbies to keep in mind, and can only help the people you say you want to warn.
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    I understand CP's point. That is part of the point to my original post as well. I realize that I am putting myself up to scrutiny by posting a message about working for a dubious company. It's worth the price if it saves some well meaning novice some pain.

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    Saintly persona that I am, I absolve you of this newbie sin and charge you to submit your complaint to http://www.writersweekly.com/. The angelic Ms. Hoy is very good at smiting dead beats and getting folks their money.
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    CP, you're wise and benevolent, and might I add..a snappy dresser.
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