Hey all, I'm a newbie to freelance writing, and am a little hesitant about the following scenario:
I replied to a posting on Craigslist to write short keyword articles for automotive parts that will be displayed on automotive websites. I received a reply from a Robert Hayes that requested a sample submission to gauge my writing abilities. I returned said submission and was informed he would like to work with me.
He outlined the terms of my contract employment at great length and without typos. He mentions he pays through PayPal, which eases my mind. The whole thing seems legit. I checked for a website, and there is one found her: http://www.docrocket.net/
The only thing is he's asked for my social security number and mailing address. He asked for me to mail him a signed copy of our contract agreement, which he would sign and then return to me for my records. This would explain the need for my address, but I'd really rather not give out my SSN.
Is it standard practice to provide your SSN to a contractor? And does this situation seem legitimate to you guys?
Your input is greatly appreciated thank you.