Just wanted to share my experience so that its a warning to others.
I had a project in mind to publish data over internet and collect it for data logging and saving on a Android phone.
I initially discussed this in general forum and many suggested to seek professional help instead of trying to save money ( which anyway was not the idea !) by the DIY path. Fair enough i said and made an announcement in this forum.
I had a contact from Romania, who sounded confident of doing the job and we even agreed on the payment - Euro 250 for the App.
Work started and after a few iterations i got the content delivered and i could see some data come by on the Android phone. Feeling happy i paid 50% of the contract and sent in a mail asking for the final touches so that i can start using the code regularly.
And that's the last i heard.
Its OK as the amount was anyway small and i could get it done fresh with another developer.
Anyway just thought will share it here so that when such deals are worked out its always better to look for people with a organization reference or such fall back . Having only a mail ID as contact is fraught with pitfalls. If the mails go unanswered your are done with.
( And going by the interactions i had with my contact, i still don't believe he dumped the contract. Very nice professional person. Must be in some other trouble himself. But still the project is dumped)