It's interesting because he seems to have come through for this person: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/technical-admin-and-development-services.69920/#post-1039119. I know it'd be an odd coincidence but maybe something happened at the same time he was supposed to start work. Hopefully he'll be in touch with you.
I told him earlier this week that I'd be dropping the project and refunding his deposit once I can shift money to PayPal. I'm not sure why he calls that scamming... That cleared today and he was refunded as promised.
The requirements were too fuzzy, and I had to pull teeth to try and extract any more detail out of him. After realizing this, I figured it was best to part ways. I'm glad I got out as early as I did. I'd rather lose money and cut losses than deal than deal with certain types of people... I have some very horrific chat messages for anyone interested. I'll keep it at that to be respectful.
I've done hundreds of contract jobs over the past 12 years -- most successful, and regretfully ignored the early warning signs with this one.
Good luck future contractors!