Man i had a similar situation, Freelancer is the biggest scam in the world,
i created this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eESrvA6daG8
they created the best scam, they steal money all over the world making it look like a legit freelance marketplace.
I cant believe Matt Berry called you, never trust him, theres a reason he is called the best scammer of 21 century
hope you can get your money back, for me it was only 242 USD but thats a lot in Colombia, my client was legit and he sent the money outside of freelancer