Yes, hirethehacker.com is a scam. I spend months trying to get a project to hirethehacker.com, hirethehacker.com ignored me. I had gotten several messages that hirethehacker.com were scammers that they would steal money and run.
I kept trying, and finally got hirethehacker.com to take an email job. Normal Hacker for Hire type stuff. at first hirethehacker.com was there. every email was answered in a matter of moments. Hirethehacker.com insisted that I pay upfront which I knew was a clear sign that this hacker for hire was a scam. Instead of Western Union hirethehacker.com wanted bitcoin. So i coughed up $200 and sent it over. Hirethehacker.com answered a few more email on my hacker for hire project and then disappeared. I thought that them looking so professional that hirethehacker.com might just be busy. After a while i went ahead tried opening a new project under a different name and sure enough they responded withing moments. Again trying to get me to pay with bitcoin.