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Can freelancer accounts be transferred?

odeskos
Ace Contributor
John S Member Since: Jun 26, 2015
1 of 12

A freelancer I recently worked with has changed their name. After asking why, they responded:

 

"The account was transferred to me. I am the new owner"

 

That doesn't sound right. Is this allowed by Upwork?

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
2 of 12

re: "Is this allowed by Upwork?"

 

No.

martina_plaschka
Community Guru
Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
3 of 12

John S wrote:

A freelancer I recently worked with has changed their name. After asking why, they responded:

 

"The account was transferred to me. I am the new owner"

 

That doesn't sound right. Is this allowed by Upwork?


No. Report him, please. 

arturo73
Ace Contributor
Arturo C Member Since: Aug 30, 2018
4 of 12

thats not normal
accounts are personal

how could you trust anyone if you could just transfer them

djondinium
Community Manager
Aleksandar D Community Manager Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
5 of 12

Hi John,

 

Thanks for reaching out to us. Please send me a PM with information about the Freelancer so I can submit a report to our team for investigation.

 

Thank you.

~ Aleksandar
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feed_my_eyes
Community Guru
Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
6 of 12

There are thousands of people buying and selling Upwork accounts - you can find them with a simple Google search. I was wondering if Upwork is taking any measures against this? 

 

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
7 of 12

re: "I was wondering if Upwork is taking any measures against this?"

 

Upwork is taking multiple measures against this.

It is a massive effort.

 

Upwork's automatic location identification for new users, continuing location monitoring and cross-checking with profile identification claims, new requirements to do video-based identity confirmation, and their requirements for sending scans of government-based ID, are just some of Upwork's efforts against this.

colettelewis
Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
8 of 12

Preston H wrote:

re: "I was wondering if Upwork is taking any measures against this?"

 

Upwork is taking multiple measures against this.

It is a massive effort.

 

Upwork's automatic location identification for new users, continuing location monitoring and cross-checking with profile identification claims, new requirements to do video-based identity confirmation, and their requirements for sending scans of government-based ID, are just some of Upwork's efforts against this.


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Well despîte the "massive efforts", a lot of people are still doing it. A lot of people with fraudulent profiles are still actually making money on this site - and making money for Upwork - but their profiles are still false. Some have been reported; some have been removed, but some are still here. 

feed_my_eyes
Community Guru
Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
9 of 12


Preston H wrote:

Upwork's automatic location identification for new users, continuing location monitoring and cross-checking with profile identification claims, new requirements to do video-based identity confirmation, and their requirements for sending scans of government-based ID, are just some of Upwork's efforts against this.



These requirements are already being sidestepped; most of the "accounts for sale" ads specifically mention that they will perform the video interviews and identity checks on behalf of the new account holder. 

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
10 of 12

Okay....

For those of you pointing out that people are selling Upwork profiles, despite rules against doing so... I'm not sure what your point is, other than making conversation.

 

If you live in France or the United Kingdom, there are laws against auto theft, but there are still auto thieves in both of those countries.

 

Do you have some specific recommendations for how Upwork or Upwork users can do something different in order to combat this problem?

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