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Duplicate "portfolio" from workers

32436fc0
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Radim R Member Since: Dec 2, 2015
1 of 16

I just submitted my first "job" seconds ago and several freelancers wrote back already. Neat!

 

The weird thing is some of them claim the exact same set of sites as part of their portfolio, namely:


http://www.bikinplakat.com/
http://www.yogavideo.tv/
http://www.goodhealthbox.com/
http://playfullearning.net/
http://www.myhealthylivingcoach.com/
http://ramp1885.com/
http://batterythings.com/
http://www.gethomeworkonline.com/

 

What's going on? Is that some sort of scam? How does Upwork check their freelancers are legit?

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@Radim R wrote:

I just submitted my first "job" seconds ago and several freelancers wrote back already. Neat!

 

The weird thing is some of them claim the exact same set of sites as part of their portfolio, namely:


http://www.bikinplakat.com/
http://www.yogavideo.tv/
http://www.goodhealthbox.com/
http://playfullearning.net/
http://www.myhealthylivingcoach.com/
http://ramp1885.com/
http://batterythings.com/
http://www.gethomeworkonline.com/

 

What's going on? Is that some sort of scam? How does Upwork check their freelancers are legit?


Maybe fake profiles and/or robotics.... 

gbalint
Community Leader
Gabriel B Member Since: Nov 25, 2014
3 of 16

Ugh! Wordpress.

marciamalory
Community Guru
Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
4 of 16

Yes, I was wondering if the OP was looking for a web developer with low rates.

lysis10
Community Guru
Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
5 of 16

@Gabriel B wrote:

Ugh! Wordpress.


WordPress, where you too can see what it's like to get your site hacked.

It's the new Frontpage Extensions. 

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 16

Radim, you are correct to be suspicious of those contractors who sent you these lists of links. They are neither honest nor competent. They did not create the websites they sent you links for.

 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to identify the best contractor for your project by examining cover letters or profile pages.

 

You will need to hire multiple contractors (at least 4) on a trial basis and continue working long term with the contractors whose work quality, communications, and value best matches your needs.

32436fc0
Active Member
Radim R Member Since: Dec 2, 2015
7 of 16

Thanks Preston, that's interesting.

 

Is it a common practice here to hire multiple contractors and pay all of them? Or do you only pay the ones that actually manage to complete the agreed project successfully?

lysis10
Community Guru
Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
8 of 16

The funny thing is that if I was going to lie about my portfolio, those designs would definitely not be ones I'd fraudulantly claim. They can't eve pick good designs to steal, so I question their ability to think.

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
9 of 16

Radim, you will pay contractors for the time they spend or for the work that they submit.

 

It is important to understand that contractors on Upwork are NOT vetted with regards to their competence, ability and honesty. So there ARE fraudulent and dishonest and incompetent contractors here, among the majority of contractors who are good.

 

It is possible for fairly extensive vetting to be done with contractors. That is NOT the business model here, but it is the model used on some other sites... Sites which are considerably more expensive to use. So you need to do your own vetting here.

 

You will not pay all of them for the entire project if it is large. You will only pay contractors for enough work to identify the contractors you actually want to work with.

 

If your project is small, you will pay all of the contractors for the complete project, which will amount to a small amount of money. Then you will pick the work product that you like the best and throw away the rest.

 

Is this common on Upwork?

 

Unfortunately it is not common enough.

 

But it is simply a tactical mistake to hire only one contractor for a job in many cases, especially when hiring lower-cost contractors.

 

The higher the rate that you pay, the more likely you will be able to get away with hiring fewer or only one contractor.

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
10 of 16

Hi Radim,

 

If you come across freelancer profiles, where the freelancers appear not to have worked on the portfolio items they display, please flag them for Bogus Resume. The team will review the profile and take appropriate actions.

 

Note that agency freelancers are allowed to add a project they were part of to their portfolio. So if a project was a collaboration of several freelancers, they all are allowed to add it to their portfolio. This may explain some cases when several freelancers have the same item in their portfolio.

~ Valeria
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