@Zack E wrote:
If you accept someone's identity and enter into a contract with them, and accept valuable work from them, you can not then later say, "Actually, we now don't believe you, and thanks for the free work."
Oh you can, there are many situations like that, where it would actually illegal to pay them. Say, for example, the freelancer said they are in Russia but are really in Crimea, Upwork would be legally forbidden to have any business dealings with them because of the US sanctions. Any company that handles funds is also bound by KYC (Know Your Customer) legislation so that comes into it.
Generally if a freelancer is kicked off the platform they DO get paid. It is only in serious cases that funds are refunded to the client.
Zack E wrote: Though it's really hard to see what scam starts with doing a weeks worth of unpaid programming work.
I would hazard a wild guess that when / if you get on Skype you may possibly find your programmer in China or not too far from there..............
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