I got scammed by clients with 'verified payment' and paid by those without.
Learned my lesson the hard way,
Now, it's about getting the escrow funded before starting any job. If a client can't handle that, I'll just walk away.
Good approach. I use high-end filters, expert only relatively high minimum, and 30% of those are also unverified. My two worst clients were verified, my best two weren't.
A lot of them are new and honestly are trying to figure everything out.
If they respond to my proposal and want to hire me, I walk them through it. Win-win.