Our mission here at Upwork is to create economic opportunities, so people have better lives. As part of that, we are focused on building relationships so you can focus on the work you love.
Most people in our community are focused on work, and we want to empower you with more information to make sure that fraud doesn't happen along the way. Let’s take a look at some common types of fraud.
Here’s an example of a reshipping scam fraudulent message:
After reading your profile, I am impressed by your experience, I have a job that I think you could help us with. If you are chosen for this role, you will be sent packages of smartphones through the mail, and all you have to do is repackage and send them to another address. All I will need is your address and phone number. If you want to know more about my company, click this link: www.weirdlink.com
Please reply soon,
Suspicious Client ”
What are some of the consequences?
How is Upwork helping?
Upwork has always been committed to protecting both talent and clients from fraud. We are continuing to implement and improve the following safety measures:
How can you report fraudulent activity on Upwork?
Use a flag if you encounter any of the situations above. It's also important to cooperate with the Upwork team on any investigation that takes place. Our team is glad to have you here, and we're dedicated to working with you to keep you safe on Upwork. In general, follow your instincts and ask questions. If a client’s offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. We all play a role in keeping Upwork safe.
See more of our Stay Safe series:
Great advice Dorian!
This happens a lot to translators!
TRANSLATORS BE AWARE! Never do test translations, test posts or any kinf of work to prove your skills.
If the client is asking to verify your proficieny in a specific language and doesn't want to take your protfolio or certificates as valid proof, tell them to have a call with you through Upwork and verify right away.
There are many sneaky clients as well, as well as scammers who just want to take advange of users,