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Re: Am I being swindled?

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Kate K Member Since: May 2, 2016
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There was a client posting regarding $30 blog posts (seems kind of ridiculously high) and I was  one of the selected freelancers. The client asked me to send a copy of my ID and my tax information (inclduing social security number) before they could officially give me the job. I noticed that the client did not have a payment method verified either. Am I being swindled?

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Kate K wrote:


Am I being swindled?

 That's up to you. If you did send those, then yes, you are being swindled....


Please report to customer services and NEVER EVER send that kind of info.



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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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$30 is a high rate wat wat???

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Jennifer M wrote:

$30 is a high rate wat wat???

 I know, Jennifer, but I didn't really want to go there...

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Kate K Member Since: May 2, 2016
5 of 11

It was acutally $50 for one 500 word blog post on astrology. I am not oblivious, it is just my opinion that a 500 word blog post is not worth that much.


Thanks for the help though ladies, much appreciated regardless! Smiley Happy

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Kenneth P Member Since: Apr 27, 2016
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$50 for a 500 word essay too high? I guess you guys are not creative writters who reverse translate everything through google translate to make sure what you have written means the same think after translations for the sake of SEO?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I want you to succeed on Upwork, but you need to know that if you are uncertain about whether it is okay to send your social security number to a client... It means you are not yet ready to work safely on the platform. You need to spend some time reading various threads in the Forum so that you can learn more about bad job warning signs and scams.

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Rhyan S Member Since: Apr 28, 2016
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It's a scam



As Jennifer pointed out, though, $30 isn't a ridiculous rate. 


Step 1: Read this:


Step 2: Believe you're a superhero blogger, deliver work accordingly.


Step 3: Profit / save the whales.


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Kathy T Member Since: Jul 17, 2015
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If you do what these clients ask, then YES you are being swindled, scammed and you'll probably have your idenity stolen.



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Shelly - Ann P Member Since: Oct 18, 2015
10 of 11

I would not send my SS# to any client, for any price. That's just asking for it.