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Re: Another Scam Alert via Google Hangouts: Cell Company Culture

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Noelle M Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
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I would like to report: **Edited for community guidelines**as a scam, or at least it is being hijacked by scammers. **Edited for community guidelines** confirmed that people are posing as employees of that company on Upwork. **Edited for community guidelines**Thank you.

Community Guru
Kathy T Member Since: Jul 17, 2015
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If you knew what to look out for, you would not have wasted your time calling, google, or searching out a company and then contacting that company trying to find out if a client is an employee there. All you had to do was to see the words Google Hangout and you would have known and moved on. 

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Noelle M Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
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I am trying to help out the company by reporting this person and contact with the information I now have. Because I couldn't find a specific contact person or email at Upwork, I was directed to this community board. Do you have a specific contact or email? If not, your comment was smug, useless, and a waste of time, lol.

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Any FL who spends even a tiny bit of time and attention learning about how to use UW before jumping in, knows to ignore posts and invitations that mention Google Hangouts. UW can't police that scam effectively, it's like playing whack-a-mole. But it is such an obvious one that it is EASY to avoid--except for those who plunge into UW without doing their homework first. Posting "scam alerts" for this is like running up and down your street trying to warn your neighbors that someone wearing a Google Hangouts tshirt might ring their doorbell adn if she does, they should NOT lend her their ATM card. Everybody either already knows not to do that, or perhaps could do with a lesson.

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Noelle M Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
5 of 14

Wow, this is a great "community". XD 

 

So far the only answers have been:

 

1) You are an idiot for reporting spam at all. Just let it fester. Look out for yourself and no one else.

2) In fact, you deserve a "lesson." You deserve to be scammed.

 

And these are the gurus here at Upwork? Lol. I see that Upwork itself has responded by redacting certain aspects of my original post, which, by the way, I am aware is common practice because I saw plenty of other posts JUST LIKE THIS.

 

This is what I did:

- I went to report suspicious user activity (a page on Upwork's site.)

- I flagged the post.

- I flagged the client.

- I read this: "If you ever come across inappropriate or suspicious client behavior, please save evidence of your experience and get in touch with us as soon as possible."

- I followed the link, PROVIDED ON THE PAGE, to Customer Support.

- I filled it out.

- It then directed me to this community page.

- I tried it again.

- It directed me to a community page again.

- I decided to post here just in case.

 

And then I receive two self-righteous messages about how stupid I am. Man, Upwork is really a supportive platform indeed.

Moderator
Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Noelle,

 

Thanks for flagging this job to us and reporting it. I'll follow up with our team and share the additional information you posted.

 

Please, check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs.

 

Thank you.

 

Edited to add:

Confirming that the job has been taken down because it was in violation of Upwork ToS and action has been taken on the client account. 

~ Bojan
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Noelle M Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
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According to the "community gurus," who have much more experience than I do, I not only did the wrong thing, but I deserve to be scammed and do not belong on Upwork. I see that you are a community moderator. So, is it good I did any of this, or was I completely wrong in everything I did?

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "So far the only answers have been:

1) You are an idiot for reporting spam at all. Just let it fester. Look out for yourself and no one else.

2) In fact, you deserve a lesson. You deserve to be scammed."

 

Noelle:

Nobody is saying these things.

 

Every person who participated in this thread is only trying to help you. They are offering serious, helpful advice.

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Noelle M Member Since: Mar 12, 2019
9 of 14

"If you knew what to look out for, you would not have wasted your time calling, google, or searching out a company and then contacting that company trying to find out if a client is an employee there. All you had to do was to see the words Google Hangout and you would have known and moved on."

"Any FL who spends even a tiny bit of time and attention learning about how to use UW before jumping in, knows to ignore posts and invitations that mention Google Hangouts."

"Everybody either already knows not to do that, or perhaps could do with a lesson."

 

If everyone here only wants to help, why did they phrase it in such a way that was CLEARLY critical? Instead of saying, Google Hangouts is a bad sign, they assumed that I was just too stupid, based on my very simple post about this scammer, to realize anything was suspicious. They also said "if you had...", which is not advice. It's talking about the past, something that has happened. I found absolutely none of these comments to be remotely helpful. So either that wasn't the intention, or they were so terribly written, they failed to communicate any "serious, helpful advice" at all.

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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There are a multitude of ways to lose time and money here, if you are not careful. If you're serious about freelancing, then avail yourself of the helpful information provided by UW for new FLs, and the reams of info to be found in this forum (by searching past threads), about how to use the platform safely and productively, so you are equipped to avoid scams and other pitfalls that waste your time (and therefore, your money). Or don't. It's your choice.

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