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lbacero
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Beware of documents sent in .exe format

I recently received a job offer, and while I'm interested, I always take some time to review the details before making a decision. The client sent me a file with supposed information about the project, but I noticed that there was a file with an .exe extension, which seemed suspicious to me. I politely asked why the file wasn't in a document format, but unfortunately, the client's response didn't make much sense to me. As a result, I have concerns that the job offer may not be legitimate, which is concerning since the client is verified. Unfortunately, since the job isn't visible on the job page, I'm unable to flag it as inappropriate or a potential scam. Please don't fall prey to this style as its dangerous. I opened this up here to warn other upworkers. 

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de1f3839
Community Member

Amen sista, I was in the same boat as you. Reported to Upwork and they took care of the rest! 

2a05aa63
Community Member

General rule of the internet: never open .exe files unless you know what you are doing.
Use something like virustotal.com to be sure it's not malware.

lbacero
Community Member

At first, I didn't notice the extension because the Word logo caught my attention, but I became aware of it when my virus checker issued a warning.

77fee600
Community Member

I had the same experience today. Which virus checker are you using mine didn't issue any warning 

celgins
Community Member

It's good that you were aware and caught this. As Viacheslav stated, not opening .exe files is a general rule to follow across the internet. On Upwork, I can't think of a good reason why a client would send an .exe file except to run a virus/malware on your local computer/device.

 

Besides, the client being verified doesn't mean much. Verified clients scam freelancers too.

lbacero
Community Member

The file is deceiving as the thumbnail is a word logo. So its a must to have a virus doctor. 

celgins
Community Member

Yes, that is deceptive. The only Word executable I know of is the Microsoft Word installation file itself, and that's not something a client would send to you.

yofazza
Community Member

Virus and the likes can only infect your machine if there's a flaw in your software or your common sense.

 

If something infects your PC immediately after you clicked a link, there's software flaw somewhere. If a virus infects because you voluntarily (or tricked to) run a 'virus program', the flaw is in the common sense.

 

I don't mean to sound patronizing. Common sense can be different among people. Looking around before crossing a road is not in the common sense for most children, and maybe some adults. I only want to share that I refuse to let an always-running 'virus protector' used up my system resource. The last time I have an antivirus installed is nearly 2 decades ago.

 

I cloned my system partition (that includes softwares I often use) so I can quickly 'start fresh' when a virus managed to go through. If you have an uncurable or hard-to-cure disease, you'd wish you can 'revert' to a fresh body before you got infected, instead of trying to cure it. This is not the case for humans, of course, but this can be done on computers. Cleaning up viruses etc. if successful, will still leave some trace, junk, in the system. Starting out fresh will not.

 

There are softwares, free or paid, to do what I described above ๐Ÿ™

dheerendra85
Community Member

I received a direct offer from a UK-based person, today. He sent a file through Wetransfer and it has some images for the digital advertising but it also has a large .exe file. When I asked him to send the files over Upwork in doc. format he said that "please click open 3-6 times it will open, because my company has installed anti-theft algorithm in the project".

It is clearly a scam, this job isn't visible on the job page, and I'm unable to flag it.

Oh my, so this UK person continue to create havoc and just waiting for that worker who will fall into his trap. Yes, his opening can't be flagged, really scary. 

Upwork does not veryfy client's location. You can write The Moon and it will accept it! And then they wonder why every second job post is spam/scam. 

rolludesig
Community Member

same happened with me as well.. got direct offer and client sent me .exe file which was not working but he asked me to give access to my desktop using anydesk so that he may guide how that .exe will work...which i have rejected 

This UK man should be banned by Upwork immediately. Good thing we all know his style of deceipt.  

2a6c2b42
Community Member

I believe this same thing happened to me and I'm going to report the job. Beware of .exe scam jobs on upwork. They send a job offer and are verified and seem legit. Here is the person that contacted me.

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ashishrs
Community Member

Same happened with me this UK guy sent me a offer out of nowhere. He said to dowload a file through we transfer and that file had images of electric scooty products and a exe file. The guy is really shady but I am not able to report him or leave that conversation on Upwork

I had a SAME exact offer from a UK guy for electric scooter products, and he said it was a program his company developed for "safety" matters. And the original job post was no longer available.

 

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scuglia
Community Member

be aware!

 

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27fd37a5
Community Member

Hi everyone!  Recently I come came across few graphic design jobs on Upwork that after scanning with VirusTotal a message said " 1 security vendor flagged this URL as malicious"

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The image above is one of the two graphic design jobs posted today which have the same warning from VirusTotal.  Both jobs are asking us to go to the Google Drive for further detail or instruction.

 

So, what's your take on these?  Report to Upwork?  

Yes, of course!

Reported to Upwork and flag it as inappropriate.

95cc7c66
Community Member

We are in the same boat. This person sent me a very good offer and they sent in an exe that can be opened only from Windows, and not Apple devices. I asked for the file to be able to be opened on Apple devices but he insists that this file only can be opened from Windows. So I don't think it's legit.

Never, ever, open an exe. file.

Yes, thank you for your concern. I almost fallen in the trap. 

92a36253
Community Member

Same here. But unluckily I have open the file and some CMD windows blinked. What should I do because I just join the Upwork yesterday and I m new.**Edited for Community Guidelines**

Because you are new, please read this post and follow every link. It will take you to Upwork resources and excellent advice on scams.

 

Regarding opening files, the first thing to do is get a high-quality virus/malware program. There is no alternative if you want to open random files.  Never open an exe. file.

 

If you are concerned about your computer, get that program now and run it. If your computer has been compromised, and you don't know how to remove the problems, you need to get it to a repair shop ASAP.

92a36253
Community Member

What if I open. But after realising I disconnected PC with internet now I I'm finding a good antivirus for that

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