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Buying an item with money provided by client, is it legit?

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Alice G Member Since: Aug 13, 2019
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I'm new to Upwork and I was just offered my first proposal. The client asked me to buy an item for him with money he'd provide upfront. This would take care of the cost of the item itself and my pay. Which I imagine UpWork would take their 20 percent. I know not to accept money from an outside source such as paypal with a client but I wanted to see if anyone knew if this was an unusual request and possibly a scam? 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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wrote:

I'm new to Upwork and I was just offered my first proposal. The client asked me to buy an item for him with money he'd provide upfront. This would take care of the cost of the item itself and my pay. Which I imagine UpWork would take their 20 percent. I know not to accept money from an outside source such as paypal with a client but I wanted to see if anyone knew if this was an unusual request and possibly a scam? 



Alice G wrote:

I'm new to Upwork and I was just offered my first proposal. The client asked me to buy an item for him with money he'd provide upfront. This would take care of the cost of the item itself and my pay. Which I imagine UpWork would take their 20 percent. I know not to accept money from an outside source such as paypal with a client but I wanted to see if anyone knew if this was an unusual request and possibly a scam? 


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It is not that unusual, but as it is a first job, you should be wary. Could you give us a few more details about the job  and the item your client wants you to buy (without naming names or directly quoting)? 

 

ETA: You should definitely not buy anything until you have a firm contract via Upwork. 

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Alice G Member Since: Aug 13, 2019
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The item is a bunion corrector kit and it can be found from Amazon. He
wanted to provide me with a link. He'd provide 30 dollars up front. 20
dollars would pay for the item and 10 dollars would go to me and I believe
after the UpWork fee, I receive my 8 dollars.

I'm waiting for him to provide the link.

Thank you
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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Is this for an Amazon fake review?

 

 

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Alice G Member Since: Aug 13, 2019
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Hes not asking me to write a review but he did ask for the order ID.
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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Alice G wrote:
Hes not asking me to write a review but he did ask for the order ID.

This is not a legit job. Nobody pays you to buy something on Amazon.

 

 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Alice G wrote:
The item is a bunion corrector kit and it can be found from Amazon. He
wanted to provide me with a link. He'd provide 30 dollars up front. 20
dollars would pay for the item and 10 dollars would go to me and I believe
after the UpWork fee, I receive my 8 dollars.

Does he want you to write a review?

The problem is that if the client pays you $ 30 Dollars, the Upwork fee is $ 6 (plus VAT if applicable) and if you paid $ 20 for the item (what about shipping?) then there would be $ 4 or less left for you...

 

Why does the client not buy it himself? Do they have a verified payment method?

 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Alice G wrote:
The item is a bunion corrector kit and it can be found from Amazon. He
wanted to provide me with a link. He'd provide 30 dollars up front. 20
dollars would pay for the item and 10 dollars would go to me and I believe
after the UpWork fee, I receive my 8 dollars.

I'm waiting for him to provide the link.

Thank you

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Well you can look at the link, but don't agree to any work at all until you have a contract firmly in place.

 

The job seems dodgy to me and if, as René asked, it is to write a false review, then that is against both Amazon and Upwork's ToS. I think you should give this job a miss and it's badly paid anyway. 

 

ETA: I also think you should report the job.

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Alice G Member Since: Aug 13, 2019
9 of 11
Thank yall so much for your help. Better safe than sorry!
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
10 of 11

Just think about what YOU would do, if YOU were the client.

 

If YOU were the client, and you wanted to hire a freelancer to evaluate a product or review something, then wouldn't you ask the freelancer for her address, and have the item shipped to her?

 

Wouldn't doing this demonstrate that you are a legitimate client, and not just somebody trying to run a scam?

 

When a client isn't doing what you would personally do as a client, then there is a good reason to question the legitimacy of what they are doing.

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