Ok, so I've had clients ask me for a free sample all the time. And usually it's fair when you send like a paragraph of 50 words maximum or if you send a published article. I never send "one single word" for free. But this is crazy beyond of everything I have seen before. So I had this client reply to me and asking for 1000-2000 words for free. Their payment method was unverified. Now, I think Upwork should check on these scammers who ruin the market. Photo below.
**Edited for Community Guidelines**
Thanks for taking the time to report this! Any request for free work is not allowed on Upwork, and it is a violation of the Terms of Service. You should never start working without an active contract, which would show on your My Jobs page.
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