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Fake Job Posts to Consume Freelancer's Connects

kateashcraft
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Amanda A Member Since: Nov 21, 2018
21 of 23

Hate to bring this post back from the dead, but what about when you receive recruitment from an Upwork Success Project Talent Specialist..yet says with Upwork) to jobs that are fake? Has happened to me twice. There are actual reviews and payments received for supposed clients wanting to interview, yet they were not with Random House (I actually have friends who work for head office). They demand you go to Google Hangouts to discuss and use the same script every time and wastes almost 45 minutes of your day. Job closed out..cuz fake..and yeah, I'm out 6 connects. 

Tired......

 

I have regular clients, don't get me wrong, but this is full-time work for me. I need to keep my client pool maxxed and fake scams like this hurt credibility.

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
22 of 23

Amanda A wrote:

What about when you receive recruitment from an Upwork Success Project Talent Specialist..yet says with Upwork) to jobs that are fake? Has happened to me twice. There are actual reviews and payments received for supposed clients wanting to interview, yet they were not with Random House (I actually have friends who work for head office). They demand you go to Google Hangouts to discuss and use the same script every time and wastes almost 45 minutes of your day. Job closed out..cuz fake..and yeah, I'm out 6 connects. 


If Upwork took the job down as being a scam you get your connects back and if you are invited it doesn't actually cost any connects in the first place.

sam-sly
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Samantha S Member Since: Jun 23, 2016
23 of 23

Amanda A wrote:

Hate to bring this post back from the dead, but what about when you receive recruitment from an Upwork Success Project Talent Specialist..yet says with Upwork) to jobs that are fake? Has happened to me twice. There are actual reviews and payments received for supposed clients wanting to interview, yet they were not with Random House (I actually have friends who work for head office). They demand you go to Google Hangouts to discuss and use the same script every time and wastes almost 45 minutes of your day. Job closed out..cuz fake..and yeah, I'm out 6 connects. 

Tired......

 

I have regular clients, don't get me wrong, but this is full-time work for me. I need to keep my client pool maxxed and fake scams like this hurt credibility.


Those are common scams, not so much the company because they pretend to be from any company they want. For whatever reason, the scammers love Google Hangouts, so I consider that a flag since I've never had a real client want to text interview through Google Hangouts. I think they just want to get you off platform to talk so they don't get flagged by Upwork in the middle of their scam. I am wary of fixating too much on one app since they also sometimes text chat through Skype.

 

There are actual Upwork talent specialists, their recommendations are sometimes a little weird. But in my experience, they always invite you to apply for a specific job posted on Upwork (sometimes an invitation-only job). When they invite you to apply, it does not cost the freelancer any connects.  

 

Actually, any client invitation doesn't cost connects so I am a little confused about why you would lose 6 connects for responding to an invitation (even a scam invitation)? Did they contact you outside of Upwork? 

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