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Padcha U Member Since: Aug 24, 2019
11 of 21

Well, now we have to pay for connects and there are more job posts where the poster doesn't even CHECK the post for days and sometimes weeks. It seems a little suspicious.

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Kim F Member Since: Aug 26, 2015
12 of 21

Padcha U wrote:

Well, now we have to pay for connects and there are more job posts where the poster doesn't even CHECK the post for days and sometimes weeks. It seems a little suspicious.

I wouldn't place too much faith in the last viewed by client thing. It often bears no relation to reality, and even when it does it's behind the times. According to one project I bid on recently, the client hasn't looked at it for twelve days. However, she has messaged me twice in the last couple of days. 


I've noticed this happen a lot. Maybe it's because they use email rather than log into the site? Or maybe they stay logged in and Upwork only indicates new logins? Whatever, there's more activity than there seems.

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
13 of 21

I think it is up to freelancers to shape the way clients behave. If you see a job posted by a new client who has not verified their payment and isn't interviewing anyone, who hasn't visited the post for several days, etc. and you have few connects to spare--don't apply. There are other freelancers who do have an abundance of connects who can apply for that gig and 'try the client out' for you. These more experienced freelancers (assuming that those with more experience are the ones with connects to spare) will probably be more skilled at vetting the client and teaching them the ins and outs of the system anyway. 


Then, once this client has been proofed by someone with connects to spare, they will hopefully continue to seek freelancers on the platform and will have a history of hiring that you can verify before investing connects on their gigs. And, these clients probably will be on the lookout for a new freelancer (despite having hired the experienced freelancer in the first round) because as each freelancer gains more experience his or her rate should increase and these entry-level clients will be released back into the wild to search for a less-experienced, more affordable freelancer. 


TL;DR If you are short on connects, only spend them on clients with a history of hiring and leaving feedback on the platform. Let freelancers with connects to spare gamble on the unknown quantities. 


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Ahmed S Member Since: Nov 27, 2017
14 of 21

Though this is an old issue but it's still an issue and actually I disagree with you, and I think that Muhammad's idea is not bad at all, just like Upwork charging freelancers for connects now to avoid spamming proposals, it should do the same for clients to avoid spamming's called "Balance". 

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Laura C Member Since: May 22, 2019
15 of 21
These are all fake. Computer generated company names. Sky Seape Industries? Come on?! Fake shell company for off shore money
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
16 of 21

Laura C wrote:
These are all fake. Computer generated company names. Sky Seape Industries? Come on?! Fake shell company for off shore money

What is "all fake?" Generalisation, much?

Could Sky Seape Industries be a typo for Sky Scape Industries?


As a new US based freelancer you will be aggressively targeted by the fake-check scammers who interview on Google-Hangout. They are not "shell companies" - they are simple scammers, usually sitting in an Internet cafe in a country far away and very warm, on the look-out for people naive enough to think that any real client would really send a real check to a stranger on the Internet for office equipment or similar.

Essentially, at this stage, if any client mentions Google-Hangout, it's a scam (99.5 % of the time.)




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Steven H Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
17 of 21

That's gotta be industry specific because I've never been scammed with ever (knock on wood).  It's also not super common to request hangouts, but so far so good.  


I find there are pseudo-fake job posts that imply they will make your proposal, put down your price and they come back saying they want to pay you based on performance only.  


The other one is third party "upwork-like" sites that come on here and try to hunt for Upworkers to join their network by putting up fake jobs.  




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Sylwia D Member Since: Dec 31, 2018
18 of 21
Something should be done to help people not waste money on bogus job posts
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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
19 of 21

There are many reasons jobs go unawarded. I was notified by an invited freelancer that my award rate was only 64%, so he was not applying. Most of my never-awarded jobs were from the period that I was responding to highly complex projects requiring multiple experts in disparate fields. I won't submit a response unless I'm certain I can deliver, so I'll post a job for a rubbertree plantation expert, or an inorganic chemical plant expert to fill in holes. I'm up-front about that. I'm not doing that any more. I do little hiring on UW today, because I have default providers either thru g***.com or off-line.


I've had jobs evaporate because the client was inside a building in Guatemala when it was burned during a riot, because the client's brother died and he had to return to Pakistan to marry his brother's widow, because the client fell into a coma the day the job was to start, and because one of the five people using my services to put together a commercial consortium died the night before I was to meet them. That was all in a three-week period. I've tried hiring people who apparently don't exist, such as a packaging engineer. A talent specialist found me a suitable applicant and invited a flower arranger. Enough said.


Sometimes I fire the client before I've hired someone. Sometimes the job requirements change. Sometimes I get lots of applicants none of whom is qualified because they're charging too little. Life is too short to post fake jobs.

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Richard H Member Since: Dec 22, 2019
20 of 21

Hello everyone, 


Lately I have applied to about 10 jobs that I was qualified for and seriously interested in helping. Out of the 10 I was contacted by two. One was real, and the other was a spam from some other country then the U.S. which the contract was posted in. The others are all still open and have been for 10 days now. I understand that the average time for response is typically 3-5 days to be notified. Why doesnt upwork make it to where the listing has to be closed out within a certain amount of time, or renewed with a quicker time limit? Also what are they doing to kick out the scammers? If I go to the U.S. Only jobs and apply why do I get on the phone and waste my time with someone who lives in Timbukto? Also if the contracts that you apply for dont ever close, or you decide to pull your bid for the contract, why do you not get your credits back? I feel like I am paying upwork to allow scammers to run their platform. I am just an honest freelancer looking to help out clients who need marketing/ web design.