My friend recently joined upwork and this was her first offer. She was sent a cheque and the cheque bounced. Now she is asking for help fromt he company and they say that she will have to finance the legal process for this.
Is the company fraud? Need help with this. Need to register a complaint againt them.
Your friend violated Upwork's terms of service by accepting to work off site. If she had read a bit more about working on Upwork she could probably have avoided this scam which is one of the oldest going, and there is nothing your friend can do about it. These people operate all over the world, and simply use company names of perfectly respectable companies that they find on the Internet.
ETA: However, for what it is worth, she can report to Upwork's customer services, and the job will be delisted, if it has not been already.
But to answer the question that was posed:
The people who sent the check are scammers. The job is "fraudulent."
But the company name that was used is the name of an innocent company. The scammers copied an innocent company's name from the Internet, and fed that name to the naive freeelancer. The scammers are not actually associated with that company.
Please, have your friend report the job post to customer support or send me a private message with the link. Your friend shouldn't pay any money to send a proposal to a job, work with a client or report a violation. Please, check the following resources and share them with with your friend or anybody you know who has an account on Upwork.
A link to Lena's thread is included in the Vladimir's post along with other valuable materials, resources and links we want new freelancers to check. That post is pinned at the top of the board and we would like not to clutter that area with multiple threads.
Lena's post could hardly be described as "clutter" - it is essential.
ETA: Oh now I see. Please Valeria, Vlad, CEO, Garnor what could be more utterly boring and totally uneyecatching to anyone, especially eager newbies as "Getting started on Upwork" - who cares? You need to hook them. You need to make them read.
Could you change this to something like:
"Before you start - don't get suspended, don't get scammed - check this thread"
Seriously guys your marketing/copy writing sucks!