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jbmelton
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Fraud

If you see a user that tells you to email **Edited for Community Guidelines** avoid wasting your time. This user has you write a ton of work, assuring payment, etc. Obviously, he does not follow that and scams you out of your work. Just a huge warning. 

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lysis10
Member

mail.ru? Nobody uses that domain except for spammers and scammers. That's the giveaway.

colettelewis
Member


 


@Jake M wrote:

If you see a user that tells you to email **Edited for Community Guidelines** avoid wasting your time. This user has you write a ton of work, assuring payment, etc. Obviously, he does not follow that and scams you out of your work. Just a huge warning. 


 Lesson learned. If you want to make any kind of money as a freelancer on Upwork, you do not work for "assurances of payment". You set your terms and the client sets the contract up through Upwork (mandatory), on an hourly or fixed-rate basis. On the latter, you should not start working until the agreed amount has been paid into escrow.

 

Circumvention is against Upwork's ToS (Terms of Service) and you risk having your account suspended.

 

 

jbmelton
Member

I was scammed out of $640 for a hirer named **Edited for Community Guidelines**. Their skype is **Edited for Community Guidelines**. don't let them get you like they got me!

Jake - Exactly how were you scammed. Did you pay that amount to the client for equipment or software that they said you needed for the job? Did they said they would send you a check and after cashing it and sending the "extra" money somewhere, did you have to pay back that amount to the bank because the check was bad? Or did you do that much work and send it to the client without escrow being funded and now the client has your work and has disappeared?

 

All of the above are well known scams. And by reading Upwork's TOS, or even coming on here and reading some posts you would have known about this. If the above is not what happened, can you be a little more specific as to how you got scammed?

 

Again?

 

How were you supposed to be paid by them?

 

Frankly it's actually very difficult to be scammed even once when sticking to the Terms of Service here, let alone twice in a row.

 

 

I feel sorry for you, I got same proposal few month before like they got scam by freelancer and now they want freelancer who will send them money for software and others issue, 

 

I ignored them


@Elvira M wrote:

Hi Jake,

So somehow you managed to "loose" so much money in 3 days you started a profile on Upwork?

 

In only 3 days, how can someone owe you over 600 bucks?

 

 


Elvira, he registered on the FORUM 3 days ago, not on the platform. Had you bothered to look you would have seen that your wild accusations are nonsense, as he has feedback from prior to September.

Jake, if you worked for another client than the article writing you did...

Seems you had no other offers than that.

If you tried working with a client outside of Upwork it is against the policy.

If we examine your profile...

You only had one job here and you got paid 15 for writing an article.

So now I knid of wonder how do you collect 600 bucks with only one small 15 USD project on Upwork anyhow?

The work you did for Triumph Mag did not seem so complicated.

Are you trying to cover up an ugly lie now?

 

 

 

amozolee
Member

Thank you for posting this . I was in the middle of writing a final article for **Edited for Community Guidelines** when I noticed lackadaisical attitude about payment. I did not submit my final article after i found this information. I was really hoping to have a good report butI have not been paid or contacted. 

Hey guys,

 

Just as an FYI. here's the skinny on this guy: after suspecting what was going on, I investigated and figured out what he is doing. He is soliciting writers on Upwork for high-volume, fast-turn around jobs. He promises great rates, which is what is luring people to take the chance because the pay seems so high compared to many other content writing jobs out there. Yeah, that whole too-good-to-be-true thing.

 

He actually a "provider" for IWriter who recieves his assignments, farms them out to unsuspecting Upwork clients, then gets paid for them on IWriter while disappearing once the writer catches on. As of today, IWriter has been notified about the issue, but this guy is smart and constantly changes screennames. Unless both Upwork and IWriter can block his IEP, he will figure out a way to keep up this scheme.

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The moral of the story is to follow Upwork's TOS, because they are here to protect us from this exact scenario. If anyone asks to Skype message you, don't.

Doesn't he offer $15/article but wants the contract to be set as hourly? That's high priced?

sarahbjose
Member

$22 per 500 words in my case. He varies his proposals to throw people off.