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Rebecca S Member Since: Jan 20, 2017
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Has anyone else been approached or submitted a proposal for a data entry position with **Edited for Community Guidelines**? If so, did it turn out to be a scam like it did for me??


BEWARE of any postings from **Edited for Community Guidelines**. While the business is a legitimate publicly traded entity, the people who are posting/responding to the job post do not appear to be legitimate or they may not even work for **Edited for Community Guidelines**. 


If they send you a check, you can deposit it, but go into your bank before using ANY of the money. The check WILL bounce. You will be responsible personally. 


This was my first time submitting a proposal on UpWork and it turned into a 2 week fiasco and waste of the resources I had left. **Edited for Community Guidelines**



Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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You can not post the names of clients in the Forum like this. It is against Forum Guidelines. Forum Moderators will censor the name if you do that.


And as you now realize, the name you specified is not actually the name of the scammer or the scammer's company. It is a company name that the scammer copied from the Internet.


It seems clear that you googled the name of the company the client provided. This is a big mistake. In the future, do not google company names and employee names. That is what scammers want you to do. When you google the name, you fall into their trap.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "If anyone can s**Edited for Community Guidelines**


No, nobody can suggest that.


That is not how Upwork functions.


Upwork is more about lifestyle than it is about quick income. If you need to earn some money quickly, or if you need to maximize your earnings potential, then coming to Upwork and offering to do data entry is 100% the wrong way to go. Pretty much any other opportunity to earn money that you can find in your community will enable you to earn more money and enable you to begin earning money faster.


If you are here for LIFESTYLE reasons and are ready to invest many months before making a profit, then you are in the right place.

Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Rebecca,


I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience. The client you communicated with was removed from the platform at the beginning of January for violating Upwork ToS. Note that all payments have to be processed through Upwork as offering/accepting direct payments is a serious ToS violation, and can create serious legal issues for a user as you've experinced. Also, you are required to have an active contract before you start working in order to protect your payment and work in line with our ToS.


In order to avoid similar incidents, make sure you only accept payments through Upwork, start working only after a contract has been created on the platform, follow the tips shared in this thread and review these resources.


Also, note that offering your services in the Community is prohibited by our Community Guidelines and you need to search and apply for jobs posted on Upwork in order to get hired.