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Freelancers BEWARE

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
11 of 13

@Rene K wrote:

@Nichola L wrote:

These people know that Upwork is, in effect, protecting them and that they are completely immune from punishment.


Upwork is not protecting them, simply they don't see the need to invest expensive resources in fighting a phenomenon that doesn't impact the company. Naive providers are at loss, not Upwork.


Not all murderers get caught, but governments deploy expensive resources to catch some of them. It is like saying a murder victim has been naive - which is possible - but the victim is still dead.

 

All Upwork has to do is to make an exception of some fraudsters and point the recidivists out - it can't be that expensive.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
12 of 13

re: "What one can do with a stolen SS number in the US?"

 

There are MANY things a criminal can do with a social security number. This is a topic easily researched via Google...

 

The biggest thing, though, is that with a social security number and scant other contact information, a criminal can open up a credit card account in your name, make purchases with it, racking up a big debt, and then walk away.... leaving you on the hook for his charges.

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
13 of 13

@Preston H wrote:

re: "What one can do with a stolen SS number in the US?"

 

There are MANY things a criminal can do with a social security number. This is a topic easily researched via Google...

 

The biggest thing, though, is that with a social security number and scant other contact information, a criminal can open up a credit card account in your name, make purchases with it, racking up a big debt, and then walk away.... leaving you on the hook for his charges.


Actually, I just read a brochure published by the Social Security about this. It's really a scary flaw in the US system that you can do all those things with just one's SS number. They really should do something against this. Where I live, if you don't have an official ID with your photo on it, good luck for opening a bank account.

 

Well some scammers successfully misuse other's identities, but this requires a lot of work and perfectly forged documents.

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