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Had to report someone to Upwork but their profile is still up

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Tami B Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
1 of 16

I am not really asking for advice per say, just wondering what others think. 

 

I was hired for a freelance writing job on blog content. The job didn't have a lot of information besides needing a native English writer. He asked for a video chat about a month ago which I couldn't do since I was at my physical job and stopped messaging me. Recently he messaged me again asking if I could write content for his blog, which I said I could do. Here is where it gets weird. He wants me to watch porn and then write about what I watch. He then asked about my sexual history and if I knew about sex. I told him that was inappropriate and not his business, he insisted it was, then I stopped messaging him and reported it to Upwork. 

 

It was a pain to even report it but Upwork saw the messages and told me they were handling it. I got an email last night saying they were taking action but couldn't let me know the outcome of the case. This morning I am still getting messages from him. I can't flag the original post for some reason and I am not responding to him. 

 

My thought is shouldn't this guys profile already be down? I don't care about him wanting me to write about sex, its the fact that he took is way beyond that and started to get way too personal. He also asked me to speak to him off Upwork on Whats App. 

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Lila G Member Since: Dec 4, 2017
2 of 16

Horrible situation and sorry you had to go through that Tami.

First of all, I would highly recommend to block him so you longer receive messages from him. You can do that under messages> click his pictures>block

Secondly, thank you for reporting him. Upwork should have taken down his profile and banned him. Super inappropriate. 

Lila
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Tami B Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
3 of 16

Thanks Lila. Honestly at first I found it humorous because he was writing like this:

I want you to watch p o r n and write about s e x"

 

Like seriously.

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
4 of 16

Hi Tami,

 

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for your reporting this. Our team has looked into your report and took appropriate action as per our internal processes. Unfortunately, We cannot discuss anything about this for privacy reasons, which we hope you understand!

~ Bojan
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Tami B Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
5 of 16

If you took the appropriate approach why is he still messaging me today? 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
6 of 16

Tami B wrote:

If you took the appropriate approach why is he still messaging me today? 


Block him and move on.

Go to the message thread and click on his picture / icon and choose "block XYZ"

 

Problem solved.

 

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Tami B Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
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I did block him after the numerous phone calls but even with that being said, Upwork should have completely gotten rid of him for the saftey of their clients. It isn't right.

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Melanie H Member Since: Nov 2, 2017
8 of 16

Tami B wrote:

Thanks Lila. Honestly at first I found it humorous because he was writing like this:

I want you to watch p o r n and write about s e x"

 

Like seriously.


Okay...call me crazy but some jobs that involve writing about sex could be legitimate. I mean...I have seen jobs on my feed that mention that the subject matter is sexual health. I have also seen jobs for fictional erotica. 

 

With that said, because he pushed to know *personal* sexual details then obviously he's way out of line and no, that's not a "job" anyone should take on. Hopefully Upwork takes action.

 

For your part, you probably already know you shouldn't have accepted a job where you didn't even know what the subject matter was. How did you know you'd be able to do the job well? What if you'd been required to write about turbine engines or the biochemical future of surgical anesthesia? Smiley Very Happy Or something absolutely awful like "Why You Should Consider Becoming a Skinhead"?

 

Sorry you went through this! Let us know what happens.

 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
9 of 16

It's not allowed. He's writing it that way to avoid filters and triggers on Upwork's end. It's the same thing for the ebay scammer who writes it as "e.b.a.y"

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
10 of 16

Melanie H wrote:


Okay...call me crazy but some jobs that involve writing about sex could be legitimate. I mean...I have seen jobs on my feed that mention that the subject matter is sexual health. I have also seen jobs for fictional erotica. 


Not.

allowed.

on.

Upwork.

 

Any type of "adult" stuff is forbidden (whether  it should be or not is a different question, but it is.)

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