My job proposal was accepted by a **Edited for Community Guidelines** under the title "A freelancer tanscriber is need urgenly." I believe this was a scam. They have since removed the job posting, however, in the process they sent us money with which we were supposed to purchase equipment for the said job, which raised suspicions. After asking questions about the job, they have since disappeared from the conversation (which they requested to move to Skype. I can send screenshots if needed). Looking for direction on how to proceed...
Zoe, yes this is a scam. They were trying to steal money from your bank account.
They sent you a fake check. By receiving it, you violated a very serious Upwork TOS rule. You are new and did not know better. This time I am sure Upwork will not penalize your account. But make sure you never do that again.
This matter is now over.
I checked the job post you were referring to and it seems that it's already been taken down because it was in violation of Upwork TOS and action has been taken on the client account.