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1fb13075
Community Member

I think i might got scammed

I have done a job which a client want me to buy him  pubg uc or valorant VP he created the contract and fund the money and i have bought the VP and send him in the chat then he released the money **the money released as a Milestone not a Bonus ** and all good until now

Is there any problem here? I can now end the contract

again please money was released as a normal Milestone NOT AS A

Bonus  because i red some scams which money paid as bonus and the the client returned them back 

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martina_plaschka
Community Member

I have no idea what you mean by bounce. 

You read right, that is a scam, the client never paid the bonus to upwork, therefore upwork can't pay you. 

This kind of job is strictly forbidden anyway, any buying or trading any kind of virtual currency is not allowed by ToS. 

Iam sorry i mean Bonus 

It does not matter if it was a bonus or a milestone, it's still a scam. 

Can you explain more please 

What he will do next after he already paid

The client never paid. You will not get the money. There is nothing further to do. 

How is that possible while the money already in pending now?

And how i can trust upwork after that

Upwork didn't scam you. The client scammed you.

Buying virtual currency is not a service on upwork. It is not allowed to do that. 

I think i haven't cleared my point of view

I got a contract with 50 $ i have done the job and got my 40 $ after the fee already paid and should be released from upwork in 5 days so where i got scammed? I still have no problem with the client 

This should be a normal job as i did before should it? 

Yes, you have been very unclear. Describe in detail what happened. What did you buy, for what amount?

I have bought a game code for 27$ from a gaming website

The client made a contract with 50$

I have sent the code to the client

And i have submit work for payment

The client released the money

The money now on pending for 5 days as upwork always do

Is there any problem right now?

Sorry for unclear information 

yofazza
Community Member

More than 1 person lost over $1000 for the same thing, and they too don't get their money back. 

petra_r
Community Member


Ahmed M wrote:

And how i can trust upwork after that


The question is more how Upwork can trust you after you violated the terms of service?

 

Did you for one minute wonder why anyone would ever use real money to buy pubg uc or valorant VP at hugely inflated prices on Upwork rather than just buying directly?

 

1fb13075
Community Member

I asked him he said he can't pay on his country as he wanted a code for game

I have bought a game code for 27$ from a gaming website

 

The client made a contract with 50$

 

I have sent the code to the client

 

And i have submit work for payment

 

The client released the money

 

The money now on pending for 5 days as upwork always do

 

Is there any problem right now?

 

Sorry for unclear information 

petra_r
Community Member

The old "doesn't work in my country" thing is nonsense. (Of course)

 

Did you for one minute wonder why anyone would ever use real money to buy pubg uc or valorant VP at hugely inflated prices on Upwork rather than just buying directly?

 

The "client" probably paid with a stolen credit card or hacked paymen method. At any rate the payment will be reversed.

 

Be grateful you're only going to lose $27, not hundreds or thousands like some of the other people who thought they could get free money on the Internet...

1fb13075
Community Member

Ok for this

The "client" probably paid with a stolen credit card or hacked paymen method. At any rate the payment will be reversed. 

 

How i can ever trust upwork from clients use this cards? 

Upwork should pay for that as it is there problem not my problem right? 


Ahmed M wrote:

Ok for this

The "client" probably paid with a stolen credit card or hacked paymen method. At any rate the payment will be reversed. 

 

How i can ever trust upwork from clients use this cards? 

Upwork should pay for that as it is there problem not my problem right? 


It is your problem when you do things that are not allowed. 

1fb13075
Community Member

For this

Did you for one minute wonder why anyone would ever use real money to buy pubg uc or valorant VP at hugely inflated prices on Upwork rather than just buying directly?

 

 

I have trusted upwork as he would but the money first  in escrow 

 

Don't argue. Learn from your mistake and act accordingly.

Where is the problem?! 

All i need is how i can trust upwork after a scam like that ?! 


Ahmed M wrote:

Where is the problem?! 


The problem is that you got scammed because you violated Upwork's terms and services by making an external purchase that was related to a contract you held on Upwork.

 

You have lost $27, but I'm sure that you've lost much more than that had the client given you a tastier offer.

 


Ahmed M wrote:

All i need is how i can trust upwork after a scam like that ?! 


You participated in a scam expecting that you'll get free money, but when that didn't happen, you're saying how you can trust Upwork?? This is a nonsensical statement.

 

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Actually you can easily skip my question rather than being so rude like that! 

I'm not rude. I only have helpful instincts.

 

I explained to you what you did wrong and am asking you to note it so you never fall for something like this again.

Ok thanks 

Buddy, before applying to any job we always check the client's details.. how he/she was with previous freelancers, and where they are from. Normally it is violence against the rules of Upwork to buy something for your Clients.

*** Additionally when the client said it is prohibited in their country! It sounds fishy. Because Even Payoneer release their Virtual Card for buying things online. And if it's prohibited in their country then how did he pay Upwork with an international card? 

*** Another thing when you accept a fixed contract you have to accept the contract and there it is written clearly Are you sure about this?

*** And most important part, If you cant trust Upwork then you can't trust any other platform as well. 

 

 

 

Thank you 

petra_r
Community Member


Ahmed M wrote:

I have trusted upwork as he would but the money first  in escrow 


So basically you knew it was shady at best but thought it's fine to get free money. 


Ahmed M wrote:

For this

Did you for one minute wonder why anyone would ever use real money to buy pubg uc or valorant VP at hugely inflated prices on Upwork rather than just buying directly?

I have trusted upwork as he would but the money first  in escrow 

 


But upwork doesn't allow this kind of transaction. 

Ahmed, you can trust Upwork to find jobs. You cannot trust Upwork (or any other) to supply you with free money (playing reseller from the home couch is free money).

 

If you expect Upwork to offer you 100% guarantee that you will never ever get scammed you should close your account right away, this site is not for you.

JoanneP
Moderator
Moderator

Hi Ahmed,

 

I checked, and I can see that you already have an open ticket with our team. They will review it and update you directly on your ticket. Also, if you see a job or a profile that seems suspicious, you can report it to us using the flagging option. You can read more about it in this help article; please also check out Tips to avoid questionable jobs. You might also want to check out the information here to learn more about staying safe on Upwork. 

~ Joanne
Upwork
1fb13075
Community Member

Thanks

I hope you reply me asap

1fb13075
Community Member

Thank you all for replying

 

I really didn't know that paying for someone is illegal here 

For now when i should expect the money to return back? 

rehman427
Community Member

Hi. what's the status of your issue now? have you recieved the payment? or something happened?

 

Until now I still have my money and I can send them to the bank anytime 

actually, I am confused if I got scammed or not

but until now all good

So everything is normal and you got your money for withdrawal?

yes 

I made the same mistake as you, so did you get your money back?

re: "I made the same mistake as you, so did you get your money back?"

 

Sorry. That is not how this works.

Freelancers don't get their money back when they participate in these scams.

 

 

No i didn't get the money an auto refund was sent to the client

So getting scammed even when the client's payemnt is verified??

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