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I think this client is getting work done for free

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Rugs get pulled from under one's feet . . . forget 'em.

 

I wonder just how many 'urgent' jobs actually get awarded.

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@Nichola L wrote:

Rugs get pulled from under one's feet . . . forget 'em.

 

I wonder just how many 'urgent' jobs actually get awarded.


I always disliked rugs... Especially those jobs are interesting: very urgent, very easy and payment method not verified. 

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Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
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I was interviewed as well - and yesterday told her she would have to pay a weekend charge if she needed me to work on a Sunday. I had overbid her budget in the first place...

 

She stopped communicating with me after my second message. Glad I stopped caring early on!

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Tam L Employee Member Since: Aug 31, 2015
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Can someone help me mimic the search (what are you typing, filtering by) they're using to find these postings? I would like to see this to find patterns in the posting. 

 

Thanks!

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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[deketed bt author—misread scope of Tam's question]

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@Tam L wrote:

Can someone help me mimic the search (what are you typing, filtering by) they're using to find these postings? I would like to see this to find patterns in the posting. 

 

Thanks!


I only search for "German" and often find strange job offers. Here one example of today following hereafter. A ZIP file was added to the job description. A free test translation was requested and a ZIP file added.

 

Details Needs to hire 20 Freelancers

HELLO,

We need translators from  German to french  for a Hugh project

Please respond questions bellow , send your CV and do the test in attachment .

Test Rule:

Note:

1. This is user manual on "Dash Camera", pls use the proper terminologies during your translation.

2. Pls remain the product name Das Cam in English.

3. Pls double check your translation before sending to me.

4. Attached SOURCE PDF for your reference.

Payment on Upwork

Regards.

 

 

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Tam L Employee Member Since: Aug 31, 2015
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Thanks Margarete - 

 

I have a few thoughts as to why you may think this is a non-legit posting, but was wondering if I could hear why in your own words. 

 

 

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Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
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Tam,

 

This is a bit off-topic. But it ties in with signs of 'legit job postings'.

There is one client in particular that keeps coming up in my 'German' search almost every week - Margarete has 'met' them, too.

 

 

They have

 

14 reviews, 4.99 star average

 

Based in the US

 

194 Jobs Posted

9% Hire Rate, 51 Open Jobs

 

$9.562 Total Spent

23 Hires, 3 Active

 

Member since May, 2008

 

 

Their last hire was in April 2015. They are interviewing for 51 jobs - yet haven't hired anyone.

I am pretty sure that this client is legit in some respect as well - as in hiring freelancers. I only doubt they do so on Upwork... there are so many of these. And I am so tired of reporting them - or the ones that keep asking for free tests etc. - which BTW, Upwork's platinum clients do, too. All the time.

 

If a 9% hiring rate over the course of 7.5 years combined with 51 open jobs doesn't raise any flags @Upwork - what will?

 

I think Margarete reported this client. Yet they keep posting jobs. They offer me jobs via private email but are very careful, always insinuating that it will go through Upwork when I enquire whether their budgets include the Upwork fee.

But I don't take the jobs and they are never posted here. All their ads are very generic, there's almost never a specific assignment on offer.

 

Have I proof? No. And it's not my job to get it. But I keep wasting connects on job postings like this. Because on the surface, they seem like legitimate clients. They know how to work the system.

 

Ela

 

 

Edited to add: I also, just like Hanna describes below, applied for an 'urgent' job posting - I did send my CV (bar any personal data) and was told that the job 'fell through'. They have contacted me twice since.

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Hanna N Member Since: Jun 17, 2015
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Tam,

 

I've had dealings with the same company as Ela and Margarete. It is not just German translators and writers they look for, thye also look for translators of Finnish, which leads me to believe that they look for translators of other languages as well. 

 

I was interviewed for a job by them as well, marked as URGENT - but when I received the interview request, I was suddenly asked to send my CV. What sort of small, 100 word translation work requires applicants to send off their CV? Not one that really is just for a 100 words, that's for sure.

 

I believe that the company recruits people on UpWork to build a database of translators to give work to off platform. I can name atleast one other company that I know for a fact tries to operate this way as well, as I was interviewed for a translation job by then, soon was told me the job was already awarded to someone else - but only after the client had hunted me down on Facebook based on my stupidly rare name and I had ,stupidly enough, accepted a friend request from them as I did not want to be impolite. Some weeks later, they started messaging me everywhere else but UpWork, offering off-platform work.

 

Clients like these build a good profile on UpWork, hire people for small jobs from time to time to keep thier stats ok, and anything bigger they farm out to the database they have already built. 

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@Ela K wrote:

Tam,

 

This is a bit off-topic. But it ties in with signs of 'legit job postings'.

There is one client in particular that keeps coming up in my 'German' search almost every week - Margarete has 'met' them, too.

 

 

They have

 

14 reviews, 4.99 star average

 

Based in the US

 

194 Jobs Posted

9% Hire Rate, 51 Open Jobs

 

$9.562 Total Spent

23 Hires, 3 Active

 

Member since May, 2008

 

 

Their last hire was in April 2015. They are interviewing for 51 jobs - yet haven't hired anyone.

I am pretty sure that this client is legit in some respect as well - as in hiring freelancers. I only doubt they do so on Upwork... there are so many of these. And I am so tired of reporting them - or the ones that keep asking for free tests etc. - which BTW, Upwork's platinum clients do, too. All the time.

 

@If a 9% hiring rate over the course of 7.5 years combined with 51 open jobs doesn't raise any flags @Upwork - what will?

 

I think Margarete reported this client. Yet they keep posting jobs. They offer me jobs via private email but are very careful, always insinuating that it will go through Upwork when I enquire whether their budgets include the Upwork fee.

But I don't take the jobs and they are never posted here. All their ads are very generic, there's almost never a specific assignment on offer.

 

Have I proof? No. And it's not my job to get it. But I keep wasting connects on job postings like this. Because on the surface, they seem like legitimate clients. They know how to work the system.

 

Ela


I am not sure if I ever flagged them. What I have flagged today are about 16 job offers for 70 freelancers in various languages for online lessons via Skype... 

 

Payment method not verified

23 Jobs Posted
0% Hire Rate, 16 Open Jobs

 

example of Arab language tutors

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Last Viewed: 22 hours ago

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Interviewing: 38

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