That means even I withdraw my application since the job post is still active, so I will not get back my FREE connects. What if they already hired someone - same process?
Yes, Joe Luis.
However, please, note that connects are not returned when you withdraw your proposal. Connects are only returned when either the client or Upwork cancel the job without hiring.
Heres a situation that seems to become somewhat casual and normal here on upwork. And it needs to be addressed by the security team better.
I have had probably between 10-20 jobs that I have applied to, and used my connects that I pay for every month as a plus subscriber.
Then these "clients" message back and after a little bit of investigating on my part, I find that the client is masquerading as a business in a foreign country asking for work from people located only in the US. And of course, upwork does not advise taking work outside of the platform. Which I don't unless I have an already developed working relationship with the client or I know them personally.
But my issue is all of the wasted connects on "bogus" jobs that were only meant to steal MORE of my money. (Seeing how they got away with 2 of my connects) they got away with my money in two ways. I could have used those connects to apply to a REAL job that would provide me with REAL money, and of course, seeing how I pay for plus... I have now wasted several connects on bogus jobs.
Please crack down on these clients and force them to verify before they are able to steal from us all...