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Re: Invitation to Interview

bjlerud
Active Member
Bryn L Member Since: May 3, 2016
1 of 8

Hi,

 

I just joined Upwork and before I had a chance to submit any proposals I was contacted by **Edited for Community Guidelines** and asked to interview.  Is this legitimate?  Anyone have any experience with this company?

 

Thanks

katrinabeaver
Community Guru
Katrina B Member Since: Jan 9, 2011
2 of 8

My guess is they asked you to interview on Google Hangouts or Yahoo messenger?

"Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike-Coach John Wooden"
bjlerud
Active Member
Bryn L Member Since: May 3, 2016
3 of 8

Correct.  And they hired me!!  Seems too good to be true.  I haven't given out any personal information except name, address, email, phone.  What should I watch out for?

katrinabeaver
Community Guru
Katrina B Member Since: Jan 9, 2011
4 of 8

As Preston said protect yourself it's a scam.  Also keep in mind that you are breaking TOS by accepting to have that check sent to you.  It can get you suspended.  Please report this client. 

"Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike-Coach John Wooden"
prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
5 of 8

Bryn:

Two points:

 

First: No, this isn't a legitimate offer.

 

Second: Don't ask about companies or clients by name. When scammers invite you to a job, they use fake names or names of real companies that they found on the Internet.

 

The names are meaningless. Nobody here has a list of "legitimate companies."

 

DO NOT GOOGLE the names of companies or clients. The scammers WANT you to google the names. Don't do it. That's part of how they trick you.

 

Judge offers by their Upwork history and by what they say in their job proposal, and by what they do during the interview. DO NOT think about the names.

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
6 of 8

Hi Bryn

 

I'm glad you decided to seek advice from the Community before making a mistake. No, you're not yet hired for the job and your client offered to pay outside the platform, which is a serious violation of our policy. This policy is there to keep our marketplace secure and to protect both freelancers and clients. We do ask our members to report job posts and clients offering direct payments.

To help you work safely on Upwork, please have at tips and warning signs shared in this thread.

 

Don't start working without an active contract, which would show in your "My Jobs" tab. You can find more details here.

 

You can find valuable information in the Getting Started as a Freelancer section of the Hep Center. I also advise reading the best practice advice shared by other users in following threads:

Freelancer Tutorial Videos

Want to get that first job? Then check this out...

~ Valeria
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bjlerud
Active Member
Bryn L Member Since: May 3, 2016
7 of 8

Thanks very much for your help.  I will not communicate with these people anymore.  Not a great first experience with Upwork having a scammer contact me.  What do they hope to get from me?  What is the link to the Upwork employer history?

katrinabeaver
Community Guru
Katrina B Member Since: Jan 9, 2011
8 of 8

They have no history because they get booted off the platform and just use a new email address to open a new account. They never hire.  They target new freelancers because they know they haven't read or learned how the platform works.  If you read the things Valeria shared with you, you will be able to realize these scammers immediately.  Unfortunately since you are new you will probably get many more of these invitations.  If you ever have any questions just come back here!!!  Welcome. 

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