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Is it ok to share my Birthday with a contracted client?

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Jennifer C Member Since: Aug 30, 2019
1 of 19

Ok, so I am relatively new here. However, I'm excited to say I got my 1st contracted position. Seems legit.. I already reviewed their company websites, saw they have other paid experiences on UpWork, and it seems good. Before I get too comfortable though- They are asking for my email and birthday, so that they can create my work facebook account. Is this ok to share, or should I share a false birthday?

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Remi O Member Since: Jun 6, 2016
2 of 19

For me, I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing that kind of personal information with a client. But I guess you need to do your due diligence to be sure they are legit.

Is having a 'work' facebook account integral to the tasks you will be performing? If not, I don't see why they need to create a new account for you.

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Jennifer C Member Since: Aug 30, 2019
3 of 19
Yes, she is creating a work email account and work Facebook account for me
so that I may help manage social media posts Etc.
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
4 of 19

Well Facebook does ask for birth dates. And if you already have a personal FB account, they will have it anyway. So I can't see any harm in that. 

 

What is important is that your client gives you an official Upwork contract and that you are paid via Upwork. The client can't just pay you for one job on Upwork and then ask you to circumvent, which could cost you your account. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
5 of 19

That is a very interesting question.

 

Upwork always warns freelancers about sharing personal details that can be used for identity theft.

 

But there IS NO RULE against sharing your true birthday with a client.

 

If you really trusted a client and knew for sure this was all legitimate, you could probably share your birthday and it wouldn't be a big deal.

 

But in a situation like this... where they're simply trying to fill out some information so that you can work on their behalf... I don't see how it would make any difference to them if the birthday you gave them was real or not.

 

(Note that I say this as somebody who is not a Facebook user and does not know what Facebook's rules are. I don't even know if the client is asking for ONLY a birth year. Or ONLY a day and month. Or both. Not everybody would agree that it is even okay for a client to ask for a birth year...)

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Jennifer C Member Since: Aug 30, 2019
6 of 19
Very good points. If they are ONLY asking for Birthday, theres no identity
theft that can be had right? However there is potential for this to become
long-term, and I don't want it to come back later that I gave them
misleading information.
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
7 of 19

Jennifer:

Based on what you have said, this does NOT sound like an identity thief.

 

If it was me, I would probably just give them my real birthday so they can set me up using Facebook's legitimate protocols for establishing delegates.

 

If a person only has your birthday, then there is not much they can do with that alone.

 

Anyway, your birthday and all kinds of information is already out there. If somebody really wants to know your birthday, they can get that information.

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
8 of 19

Give the client your birthday.

 

Tell them you want an angelfood cake.

 

Invite me to the party.

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Abinadab A Member Since: Sep 26, 2016
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Jennifer C wrote:

Ok, so I am relatively new here. However, I'm excited to say I got my 1st contracted position. Seems legit.. I already reviewed their company websites, saw they have other paid experiences on UpWork, and it seems good. Before I get too comfortable though- They are asking for my email and birthday, so that they can create my work facebook account. Is this ok to share, or should I share a false birthday?


I could give that info after they've sent me the contract. Not before.

 

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
10 of 19

No, give them a fake birthday. Don't give them a real one.

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