I am glad I researched this. I almost did this today. Here is the link to the job that I applied for that is requesting the background check: **Edited for Community Guidelines**
Could someon please PM me the job and the email they get? I'm trying to get Google to flag this in their malware API so it shows a warning in the browser. They need more info because on the surface this site seems harmless.
I'd show them this thread (which I might do anyway) but a lot of info has been cut out.
Anyone honest and reasonable who wanted to do background checks on potential employees would pay for them themselves.
This client is claiming they'll pay for it, which leaves is the question: why aren't they paying up-front?
Myself, I never get even as far as wondering if this kind of thing is a scam. What it definitely is, is some unprofessional time-waster asking me to jump through hoops. No.
"As it was noted on this thread by other users, you should pay a fee to a client to apply for their job." Oops Valeria - needs a little edit!
Edited to add: Sorry Valeria, I couldn't resist!
I think they got me with their message. They said **edited for Community Guidelines** wanted to hire me and that first I had to pay US$9 to checkhirethrive. Stupid me I did it !! now I realize it is a scam, I never heard from **edited for Community Guidelines** againa. Can Upwork remove him?
I'm gonna report this to Google and see if they will flag it so it shows a phishing warning for people in the browser. No guarantees but I'll give it a shot. Maybe save some other people.
The CC submission form is not encrypted, so they might do it based on that... we'll see.
Also, if you input your CC, I think you should ask the bank to cancel it and get a new card.