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Is this a SCAM?

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Patricia,

 

I am really sorry to hear about your experience. Please, report the client to Customer Support and if the request to send them a check was made not on the Upwork messaging system, please attach screenshots of your communication with the client to the support ticket.

~ Valeria
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Susanne G Member Since: Jul 26, 2015
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This domain was created on 7-17 2015

 

I applied to this post:

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I got a message I got back asking me to "pass a light background check." at ** for $9.95

They had 85 applicants...

 

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Ela K Member Since: Feb 9, 2015
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Susanne,

 

I have reported a similar job posting to CS a few days back. It is a scam. **edited for Community Guidelines** is a phishing site.

I received the exact same answer (signed by a Jason) to an application for a not obviously scam job posting - and reported it right away. CS took down the ad within a few hours.

 

God, I wish they would screen jobs better. Clearly the same person set up another account and is at it again. You should flag and report it.

 

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Ida P Member Since: Jul 27, 2015
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Hi,

I got the same message from the employer...asking to pass backgroung check , but I see the application has been archived. Plus they haven't been payment verified.

Ida

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Theresa K Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
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Same here. Once and never again. I will also send a ticket about the client who sent me this mail, I actually complied with, because obviously I need to work. Too bad there is not much to do but being angry at oneself.
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Prahlad Y Member Since: Nov 14, 2014
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Can confirm this website (checkhirethrive) is a scam, not just from upwork, but other sources too. Client places the background-check reimbursement amount as a bait, usual tactics. One more reason to perform a simple reputation check on the client before accepting a job offer! I think upwork should also blacklist this site in its database.

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Tanay B Member Since: Jul 29, 2015
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I was approached by a new client saying that they want to hire me and I need to complete test here: **edited for Community Guidelines** and that the money will be reimbursed later. This did not sound right and that's when i tried to know more about this and saw this Post!

 

@Natalia-  Did you report the client?

 

Here's his message:-

 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Yes, well, none of this is really surprising.

Scammers are out there, and they prey on new, inexperienced contractors.

 

I never get sent stuff like this. I think most scammers target a specific type of person, and realize that trying to scam a person with experience is a waste of their time, and possibly dangerous.

 

As a reminder, when you work, people pay you money, not the other way around.

 

When you hire somebody, you pay them money.

 

It doesn't matter if it is a "background check," or "software you need to purchase from us in order to do this job" or anything else...

 

A client hiring you pays for those expenses. Or that client is a scammer.

 

I DO spent money on software, equipment, etc. Most of us do. But that money is not paid to clients as a condition of hiring. That is money I spend to outfit myself with the appropriate resources I need to be a professional.

 

A client expects that I already have those resources.

 

If a client needs me to use specific software associated only with his company, that client provides me the software for free.


If a client needs me to do a background check, that client pays for the check.

 

And, really, this is pretty unheard of. Most anybody on Upwork who talks about a background check is probably a scammer.

 

Should we feel bad for newbies who get scammed because they are unaware of or fail to heed these VERY BASIC concepts?

 

Hmmm... Maybe... But they need to learn this concept at some point in their lives. If you can learn your lesson for $9.95, that's actually a pretty inexpensive lesson. Count yourself lucky. Some people get scammed out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars before they learn this lesson.

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Robert James R Member Since: Apr 17, 2015
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LOL good thing I check the forums. I got the same exact client from the UK

 

 

Here's the link to the job post (sorry Valeria, they have to see this) open image in new tab to enlarge. This scammer has been registering fake names it seems.

 

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Robert,

 

Thank you for your report. I have forwarded it to the team.

~ Valeria
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