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Is this a scam?

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Gillian Michele N Member Since: Mar 15, 2012
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Don't do it. They'll send you a check and when it has been deposited, you'll think it's processed when it isn't. You'll then be responsible for fees from your bank etc. Flag the job to oDesk support. Some clients do ask you to purchase items etc for them (I've done it myself), but all transactions should be handled via oDesk.
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Brendan W Member Since: Oct 15, 2014
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No chance it's not a scam, huh....
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Gillian Michele N Member Since: Mar 15, 2012
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It's a scam. Other freelancers have had the misfortune of dealing with it. It has been on here for years. They tend to approach new freelancers who are still learning about the site. Some people have had to involve the police etc. Stay away and apply for something else.
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Brendan W Member Since: Oct 15, 2014
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Great, thank you. I am glad I posted here to get the heads up. There was something fishy from the get go.
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Gillian Michele N Member Since: Mar 15, 2012
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I'm glad that you came here. Some freelancers had to learn the hard way.. unfortunately. If you can, flag the job so other freelancers don't apply for the role.
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Brendan W Member Since: Oct 15, 2014
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Yes, I did, thanks. Man, I thought I had an eye for when I was being tricked - those guys are pretty good.
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Gillian Michele N Member Since: Mar 15, 2012
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Yep, they are very crafty. Also, some of them claim to be associated with a legitimate company. They'll even send you a link to a company site, but they have no association with that company at all. They try to look as convincing as possible. If you ever have doubts you can contact that company directly and ask them if they're hiring on oDesk. I've had to do it myself. So, also look out for that scam. I don't want you to get too paranoid though, a lot of us work with some nice clients.
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Mattia G Member Since: Mar 10, 2014
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I quote everything, especially the last line. Always be careful, but never be scared. There are a lot of good clients out there, hopefully you will find out! :-)
“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”
―Stephen King, The Gunslinger
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Natasa R Member Since: Feb 2, 2012
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They are known scammers here. But like others mentioned already, there are good clients out there. And in case of any doubts, just ask the forum for advice. :-)
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Brendan W Member Since: Oct 15, 2014
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Thank you everyone!
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