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It's a SCAM!

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Lizzette R Member Since: Jun 29, 2015
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I stupidly fell for this scam even though I knew it was too good to be true. I emailed the person the scammer was impersonating, but besides that, I don't know what to do. This person now has my address and contact info.  Advice??

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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Lizzette, 


We recommend not to meet client requests where they ask for your personal information Clients normally don't need this information and you can share with them your general location if that's a need. But, sharing your personal address is not something you should provide.

I would recommend that you read up on these freelancer resources and these tips for avoiding questionable jobs for help getting started, and for more information about working safely through Upwork.

You should be able to flag the job post as inappropriate by going to the job post and clicking on the "Flag as inappropriate" button, or sending the job post link directly to the Customer Support Team for their review.

 


-Avery
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Lizzette R Member Since: Jun 29, 2015
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The FBI has been notified of the situation.

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Cristina Lynn M Member Since: Dec 26, 2018
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I had an interview today thru outlook and got hired. The person asked me to purchase softwares and sent me a check.

MYOB business essentials software 2017, For Peach Tree premium
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I am new here and not sure if this is legit or a scam. Please advise.
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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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Huge scam.

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Cristina Lynn M Member Since: Dec 26, 2018
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They asked me to deposit the check and the bank declined it.
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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they got one

so how much did you send them?

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Cristina Lynn M Member Since: Dec 26, 2018
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They sent me a check, and ask me to deposit it to my bank. My bank declined it. Saying it is an unacceptable item.
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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@Cristina Lynn M wrote:
They sent me a check, and ask me to deposit it to my bank. My bank declined it. Saying it is an unacceptable item.

 They didn't harass you to send them a wire transfer for the "extra" amount?

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Cristina Lynn M Member Since: Dec 26, 2018
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No. They sent me the check after they told me that I need to purchase the softwares I mentioned above. Then they asked me to send them a confirmation if the check went through. After depositing the check thru my mobile bank app, I researched about the softwares, particularly MYOB business essentials software 2017, I found discussions here.
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