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My client got limited transaction status when i was supposed to clear milestone

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Nikola K Member Since: Mar 13, 2019
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I applied for a job and after a day proposal got read so we started talking.

We agreed on milestone terms and after milestone 1 was cleared he will hire me and grant that 1 proposal

funding so we can continue work on the project.

 

Today, right as I was supposed to be paid my client got transaction limited status and I cannot get paid at all

and my client cannot contact UpWork.

Is this some sort of elaborate UpWork scheme to not grant me money for my work, or possible client scam.

 

I had good UpWork start a year ago and I stopped because of work, I try so hard to get a job on UpWork after being profile privated and got a job.

Now I am supposed to exit private status and start earning again on UpWork and this happens.

 

Seems really convinient for someone, of course, except for me.

Please try resolving these issues.

 

Thank you for your time and best wishes

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Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Nikola,

 

I`m sorry about the inconvenience this had caused you.

I checked your account and I can see that you were never hired on an official contract. In order to be eligible for our Upwork Payment Protection you will need to be hired on a official contract and fulfill the criteria required. Upwork Payment Protection consists of two sub-programs: Protection for hourly contracts and fixed price contracts. To learn more how you`re protected under our Fixed Price Protection check out this Guide, thank you.


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Nikola K Member Since: Mar 13, 2019
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If you read my post to detail you would see our agreement for first milestone and then hire and payment.

It is completely reasonable to check quality of freelancer and then hire them.

Client is unable to hire me now because of restrictions held on his account.

 

I would like you to check clients account for problems and confirm my suspicion,

you know which client since you have all message available and all proposals on my account.

 

I am interested, what is your suggestion to resolve this issue?

Thank you.

 

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Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Nikola,

 

Unfortunately I can`t share details for another user, but I can confirm that our team is working with your client on resolving the issue on their end.

In addition to the guides I`ve shared below, I can also suggest to check out the Safety First section on this Thread. Thank you.


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Nikola K Member Since: Mar 13, 2019
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I never asked for you to give me clients info, that would be stupid.

I asked about the thing you answered now, and that clients problem is being resolved.

 

I have some knowledge about UpWork and how it works, but I will expand that and check out forum further for more information.

 

Thank you for your time and effort.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Nikola K wrote:

our agreement for first milestone and then hire and payment.


That is not how Upwork works, that is how scammers work. The client probably cheated other freelancers the same way. That may be why they are suspended.

 

No hire - no money in escrow - not much hope of ever getting paid.

 

Nikola K wrote:

 

I have some knowledge about UpWork and how it works


If you did, you'd never have fallen for some hare-brained "do work first, then get hired" scheme...

 

 

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Nikola K Member Since: Mar 13, 2019
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If he is aa scammer then that is UpWorks problem actually.

Client has good track record, good reviews and it does not seem as a scammer.

 

Do work first is completely viable idea for test purposes, client can figure out is freelancer capable of doing work required upfront.

 

I am aware of hare-brained scheme, as client did not get code I worked on because I forsee every client as a potential scammer.

 

Thank you for your input, it was helpful.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Nikola K wrote:

 

Client has good track record, good reviews and it does not seem as a scammer.

 

Do work first is completely viable idea for test purposes, client can figure out is freelancer capable of doing work required upfront.


Ah ok. That is more hopeful then, but still, it is a bad idea to work without a contract, and is really asking for free work from the client, which is a violation of the terms of service.

 

 

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Nikola K wrote:

If he is aa scammer then that is UpWorks problem actually.

Client has good track record, good reviews and it does not seem as a scammer.

 

Do work first is completely viable idea for test purposes, client can figure out is freelancer capable of doing work required upfront.

 

I am aware of hare-brained scheme, as client did not get code I worked on because I forsee every client as a potential scammer.

 

Thank you for your input, it was helpful.


A client can have a great history and many hires, and still be a scammer. Nobody knows how many freelancers he did not hire that did free work for him like yourself, therefore having no chance of leaving honest feedback for him. A low hiring rate is one indicator that he posts many jobs without hiring. That could be due to him having changed his mind, hiring on a different platform, or having no intention of ever hiring anybody because he gets the work for free anyway. 

Asking for free work is expressly forbidden and next time you come across that you better report the client for it. 

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Nikola K Member Since: Mar 13, 2019
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Yes, sadly, that can be a possiblity too. Hiring rate is around 60% so it seems that scamming is not clients intention, he actually has real projects that are done and work has been paid.

Maybe I a looking subjectively since my pay is on the line but I think I am pretty objective.

Correct me if I am wrong.

Thank you again.

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