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Re: Need help to determine if I'm being scammed

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Antonio S Member Since: Aug 7, 2019
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I finally have my first proposal. The client immediately went to emails. He's wanting me to do some work for his construction company. After some questions, he offered me the work. Now he wants me to print a check he emailed me and deposit it into my account.

Huh? It's for $3000+. Saying I can keep a hundred for a sign on bonus. He's wanting me to use the mobile upload with my bank.

This seems odd to me but I'm new.

Am I overreacting?
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Antonio S wrote:
I finally have my first proposal. The client immediately went to emails. He's wanting me to do some work for his construction company. After some questions, he offered me the work. Now he wants me to print a check he emailed me and deposit it into my account.

Huh? It's for $3000+. Saying I can keep a hundred for a sign on bonus. He's wanting me to use the mobile upload with my bank.

This seems odd to me but I'm new.

Am I overreacting?

I don't get it. You get a check for 3000 and can keep 100? What's with the rest? Office supplies, maybe?

Anyways, yes, you are being scammed, and you are underreacting, because this has so many red flags: 1. circumvention of payment (gets you suspended), 2. no stranger on the internet is giving you 3000 dollars.

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Antonio S Member Since: Aug 7, 2019
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Ok, thank you. He mentioned for me to buy software and a laptop. Which makes no sense really. That's entirely too much. Also you are right, we haven't even had a phone conversation and he's been using a Gmail account all this time. Also it appears he just opened his account in July.

I just sent him an email and said I would prefer using Upwork for payment.
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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Antonio S wrote:
Ok, thank you. He mentioned for me to buy software and a laptop. Which makes no sense really. That's entirely too much. Also you are right, we haven't even had a phone conversation and he's been using a Gmail account all this time. Also it appears he just opened his account in July.

I just sent him an email and said I would prefer using Upwork for payment.

It's actually an ancient scam with a modern twist.  You didn't fall for it, you just wanted to.  Waiting for that first project is hard.  This could be discouraging, don't let it be.

 

This is my second bit of unsolicited advice on two seperate posts but I would put more about how you will solve a clients problems in your profile.  I like to think of it as if I was a client coming to my profile what would I want to see.  I assume that I, as the client, have a problem, that I, as a freelancer, know how to solve and what would be reassuring to read there.

 

I think your rate could do with a bump as well.  It looks like you have experience and skills you need to showcase it better and position yourself that way.  There is a lot of advice around that you have to go low to get that first project and I didn't, and don't agree, you just have to be patient.  But even if that is good advice there is such a thing as too low.  You want a client to value you and you can't do that if you under-value yourself.

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Antonio S Member Since: Aug 7, 2019
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Thank you. You are right, I did make it lower in hopes of getting business. But so far, nothing.
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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Antonio S wrote:
Thank you. You are right, I did make it lower in hopes of getting business. But so far, nothing.

I think that you are far more likely to be successful if you decide what you are worth it and prove it.  You need to maximize your chance of proving it by really marketing  yourself.  Your profile should say how YOU are the best person to solve a client problems.

 

Your proposals should be specific to how you will solve THAT particular problem.  It's important to note that the first two lines of the proposal are your hook.  The review screen the client sees they will only see those if they don't click to see the whole thing so don't waste it by introducing yourself or anything else, through in a hook, pull them in, get them to read the rest and move on to your profile.

 

I believe there is a lot of good advice out there about how to succeed at Upwork on the web and, in particular, here and I would make a habit out of finding it, sifting through it, and deciding what works for you.

 

Good luck!

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Antonio S Member Since: Aug 7, 2019
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Big thank you for all of that. I think I'll start looking in this forum a bit more for direction.
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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Antonio S wrote:


Am I overreacting?

Seriously?

 

 

 

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Antonio S wrote:
I finally have my first proposal. The client immediately went to emails. He's wanting me to do some work for his construction company. After some questions, he offered me the work. Now he wants me to print a check he emailed me and deposit it into my account.

Huh? It's for $3000+. Saying I can keep a hundred for a sign on bonus. He's wanting me to use the mobile upload with my bank.

This seems odd to me but I'm new.

Am I overreacting?

 

Of course this is a SCAM. Stop communicating with him and report him. Then read up:

https://community.upwork.com/t5/New-to-Upwork/Tips-to-Avoid-Questionable-Jobs/td-p/240833


 

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Antonio,

 

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for flagging this for us. I've checked and it looks like the job has already been taken down because it was in violation of Upwork ToS and action has been taken on the client account. 

 

Please, check this help article for more information on how to use the flag option found on each job post or message to report any suspicious or inappropriate content. Also, check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs.

 

Thank you!

~ Bojan
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