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PDF to Word Task worth $3000 - Is this a scam?

Hi, I am Vin and new here in Upwork but I have been working as a Freelancer in the Philippines for over 3 three years. I got my first client this morning, messaged me and asked me to do transactions via telegram. Task is a typing job of 100-page pdf to MS word. No contracts, no interviews. Name of the client is Richard Wilson, and he said that he would pay me $3000 thru bank transfer after I finish the task within 4-5 days. He said he is working at **Edited for Community Guidelines**. I have already started the task and I am now reluctant if I will continue this or not. Do you guys think this is a scam client? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

 

-V

**Edited for Community Guidelines**

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youssefbahaa
Community Member

Hi 
It is a Scam, You will never see a cent from this Clientโ€”a repeated scenario to many of the targeted New freelancers to make them pursue the Mirage.


Also, It is a Violation of Upwork's ToS to communicate with the client Outside of the platform. Add to that that you both plan to process the payment outside of Upwork, This is another violation that can suspend Your Account and the client's account. 

 

Be aware of that and Safe your time, effort, and Account.

I have just recieved the same kind of typing work . I applied on upwork the client asked me to connect on Telegram now he has given me a 100 pages pdf to retype and also the money is unrealistic $2500. Sounded suspicious , googled the same and i landed here. Thanks for this post, saved me from being scammed.

Anytime a client tries to get you to go outside of Upwork before an Upwork contract is in place, it is a scammer.

It happened to me too.. once they asked for a payment I refused. It's sad genuine freelancers like us are only trying to make a living and these scammers are relentless. I suggest to invest in lifelock  

Thanks for the warning! It's crucial to stick to Upwork's guidelines to protect our accounts and avoid scams. Your insight is appreciated!

the-right-writer
Community Member

It is a scam. Read this post, and follow all the links. Pay special attention to the Red Flags on Scams from Wes, and the Terms of Service

prestonhunter
Community Member

King V:
Because you asked this question, it means that you are not yet ready to work as a freelancer on Upwork.

 

You need to read and study more, especially about scams.

 

Start here:

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Community-Blog/Top-Red-Flags-for-Scams-From-Community-Member-Wes-C/b...

alessandrolupini
Community Member

It's obviously a scam! We have been talking about it for months here! Besides, it's a violation of Upwork's ToS to communicate with the client outside of Upwork (like on telegram). You may have, and you should have in my opinion, your account suspended or terminated.

de01ae18
Community Member

I am Sk Reaz Uddin, From Bangladesh. I complete Marin software Company Project last 06 July 2023 at 6.33PM. Work PDF to MS Word.

elisa_b
Community Member

You just wasted your time. 

 

You should learn how to recognise scams before applying for any jobs.

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Community-Blog/Top-Red-Flags-for-Scams-From-Community-Member-Wes-C/b...

did you get paid? 

Of course, no one was paid. This is a very old scam.

calado-marco
Community Member

Scam, obviously! How could you not realize that?

Red flags, lot's of them. In fact it seems that every word on the job proposal is a red flag. Contract outside UW (violation of guidelines), use of Telegram, $3000 payment for a simple job that should cost around three times lower if not less (this is basically a typing job with a 101 file convertion, and in fact if it's just PDF to Word just use OCR, you get that done in 1 minute and then just format...), payment by Bank transfer...

The question is why did you even start the job??

Trully my friend; nobody should be this naรญf!

Sorry but i have to say that it's this kind of behavior (accepting anything that comes along) that helps online scammers to land on this platform.

What you just did was just send an invitation to grifters!!

"Hey everybody UW has noobs! let's go get them!"

5a2930a2
Community Member

100% Scam. If you want to secure your payment please keep your communication via Upwork platform. 

There is a user named **Edited for Community Guidelines** that should be banned from Upwork, he's the scammer. 

99446b7f
Community Member

Don't finish this job. Recently I received the same proposal, it was for the translation of 40 images and the payment was $1500, but when I concluded that I sent the job, I was told I would have to pay a $40 fee to create a portal to "simplify payment". If they haven't signed your contract on upwork, they only talk via telegram and don't ask for anything other than your name, don't trust them, it's a scam. I hope I was helpfull.

debi-f
Community Member

Hello,

 

Upwork has changed in the last 1โ€“2 years. There are fewer invitations and fewer jobs, a lot of new freelancers, more connects required to apply, a lot of SCAMMERS, and even when you flag them, Upwork is not helping.

 

It seems that Upwork is doing its business selling connects, that's why there are jobs that require 16 connects and they allow people to boost their bids with 50 connects or more (especially the new freelancers), and they keep the scam jobs until people post their bidsโ€ฆusing connects, of course.

 

Some suggestions to find real jobs and avoid scammers:

 

  • Don't search jobs only directly at โ€œFind Workโ€. Go to the โ€œSearch for jobโ€ space to apply โ€œFiltersโ€.
  • One of them is โ€œPayment verifiedโ€ (although today there are scammers with payment verified and Upwork is not checking it, it could help).
  • Other Filter is โ€œClient historyโ€. Check if he posted other jobs, if he hired other freelancers, feedbacks, etc.   
  • Check the Date since the client is a member. Usually the scammers are members from the same day they post their jobs, and they didn't hire anyone. 
  • DON'T BID for jobs that ask for +20, +40 languages translation, or they publish a list of 15 languages, or invitations too good to be true, even when they have their payment verified. They verify their payment from different countries every day. 
  • APPLY TO JOBS THAT FIT YOUR SKILLS. Don't apply to 100 jobs, wasting connects and money.
  • ALWAYS CHECK THE CLIENT'S PROFILE before sending a proposal, even when it fits my skills.  
  • DON'T APPLY and don't contact if they publish a link (telegram, mail, skype, etc.) outside Upwork.  
  • DON'T start working or deliver any work if the contract didn't start for Upwork, and until the client has his payment verified and/or the money funded (specially if it's your first work with this client). 
  • DON'T BOOST YOUR BIDS. If you do it, you are paying to Upwork for finding a job instead of earning money from your work. Serious clients will find the best options according to your skills and not according to the amount of bids you use.  
  • I suggest not paying for a membership. Just use the 10 connects they give you for free and buy 10 more ($1.5) ONLY when you find a good job for you. 
  • I suggest your Profile to be visible to Upwork members and not Public outside Upwork. This way you avoid people outside Upwork (for example, scammers) to find you and enter for posting a job or inviting you. 

Maybe if Upwork will not earn extra-money from us, will decide to control the platform and check the clients before they post jobs. I'd like Upwork to rate the clients. For example, if a client posted 10 jobs and didn't hire anyone, or they didn't read the proposals, and, of course, if they are scammers, it's time to delete them and avoiding them to post new jobs. 

bf54ceb0
Community Member

Its a scam. This Richard Wilson is a scammer. Anyone who invites you to get out of the Upwork Platform to connect with you. Will surely do a scam.

ravi_iitian
Community Member

A little common sense goes a long way.

 

If something sounds too good to be true, it is.

And why the devil would you pay a client to get a job?

 

 

"Certa bonum certamen"
8ce71343
Community Member

Is this really scam....I am just a new freelancer starting  my work in upwork....I got message like

To do copywriting work for 297 pages for 4000 dollars for 2 days time...from **Edited for Community Guidelines** as**Edited for Community Guidelines**.....and she added that"**Edited for Community Guidelines**:

Though the previous project posted has been taken but

 

There are some special articles that are already in pdf format but we need them retyped to Ms word format so that it can be published as journal in our Libraries after you are done"...what should I do ...should I accept

No, you need to read rules first.

Hi Shubhashri,

 

Thank you for reaching out to us. This is one of the most common scams. Fake clients will ask you to retype documents and pay you an insanely huge amount for it. Most of the time they take the conversation outside Upwork so if they did ask you to contact them using other platforms, we suggest you stop communicating with them already.

 

We highly suggest reviewing our ToS, reading these tips on how to avoid questionable jobs, and this post from our Community member, Wes, about top red flags for scams for you to keep yourself safe in the marketplace. Should you also encounter any suspicious user activity again in the future, please send us a flag so the dedicated team can review it and take action as soon as possible.


~ AJ
Upwork

ok...sure...Thank you

 

No, report to Upwork. As Mykola said, you need to learn the rules before you do anything. Read this post, and follow every single link. Your profile outs you at high risk of being scammed, just as ignoring the rules will. When you see these jobs, you should know enough to leave them alone. Read and follow the Terms of Service ad the Red Flags on Scams. It's up to you if you are successful or scammed.

8ce71343
Community Member

ok thankyou

56f3c263
Community Member

Scam alert! Be reminded as well that communicating outside of Upwork before securing contracts is prohibited. Stay safe and follow the guidelines.

cf9c2114
Community Member

Hi,

 

I experience the same scenario, the difference is I get that offer not here at UW but in a community facebook freelancing group. then the person asked me to message him/her on Telegram so at this moment I don't know if that person is a man or women, anyway.

Upon analying the offer of $4000 for copy and paste PDF to Word it sounds like a scam to me so I stop wasting my time even this person told me that the offer is high due to urgency.

These scams are everywhere. Facebook is one of the worst places to look for jobs, because if you don't like the scams here, you definitely don't want to use Facebook. Those places are only for those who have honed their vetting skills. Why would someone use FB to look for workers, when there are so many places that are legitimate? To catch all the ones who want to think they will make a lot of money for typing from one format to another. Ask yourself why anyone would pay for something that takes a few moments? If they want you to rewrite, why wouldn't they use a computer and format?

All of these  jobs are pure and total scams.

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