To keep from putting off clients, especially new clients, one thing Upwork does is allow them to post their jobs without having to verify their payment methods first.
I have found good clients whose initial post included the notification that their payment method was not yet verified by Upwork. I apply to their jobs and make it clear in my initial proposal / cover letter that I can start work for them "...as soon as your payment method is verified by Upwork."
Good clients will understand that you expect to be paid. The scammers will move on to the next victim who doesn't fully understand how Upwork works.
There are lots of good reasons to avoid wasting your ever-more-costly connects on time wasters and outrigh scams, but I'd recommend you apply to jobs with unverified payment methods if the work interests you and your conversations with the client don't set off alarm bells. Just make it clear you won't start work until they've been verified by Upwork.
Thank you for flagging this for you, Erik. I'll be sure to share this with our team for their review.
Please note that any requesting for free work is not allowed on Upwork, and it is ToS violation. It's important to note that you should never start working without an active contract, which would show in your My Jobs page.
Unverified doesn't mean it's a scam. In fact, I've only had maybe two or three instances in my time here where an unverified client was trying to scam us. As long as you stress that you won't do free "sample work" or do anything outside of UpWork, you'll be good.
Also, avoid unverified postings that require bulk articles for low pay. Always demand what you're worth. If you're a bit more pricey, scammers won't even bother trying to recruit you and you won't agree to slave wages anyway.
Sorry you had so much trouble.
I'm also worried about this . I just received about 2,000 words of book that a potential client needs edited. I noticed that he has 17 interviews open this this job. 17 x 2,000 = 34,000, which is awfully closed to number of words in the book (he provided that info) He told me he was sending a sample to edit a select few, but, of course, there is no way for me to verify. I don't know what to do.
Erik N wrote:
I'm also worried about this . I just received about 2,000 words of book that a potential client needs edited.
Unless you have been hired, don't do any work.
It's as simple as that.
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