Recently I was invited to couple of interviews via Skype. My suspicions started to rise once the clients were asking me to sign an NDA form, which would be totally okay, until they were begging me to send them a copy of my ID card, passport and a picture of my phone bills. I'm not an expert on this, but it doesn't sound right at all.
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Absolutley not. Do not give away information like that. If a person was to employ you, the most they should need is for a few forms to be filled out along with a tax document such as a W9. Be very mindful of scams and trust your gut.
Zamfir, "when in doubt---don't!" Also, Community Manager Lena's post regarding Tips to Avoid Questionable Jobs should further assist you in the future. Here's the link: https://community.upwork.com/t5/New-to-Upwork/Tips-to-Avoid-Questionable-Jobs/m-p/240833#U240833
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re: " until they were begging me to send them a copy of my ID card, passport and a picture of my phone bills. I'm not an expert on this, but it doesn't sound right at all."
Of course it doesn't sound right.
It sounds like these people are identity thieves or scammers.
Never provide that kind of information to Upwork clients. But if you think they are legitimate clients, tell them:
"Yes. I will get you what you need. If you go ahead and use the hire button to send an official Upwork contract, you can go ahead and contact Upwork for all of this information and any identity confirmation that you want."
If the client is a legitimate client, then if they contact Upwork, they will be educated with regards to what kinds of information they actually need and how Upwork actually works.