Yeah we can't post competitor platforms here.
The thing is the same scams are also on all the other platforms.
Those other sites and their fees are easy enough to find. Use Google.
And as stated, there are scammers everywhere. I have never been scammed, and never will be. Learn how to use the tools at hand, and you won't be scammed either.
Sue, there are scammers everywhere - you can't escape them, but you can avoid them. If you are picking up a lot of scammers, perhaps you should refine your searches to exclude new(ish), unverified clients. You will then have some history to review.
New unverified clients are not always scammers, but rather just that, new and unverified. That does not make them scammers and it's perfectly fine to submit bids with such posts.
I did not suggest that new clients were scammers. I did suggest that as Sue is encountering a lot of scammers, she will have a better chance of avoiding them if she only applies for jobs with clients that have a history.
Even the most seasoned freelancers receive scammy job invitations It is is infuriating because to keep the the "green line" healthy, one is obliged to answer these ridiculous posts. In a couple of clicks you can turn down the "job offer" and "block" the client. The latter does not always work as these scams are perpetrated by so many people.
Here is the link to an excellent list of how to recognize scams and what to avoid from Lena, whose very real advice should be to hand on the freelancer page: