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Private message advertising Freelancing site

Community Guru
Stephen B Member Since: Dec 4, 2012
11 of 43

Lots of things on oDesk recently are annoying. Many are infuriating. This is unprecedented and deeply disturbing.

Community Guru
Suzanne N Member Since: Aug 15, 2012
12 of 43



The system forwards emails to your email account, so I don't think they would have access to your email. Although it is disturbing that there is not a job post associated with it.


I did not get this but I am not available and I am set to private.


Possibly someone sending invites and their job got deleted? We all do have a contact us on our public pages as well.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
13 of 43

re: "I did not get this but I am not available and I am set to private."


I was wondering why I didn't get the message either, but my availability setting is set to NOT available, so that probably explains it. My account is NOT set to private.


In any case, it is disturbing that anybody received this message. It definitely sounds like oDesk was hacked.

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Ronald T Member Since: Sep 14, 2009
14 of 43

Suzanne: Kudos, good to know, "did not get this but I am not available and I am set to private."

That pretty well rules out the senders using scraping of the core site to determine their target audience based on predetermined criteria.

That leaves it an "inside job" possibly using multiple, bogus (throw away) client accounts and using either manual or semi-automated methods to determine their target audience with or without predetermined criteria before sending out the emails / messages.

Wild guess: If the core site uses a journal file type system (or equivalent logs), which extends to user input, maybe activities can be gleaned from such records. Of course, reversing activities whereby emails / messages have already been sent would not be an option. Still, such records could reveal exactly what the senders had done and how they did it.

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Lynne P Member Since: Feb 28, 2013
15 of 43

I'm another lucky recipient of the email. I was about to click on the link in the email, then thought better of it. I did a bit of Googling, and did find the website. It appears to be legitimate, but the fact that someone managed to contact us through the oDesk messaging system is a bit alarming. I also discovered that the person who supposedly sent the email is a dancer.


And this brings up another concern. I've made it a habit to do a quick online check of every client who approaches me on oDesk. I've had several send invitations to interview who have turned out to be professional athletes, one disgraced UK educator, and now a professional dancer. It appears that people are posting fraudulent jobs using famous or semi-famous names. What's up with this??? Should I report each one? The most recent was just this week. He (if he was a he) had me jump through a few hoops, then came back and said he was "approaching the project in a different way", then hired someone else for the same job. This was the one who used the name of the educator. It's getting scary out here! Guess it pays to check.

Community Guru
Ronald T Member Since: Sep 14, 2009
16 of 43

That train has left the barn; overwhelming traffic hits the suspect's site like a DOS attack!

Active Member
Joseph D Member Since: Apr 30, 2015
17 of 43

Me too.  I've now had 4 of the same email message coming from different people.  Very annoying!!  Please stop!!

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Ronald T Member Since: Sep 14, 2009
18 of 43

Clueless, absolutely Did anyone sign-up?

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Ronald T Member Since: Sep 14, 2009
19 of 43

Clueless? Maybe not. If Elance-oDesk was not behind the mysterious message, then, I suspect a person or persons created bogus accounts on oDesk in order to promote a new site competing with Elance-oDesk. After the messages were sent, the person or persons closed their oDesk accounts; hence, no job descriptions, member profiles, etc.


Another reason for oDesk to "vet" all new client and freelancer accounts; and to review all job descriptions before they are posted (although job postings were not the target of mis-use in this instance).

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Raluca C Member Since: Apr 9, 2015
20 of 43

I received this same email 4 times in the last 6 hours, from 4 different people. Odesk should do something to stop it.