If the multiple identical emails from non-existing people isn't enough warning, I did a little quick research when I got the first one. What I found doesn't bode well. It may not be conclusive evidence, but it certainly isn't anything reassuring! Then I received 4 more identical emails and, yup, glad I didn't blindly click there!
Here's what I found with just a very quick search:
1) According to scamadvisor.com the site is under 200 days old. The website location is in the US but the owner is using a service to hide their identity.
2) Trustpilot.com has had three reviews posted in the last 2 days, none of which seem remotely authentic. They pretty much parrot things from the email and each other which tells me that someone is attempting to boost themselves there!
Bottom line? No, thanks. There's a reason I'm paranoid!
I've attached a screencap of the trustpilot "reviews."
I haven't received one for a couple of hours, so hopefully that means that oDesk shut that down? Also hoping that oDesk does something to prevent this from happening again!
Happy freelancing all!
I received a similar message too, this afternoon. I just ignored it, but I really hope this thing gets fixed, since it's pretty annoying and, most of all, disturbing.
―Stephen King, The Gunslinger
For what it's worth, I've received it twice from 2 different senders. And maybe a month ago I received an email plugging the same site.
"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
Wow I am suprised so many people got it!
I am glad I posted this then, I hope something is done about this.
Thanks everyone, and Thanks Valeria and Garnor for looking into it.
Has anyone determined (best guess) what if any criteria the senders of those emails / messages might be using to select their target audience? For instance, "Top Rated" only, those in specific job categories only, core site account longevity, and/or other criteria, or just randomly.
As a ''Top Rated'' frellancer, i feel a little upset that i didn't get at least one Private message advertising Freelancing site. Of course, its a joke! I am in the Market Research area. Oviously it's a person, who thinks ''out of the box''
Hi Vanya! (Kudos). Is your freelancer profile on the core site set to "private"? Just out of curiosity I'm trying to determine whether the senders targeted an audience based on criteria or just randomly.