I am very new to UpWork and was excited to see that I was already being sent interview requests. I received an interview request asking me to email the contact person. I sent a personal email and received a response that didn't feel right.
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Scammers come out of the woodwork when you're new. It will die down. In the meantime:
- Never agree to any payment arrangement other than through the Upwork platform; not only is it often a scam, it's a TOS violation and will get your account suspended
-Any mention of equipment or purchasing materials at the outset (even with reimbursement) is a major red flag. When you have an established relationship with a client such occasions may arise, depending on the nature of your work, but when it starts that way, it's usually a check cashing or other scam
-You're not hired just because someone says you are. You are hired when they've sent you an offer through upwork and you've clicked accept and that job appears in "My Jobs" on Upwork
-Don't start work until the client has a verified payment method (hourly) or has funded a milestone (fixed price)
-When a milestone has been funded, don't do any more work than the funds will cover. Some shady clients will create a first milestone for a dollar to open the project, then get the freelancer to complete significant work and close the contract without providing additional funding.
Don't worry, though. This sounds like a lot at the outset, but it's just one slice of what you'll encounter here and you'll learn to recognize it pretty quickly. Just exercise caution until that happens.
Tiffany has given great tips on how to spot these scam clients. If you haven't already, please lodge a ticket with our support team, with screen grabs of your conversation with your client so that the team can take actions against the job post and account.