Hi. I had the same experience Yesterday and Today. A chinese was proposing 750$ to 1000$ per month while a Guy from Sweden is proposing 100$/month. It is difficult to understand how a job is posted on a platform with a specific detail (say: convert a PDF file to Word) when you apply you discover at the end that the person that selected you is a scammer. So the question is: is it really possible to make money online?
@ Jesper and David
First of all you report these scammers to Upwork (that is, if you don't want your own accounts suspended) and then you take a little time (no matter how qualified you are) to read everything there is to know about the site.
Scammers are everywhere not just on Upwork, who does what it can to zap them. Acquiring a little knowledge on how they operate should be part of a freelancer's arsenal. Upwork gives a few pointers - Google gives a zillion ...
IMO Upwork does not do enough to zap the i****s who are too needy or greedy to recognize the danger signals and who are "tempted" to fall for fraudulent deals.
Could you please click on my name and send me a private message with more information, screenshots of communication or links, and I'll share those with our team for further investigation. Thank you.