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SCAM: Client asked to buy / get my Upwork account

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Nina K Member Since: Nov 29, 2017
21 of 37

Hi Kenneth,

I'm sorry to hear that. You can send me a PM with a link to the client's job posting as well as any screenshot relevant to their request for about buying your profile, and I'll be sure to have the team review it and take actions.

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Dominique H Member Since: Aug 10, 2018
22 of 37

Hey Nina, 


I have been contacted thorugh Skype by supposed "employers" on upwork. They are fofering to buy my account and telling me it's no risk as they will be able to use it simultaneously. 

Of course, I am declining the offer. 



Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
23 of 37

Hi Dominique,


I'm sorry to hear about your experience.  Could you please click on my name and send me a private message with more information and a screenshot of their communication with your, and I will share this with our team for future investigation? For more advice, please check the safety tips we compiled here.

~ Bojan
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Bruce P Member Since: Jun 8, 2018
24 of 37

Same thing just happened to me. Contacted through He asked if he could buy my Upwork account and I told him I would sell it for $250,000. He asked if I was serious, and I told him the price would go up if he didn't send the money quickly. He asked for my Paypal account, and I told him I wanted to use He eventually realized I was just messing with him and he stopped responding to my Skype.

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Ryan C Member Since: Feb 3, 2017
25 of 37

Hello Bruce,


Thank you for reporting this here. Would you mind sending me the job post link or the client's name via PM so I can help you out? To send me a PM, simply click my name above and then you'll see a message button in my Community Profile. Thank you!

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Viktor V Member Since: Jul 18, 2018
26 of 37

Hi everyone.

Today I had a conversation with one man in LinkedIn and he was asking to sell accounts in upwork.

As I did not had one I registered and said to him that it is very easy to register a new account. 


So, my questions:

1) Why does they are asking to sell it?

2) Why they do not want to create new accounts?

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Gerald S Member Since: Apr 1, 2018
27 of 37

Same thing happened to me yesterday. Job Invitation then brief chat on Upwork then skype. After going round and round about how good of a designer I am I was asked a personal question: Can you find me an American Freelancer to sell me their account. I have notified Upwork, Flagged posting (has since been removed from the system) and have messaged several Moderators and Support regarding this individual.

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Kaleb K Member Since: Sep 11, 2018
28 of 37
Just had someone ask to borrow my profile for $300 a month who initially contacted me through LinkedIn and then held the conversation over Slack.
Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
29 of 37

Hi Kaleb,


I'm sorry to hear about your experience. If you have more details about this or screenshots of messages please send me the private message with more details and I will share those with our team for further investigation!


~ Bojan
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Jesper D Member Since: Sep 17, 2018
30 of 37

The same thing happened to me - an otherwise unknown person added me on Skype and offered a monthly fee to "lend" my Upwork account. Tempting offer, but ultimately I thought it best to refuse.