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SCAM: Client asked to buy / get my Upwork account

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Kenneth B Member Since: May 31, 2018
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This just happened to me as well.  5/31/18.  I was on Freelancer.com and was asked to go to skype.  Thought that we were going to discuss the job I was bidding for, however, this person started messaging me about buying and using my upwork account and then paying me etc.  Unreal. 

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Nina K Member Since: Nov 29, 2017
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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.

~Nina
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Dominique H Member Since: Aug 10, 2018
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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. 

 

Help? 

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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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
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Same thing just happened to me. Contacted through Freelancer.com. 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 Escrow.com. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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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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