I am on the verge of closing this account down and being down with upwork. I signed up about a week ago and was so hopeful that I could do some work from home given my poor health. Well I almost got scammed twice luckily my husband helped me figure it out before it was too late. The only info they got was my name and mailing address. I also called the company they were pretending to be and warned them of the situation. And forwarded the conversations and emails to the companies IT dept so that they can make sure to set up a investigation. I am very upset by this and now I keep getting fishy invites for jobs, plus all the legit jobs I apply to don't respond. I am beginning to regret ever setting this account up.
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Please click on my name and pm the job post links of these two jobs, so I can confirm if our team addressed them already.
re: "have a company wanting to interview me through Google Hangouts. I take it this is a red flag?"
Mandy: They are scammers who are trying to steal your money.
Block them and forget about them.
Idk how these people are getting away with...
(Pretending to be someone else’s company)
And asking if you want to work
Upwork you need a “SCAM”
Button that reports these fake
@Mary W wrote:
Tiffany, UW already has a scam button. On the job posting, flag (upper right) and tick off the scam option.
It might not work when you're sideways....