It would be very helpful, to new freelancers especially, if there was an icon to indicate that other freelancers had flagged a job for whatever reason. It would at least give them some warning to check the job very carefully, without having to identify what the client may have done.
I've seen lots of good ideas discussed about how to combat the plague of scam jobs and scam clients... But I don't see anything being done... and the problem persists.
I see a big problem with this idea, because is fairly simple to be abused. It is similar to why contact names are not allowed in the forum, as anyone can maliciously hurt somebody's else reputation.
It is nearly impossible to ruin a clients reputation so much that they can't get anybody. In the old forum there was plenty of discussion regarding some jobs advertised by someone who stated that freelancers 'must be obedient at all times' and must 'be willing to do anything to please him' Worryingly, there were still several applicants!
I am a new member here in ODesk, and I am not sure whom to seek help from. A client sent me a message here asking me to add her name in skype and I was interviewed there. I passed my test article and was advised I was already part of the team, so I was assigned to finish some articles. After I have submitted my articles, I immediately asked for new tasks but it has been almost a month now but they have not given me any feedback, thus, blocked my skype id. My articles then remained unpaid.
For starters like me, what do we need to do to make sure the clients are legitimate clients of ODesk?
Melanie, the easiest way to get started is to read the pinned threads in this forum section:
To protect yourself, don't forget:
* don't start work if there is no contract between you and the client
* don't accept payment from outside the platform
* look for escrow protection when working on fixed price jobs
* if the client asks for money then it's a scam
re: "I am a new member here in ODesk..."
Um, yeah, we can tell.
You did a whole bunch of free work for a scammer, not a legitimate client.
Anyway, Melanie, you got scammed, but don't take it too hard. LOTS of new contractors get scammed when they start out. Don't dwell on this incident. Move on and look for real clients.
Since you are clearly ameneble to accepting assignments from people who don't pay you, I'm assigning you homework:
I want to to do some searches in the Upwork Community Forum and find at least 15 threads which discuss "free work", "test jobs" or scam clients... Read through the entire threads, without adding any posts of your own.
In your own handwriting, copy that paragraph onto a sticky note. Put the sticky note on your computer monitor or somewhere in your workspace.