Here is my first experience. I applied for a job, messages exchanges happened via upwork and then skype, the client selected me for the job after a text interview. The imposter said they will pay for new equipment(laptop) that I will need to use to work on the project . They sent me check image for $4800 for mobile deposit. This morning the person called me saying I need to pay for equipment until the check is cleared which will take few days. That was a RED flag to me. Until that point I was thkinking everything was legit and I was trusting Upwork to do some level of vetting.
Everyone please be careful about it. I have flagged this job posting. However, this is a serious issue that I request Upwork team to look into.
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