Chance it's a scammer: High
Note of advice: Do not ever take payment off of the Upwork platform. Your chat attached is a little revealing. It also has your address on. I'd delete that chat from your message if I was you.
Tina W wrote:
I've been approached by 2 "clients" to go to Hangouts. I did with the first because...well they were my first reply. Then I started getting suspicious.
I've attached the conversation with that one.
It's the ancient super dumb fake check scam.
By agreeing to be paid off Upwork you violated Upwork's most important term of service.
Thank you for flagging this to us, Tina. I'm sorry to hear about your experience. I've checked and jobs you're referring to have already been taken down because those were in violation of Upwork ToS and actions have been taken on the clients' accounts.
Preston H wrote:
Google Hangouts invite = scam
That is what we have all been saying - correctly.
But - just occasionally, Upwork's talent specialists see fit to use Google hangouts for a genuine job. They really should be dissuaded from doing this. I can't find the recent thread that addressed this.
I'm sorry to learn about your experience already, Terina.
If you haven't already, you have the option of reporting these jobs by flagging it as inappropriate so that it goes to the team's queue for their review. You may also send it to me through a private message so that I can look into it further.