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Active Member
Tina W Member Since: Dec 10, 2019
1 of 12

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. 

 

**Edited for community guidelines**

 

Pretty sure they're scammers as well. 

 

 

Community Guru
Louisa J Member Since: Apr 12, 2017
2 of 12

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. Smiley Happy

Active Member
Tina W Member Since: Dec 10, 2019
3 of 12
Its not my address. Police station. 😊
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
4 of 12

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.

Active Member
Tina W Member Since: Dec 10, 2019
5 of 12
I knew it was a scammer 5 minutes in. I just wanted to confirm it seeing as
they changed their story that I would be paid through upwork.
Moderator
Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
6 of 12

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. 

 

Please check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs and please use the flag option found on each job post or message anytime you’d like to report a violation.

 

Thank you!

~ Bojan
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Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
7 of 12

Google Hangouts invite = scam

Community Guru
Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
8 of 12

Preston H wrote:

Google Hangouts invite = scam


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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. 

Active Member
Terina M Member Since: Sep 10, 2015
9 of 12
The problem is, they don't invite you from Google Hangouts, or these people who attempted with me didn't. They invited me to interview through Upwork, I replied and was asked for my email address so more information about the job could be sent. Another person contacted me and conducted the interview through Hangouts.
Moderator
Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
10 of 12

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.


-Avery
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