Thank you, Avery, for replying, I didn't see this until now (2 years later, oops). I have, indeed, reported it to Upwork, and they got shut down pretty quickly. I think I might have been contacted either by them again, or it was a copycat, a few months later, and declined their invitation, as well as, having reported them. I'm glad we have Upwork looking out for us. I'm glad you're there, having my back.
re: "The problem is, they don't invite you from Google Hangouts, or these people who attempted with me didn't."
To clarify: When we refer to a "Google Hangouts invite"... this is a "shorthand" term that refers to when a freelancer receives an invite from out of the blue (they didn't send a proposal) to discuss a job. And after the freelances responds, the "client" quickly asks the freelancer to discuss the "job" using Google Hangouts.
The initial invite (invitation) comes through Upwork. This is followed by an invitation to "interview" using the Google Hangouts platform. But the interview is always a sham. It is a opportunity for the scammer to apply a script they use to trick the freelancer out of money in their bank account.
It was an Invitation to Interview, through Upwork, and like all the other invitations, I answered it, gave my proposal, was contacted through the Upwork messenger, where she told me who the client was, and she needed my hangouts name so the hiring guy could give me more information (turned out THAT was the interview, there was no further information given). Seeing all those red flags come up was just exhausting for a really simple (so I thought) data entry job. I don't want to go through that again. Since then, I stay on Upwork messenger for communication with new clients. Lesson learned.
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