Do you have an active contract with this client?
If you don't, you can let them know politely that you're not interested in working on their job/jobs, and stop communicating. You can check in with Support by using the link from the private message I just sent you, if you have any specific information you wish to share.
Please follow Nichola's advice and remove the links that contain your personal contact information, from your Portfolio samples and other experiences section.
@Nichola L wrote:
But you still need to remove your contact details see Katrina's post above.
I have found a freelancer here that has found a way for the link not to turn green/blue and be clickable. I've flagged it twice but it is still there.
I would not classify the client's request as a "scam," because as far as I can tell, they were not trying to trick you.
I think one of three things happened:
1) The client really wanted you to do work, and flat-out asked you to do it for free, which seems silly, but some contractors acquiesce. They shouldn't.
2) The client was trying to get you to work and get paid off-platform, which is a serious violation of Upwork rules. But nothing in the original poster's account mentions outside payment.
3) The client is relatively new to Upwork and didn't know what they were doing. The contract could have said: "It sounds like you need this work done right away. Set up the Upwork contract and Ill accept the offer and get started immediately."
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