Reya, I suggest that you read the following, it is a must and the best protection for freelancers Upwork can offer
I appreciate your additional information.
I wish you well. I'm sorry you had a frustrating experience.
You will be rewarded well if you learn more.
The truth is that Upwork contractors who understand the simple rules for using Upwork's tools do not get ripped off by bad clients, like what happened to you.
So you can look forward to learning more and then working safely.
I have the same experience. I meet this client in upwork. He offered me $12/500 word article which is a very intersting rate. He said that the payment is weekly every friday and via paypal. I asked him why can't we do it in Upwork he did no replied. So I just still gamble and grab the opportunity. But I have this got feel that he is a cheater becasue when I ask for an upfront payment he never replied. His email adress is s**Edited for Community Guidelines** I hope this is not scam because I already sent 8 articles.
re: "I hope this is not scam because I already sent 8 articles."
Mary, this IS a scam.
You should not have sent him those 8 articles.
You should know that when you agreed to let this person pay you using PayPal, you violated one of Upwork's most sacred rules. Payment should always go through Upwork.
Your account could be suspended or terminated for doing this.
As Preston already noted offering and accepting payments outside of Upwork is a serious violation of Upwork ToS. In order to get paid on Upwork, you need to make sure you have an active contract under your My Jobs tab before you do any work. Please, check out this help article to learn more about Upwork Payment Protection.
These scam artists are everywhere! I recently go taken for approx $325 recently after working for three days. Loads of wasted effort (thank goodness I hadn't worked for a week! I would have been devasted). If anyone asks you to work outside any platform watch out! The pitch is the same. Sometimes the figure is $15 for 500 words.