Recently three clients have reached out to me.
One was a lead from Facebook who claimed that He wanted me to work on his marketing project.
The other two sent me an offer via Upwork, also claiming that they required my services.
What's suspicious though, is that they are willing to pay a lot of money but they withhold a lot of details concerning the project.
They also insist that you give them your email (I did)
They then sent me a zip file, that supposedly held the details about the project to me via email.
I made the mistake of trying to extract one, and immediately my computer went haywire!!!
I got dozens of Trojan notifications and It was almost impossible for me to cancel the extraction process. But after hours of trying I was finally able to reverse the process.
Turns out, they wanted to control my computer remotely, by tricking me into installing some malicious program, that would grant them access to my computer and personal details including payment details.
They would have screwed me up big time for sure. TAKE CARE GUYS. If you get an offer suddenly, without sending any proposals, make sure you handle it with utmost care.
I'll try to help by posting some ideas that I acquired from my experience working 13 years at Upwork (previously Elance). Upwork has changed, there are fewer invitations and fewer jobs, a lot of new freelancers, more connects required to apply, a lot of SCAMMERS, and even when you flag them, Upwork is not helping.
It seems that Upwork is doing its business selling connects, that's why there are jobs that require 16 connects and they allow people to boost their bids with 50 connects or more (especially the new freelancers), and they keep the scam jobs until people post their bids…using connects, of course.
Some suggestions to find real jobs and avoid scammers:
Maybe if Upwork will not earn extra-money from us, will decide to control the platform and check the clients before they post jobs. I'd like Upwork to rate the clients. For example, if a client posted 10 jobs and didn't hire anyone, or they didn't read the proposals, and, of course, if they are scammers, it's time to delete them and avoiding them to post new jobs.