Dear Members !
I am on Odesk from last 20 days and regularly surf it for new jobs. I have noticed that there is an organized team of spammers on Odesk who are regularly posting fake jobs on Odesk and misguiding peoples (wasting time).
I wrote a note on these spammers and sent it on Odesk official FB page. The staff replied that we should report against them.
I have a suggestion for this purpose.
ODesk team should hire some moderators to look into new jobs regularly for such spammers and their accounts should be banned permanently via IP address.
They are really disturbing Odesk members who are interested to earn.
I understand how annoying it is to see spam job postings and it definitely affects the quality of the marketplace. oDesk Team is working hard on identifying and taking appropriate actions against such accounts and will work harder on improving the review process. We appreciate your help with reporting such jobs.
I see that all the spammers have got no verified payment method.
Why don’t oDesk make the payment method verification mandatory before posting a job? That way we can get rid off the spammers to a level. I am sure the real clients would not mind getting the payment method verified before posting.
"spammers have have sent out spam or posted spam while using what appears to be your IP address"
Not to get overly technical, but that's just not true. The vast majority of Internet services are transactional, which makes it next to impossible to spoof a source IP.
And while IPs don't identify an individual, they can be used to identify a "bad neighborhood". The problem for oDesk in banning by IP would then be one of figuring out whether or not the good users and the bad users really are in different neighborhoods, or if there are neighborhoods that are so bad that it's worth losing a few good users that might be stuck in them.
As a freelancer, though, I see plenty of information far above the IP level that makes it easy for me to identify job posters who are time wasters. The main problem is that oDesk doesn't provide me the tools to filter out that garbage globally. For example, I would love to be able ignore a client and never see anything they do on oDesk ever. The fact that I can't do that, and the widespread anonymity that clients are allowed, makes oDesk a very attractive target for abusers.
"I would love to be able ignore a client and never see anything they do on oDesk ever."
That would work SOMEtimes.
The problem is that many of the clients you wish to ignore actually have had their oDesk accounts closed permanently - fairly soon after they posted their inappropriate job listings.
But they then opened up new client accounts and began posting the same types of jobs.
I understand that, but you have to start somewhere. It's still playing whack-a-mole, but at least I wouldn't have to hit the same one over and over again. Limiting the scope of abuse is a good first start. The ability to easily ignore clients also provides useful statistics to oDesk so that they can better close those accounts.