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block clients without verified payment method?

hamiltonjames20
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James H Member Since: Apr 6, 2016
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Is it possible to block clients without a verified payment method?

 

I see that as far back as 2014 it was suggested that such clients shouldn't be able to post a job. I would like to see that, but sadly it seems that one isn't going anywhere.

 

Anyway, rather than have to block each individual scammer who contacts me, I'd like to be able to block clients without verified payment methods. 

kochubei_valeria
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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi James,

 

Currently we have no plans to prevent clients with unverified payment methods from posting jobs. However, our team is working on adding a filter to exclude clients with unverified payment methods from job search.

~ Valeria
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tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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A lot of scammers have verified payment methods, and even past jobs they've paid on.

joaodealmeida
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Joao A Member Since: Feb 2, 2016
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True Tiffany, but as freelancer I would appreciate to filter the verified payment clients on my search!

colettelewis
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
5 of 18

If you filter out all the clients with non-verified payment, you could be filtering out a really great gig. It is better to check (as far as is possible) the client's track record.

 

 

lysis10
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Yay! I can't wait for this to be implemented and hope that all my competitors use it.

susanmccall
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Susan M Member Since: Feb 14, 2016
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@Nichola L wrote:

If you filter out all the clients with non-verified payment, you could be filtering out a really great gig. It is better to check (as far as is possible) the client's track record.

 

 


The only issue I have is Upwork says, 'while you do not have to ignore clients without verified payment methods, Upwork cannot gaurantee payment'.

 

I guess I'm too scaredy-cat to test this out - regardless if the client appears to have a great track record...

 

Must be I'm still green at this... lol  :-)

colettelewis
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
8 of 18

Upwork will guarantee payment - up to a point - if a freelancer follows all the recommended steps, whether the job is hourly or fixed-rate. However, if you start a fixed-rate job with 'escrow funded', but the client still has to verify payment, then there could be a problem. Upwork always warns you though, if you are about to do this.

 

Recognizing a client's intent comes with experience, and there you are on your own. Upwork cannot give any insurance against scammers, and sometimes, even the most experienced freelancer can fall into a trap.

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
9 of 18

@Nichola L wrote:

Upwork will guarantee payment - up to a point - if a freelancer follows all the recommended steps, whether the job is hourly or fixed-rate. However, if you start a fixed-rate job with 'escrow funded', but the client still has to verify payment, then there could be a problem. Upwork always warns you though, if you are about to do this.

 

 


 This one confuses me. I know it happens, but I don't understand how a client can fund escrow without verifying his payment method.

colettelewis
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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
10 of 18

 


@Tiffany S wrote:

@Nichola L wrote:

Upwork will guarantee payment - up to a point - if a freelancer follows all the recommended steps, whether the job is hourly or fixed-rate. However, if you start a fixed-rate job with 'escrow funded', but the client still has to verify payment, then there could be a problem. Upwork always warns you though, if you are about to do this.

 

 


 This one confuses me. I know it happens, but I don't understand how a client can fund escrow without verifying his payment method.


A client with unverified payment, can show willing by accepting a bid and 'potentially' funding escrow. It is up to the freelancer to make sure that monies have actually been funded before sendng the work. 

 

 

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