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Have any of you had dealings with **edited for Community Guidelines**?  I'm new to this site and trying to figure out if this is a scam or not.


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I chatted with this person for quite a while on Google Hangouts.  He asked me general questions (normal interview stuff) and asked whether I preferred Direct Deposit or a Check bi-weekly.  The only questionable thing was that he asked for my bank name, but I did not provide.


Since I'm new to this site I want to make sure my little red flag is legit and I'm not being too cautious.


Thank you, in advance, for any help you can throw my way!




Google Hangouts invite = scam

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Google Hangouts invite = scam

Across the board?


Thank you for replying!


Four things....


1) It's against Upwork's TOS to accept payment off site.


2) Anyone can pretend to be anyone online. It is pointless to check these websites and people names that they provide. More than likely the names they provided are legit but they are not who you are talking to.


3) Anytime payment is mentioned off site it's a scam. 


4) Anytime they ask to interview in Google Hangouts it's a scam.

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Hi Trisha, 


Preston and Amy have shared good advice. I'd also like to invite to read up on the freelancer resources we compiled and tips for avoiding questionable jobs, for more information about working safely through Upwork.

I'd just like to add that you can report these fraudulent clients by flagging their post as inappropriate so that our team can review the job post and the client's account, or by directly reporting it to our Customer Support team. 

~ Avery

Here's my list of personal red flags:

  • Interview on Google Hangouts or chatting on Facebook
  • Not paying through Upwork
  • Requiring you to spend money in some way to work for them; Sending you a check for equipment or whatever
  • Requesting personal information - Upwork already has it, the client doesn't need iOffering benefits like insurance, etc.  Freelancers do NOT get benefits ever
  • Using the name of a well known company and sometimes an actual employee of that company
  • Upaid tests, unpaid samples
  • Looking to hire dozens of freelancers

 Be sure that nothing on your profile indicates that you are new to Upwork - that's a scam magnet.

yea its a scam. I am notifying the proper authorities right now. thank you, for your input. I would have kept going with the questions as well, had I not found your post.