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Run for the hills!
It's a sure scam. Some clients do ask you to purchase things for them (some of my clients do), but all transactions should go through oDesk. There's never a reason for someone to send you a check.
I hope that you manage to find something else.
Well, she got me hook line and sinker too. But I advised her to go through oDesk or Paypal, that I would not provide any direct deposit information to my personal account.
She seems to be moving right along though - telling me this morning I too have a check in route, even though I advised her again to go through oDesk to send it to PayPal.
I'm glad I found you this morning.
I tried to report this interview invitation, but cannot seem to find the button I once saw before staring "report". The name of the person on the job posting is different from "Mrs. Washington".
If I click on "Flag as inappropriate," will the client know or will it be reflected in my profile that I had flagged a client?
Something happened yesterday and I should have followed my guts. There was a job post on transcription. I'm sure I have read this client's feedback but I may have chosen to ignore its not-so-good record because of the high payment he is offering. So, my fault. (Too good to be true.)
Anyway, his ad said he needs our email address and that we have to do a 5 minute test, which I sometimes see on other job postings. He contacted me, sent an audio file in my email and the total "test" he was letting me do was 8 minutes. My guts told me to just say "no" but I noticed his name and it seemed familiar. So I checked my past clients names and saw that I have done work for him last year when I was new. From our messages before, it seemed that he was okay but the feeling was not so good. But I did it anyway out of respect. (Up to this time, he has not sent any updates.)
This is just a gut feeling on my part, so I may be mistaken. But this might also help other freelancers to be cautious.
This client asked for a 5 minute test, an email address and interviewed a few transcribers. So my feeling is, (and I may be wrong,) he might given us different minutes in the audio file to transcribe because he let me transcribe the last 8 minutes of the audio. Is there any way oDesk can check on this client?
When you flag a job, you're simply letting oDesk know that there's a problem. This shouldn't come back to you in anyway.
If a client wants a test from you they need to pay for your time. Don't do anything for free.
Also, initial contact has to be via the oDesk messaging system. Once an interview has been initiated (an active candidacy), then you can exchange other contact details i.e exchange email addresses etc.
I hope this helps.
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