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comm
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"Clients" trolling Upwork for free work under the pretense of a free "test assignment"

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Not needing specific help with this, really. Reported his message and reported the "job" listing. If someone from Upwork reads this and would investigate these guys, all the better (it's in my chat history from them).  They are "interviewing" 35 contractors; hope nobody falls for this. Annoying!

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deviolantte
Community Member

There were so many clients that asked for an art test to see 'If' We can fullfil the task which I don't mind to do with some rough sketch and I don't even mind to show my painting skill just a small part of the sketch. But when they asked for a high resolution files , PSD files AND they own the right of my work test. No, thanks!

If the client seems solid, As I said I can do some sketch and show some final rendering in a small part but I always just send in a small size image and watermark my name on it. 

Some people just sucks. 

No free rough sketch. No free work of any kind.

 

It is unacceptable for clients to ask for free work.

 

Freelancers shouldn't be contributing to the problem by doing "just a little."

There is nothing wrong with doing a proof of concept for a potential client as long as you make it unusable with watermarks, or in the case of software, send screenshots or videos instead of the code/build. That's a decision the freelancer gets to make.

Yeah.... don't do that.

I honestly see nothing wrong with it when only doing a quick sample. When you apply for a job at a game studio as an artist. You always have to submit an art test ๐Ÿ˜„ 

hoyle_editing
Community Member

Its a shame that reporting scam jobs is so ineffective. 

 

Do Upwork seriously make so much from connects that they dont want to remove the scam jobs? it certainly seems like they dont take their duty of care seriously when freelancers regulary report scams on the forum yet they dont take them down!

83a90eda
Community Member

I had a potential client ask me to buy their $950 product off of Amazon to perform product testing. I hope no one fell for this scam, but for anyone out there who is curious: Product Testing occurs BEFORE a product is for sale. Product Reviewing is when you test something post-release to review it, but companies will typically give the product away for free & write it off as a cost of business (this is why social media reviewers put #ad or #partner)--especially if they plan to pay for services. 

 

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comm
Community Member

Gotta admire their creativity! I am always curious if just even one freelancer falls for this. I mean it's so brazen...

Upwork could do a much better job of removing job postings completely when they are reported for asking for free work.

I'm still trying to understand why unfiltered jobs have emails, telephone numbers, etc. in recognizable format, and are not automatically removed. If I can create a simple Boolean that eliminates them, why does Upwork refuse to do the same?

 

The refusal to do so helps me understand a tiny bit why some freelancers really think Upwork does these things on purpose to gain more connects.

Them need more jobs, more freelancers. It is allow create good ad, invite more and more. Don't matter is it scammers or bots. Thats why none fake or scam deleted. I see no other reasons.

aaf1f758
Community Member

Ive seen a freelancer post that they fell for $4K .... 

98f94ba5
Community Member

"NFINITE"? Just about to post up about this. If not them, they're running the same scam 

sillysolutions
Community Member

I have reported more then a dozen such fake jobs offering unrealistic amounts for a petty tasks and when you apply for them they ask you to go to a certain link or their telegram or call them or even pay an amount to get this lucrative fake job.
And they keep coming like zombies who got nothig to do.

tomzilla1
Community Member

There's so many client scammers / lowballers on here it's just amazing. Most of them started around after COVID. They'll send 99999+ invites or some experienced ones will just send 15 invites, and basically get free consulting and insider info. That's all they're after, if you look at their actual profile, they are usually no credit card on file, $0 to maybe $1000 spend, and been on the platform for years. Some will even go as far as "we will have 2 interviews, first one with me, then another with my boss, and then we will get back to you in 7 days" (they never do).

2ef54d61
Community Member

It's a common tactic. Send the work out piecemeal to various freelancers as a "test" and then assemble it into a final product yourself. 

 

Had it happen to me once when I was new and learned the hard way. The best fix is to refuse free "tests" or offer to do a paid test. If a client wants proof you can do the job, refer them to your portfolio. If they insist you have to work for free (which is what a test is), then it's not a client you want to engage with anyway.

 

 

Back when I was new, I agreed to a free test, and the guy actually had the gall to ask for revisions on it. Don't enable these a*holes

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