I am hoping to get some advice from Upwork admins. I am a little frustrated there is no phone number to call and discuss this with an actual human being. I suppose posting here will have to suffice. I accepted an interview on Google Hangouts with a **Edited for Community Guidelines** on my first week with Upwork. I have since learned that isn't how things are supposed to work here, so as a rule, I no longer accept interviews outside of Upwork.
However, I have now received two checks, each for $2.900.00. One is definitely a result of that interview. I am not really sure where the other one came from. I know these will NOT be valid checks. However, I am wondering if I have a responsibility beyond just shredding them? Do I need to report anything here? What about a police report? Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated!
It's the oldest scam in the book. It's a pity you agreed to the client sending checks.
Report the job (add url and conversation etc.) to customer services here:
Do yourself a favour and read this (for starters):
These people always try it on with newcomers (and not so new). Never agree to buy software or to work off site.
re: "Do I need to report anything here?"
You won't be penalized or anything if you don't report this, but it is very helpful to flag the job listing and/or report the client.
Upwork works hard to remove client accounts that are set up by these scammers.
re: "What about a police report?"
Do not file a police report. There is no benefit to you or anybody else to you doing so. The scammers do not live within your police department's jurisdiction, and there is really nothing they can do.
I see Nichola already shared a few useful links with you with tips and suggestions that should help you in your situation. I also checked the job you are referring to and it has already been removed from the platform along with the client's account. Do not deposit any of the checks you received.