Apr 12, 2022 05:45:48 AM Edited Apr 12, 2022 08:26:11 PM by Renata S
I've found that this search term works fairly well to filter out posts with external contact information (Telegram and WhatsApp contacts and email addresses), which will help you to avoid some of the scam posts. You can cut it and paste it into the search window and add other search terms.
AND NOT (t.me OR Telegram OR wa.me OR whatsapp OR "*@*.*")
For example, if you were searching for English to French translation jobs, you could
use this search:
English AND "to French" AND translation AND NOT (t.me OR Telegram OR wa.me OR whatsapp OR "*@*.*")
The Client History filter on the lefthand side may also be useful. People who post scam jobs generally don't hire anyone, so you can use the filter to select for jobs where the client has previously hired on Upwork.
However, new clients do post on the board all the time. But you may want to scan the posts from the clients without hires more carefully. You could filter these into one search by checking the "no hires" box, and scan this list separately.
You can do some of the same things using the Advance Search form, but I've noticed that sometimes the searches aren't as refined.
You can find instructions for using the Advanced Search form here:
Apr 12, 2022 10:06:01 AM by Peter G
This is incredibly helpful, but unfortunatley, that means that legit clients are being filtered out as well.
Apr 12, 2022 11:11:26 AM Edited Apr 12, 2022 11:14:08 AM by Renata S
Only if you work directly with anything involved with Telegram or WhatsApp. I'm guessing the majority of people don't. You can also search directy for those terms and use the Client History check boxes to filter your search for clients who have hired in the past.
No search will be perfect.
And how many legit clients do you see posting their direct contact info?
Apr 12, 2022 11:32:15 AM by Peter G
True. My mistake. I just jumped the gun looking for a black lining in your silver cloud.