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Identifying Scam Job Postings

misseddy0603
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Kayla W Member Since: May 4, 2020
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Hi all!

 

I'm new to Upwork and recently received a message from a client asking if I might be interested in submitting a proposal for their job posting. I checked it out and decided to submit a proposal, althought I was hesitant on whether the job was legitimate or not.

 

The client responsed to me the next day and explained the project they are working on and said they would like to "try out 2 hours of work first" to see my writing style, speed, and work out any kinks in the process. Using Covid-19 as an excuse, the client asked if I would lower my hourly rate to $1 in AUD (which I looked up and would mean I woud basically be working for free in USD). The client also promises a positive review for work submitted and support and training development for my profile.

 

Seems awfully sketchy to me, but I am not sure how Upwork screens clients/job postings (if at all). The client does have "verified payment" on their profile/job positing, so initially this made me feel somewhat comfortable with submitting a proposal.

 

Here is the job posting: https://www.upwork.com/jobs/~01488c8921431c020a

 

Can anyone give me some advice on how to spot scams on Upwork? Is "verified payment" usually enough to say a job posting is legitimate?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

-Kayla 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Can anyone give me some advice on how to spot scams on Upwork? Is 'verified payment' usually enough to say a job posting is legitimate?"

 

Actually.... a client that is payment-verified usually is NOT a scammer.

 

But a job can not be a scam yet still not be worth your time.

 

If this client is offering pay that is so low that the job is not worth your time, then politely decline the offer. Or state that you can do the project for $XX, and let the client decide if he wants to hire you.

 

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misseddy0603
Active Member
Kayla W Member Since: May 4, 2020
3 of 6

Thank you, Preston! That's what I needed to know Smiley Happy 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Seems awfully sketchy to me, but I am not sure how Upwork screens clients/job postings (if at all)."

 

Other than a few automated key word filters, clients and job postings are pretty much NOT screened.

 

Upwork relies on freelancers to report inappropriate clients and job postings, after which it will investigate and possibly remove them.

mwiggenhorn
Community Guru
Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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When you are new to the platform, legitimate invitations are few and far between.  Make sure your profile doesn't indicate that you are new so you can avoid these creeps in the future.Also, asking for free work is against the TOS.

 

 

martina_plaschka
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Kayla W wrote:

Hi all!

 

I'm new to Upwork and recently received a message from a client asking if I might be interested in submitting a proposal for their job posting. I checked it out and decided to submit a proposal, althought I was hesitant on whether the job was legitimate or not.

 

The client responsed to me the next day and explained the project they are working on and said they would like to "try out 2 hours of work first" to see my writing style, speed, and work out any kinks in the process. Using Covid-19 as an excuse, the client asked if I would lower my hourly rate to $1 in AUD (which I looked up and would mean I woud basically be working for free in USD). The client also promises a positive review for work submitted and support and training development for my profile.

 

Seems awfully sketchy to me, but I am not sure how Upwork screens clients/job postings (if at all). The client does have "verified payment" on their profile/job positing, so initially this made me feel somewhat comfortable with submitting a proposal.

 

Here is the job posting: https://www.upwork.com/jobs/~01488c8921431c020a

 

Can anyone give me some advice on how to spot scams on Upwork? Is "verified payment" usually enough to say a job posting is legitimate?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

-Kayla 


I believe the minimum hourly rate is USD 3, so even if you agreed to this crazy rate, the system would not support it.