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Paying "Registration Fee" to start working

I am new to Upwork and the clients want me to pay them the "Registration Fee" for me to start working.

Do I need to pay the client to start working?

Is it a scam?

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It is a scam. Also, make sure that you only communicate via Upwork messages until you have an Upwork contract, as communicating outside of Upwork (on SKype or Telegram) is against the TOS until you have a contract. 


Hi Mhel,


Thank you for reaching out to us. I shared your report with our team for further review and appropriate action will be taken as per our internal processes. 


Please know that sharing contact information before a contract has started is against Upwork's Terms of Service and that all communications prior to the contract starting must take place on Upwork. A real client will never ask you to give them money to start working, cash a check for them, work for free, or provide your personal information.


You may want to check this thread and this help article to help you stay safe on Upwork. 

~ Nikola
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**Edited for Community Guidelines** 

I also experience this.

**Edited for Community Guidelines** 


The irony. Scammers are looking for "reliable and trustworthy" freelancers as targets. Thank you for sharing with us, dear Jacklyn.

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