it has happened to me on more than one occasion that people from other freelancing websites ask me to give them my UpWork account. I have never agreed to it as I do realise it could, and probably is, a scam.
I would like to understand why they do this. I'm curious.
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re: "I would like to understand why they do this. I'm curious."
Those people from Freelancer.com are scammers.
They want to use your account in order to scam people... They want to get jobs with clients and bill clients, get some money, without doing any real work.
Then when the clients report the freelancer... It is YOUR account that is shut down. The scammer gets away with money and you get punished.
I never used upwork, someone approached me on freelancer.com to register an account and let him use it THROUGH MY COMPUTER ON TEAMVIEW as allegedly he could only log in for european IP address. Being afraid of giving out personal details I turned him down but I'm still curious. Could he access any data while I can track his movement on my screen when using teamview?