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Placing bid on unverified payment offers

As I am quite new to UpWork and I am trying to land my first job here, I would like to know how serious/secure offers that have unverified payment are.

I do not want to spend my connects bidding on jobs that are not reliable. 

Thanks

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AveryO
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Martha, 

Excellent question! Clients can post a job before verifying their payment method and completing their company information with address and other details. Clients need to provide this information first before they can hire a freelancer. So clients who don't have verified payment methods and details about their location are most likely just new. 

 

If the payment method is unverified, this means the client has not yet added a payment method on file and any work done on a contract without a verified payment method will not be covered by payment protection. When communicating with a client prior to accepting the offer or starting work, we recommend freelancers to speak with their clients about verifying their payment method as this would benefit both parties in having payment protections in place.

 

We do not wish to discourage freelancers from sending proposals to clients who are yet to verify their payment method. However, we always recommend freelancers to be wary of clients who raise red flags and to consider the recommendation I noted above so that they can work safely on Upwork. 

You can also check the resources I shared here earlier to help you work safely on Upwork. 

I hope this helps!


~ Avery
Upwork

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AveryO
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Martha, 

Excellent question! Clients can post a job before verifying their payment method and completing their company information with address and other details. Clients need to provide this information first before they can hire a freelancer. So clients who don't have verified payment methods and details about their location are most likely just new. 

 

If the payment method is unverified, this means the client has not yet added a payment method on file and any work done on a contract without a verified payment method will not be covered by payment protection. When communicating with a client prior to accepting the offer or starting work, we recommend freelancers to speak with their clients about verifying their payment method as this would benefit both parties in having payment protections in place.

 

We do not wish to discourage freelancers from sending proposals to clients who are yet to verify their payment method. However, we always recommend freelancers to be wary of clients who raise red flags and to consider the recommendation I noted above so that they can work safely on Upwork. 

You can also check the resources I shared here earlier to help you work safely on Upwork. 

I hope this helps!


~ Avery
Upwork
1b4b63d0
Community Member

Thanks for clarifying this issue, Avery. I will take this into account.

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