I am new to Upwork, and finally have my first contract. I have only been doing this for 2 months and have gotten a lot of spammy requests and tricky people. Fortunately I did my due diligance and weeded those requests out, but now I'm very wary and skeptical (which is probably a good thing overall). This contract and client appears very legit in every way. I am tracking time through Upwork, their account is established, etc. So far I saw no sketchy-ness. However, they asked me to submit a W-9. At first I didn't think much of it, but I sort of drug my heels on it, and now I am glad I did.
I know that Upwork requires a W-9, which I just completed. And all my time tracking and payments would come through Upwork. So, why would they need a W-9? Is that a normal request? Do they use that to send me a 1099 form for taxes at the end of the year?
My biggest concern is they will have a ton of personal info AND my social security number... so, my gut says that is not a good idea...
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Clients (and only clients) can request a W-9 from Upwork (Upwork's own W-9) - it should not be requested from a freelancer.
Simply direct your client to contact Upwork Support who will send him the W-9.
@Cheryl R W wrote:
I had the same thing happen to me. How are these scammers allowed to operate on Upwork?
Just because a client asked for a W-9 does not make them "a scammer."
Most are just genuinly unaware how working with a freelancer via an online platform works.
From your other post it is clear that "the same thing" did NOT "happen to you!"
Cheryl, the difference is that your client was asking you for that info for nefarious purposes and was a scammer, while Meghan's client appears to be legit and is simply not understanding that they don't need this information. Like Petra said, a client asking for a W-9 form in and of itself does not necessarily indicate a scammer. This is why she said the same thing did not happen to you.