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Skype Interviews

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Liz B Member Since: Jun 2, 2020
1 of 14

I'm new to Upwork and I received a message back on a proposal. The message states:"Your portfolio published on UPWORK has been reviewed by our HR Department and we are pleased to invite you to an online interview and kindly click the link below here." Then there is a link to an image on instructions to add someone on Skype to schedule an interview. On my Upwork proposal section the listing is under "Active Proposals" NOT Invitations to Interview. Is this normal? I am uneasy because right out of the gate I'm being asked to leave the Upwork platform and I thought that this was an all inclusive system for contract work. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
2 of 14

Liv: those people are scammers. Looks like the standard fake check scam. Freelancers lose between $2200 and $3000 from their bank account if they continue.

 

Just block them.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
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Liz B wrote:

I'm new to Upwork and I received a message back on a proposal. The message states:"Your portfolio published on UPWORK has been reviewed by our HR Department and we are pleased to invite you to an online interview and kindly click the link below here." Then there is a link to an image on instructions to add someone on Skype to schedule an interview. On my Upwork proposal section the listing is under "Active Proposals" NOT Invitations to Interview. Is this normal? I am uneasy because right out of the gate I'm being asked to leave the Upwork platform and I thought that this was an all inclusive system for contract work. 


What gives them away as scammers is NOT that they want a skype interview, but this sentence: "Your portfolio published on UPWORK has been reviewed by our HR Department and we are pleased to invite you to an online interview and kindly click the link below here." No serious client will ever say something like that, nobody has an HR department to review your profile. This is not about employment in a permanent position, this is freelancing. You will learn to recognize these scams very quickly. 

This month upwork is implementing a new policy forbidding contact outside of the platform BEFORE hiring anyway to protect people from these scams, but of course these people will have no problem hiring an unsuspecting freelancer and rope them in. They of course never intend to pay anybody, just steal your money. 

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
4 of 14

Hi Liz,

 

Thanks for flagging this report. I've checked and it looks like the job has already been taken down because it was in violation of the Upwork TOS and action has been taken on the client's account. 

 

Please check this help article for more information on how to use the flag option found on each job post or message to report any suspicious or inappropriate content. Also, check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs.

 

Thank you!


~ Bojan
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Lena K Member Since: Nov 21, 2017
5 of 14

Hi there!

 

I'm also new in this community and I have a small issue. Is it ok if I share it here please? I'm still trying to find out what to do, where!

 

I submited a proposal and I got directions to login to Slack for work related istructions. I was told that "All contracts and payments will be sent on Upwork." but I got directions from Slack platform to act steps in Facebook as "a first task". Is this suspicious or not? No contract is set yet...

 

thanks a lot for your support!

Lena

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
6 of 14

Lena K wrote:

Hi there!

 

I'm also new in this community and I have a small issue. Is it ok if I share it here please? I'm still trying to find out what to do, where!

 

I submited a proposal and I got directions to login to Slack for work related istructions. I was told that "All contracts and payments will be sent on Upwork." but I got directions from Slack platform to act steps in Facebook as "a first task". Is this suspicious or not? No contract is set yet...

 

thanks a lot for your support!

Lena


Very soon a new upwork policy will be implemented forbidding any communication outside of upwork before hire. So you can always tell the client you prefer to stay on the platform. And yes, it is suspicious. Seems like they don't intend to pay you. 

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Victoria M Member Since: Aug 22, 2020
7 of 14

Hello!

I'm having the same issue. I'm a little confused on how to ask the same kind of question. Hopefully nobody minds if I ask. 

I've also been approved for a job. Just not sure if this is a scam. 

"You have an impressive resume and we are willing to give you an opportunity,follow the instructions on the invitation link below to get interviewed" the link sends me to something similar to something i've seen before that ended up being a scam. But when I responded asking if we can stay on Upwork, they responded with, "Not me maam, the procedures as been set up, and the 0pting 0ut fee' has been processed so you have nothing to worry about"

Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
8 of 14

re: "the procedures as been set up, and the 0pting 0ut fee' has been processed so you have nothing to worry about"

 

No "opting out" fee has been paid. These people are simply trying to trick you and steal your money.

 

Use the "Flag as inappropriate" link button in the top right hand corner of the job posting page to report them (if still available). And block them.

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Victoria M Member Since: Aug 22, 2020
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Will I be able to receive my connects back?
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
10 of 14

Victoria M wrote:
Will I be able to receive my connects back?

Yes, if upwork takes this down because it's suspected to be scammy. 

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