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anitajshah
Active Member
Anita S Member Since: Sep 18, 2018
1 of 8

I was contacted and offered the opportunity to be paid to post positive reviews about companies.  An easy job of 250 words or less, with the promise of being paid and the client boosting my Upwork rating.  I turned it down.  This is the 2nd job of this type I have been offered.  I was just wondering how people feel about this.  I offered to legitimately review the companies and then write a review, but that didn't fly.  This just feels dirty so I said no.  Is this the norm here?

yitwail
Community Guru
John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
2 of 8

Anita, I commend you for declining the job. It's the norm for some clients that everything is permissible unless they get caught, and even if they get caught, chances are the freelancer will be held accountable, not the client. While it's nice to be invited, when the invitation or offer comes from a complete stranger, it's wise to be skeptical.

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kat303
Community Guru
Kathy T Member Since: Jul 17, 2015
3 of 8

@Anita S wrote:

I was contacted and offered the opportunity to be paid to post positive reviews about companies.  An easy job of 250 words or less, with the promise of being paid and the client boosting my Upwork rating.  I turned it down.  This is the 2nd job of this type I have been offered.  I was just wondering how people feel about this.  I offered to legitimately review the companies and then write a review, but that didn't fly.  This just feels dirty so I said no.  Is this the norm here?


 I consider posting reviews, whether it be about companies, services or products without actually using them is FRAUD and DECEPTION. 

Please flag this client and hopfully, Upwork will suspend their account. 

anitajshah
Active Member
Anita S Member Since: Sep 18, 2018
4 of 8

I have flagged it.  This is the 2nd one in a month.  Upwork might cancel their accounts, but they just seem to sign up again.

ilyas2010
Ace Contributor
Ilyas M Member Since: Apr 2, 2015
5 of 8

Anita, its very nice that you are very honarable and of great integrity. 

martina_plaschka
Community Guru
Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
6 of 8

@Anita S wrote:

I was contacted and offered the opportunity to be paid to post positive reviews about companies.  An easy job of 250 words or less, with the promise of being paid and the client boosting my Upwork rating.  I turned it down.  This is the 2nd job of this type I have been offered.  I was just wondering how people feel about this.  I offered to legitimately review the companies and then write a review, but that didn't fly.  This just feels dirty so I said no.  Is this the norm here?


 It is not the norm. It is something that a cheap client might offer, because they want to get you to work for very little money plus a good feedback. That is not how it's supposed to work, feedback should be honest from both sides. 

A serious client will never promise a good feedback upfront, because they don't know the quality of what you will deliver, before you actually do. 

sergio-soria
Community Guru
Sergio S Member Since: Dec 19, 2017
7 of 8

Good you flagged it and declined the offer. These people without any morals target new freelancers who are craving for work. It looks like nowadays there is a new job title called "Fraudulent Reviewer" Cat LOL 

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
8 of 8

As a note:  It is against the Upwork terms of service to post a job that would go against another platform's terms of service (i.e Amazon reviews, etc.).  On the face of it, this job could well qualify.