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Re: Tips to Avoid Questionable Jobs

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Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Josephine,

 

I would just like to confirm, is the client asking you to send sample work? Please know that there has been an update to Upwork TOS, which you can read about in this announcementWe realize that some tools and services require the sharing of an email address to gain access. If you require access to a system before a contract starts, you may share your email address for the sole purpose of gaining access to a system. All communications, however, must still take place on the Upwork platform.


-Joanne
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Josephine J Member Since: Jul 25, 2020
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Thank you very much for your reply.
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Katie M Member Since: Aug 30, 2016
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Perhaps a post that documents known scams so, list names like CJINK so that when new people come along, they can go to the post and just double check if the company they are being referred to has exhibited fraudulent behaviour.

 

I'm only a newbie but did a lot of research before I started, and thankfully I did. I can only imagine how many people have fallen for their "buy the workstation".

 

I actually did a bit of research into their company and what the official CJINK website and what the people claiming to be from CJINK say are very different.

 

It instantly rang bells for me as they were asking me to buy their workstation and make a totally refundable payment to have access to the jobs.

 

 

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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Katie, like I've mentioned previously (like in this thread here), a blacklist of names or similar is pointless, because scammers can read it too and they'll just use different names. They're already not using their own real name or company so it's no trouble to them to just change to a new name/company. Your second post with more general information about general things to avoid is a much better idea Smiley Happy

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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When is Lena's post going to get official visibility?

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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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It should be required reading, Nichola. I'm at the point where I feel like I need a template response directing people to it saved somewhere so I can just copy-paste...

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Gerald H Member Since: Jun 16, 2016
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Why is this post not in the fixed-threads-section of the "freelancer" part of the forum? Meanwhile an estimated 25% of postings there are from newbies having been defrauded by one of the scams described by the OP.  

 

Edited to add: Ok, not all of them actually were defrauded. Luckily some were bright enough to dodge the bullets, but still these safety precautions need to be posted permanantly on top of the relavant sections of the forum i.e."Freelancers" mainly.

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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
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@Gerald H wrote:

Why is this post not in the fixed-threads-section of the "freelancer" part of the forum? Meanwhile an estimated 25% of postings there are from newbies having been defrauded by one of the scams described by the OP.  

 

Edited to add: Ok, not all of them actually were defrauded. Luckily some were bright enough to dodge the bullets, but still these safety precautions need to be posted permanantly on top of the relavant sections of the forum i.e."Freelancers" mainly.


There is also a thread about this in the Freelancer Forum. This is the content area, where only very specific data is stored, and it's ONLY an educational area. That is to say, we can discuss, but only the Mods put posts here.

 

I should add that Upwork is fully aware of the number of scam posts that are being posted, and they are working on updates to the Forum even as I type this. We don't have an ETA yet on these big changes, but my fingers are crossed that it happens before the end of 2016 (the changes are complex beyond what you might belive).

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Gerald H Member Since: Jun 16, 2016
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@Pandora H wrote:
There is also a thread about this in the Freelancer Forum. This is the content area, where only very specific data is stored, and it's ONLY an educational area. That is to say, we can discuss, but only the Mods put posts here. 
You probably mean the tread "Job warning signs". This one is so long, it is daunting to see these many pages. I doubt it looks very attractive to noobs to read this much. I think a short summary like the original post here should be there in the fixed section or somewhere above or be in a package that all noobs have to read before their profile gets approved.  Even a mandatory test covering this topic would make sense IMO. 

@Pandora H wrote:
I should add that Upwork is fully aware of the number of scam posts that are being posted, and they are working on updates to the Forum even as I type this. We don't have an ETA yet on these big changes, but my fingers are crossed that it happens before the end of 2016 (the changes are complex beyond what you might belive).
Good to read this. I sure hope for the best. Some effective measures against the spammers would sure add to the attractivity of this site. 
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Wendy L Member Since: Oct 3, 2016
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Thank you for the information.  Just today I was invited for an interview and they had links to redirect me etc and I got to the Google site myself.  Ended up having the interview and they were pretending to be a very large placement agency.  At the end they were giving me the laptop, printer and scanner but I had to purchase the software and they would reimburse me immediately.  I told them I felt this was not a valid job and to remove me from their listing.  Considering I am new to Upwork and only have one very small contract, it was hard to do.

 

I am sure good contracts are just waiting around the corner for me!