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Tips to Avoid Questionable Jobs

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Valeria, you may want to pin this post at the top of this forum so it's easy to see by everyone.

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Rene, the link to this thread is included in the list of resources for new users pinned at the top of the New to Upwork forum currently.

~ Valeria
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Simone R Member Since: Nov 13, 2016
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  • Check-cashing fraud: This happens when someone asks you to process PayPal payments, or request favors to cash or deposit checks and money orders in order to send the money somewhere else. These checks or money orders are likely fraudulent and your bank can hold you liable for the funds, even if you have already sent the money on to the “client”.

 

Today I found an announcemnt of a person looking for someone to pay for fb boosts on their posts. This person/company decide to invest, let's say, 100$ to boost a post, so they give you 100$ for the boost +10% as the payment and are willing to do that because facebook doesn't recognize their country's credit cards. Since boosting fb posts is definitely not a fraud, do you believe this request is legit?

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Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Simone,

 

While the job sounds suspicious, please flag the job post so our team could review it and check if its in line with Upwork ToS. Note that based on the job post details you mentioned, this job is not related to the scam you noted at the beginning of your post.

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Shweta V Member Since: Dec 9, 2016
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**Edited for Community Guidelines**

 

This one is trying to scam me...its fake, and asking for $650 - 

she is **Edited for Community Guidelines**, please block this client immediately. thanks 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Shweta,

 

You should flag the job as inappropriate. Do not have anything more to do with this client and also report the job to customer support with the appropriate url and proof that the client has demanded money, which is against Upwork's ToS: https://support.upwork.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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Shweta V Member Since: Dec 9, 2016
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I have already marked inappropriate to client, though other complaint chennals, I could not find..please give me a link

 
 
**Edited for Community Guidelines**
 
Your G1 Time Tracker will cost you $650.
 
I believe you can handle the cost of your G1 Automated Time Tracker ?
 
 
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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Shweta,

 

Thanks for flagging this job. I'll also follow up with the team and they will review and take actions as soon as possible.

~ Valeria
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Marisa R Member Since: Apr 14, 2017
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Hi Valeria, 

 

How do you flag a job where they are asking you to add to Google Hangouts ASAP? I understand that while people like to use other tools to do interviews once contact is established, there doesn't seem to be a good reason to add a person to hangouts for having an instant message conversation. While they are not giving their contact info in the job description itself, I have been flagging for providing contact information because the posters have been in the invite in what looks like an attempt to "hurry" folks off of Upwork. 

 

This really concerns me because I've had about 10 invites in the last week that were like this. Do you think the developers may want to add to the Flag Job options one that indicates "innappropriate invite contact", or even the ability to flag the invite itself? 

 

Those are just my thoughts. Let me know what you think and if you think I am handling this properly. I don't want you to think I'm just randomly flagging without cause. Smiley Happy

 

Many thanks, 

 

Marisa 

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Edith T Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Thanks, Lena for the tips.  

See I'm not the only one.  I will heed your 

guidance in the future.