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Tips to Avoid Questionable Jobs

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Mark D Member Since: Jul 7, 2018
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I am a professional architect.  I was hoping to establish myself on Upwork so I could work remotely and took on an immense project for pennies on the dollar.  I have put in three weeks of work, for three hundred dollars, and willingly have admitted I just want to see the project through and help the people get their permit.


So, I asked for the initial amount of money, so I can carry the project on, as the work will not even pay for my software (I was just trying to establish myself on Upwork); and I have done way more and beyond.


I created the permit documents and now they are holding my payment until who knows what...


It's a screwed up thing, it is interfering with my regular work and I don't know what to do.   I just want to get paid for the work I have done, and will enthusiastically move forward.


However, now, I want nothing ever to do with Upwork.  Upwork is just a slave labour system that rips off desperate people.  That seems to be the model. 


I am a professional architect who has recently designed and created construction documents for several dozen homes and here I am treated like an undocumented immigrant.  I put in some 60 hours on this project for nothing and supplied more than what they asked for, and will gladly help them achieve their Upwork goal, and they aren't paying me. I said if you can pay me now the minimal amount we agreed on, I will gladly be motivated to do any revisions.  I was basically getting paid my day rate for a weeks work, but I am not even getting that.  I am not getting anything.  I was hoping everything would work out, but it's not and I cannot even pay for my software, however the Upwork clients are getting a proven professional job for right now, nothing.

I feel like Upwork tricked me into this chastity.


Anyway, whatever.  As soon as I am done with this job (**Edited for community guidelines**) ;  of which I will never get paid for, I am done with Upwork.


I am a bit livid so my correspondence is a bit fractured.  It seems to me Upwork is not the friend of remote workers, but the tool of corrupt people that just want to take advantage of desperate people.  I'm starting to get an idea of the Upwork model; Upwork wants to exploit educated people in a thirdworld manner.  Work without borders, everyone gets nothing...



**Edited for community guidelines**

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Mark,


Sorry you feel this way about your Upwork experience so far. Upwork provides freelancers and clients with tools to connect with each other, manage their contracts, process payments, etc. Also, users can benefit from Upwork payment protection. It looks like you have a contract with a milestone that’s been funded in Escrow and you have just submitted work on it and requested payment. Your client has a period of 14 days from the most recent work submission on a milestone to review and request any changes, after which the funds will automatically be released from escrow to you.

~ Bojan
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Sarah A Member Since: Nov 13, 2018
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I have been contacted by a scammer and would like to report them. I'm not sure where to report. **Edited for Community Guidelines**. Here was my original message:


**Edited for Community Guidelines**


I immediately questioned and told her I was not interested in providing my information and that it went again Upwork policies. 

Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Sarah,

Please open the job posting and use our flagging option that is on the right side of the page, once you have reported the job our team will review it and proper actions will be taken. Thank you.

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Mark M Member Since: Apr 3, 2019
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I've witnessed a couple of client jobs that asked to modify existing After Effects templates that they have purchased.  I believe this is theft of intellectual property for the purpose of possibly reselling them as their own work.  What is Upworks policy when handling these types of requests?

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Mark,


Thank you for reaching out to us with this question. Check this help article for more information on how to use the flag option found on each job post. Once the job post is flagged, our team review it and take action as per our internal processes if it violates the ToS



~ Bojan
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "I've witnessed a couple of client jobs that asked to modify existing After Effects templates that they have purchased. I believe this is theft of intellectual property for the purpose of possibly reselling them as their own work. What is Upworks policy when handling these types of requests?"


Mark: If you have questions about this, this is an issue you would need to discuss with Adobe, not Upwork.


As far as Upwork itself is concerned, I'm not sure how this would be seen as any different than somebody modifying an Adobe Illustrator template file to fit the needs of a client. Or a Microsoft PowerPoint template file.


Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see where there is a violation of any Upwork policy here.

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Chimdi A Member Since: Aug 19, 2019
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It’s been a while now and my client hasn't given me the work so he can release the escrow payment he funded. However, on getting the job I was asked for a research sample, more like a data entry sample and that took hours. Is it possible I was tricked to working for free and can he withdraw the funds?

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S M Rubel R Member Since: Jul 4, 2019
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Nice post.

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Cesar R Member Since: Jan 17, 2020
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Thank you for these tips. I am new to this platform and almost got scammed by one. They mentioned they were gonna send me a ck to buy equipment. Declined the job because it did look shady. I only provided my address, phone number and name of bank (no acct #).