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Tips to Avoid Questionable Jobs

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, 



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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.

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Renata M Member Since: Mar 15, 2017
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Hi Lena,


Reading the reports of colleagues on this subject is not very inviting for those who just signed up for the site like me, but I could not have read at a better time. In fact, my concern is not to notice these scams in the first moments because I am not a native speaker, and have some difficulty with the language. This already brings me a certain insecurity, but I believe that everything will go well if I continue to inform myself with great articles like yours and the reported cases. I'll stay connected!


I really need to make UPWORK work for me, since the economic and political situation here in Brazil is collapsing, and my work here is not giving much at this time. So any help or advice will always be very welcome!
Thank you very much for the article, and I wish you all the best!



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Ava M Member Since: Mar 29, 2017
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I went off site to Google Hangout because I got an email from **Edited for Community Guidelines** from Upworks telling me to.  I think this network is more sophisticated than most people realize.


Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Ava,


Please, see my reply to your post on this thread. While it's not against the ToS to communicate with clients outside of Upwork, you may be wary of clients who try to move the conversation to Google Hangouts right away. Also, all the payments need to go through Upwork, so if a client offers to pay off of the platform for any reasons, please flag them.


Thank you.

~ Valeria
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Noro Mahefa R Member Since: Apr 28, 2017
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Thanks for the instructions. One question : shouldn't we give our e mail address when writing à cover letter ? How the clients contact us ?
Vladimir G Moderator Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Noro,


Clients have the option to respond to your proposal, in which case you'd receive a notification and a new message room will be created to accommodate your conversation. While you're free to share your direct contact details in a proposal, we strongly advise freelancer to communicate with prospective clients through Messages for at least the initial stages of the interview process.


Please review the freelancer resources we compiled here in order to use the platform and work successfully on Upwork.

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Dennell S Member Since: May 10, 2017
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Thank you for this message because I just signed up and immediately got attacked.



Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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We're sorry that you had a bad experience, Dennell. If you haven't already, please report your client by flagging his job post as inapproriate so that actions can be taken against his account.