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UpWork-Freelancer transparency

Active Member
Cristian B Member Since: Apr 9, 2019
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Greetings, everybody!


After browsing the UpWork Community and finding that I'm not the only new upworker with account problems, I thought of raising this topic in order to find some clarification from either UpWork staff or Freelancers that have been through similar situations.


About a month ago my account was suspended, and I received an email saying the following:

**Edited for Community Guidelines**


In effect, all my active and pending proposals were redrawn, new proposals and any transactions blocked, and the reason provided was "for my own security".


I replied to the mail, trying to figure out what happened, thinking that the blocking happened automatically, possibly because I was accessing the account from a different IP.


Instead, I was led through a verification process that took three days. Through the opened ticket, I asked, four times, two questions: "What was the reason for the suspension?" and "How long will it take to get the account back up?".


While the account was re-enabled after three days, the questions were politely avoided by two different Upwork Trust & Safety team members, the ticket was closed, and finally, on the fifth day, after I re-raised the questions, I was given a final statement from a third Upwork employee:

"we are not able to provide further details".


Now, I am assuming that the problem lies somewhere between miscommunication and internal UpWork procedures, but an initial experience like this raises many questions for a Freelancer:


Was the account blocked just to verify my identity? If so, why not ask for the documents when the account was created?

Was it blocked because I was unknowingly in breach of the TOS? If so, how can an account verification resolve the breach and keep it from happening again?

Was there actually a security issue, like the initial UpWork mail stated? If so, causing the Freelancer to miss job opportunities, lose "Connects" (which, if I understand correctly, will shortly have to be purchased) doesn't seem like a well-thought response.

Will this situation happen again?

Community Guru
Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
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There are a few freelancers who know/understand Upwork very well. Maybe they can answer your questions.


Good luck.

Active Member
Cristian B Member Since: Apr 9, 2019
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I do hope so, thank you!