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Thanks for getting started on Upwork! There’s one last step you need to complete before you proceed - we need to meet you via a quick video chat in the next week. We occasionally find fraudulent profiles on Upwork and this step helps us verify your identity, keeping our community safe and secure.
The call should take less than five minutes and during it one of our team members will ask you a few questions about the information in your profile. A temporary hold has been placed on your account wherein you will not be able to submit new applications or change your profile photo - all other functionality remains. Your account will be fully resumed upon successful profile verification. Please respond within a week to avoid further restrictions.
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3) Click the “Profile Verification” button located at the bottom of the page
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Yes, Upwork team sent you that message to notify you about video verification you need to complete. Please, follow the link they provided in the notification to access the button to verify your profile.
No, the request isn't related to your bidding or interviewing activity. Users are randomly selected for profile verification and in the future we are planning to get all freelancers verified.
Thank you, Valeria. So, I won a prize.
May I ask what type of verification this is? it's pure curiosity as I am who I say I am but it would be great to know.
You'll need to video chat with an agent and answer a few simple questions to verify that the information on your profile is accurate. Check out the announcement post by Garnor for more information.