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464e38f3
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This is a SCAM report. Please read this...

I got an invitation by e-mail. It had a WhatsApp number on it.

It was this e-mail from Upwork:

**Edited for community guidelines**

 

I checked the invitation link on Upwork but it was deleted. So I wrote to that phone number. His name was written **Edited for community guidelines**. He wanted me to publish a house rent ad on Facebook Marketplace. He promised me to pay $500 for a week.

 

 

His offer was to high for just posting a rental house add on Facebook Marketplace. But I thought he might be a very busy businessman, so he needs help for monitoring his online adds. So I accepted his offer to see if this is a legitimate business. I thought if he doesn't make any payment next week I can suspend the add on Facebook.


But after Facebook add posting he wanted me to publish a post on Upwork on his behalf of him. I thought he was busy and wanted my help as a virtual assistant. He guide me to write a post: **Edited for community guidelines**

In the ad, he made me write a different number than the phone number we were communicating. This made me suspicious. This time he used **Edited for community guidelines**  And he ordered me to invite some people on the Invite Freelancers tab. I invited people on the first page. He then ordered me to invite all the people on other pages. Since he makes me publish a job post on his behalf of him and makes me write his own phone number in the message, I rejected his order.

I did a quick research on the internet and found out that it is violation of Upwork's rules to post a phone number.

So, I wrote him that this doesn't seem right to me. And refused to invite more people to his proposal.
**Edited for community guidelines**
I am reporting this to you because;

1) He guides other people to use their accounts on Upwork and Facebook.
2) He makes other people share his phone number in the post and invitations. So he can reach directly his new victims. If any of the victims reports, they will report me instead of him.
3) I am innocent. I didn't know he was a scammer in the beginning. As soon as I realized I reject his demands. And I tried to warn people I've invited but the system don't allow to withdraw invitation or reject the people invited. System gave errors when I tried to reject them with an explanation.
4) Please inform those 10 people that the number in the message is suspicious and it is violating Upwork rules to make other people work for him for free.

 

Kind Regards,

Huseyin G.

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petra_r
Member


Huseyin G wrote:

4) Please inform those 10 people that the number in the message is suspicious and it is violating Upwork rules to make other people work for him for free.


It is also a violation of Upwork's terms of services to contact a prospective client on Whatsapp.

If you stop violating Upwork's terms of service, you are safe from the scams and also won't lose your Upwork account for violating Upwork's terms of service.

 

Surely you should have known right from the very start that anyone who wants to advertise property via YOUR Facebook account is only out to defraud people... And you'd be their accomplice. He'd be taking deposits from "renters" and then vanish. The property in question either does not exist, or it does exist but does not belong to the scammer. The new tenants turn up on the moving-in day and find that the people in the property don't know what they are talking about...


And guess whom the authorities would come after when it all goes terribly wrong!

 

464e38f3
Member

Thank you for your response Petra. I was suspicious about this guy but in the beginning, I couldn't think about the risks you mentioned in your message.

 

I wanted to report this scamming method and want to warn Upwork about this method so that maybe they can develop their algorithm to check the messages if they contain any phone numbers.

 

I hope this report helps to understand how scammers are using Upwork's system to reach innocent people who are trying to make money through their hard work.

 

Kind regards,
Huseyin 

nelsonreinoso
Member

 i'd scammed with the same way, exactly. the consecuences was facebook ban my marketplace account forever. i think upwork should review the post and get out scammers or business outside of upwork. 

bstojadinovic
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Huseyin,

 

Thanks for flagging this case. I've shared it with our team for review. Please note that it is a violation of Upwork’s Terms of Service to request or share contact information before a contract starts.  You can check this help article for crucial information that will help you have a safe and successful journey on Upwork.

 

Thank you! 

~ Bojan
Upwork

Hi, this scammer is back.  Same tactics as before: https://www.upwork.com/jobs/~01fd31b043e0c345d8

 

c163ef54
Member

Hi I am also I victim of this, I just want to know the guy name? It could be the same person 

gonullu
Member

I've shared the screen captures on this post for letting Upwork to review the issue. But they've deleted the images for privacy purposes I guess. 
It has been a while, I don't remember his name. But I guess these guys have more than one name and account.

Best regards,

Huseyin

Yes, they probably do have more than one account as it is very easy for scammers to create new ones even after they have been banned and removed.

f823dd29
Member