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Two con artists in one day

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Michael E Member Since: Jun 28, 2019
1 of 32

Yesterday, I received two invitations to participate in Google Hangouts interviews with scammers. One of the con artists used a real company and the identity of one of its board member to lure me into some sort of scheme. One of the job postings is still active:

**Edited for community guidelines**



I contacted the company to inform them that someone was using the identity of one of their board members and the office manager told me this has been an ongoing problem, which has been reported to the police.

For a few years, I made a pretty good living using Elance. But with Upwork, I've only attracted scammers. 

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
2 of 32

William Michael:

This is normal.

 

You are describing the most common scam on Upwork.

The scammers focus their efforts on:

- new freelancers

- entry-level freelancers

- U.S.-based freelancers

 

You fall into all 3 categories.

 

Experienced Upwork freelancers know that all invitations received from out of the blue which invite interviews using Google Hangouts are scams.

 

Very simple thing to do: If you see an invite mentioniong Google Hangouts, just ignore or block. There's no money there.

 

re: "I contacted the company to inform them that someone was using the identity of one of their board members and the office manager told me this has been an ongoing problem, which has been reported to the police."

 

You were only trying to be helpful.

 

But in the future, please do not contact the companies. They typically already know about this, so you're only using your time and their time unnecessarily. Even if they don't know, then contacting them about this serves no purpose for you, Upwork, or them. The scammers's standard procedure means that they will use ANY company information they can find on the Internet.

 

So just ignore those people and focus on jobs that you carefully select and apply to. When you gain experience on Upwork, you may well begin receiving legitimate invites. Many of us are able to work purely through invites, and never need to apply to jobs. But it takes some time to get to that point.

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Michael E Member Since: Jun 28, 2019
3 of 32

I am NOT a new freelancer. I was a seasoned freelancer, with impeccable reviews, on Elance. I left Elance to work a long-term contract with a magazine. When I returned to Elance, the company had merged with Odesk, so I had to start from scratch. Elance freelancers should not have lost their work history because of the merger. 


To say con artists is normal is absurd. I have never had this problem with other freelancing websites.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
4 of 32

re: "I am NOT a new freelancer. I was a seasoned freelancer, with impeccable reviews, on Elance. I left Elance to work a long-term contract with a magazine. When I returned to Elance, the company had merged with Odesk, so I had to start from scratch. Elance freelancers should not have lost their work history because of the merger. "

 

William Michael:

The scammers don't know ANY of this stuff.

 

All they see is that you have zero jobs on your profile. So they consider you a newbie. That's why they are targetting you.

 

They don't bother with me, because they see that I'm experienced on Upwork and they know that they have no chance at tricking me into sending them money.

Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
5 of 32

Preston H wrote:

 

 

They don't bother with me, because they see that I'm experienced on Upwork and they know that they have no chance at tricking me into sending them money.


You've said this before, but there must be more to their analysis. I've made about $160k on Upwork, my profile says I'm a former attorney and my largest ongoing client is a consumer protection law firm, but I still get them.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 32

re: "You've said this before, but there must be more to their analysis. I've made about $160k on Upwork, my profile says I'm a former attorney and my largest ongoing client is a consumer protection law firm, but I still get them."

 

The majority of the time, I keep my profile blocked from receiving invitations by setting my status to "Not Availalble."

 

That could be the difference.

 

Also, Tiffany:

Your profile identifies you as a writer. Mine does not. Maybe scammers search for writers.

 

I receive invitations when I unblock my profile. Those invitations are not from scammers.

Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
7 of 32

Preston H wrote:

 

But in the future, please do not contact the companies. They typically already know about this, so you're only using your time and their time unnecessarily. Even if they don't know, then contacting them about this serves no purpose for you, Upwork, or them. The scammers's standard procedure means that they will use ANY company information they can find on the Internet.

 


When I first signed up with Upwork, I was solicited by a scammer pretending to be a company that, by coincidence, I had done business with in the past. I contacted them to let them know, and they were both unaware and very interested in gathering further information and taking action.

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Don H Member Since: Jun 28, 2019
8 of 32

The same happened to me yesterday for a **Edited for community guidelines** ad and submitted proposal which was accepted. Invitation to interview on google hangouts. I called **Edited for community guidelines** and they said it was a scam that they do not interview on google or had any record of names of interviewers. Their councel and customer service also confirmed.

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Michael E Member Since: Jun 28, 2019
9 of 32

The **Edited for community guidelines**  job was one of the two that tried to scam me, too. It is ridiculous that freelancers have to investigate these scams. Upwork needs to tighten the bolts on its process.

Moderator
Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
10 of 32

Hi William Michael and Don,

 

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Thanks for flagging these cases to us. I was able to locate the Job Posts you're referring to and I'll file a report for our team's review.

 

Please, check this help article for more information on how to use the flag option found on each job post or message to report any suspicious or inappropriate content. Also, check out this post for more tips on how to avoid questionable jobs.

 

Thank you!

 

 

~ Bojan
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