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Guru Scammers
« on: July 08, 2016, 05:33:09 PM »
One of the best ways to help freelancing succeed is to stay way from scammers and penny pinchers. I've not been on Guru long, but there are several things I've noted there about job posters that should make you more than suspicious. Avoid posters who proclaim to need several writers because they have a lot of articles to get done and work is ongoing. Many of these posters have no avatar, no payment history, and are almost always from the US. If you do accept the job and they ask you to add them to Skype, start walking. There's an article that further discusses red lights to be wary of when selecting a job and a client from Guru. The link is shared below.

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Re: Guru Scammers
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2016, 09:36:53 AM »
I am not on Guru, however, I have seen lots of scammers on upwork. I never apply to the job when..
the budget is very big
the contractor does not have verified payment system
the contractor is new
the contractor says he needs lots of freelancers.
If you see aforementioned thing,you must avoid applying.

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Re: Guru Scammers
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 11:11:19 AM »
Thanks @GeeTee and Vinaya...I think you both raise very good points that some of us newbies could really do with. I'm trying to get slowly started over at UpWork, so these types of things will definitely come in handy. It seems these scammers are everywhere, we can't get away from them and we always have to tread very carefully!

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Re: Guru Scammers
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2016, 11:18:26 PM »
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Thanks @GeeTee and Vinaya...I think you both raise very good points that some of us newbies could really do with. I'm trying to get slowly started over at UpWork, so these types of things will definitely come in handy. It seems these scammers are everywhere, we can't get away from them and we always have to tread very carefully!

If you want to get started with upwork, always bid with lowest amount possible. The only chance for the newbie to get jobs on upwork is by accepting low pay. Once you have completed couple of jobs and have good rating, you can increase bid price. Never get attracted with the job that has very big budget even if there is a verified payment system. Try to understand the difference between pay per hour and pay per assignment.


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Re: Guru Scammers
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2016, 01:29:51 PM »
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I am not on Guru, however, I have seen lots of scammers on upwork. I never apply to the job when..
the budget is very big
the contractor does not have verified payment system
the contractor is new
the contractor says he needs lots of freelancers.
If you see aforementioned thing,you must avoid applying.

Good points there. I'm a stickler for choosing potential clients with a verified payment system. Some posters seem to just post for the hell of it because they have nothing else to do or just want to give freelancers a hard time. As for those agency type post where they advertise they're seeking a number of workers... I applied for a few of those and to this day when I check back they're just sitting there, no hire, no activity. I figure sometimes what may happen is they may have selected writers and are operating off site (Upwork). I've  had that with clients before on both Guru and Upwork.

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Re: Guru Scammers
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017, 05:37:25 AM »
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Thanks @GeeTee and Vinaya...I think you both raise very good points that some of us newbies could really do with. I'm trying to get slowly started over at UpWork, so these types of things will definitely come in handy. It seems these scammers are everywhere, we can't get away from them and we always have to tread very carefully!
In my experience, upwork is very safe. Over the years they have developed the site into freelance friendly site. These days, they ask you to add funds if you want to hire a freelancer. They also discourage making contract outside upwork. This is to stop scammers. They even ban your account if you accept jobs outside upwork. Upwork provides escrow guarantee.

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