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I love using oDesk to find quality assistants to help me with a range of tasks. Once you try oDesk I am sure you will too, but like everything else in life and particularly with most popular websites, it is not free of scammers. You are almost certain to come across a oDesk scam artist once in awhile and here are some tips to help if you do.  There are a lot different oDesk scams out there, Most of these will pay a percentage of a job up front and not pay the rest when you are done with the project.

Some oDesk scam artists will have a great job listing and contact you to complete offers before training begins. These offers will have absolutely nothing to do with the job description. Some clients may ask for personal contact information such as a personal email address or phone number trying to phish for information. One of the most creative oDesk scams have been to ask for samples of one’s work and the client ends up publishing it as their own. If you receive a random invitation to interview for a position that has nothing to do with your credentials, it is likely a phishing scam.

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This is one of the easiest oDesk scamtactics to spot.One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting wrapped up in an oDesk scam is to do your research before committing to a contract. If a client is new and hasn’t paid anyone you may want to stay clear of them. If their payment method is not verified, do not work with them. A verified payment method if working hourly provides 100% certainty that you will be pay for the project. Another tip is to:

Read client reviews before accepting work. If someone was not paid or felt that they were part of a oDesk scam they will state it honestly in their review. Your research of a client before accepting a contract still may not keep you clear of a potential scam. Some of these clients are very good at making themselves look legitimate. If you feel unsure or uneasy about a client, contract or other information obtained do not accept a contract and contact oDesk for reassurance.

Why I Love oDesk! oDesk does a great job in its pursuit to protect its users. Their policy is simple: fixed rate contracts do not have a guarantee payment unfortunately this is where my scams occur; there is little that can be done to force payment on fixed rate project. oDesk always suggests working for hourly wages since their website tracks your hours and requires the client to pay. They act quickly when you contact them about a possible oDesk scam or other type of problem. Their team will completely investigate any claim that a contractor has made regarding a possible oDesk scam. They do not take lightly to clients attempting to scam their contractors. It is a wonderful community to be a part of and oDesk strives to keep it the safest environment they possibly can. oDesk works very hard to screen their potential clients to the best of their ability; but some clients are so good at scamming people that they even beat oDesk’s process.

Just Remember to always do research if you think that even one minor detail is off in their contact information, website, job description or transmissions to you personally. Contact oDesk so that they can investigate it. Don’t get involved with any client that is not 100% verified with good reviews. Your safety while using oDesk is important and it is partly your responsibility to help protect yourself and the oDesk community.

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May 28, 2012 by Michael

I love odesk! ive used it for years!


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I love odesk! ive used it for years!


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  • homtini.co.za November 10, 2012, 7:13 am

    Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out some additional information.

  • freelance isn't free December 1, 2012, 4:21 am

    There are some commentors here who say that oDesk is biased towards the contractors. I can assure you this is not the case when the contractor has not been paid. I have been stiffed on three separate contracts now – and one of those was an hourly “guaranteed payment” job. All the client has to say is that the job was “unsatisfactory” and not pay you. Now I would like to say that I have a 5 star rating on oDesk, so my work is very good. But there are scammers who will rip you off and not pay you just because they can.
    With that said, I have had more positive than negative experiences with clients. Some are absolutely fantastic – they pay well and promptly. Perhaps it is a sign of the state of the economy that people – including companies – will rip freelancers off without a second thought.
    DO NOT COUNT ON GETTNG PAID until the money is safely in your own bank account.

    • admin December 1, 2012, 4:46 am

      Always a possibility. Most of the contractors are honorable though and i think this happens rarely. odesk has a great support and security staff that really monitors the contractors and contract workers alike and tries to weed out the bad actors.

  • Rey March 14, 2014, 11:05 pm

    An employer hired me and is asking for $310 for cash out payment for working materials needed. Is this a scam? Thank you.

    • Walter March 15, 2014, 2:11 am

      A legitimate employer should never ask you for money. I would be very cautious about proceeding.

  • YoungBlazecky April 8, 2014, 2:13 am

    I think i prefer using seoclerks.com instead of odesk. Seoclearks is much easier and better, and i love their services. Maybe you should try it out if and see the difference.

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