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.
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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