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oDesk Scams

oDesk Scams Do Exist

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.scams oDesk ScamsOne 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

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20 Comments to oDesk Scams

  • Francis says:

    What always help to not get tricked so much is to try to get hired by individuals. I mean single people who do not hide behind proxies and big corporations. Those are much easier to work with and also much more approachable.

    It’s less easy to get scammed if you took the time to get to know the person on the other end.

  • iom says:

    Scams are everywhere especially on online world. We need to be very careful on choosing an employer online. Odesk is great site in searching an Employer, there are a lot of legit jobs on odesk. One webite that work the same as Odesk is staff.com, but mostly for full time job.

  • Abdoul says:

    Hi Garen, I’m new here, and was just trying to see what work from home onilne jobs are real & what ones are fake. My hubs & I both work 50 hor weeks but it just never seems to be enough with 3 little boys and a preteen daughter. What can you tell me about legitamite work from home programs?

  • david says:

    I’ve used odesk for a long time to hire contractors. Odesk is great for finding contractors, but when a problem occurs, They are unwilling to intervene.
    I was pressured to write a positive review to a contractor numerous times. I was unhappy with some of his work habits, but instead of writing a negative review, I chose to write nothing. This infuriated the contractor to the point that he began tampering with my website. When I contacted odesk, they stated that they could do nothing.
    Buyers cannot trust the odesk reviews. Buyers are coerced into writing positive reviews, and if we do not comply, odesk will do nothing.

  • SBObet says:

    I am not really good with English but I get hold this real leisurely to interpret.

  • Few weeks ago I was lecturing to students about internet marketing and freelancing. One of my students asked me about odesk scam. Odesk is not of course a scam site but there are ways to scam people in the system. There are rarely any screening process so it is easier for anyone to join and post a job. People who are desperate about work they get caught in the trap. I also recommend you should research the buyer on google, see the rating and how much they paid so far and then make your decision.


    • Maureen says:

      I wish I could still go back to the old navigation. It’s much eaiesr to use than the new one. I think oDesk should bring it back, especially the Home’ tab and the access to each team’s work diary.I still get those errors (Gateway Timeout), though.

    • Natalie says:

      Thank you for this helpful post, Tamal. I am considering doing some part-time work from home and it helps to get tips before one gets involved.

  • Elda Kezar says:

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thankyou for posting .

  • Daniel F says:

    BEWARE! BEWARE! oDesk is a swamp of fraud.
    I had no experience with WordPress so thought some help would be useful. Posted a job on oDesk for a blog with mapping and calendar plugins. The initial estimate was 40 to 50 hours. This promptly changed when the contract was let to 80 to 90 hours. 90 hours later, no blog. When I complained, three days later a minimal blog was offered that met none of my requirements and had no plugins. As a test the spend one hour–one hour–creating my own blog with calendar and mapping plugins. The result had about 100 times the functionality of the blog I paid for. The whole thing was a complete fraud.
    oDesk is a systematic party to this fraud. They have very limited dispute capacities and these are highly biased against customers. For example, on their site it is very easy to give a contractor a bonus but practically impossible to find how to dispute a bill. Negative contractor comments are not posted for at least 14 days, allowing known fraudsters to continue. Then, they can come back under new names. In any case oDesk gets their cut.

  • tycoon gold addon says:

    I have not checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    • Modan says:

      You need to send your resume out to real jobs you are qulafiied to do. In your cover letter you need to state that you wish to work remotely, from your home office. LOTS of companies, especially in CA operate this way. They usually provide transportation for you to come in for an interview and for you to attend company meetings a few times a year, but otherwise everything is done online.

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  • freelance isn't free says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  • 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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