Let me start off by saying upwork.com has transformed my business (freelancer.com was good too). They cost a fair amount 10% but do add value!
Anyway so there will always be scammers around, and here’s a live one!
I posted up a job, helping out a friend of mine at http://masmirobiofarm.com, on a new account. Got a few enquiries – one from this guy “Bullen Nicholas”. I’ve had some good results from US contractors on Upwork so was excited.
A few things stood out – 0 hours worked, and 0 jobs. That’s a warning. Although I have a similar guy from the US who was just starting out and needed some work history – so was able to give me a great deal and I gave him his first job.
But the picture and the text were the giveaways; web developer with a mutilated avatar? LOL, and the text “working as web developer from last 6 years”. Maybe education standards have slipped in the US over the last few years, but that is inexcusable.
So I did a bit of “forensic analysis”. Grabbed the “guy’s” image. Fired up old trusty Paint Shop Pro. Resized the lateral proportion by 80%.
Then using my favourite plagiarism/fake analysis tool Google Image Search.. Give it a whirl..
Hey this guy does look a bit familiar. I know… my old flatmate's favorite show back in Uni. “Dawson’s creek”
Wow.. James Van Der Beek is looking for work on Upwork under a pseudonym.