As a freelancer on JobsToDo, it is important to be aware of the potential for scams on job posts or private chats on our platform. While many employers on JobsToDo are legitimate and offer genuine opportunities, some may be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting freelancers. It is crucial to be vigilant and recognize the warning signs of a potential scam.
Here are some red flags to watch out for:
Employers are able to post jobs for free on JobsToDo, so this should be your first sign, no job post generally means something is not right.
Vague job descriptions: If the job description is vague or unclear, it may be a sign of a scam. Scammers often use generic language to cast a wide net and attract as many freelancers as possible.
Request for payment: If an employer asks you to pay a fee or deposit before starting work, it is likely a scam. Legitimate employers should never ask freelancers to pay money to secure a job.
Unrealistic payment promises: If the payment promised for the work seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers may offer high rates of pay to entice freelancers to apply, but then disappear without paying.
No verification: If the employer has not verified their account or provided any contact information, it is a red flag. Legitimate employers on job portals will typically have verified accounts and provide a way to contact them directly. To increase security and ensure the legitimacy of employers, they need to verify their email and identity, similar to freelancers. We have also added a restriction where employers can no longer post jobs unless their identity has been verified.
Poor communication: If the employer is slow to respond to messages or does not provide clear instructions, it may be a sign of a scam. Legitimate employers will typically be responsive and provide clear guidance on what is expected.
New trend scammers are undertaking is to send you a zipped file with images and video. Inside this zipped file, there will be at least one shortcut file, which will open your chrome and hijack all your saved passwords. Be smart, open images and videos and even Word or PDF files, but don’t open links, shortcuts, or executables (.exe) files sent to you. Also always scan files for viruses before you open them.
When you are hired by an employer on JobsToDo we hold the payment in escrow and release it to you when the job is completed. Most scammers will ask you to take the communication outside of JobsToDo and contract you to do work. If you do this, we are unable to intervene should the employer not pay you, and this goes against our policies and terms of service.
Should you suspect any employer of trying to scam you or offering to take work outside of JobstoDo, please report them to us and we will take the appropriate actions. Let’s keep everyone safe.
As a freelancer, it is essential to exercise caution when applying for jobs or sending a proposal. Before accepting any work, it is important to thoroughly research the employer, read their reviews and feedback, and verify their identity. If you are ever unsure about a job posting or employer, trust your instincts and move on to other opportunities. By staying alert and vigilant, you can protect yourself from scams and ensure that you find legitimate and rewarding work as a freelancer.