Yep, use your ability to make money , but then there are the scammers.
How to spot the scammers:
1. Post a project with a very long time to bid, seriously if you were looking for workers you would be looking at about 1-2 weeks max.
2. If it seems too good to be true IT IS, “Hi, I need someone to type easy shit into a database and I will pay you “insert massive sum here” >$100.
3. On any job, just click on the job posters Identity, and if there is more than one new job posted within a few minutes of the last, but no job ever allocated , then they are a SCAMMER.
4. Virtually any job poster with a name that ends in a number.
Some of the Scams
1. Image solvers, to bypass login systems. (earn $0.50 an hour)
2. Some moron doing his homework that will pick your brains with private emails but never place the job.
3. Some moron who has managed to GET a Freelancer job, does not know how to do it, and posts a similar job to pick other peoples’ brains
4. Hi, Lets money launder together.
If you want to pick work up on freelancer, then you are going to need some real skills
1. Be able to perform the work requested (If you can find it amongst the scammers)
2. Be able to distinguish between all the scammers so that you do not use up all your ‘job’ applications.
You Only get so many job slots allocated per time period
Yep even WHEN a scammer is pointed out to Freelancer.com, IF they decide to do anything about it, you STILL loose the Job allocation slot, UNLESS you physically remove your bid from the scammer and wait 24 hours to get the ‘slot’ back to apply for the next job that might be a scam.
There are many many scams on Freelancer, and indeed the company could do a lot more to prevent them, BUT they are NOT interested, because it makes them money AND makes the site look far more busy than it actually is.
Some ways that Freelancer could prevent scammers
1. When a job poster places a job, prevent them from placing multiple jobs within a 30 minute time slot.
2. Double the time it takes for their job to appear if they have placed more than 3 jobs that have never been awarded, and keep doubling the time after that.
3. Prevent new jobs from being allocated excessive bid times (60 days) , unless the poster has at least 1 job he has awarded to an employee.
4. Check their IP address against the country they claim they are from.
5. After the first un-awarded job, charge them a $1.00 for all other posts, until they award a job.
Seriously the people at Freelancer take upto 10%* of the job awarded payment. For that sort of money they should be offering better support to the employees and employers than they currently do.
*It can be as high as 13% if you take into account that they actually deduct the money BEFORE the payment is made and you do not have THAT currency in your account. Specifically they convert ANY other currency into US$ then convert the US$ into the currency of the Job!! for their commission payment.**
(**WHY would an Australian company convert funds from US$ to INR(indian rupees) to pay themselves commission)