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how to steal freelancers from odesk?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by nonai, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    how do you ask freelancers to work outside odesk without odesk banning your account?
    a while ago, I asked for someone's skype id and my account got terminated. Not sure if the skype thing had anything to do with it, they won't tell me why they banned me.

    I don't feel too bad about losing my account, but the freelancer also loses their account, that's the part that sucks, I feel bad if a freelancer loses all their 5 star ratings because of me. So I want to do it safely.
     
  2. Black.Cat

    Black.Cat Junior Member

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    Try to look for some details in their accounts in google, linkedin, etc.

    If they're smart they would've posted those details somewhere else and then you can talk to them there.
     
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  3. Derpinard

    Derpinard Registered Member

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    It has nothing to do with skype communication between the two of you. I'm an oDesk regular (freelancer) and I frequently exchange skype numbers with clients using the oDesk system.

    My guess would be that either one of you has probably posted something which made the moderators suspicious (their focus is to protect the site's business - cheating the system = no comissions for them), and they decided to ban you (I guess you have used a new account with no previous spending history).

    So, my advice is: ask freelancers through skype to work with you directly after they apply for your contract. DO NOT close the job posting afterwards. Just keep it there. It will expire after 30 days (only works for 'fixed price' jobs).
     
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  4. seeplusplus

    seeplusplus Power Member

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    What kind of work do you need doing? I need some feedback :)
     
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    Macthetrix Regular Member

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    Not a good idea. There are so many scammers out there. Without one of those freelancer sites you might end up losing all your money.
     
  6. Derpinard

    Derpinard Registered Member

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    I disagree. Places like oDesk and Elance are extremely buyer-centric, which means that it's the client who can scam the freelancer, if anything. The way they operate, you only get paid for one time gigs after the client accepts it, and it's "at the client's sole discretion to decide whether they pay you or not". There is little to no difference between doing fixed price contracts via oDesk, and working directly with a client.