Odesk Scam Review


Odesk are a large freelance and outsourcing site. You'll be able to find anything from writing and translation jobs to web development, networking and marketing. More than 350,000 businesses are engaging on Odesk making it effortless to line up a project to earn a couple of dollars with. I had found that there are enough tasks for almost all the categories that you can possibly think of.


They offer two types of jobs; hourly and fixed price. With fixed price you'll have no guarantee of payment, wherewithal hourly rates you will get more priority and guaranteed payments for the hours are tracked by the Odesk team. There are no membership fees, only the site takes a 10% fee for what you're paid, for instance you will get paid a $40 and they will deduct $4 which is very reasonable in my opinion.

Odesk have a good “feedback system” in place to minimize the scammer's. Both the freelancer and the employer have to give a feedback based on a scale of 5 for quality of work, deadlines, communication issues and so forth. Both parties are required to provide a comment that will appear on the profile page for future reverences, and give you the option to develop a long-term relationship with members, meaning more dependable work for freelancers. Remember a bad feedback, even when given unfairly would make it hard for you to receive projects in the future therefore don’t accept tasks that you’re not fully adequate to complete to standard.

Compared to Elance and Freelancer I had found Odesk to be the most effective web site to start with for beginners. They are among the largest marketplaces for freelancing online with a total value of $16 million in 2011; therefore you can be sure that they're an immense online business.

Now for the million dollar question; are Odesk a scam? No they're not, they bring employers and freelancers together, and they establish a service to millions of members that get paid every year, but like I stated before nothing stop the scammer's to post in these freelancing sites, you can overpower them by being careful, like working only with high-feedback employers that have a dependable rating on these sites. Several “freelancing scammer's” will ask for sample work and then publish it as their own work, leaving you with the impression that they're not interested in your work leaving you with no remuneration. In addition to, be careful for receiving invitations to an interview for a task or project that’s not matching adequate to your skill sets and profile, most likely a phishing scam.

Beginners get scammed for the most part because they're not aware how these sites work and they don’t have the knowledge on how to work with employers to assure getting paid in the end, and that is the reason why so many individuals brand the freelance sites as scam. Look if you act smart and not greedy you'll be able to produce a few bucks here and there, this can help you to save up for bigger online moneymaking opportunities especially if you just don’t have the immediate payment for marketing education, setting up site or the hundreds of other ways to generate stable income.

Face it in the long run it takes money to make money, and the little bits here and there working on freelance sites really adds up in the end to get you online freedom in a big way. Working online takes time to perfect and to get scam smart, if you fail just try again you'll get there with patience and a bit of hard work.

38 comments:

  1. Good day! I would like to ask a question (though it isn't entirely related to the article), if that's alright. :) Does oDesk have an age requirement? If so, how old? I would greatly appreciate your answer. :) Thank you!

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  2. I had indeed asked them to send me their terms and Conditions for signing up here is the direct quote....

    "The oDesk Platform is available only to legal entities/persons who are at least eighteen (18) years
    old and are otherwise capable of forming legally binding contracts under applicable law. Without limiting the fore going, the oDesk Platform is not available to temporarily or indefinitely sus
    pended Users. Users are not employees, agents or contractors of oDesk at any time and do not have the authority to enter into any contracts on behalf of oDesk, except as may otherwise be provided herein.

    If you feel that you can do these kinds of jobs, and pass the "review" why not ask a legal guardian to sign up for you, like a parent, friend or teacher?

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  3. Yes, you're Right! oDesk is not scam. I have got money from freelancing on oDesk.

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  4. I also have a question, I have signed up for a fixed-rate job and I was wondering if there is any way I could check how dependable the source is. She had stated she pays every Saturday, but it seems she had waited until Sunday (today) to say this. Do you have any recommendations?

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    1. Hi Cedric, Unfortunately there is just no guaranteed way of knowing, when I used to work for odesk in the past I would take screenshots of my work and mail it to the individual stating that I need half my money upfront and the rest after I had send in the work, or I would only send half of the project and the other half after payment. If people have a problem doing it this way, then something must be wrong with the job in my eyes.

      Also a good idea to check if she have verified payments (that would be the text next to the $)
      Make a point to except jobs with a good feedback, those who does not have any or negative comments I usually had avoid.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this information. I think Odesk is a good place to get used to publishing online. If someone has never published online before, it is a good place to learn about all the different aspects of making money using the Internet.

    Once someone learns more about writing online, they can explore other avenues for making money. This includes getting their own website and their own domain name.

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  6. Well what you failed to mention is that the Employee has the power to block the feedback someone leaves for they, so their rating system is useless..

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  7. Well within any business there is flaws out of our control, I had worked with odesk quite some time ago, I had good jobs paying me on time but also had the pleasure to work with sum online "scum", never the less I had made money back then and those little bits had helped me to build my online career to where it is today.

    Unfortunately it is impossible to avoid scammers in total, but I had always told them upfront that I will only deliver half of the work for half of the payment upfront - If they are not willing to except it. then they are most likely not legit.

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  9. I took some time in looking into this matter, you can't have more than one account, or have one account in your name and another in your father's and use both! This is a serious violation of oDesk's Terms of Service. Anyone who gets caught doing this gets permanently suspended. You also have to make sure that your profile name is indeed your real name and that its not similar to another profile.

    Odesk have lifted their security and terms of use because too many scammers are using the platform

    If you aren't breaking any rules, there's nothing to worry about, and it will be sorted eventually. I know it's hard, but you will have to wait for them to respond to you. If you want an update on the issue, rather use the existing ticket than opening a new one.

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  10. Odesk is created on a structure that allows scammers to run without restrictions.
    I have learnt the hard way. You can't even warn other users in the community forums about the scammers as Odesk wants to protect them (for what?!)
    Anyway, I have found my own way to let the community know:

    http://biggestodeskscammer.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for the comment Anonymous. Unfortunately Odesk is not the only program that had been infested with scammers, for even the powerful freelancer had been labeled as a "scam" due to the fact that people without any principles in life had used these trusted platforms to pray on the hardworking individuals that is trying so hard to make an income online.

      I like the way that you had warned everyone about the specific person, rather than smearing Odesk itself, it show that you have a professional way of doing things, for we need to warn against the scammers and pin point them in order to make a difference.

      May I suggest that you pin out more scammers on your blog and help everyone to "clean up" our working platforms.

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  11. oDesk.com is a big scam. All they care about is making good profits. They are such greedy bastards.

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  12. oDesk seems to favor the contractor. I have paid people from that site and all they did was pretty much screw me over.

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  13. If oDesk provider want me to give the contract how would I know?
    And from where will receipt the payment where there is no link of bank acct#

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    1. Make sure that all your contact details are filled correctly. Always stay away from providers that does not give out detailed information on how payment will be handled.

      Also make sure to become verified:

      http://thefreelancepinoy.com/news/become-odesk-verified-through-the-new-id-verification-process

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  14. I'm looking to change the look and feel of a php social network script that I bought. I'm not to shabby when it comes to pay I am looking to spend in between 1500-2500 USD that's a lot of money. I am suppose to meet with a firm but I don't know if they are going to want more because of the scope and changes of the project. So I am looking for a back up and I came across oDesk. Would you recommend the site to me for my project? Communication is key because I don't really have a vision I just have the idea.

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  15. Odesk raised a lot of doubt lately because of all the scammers that use the platform. Freelance sites became a magnet for fraud and my main concern is that you might end up with an individual that is not qualified to meet your expectations. In the past I offered a position for a proof reader and I ended up paying for content that was done through a grammar tool - money wasted.

    Fiver has some awesome individuals that are highly skilled, usually when I need a big task done, I go through the "high profiles" and look at their qualifications. Amazon Mechanical Turk is also a better option because of the strict rules, but again not scam free.



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    1. Thanks for the reply. I will scroll through Fiver and check out their people. wait just did a search on "Fiver" and got the site I thought you were speaking of Fiverr.com , is this the site you're referring to? And I appreciate the info much needed. I've already been ripped off once through craigslist about 10 years ago so I don't want to repeat that.

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    2. Yes Fiverr.com - dearly apologize for leaving out the other "r"

      Only make a effort to contact individuals with a high rating and good feedback.

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  16. ok thanks again. I appreciate it.

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  17. STAY AWAY from odesk and their freelancers.
    Most of the freelancers are liars, they say 100 things and can do maybe 1 if you have luck. They log in on odesk and do some things checking, and put all of this as debug. Even if we dont ask to debug the freelancers will do things, that will not help anything for your site, but the money is counting. This means that even if you are not agreed with the work the freelancer done, you have no other option to pay! Cause the money will be taken away from your paypal. Than if you try to tell this to odesk, they will say " You have to ask the freelancer for a refund" if they dont wanna, than contact us back again. This is very smart told from odesk, but just bunch of CRAP! Which freelancer will return the money from India or East Europe?

    Trust me peeps stay away from odesk, and certainly DO NOT apply your paypal to them, you will be the biggest loser...
    For us NEVER AGAIN odesk, we better pay $250 per hur to a normal company, than you will be sure that things will be fixed as it should be and you won't loose money than..Learned a very good lesson, hope others will read this before hiring some freelancer on odesk.

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  19. Now a days so many people blame to oDesk. Yes something going on so bad there & I seen many people who earning successfully from this site. For me, I dislike their price range. Anyone can bid with low and low price. So new contractor try to bid with very low price for get the early jobs and doing low quality work.
    I thing comparatively SEOClerks.com is much better!

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  20. So many misspellings and grammatical errors. One of the first red flags. I'm not sure if I made a mistake in signing up at oDesk. I've received three offers and they've all been pure scams. The FAQs say to flag them, but there is no place to do that that I can find. I would love to flag the two clients, but I can't. At least I'm intelligent to know a scam or to know how to find out if it is a scam. Buyer beware, but my experience is telling me to stay away from oDesk.

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  21. I do very well on oDesk. I am a transcriber there, and never had a problem. There are a lot of scams. You just have to be vigilant and use your common sense. I personally make a great living there and have built up a nice client base.

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  22. Will it be fine for a undergraduate college student to apply O-desk?

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  23. Aren't greedy? Do you know that Odesk jobs pay some writers as little as ten cents an hour? Odesk is not a scam per se but they treat writers like dirt. The least anyone would work for a 500 word article is $15 dollars and that is till not industry standard. . Most folks want to pay you $1.00 to $5.00 dollars for well research, detail oriented copy. Buyers wonder why they get low quality work? You don't pay McDonald prices and get filet mignon. Besides, would you be motivated to do a great job if you end up making .05 to .10 cents an hour on a job? I have worked in the freelance industry for years and was appalled by what they expect writers to bid for. They toss crumbs, want tons of work, an then act like hey are doing you a favor. In no other industry would sweatshop treatment be acceptable. If anyone is "greedy" its the folks looking to buy writers at slave wages. Keep ODesk, elance, Freelancer et al--I am making it my mission to shut guys like them down via worker advocacy groups....

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  24. how do i protect my idea considering im going to have to disclose it to odesk or a freelancer?

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  25. This website is a big scam. Odesk does nothing about it. I got a complaint opened with them and the Better Business Bureau. I won't let it go until I get a refund of my $26.17. Someone scammed me and sent me stolen software from another website and closed the job. How can they close the job marking it complete? I'm the employer! I say when it's complete! I want them to review/change their policy and refund my money.

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  26. Hi there! This is really nicely written article and because of it I joined oDesk.com . However this year on almost every review site oDesk as well as eLance and Freelancer is described as a fraud. What is really bad is that those reviews are from both freelancers and employers. There are a lots of complaints about odesk suspending freelancers profiles for no reason , one of my clients also left the platform and he was from the good ones. So is it still a good plays to be or?

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    1. ops good plays= good place

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  27. They accepted a job (REVIT MODEL) , I interviewed the guy over Skype and he said I will definitely deliver it by the deadline. After 10 days, 4 days before deadline,nobody responds :))) They hold onto my money for two weeks and simply refunded. I contacted the customer service the guy said do not trust freelancers, it is not oDesk responsibility! Bunch of losers, I wish I could take them to the court.

    DO NOT TRUST THEM, AND DO NOT PUT YOUR CREDIT/DEBIT CARD DETAILS INTO THEIR WEBSITE.
    There are lots of bad review about them, just google it. I made a huge mistake trusting them. wasted my time and money. could have the job done by now.

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  28. Thanks for spreading the word christene! We are super excited about the new name and new feel.

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  29. as online technology grows there are good and bad thing comes in effect i have done online work for amazon and i was paid by cheque but this time they have suspended my account and transfer money to their eCommerce site as a gift card.

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