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Topic # 225721 2-Dec-2017 13:57
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I've had a few emails from some outfit called Star of Service offering prospective jobs, however taking a look at their website, I'm a bit dubious. Does anyone know about them and whether they're legit?

 

They seem to be present in quite a few different countries around the world.

 

One of the things that raises alarm bells is their model seems to be that freelancers have to pay (via spending pre-purchased credits) to quote on a job. Plenty of freelancer sites charge some sort of commission of jobs, and that's fine, as money only changes hands when everyone gets something, and it's in the interests of everyone that jobs get completed satisfactorily.

 

Paying to bid on a job without any certainty whether you'll get it seems to be a bit of an unusual model, and not particularly freelancer friendly, as you have to purchase credits up front, then spend them whether or not you even get a job. I also wonder if there's an incentive for the site to encourage as many bids as possible on each job, as they get paid for each bid.

 

Does anyone have any experience with them, good, bad or otherwise?


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  Reply # 1911993 2-Dec-2017 14:56
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It’s like the old auctions where you’re u can buy an iPhone for $1 if you win. The bids however cost you.
Don’t do it.


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  Reply # 1942069 18-Jan-2018 16:10
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Receive them all the time - they go straight in the trash like any other cold call.


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  Reply # 1943266 19-Jan-2018 09:32
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yes we receive them every day, seems to be from the same person and the same job. I'd avoid them if I was you seems to be a lot of work with very little return.


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  Reply # 2036451 14-Jun-2018 11:32
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I suspect there are no humans running the system. I have received emails from a "Simon Wells" that seems not to actually exist. Certainly, this entity does not read replies and probably only responds to site input.

 

The system is run from France so you have no come back if you engage. They are annoying people all over NZ and the world.

 

Block the domain.


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