Fell for phishing scam on Upwork – now what?

I am ridiculously naïve. I made an account on Upwork. First project I apply for—editing an e-book about mindfulness for a health company—the client wants to interview me on Skype. So I go on, and he just wants me to answer some interview questions on a Word doc. Half an hour later, he tells me I’ve got the job and asks for my full name, email, address, and phone number for the “agreement”. Yes, I gave all of them. I know, I know. I will be beating myself up until I die. The next thing he says is that they’re going to send me a laptop to use. At least at this point, I realize this must be a scam, and I flag the client.

What are the scammers likely to do with my information, and what should I do now to avoid getting my identity or money stolen?

The content was posted by imstillturningout on 2021-11-11 11:52:23 via reddit

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  1. EndangeredPootis says:

    None of that information is private, its been part of countless databreaches and has already been sold numerous times to both third parties and advertisers.

  2. Don’t accept fake payments from anyone and don’t send money to anyone. That’s it.

  3. Crabby_Appleton says:

    Nothing terrible has happened yet. The information you gave is already floating around out there anyway. The thing to be careful about in a job scam is being sent a fake check and told to buy your supplies and equipment from a certain vendor using that money in an unrecoverable way. If they physically send you their own laptop, you probably have a real job.

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