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  1. I contacted Fiverr through customer support, and I just received their response. They clarified that they discourage the usage of VPN on Fiverr, but it doesn't break any rules if I do so. They also confirmed that even if I do use VPN and Fiverr at the same time, it won't affect my account negatively in any way. But suggested not to do so for honesty and legitimacy. That's all.
  2. I contacted Fiverr through customer support, and I just received their response. They clarified that they discourage the usage of VPN on Fiverr, but it doesn't break any rules if I do so. They also confirmed that even if I do use VPN and Fiverr at the same time, it won't affect my account negatively in any way. But suggested not to do so for honesty and legitimacy. That's all.
  3. Thanks seven for the information. I feel better now. I don't use VPN regularly, and I try my absolute best to remember to turn off VPN before entering Fiverr. It's just there was a few close calls and I almost clicked Fiverr before turning off VPN. I'm not messing with any information for any shady purpose. There were times when I had to set up some Paypal things on shopify, and paypal is restricted on my country. In order to work, I have use a VPN. My client knew about it and he was cool with it. I'm just concerned about what would happen if I miss-clicked(or miss-click in the the future)
  4. I am not trying to deceive or mislead. They know the correct information, and I talked to them prior to using VPN. That section is clear between us. VPN is needed because I can not access the full functionality from my current location. A perfect example is Paypal. My clients need paypal payment set up. But paypal is restricted from my location. Thus I can not set up paypal on shopify. If I use a VPN and set location in USA, then I can continue my job. The client knows it, and he is okay with it. The problem arise, when I forget to turn off VPN after working and accidentally open Fiverr while VPN is also on. Usually I try my absolute best to remember to turn it off before opening Fiverr, but there were a few close calls, and that got me concerned. Thus the post. Also, I am really sorry for the repeated post. I posted once, and for some reason it didn't show on my phone when I was outside, and I thought, Something must've gone wrong and it didn't post. So, I did it again. I couldn't delete one of the posts. My bad.
  5. That's true. But the thing is, it's made for this one product only and he sent me a very specific design. I know its my job to make a way around it, that's why I am the seller and he is not. But then again, I would work around it if I could. I'm really in a pinch, and i'm still trying to make a way to satisfy all aspects. I just need to be extra careful handling VPN.
  6. There's a concern among sellers on Fiverr. It's about "buyer request from another seller", and like many other problems, new sellers are the most affected. While it doesn’t cost or harm anyone badly, It's frustrating and annoying to say the least. Here's a few points regarding, why some people do it, How to identify one and what to do when you see such a proposal. So, when do people do it? 1. They are both legit buyers and legit sellers at the same time. 2. They took an order and got stuck. So, they hire somebody to do the heavy lifting. 3. It's an outright scam. And Here's why they do it- 1. They are legit buyers and legit sellers at the same time. They take jobs from other buyers, usually at a higher price, and offer them to newer sellers for a lower budget, and make a profit out of it for doing virtually nothing. It's unethical in my opinion. I have to mention here, they don't always take the jobs from Fiverr, sometimes from other platforms, but offer them to Foverr. In a way, they are creating new job opportunities on Fiverr, but I don't think it justifies their action. 2. Sometimes, sellers take a job slightly(or even drastically) beyond their skill. Soon enough, they see there's no way they can finish the job in time(if finish at all), and offer the tricky part to someone else through buyer request. It can happen by accident when the seller overlooked a requirement of the job and thought they would work around it somehow but fail to do so. This kind of makes sense but it's still a bad thing. 3. Sometimes it's outright scam. a. I've seen buyer requests with some description and an URL. Guess where the url leads to. It leads to one of their GIGs. They do it to get some exposure for free. b. I know a couple of sellers who did this for experimentation. Mostly to see how other sellers react to it and how they send buyer requests. They don't really have a job to offer in the first place. While It's an effective way to observe competitor strategies, it's not a great one. There’s plenty of materials out there in fiverr forum, youtube, blogs and whatnot. c. One time, someone I knew posted the same fake buyer request. When I asked him why, he said, his response time had risen from 1 hour recently. He posted the buyer request because he knew that a few people would find his profile and send texts directly to inbox. By responding them fast, he'd be able to reduce the average response time to 1 hour again.(note: he didn’t have a job to offer anyway) It seemed silly and funny to me. And it was harmless(mostly) so I gave it a pass and told him not to do it again. I'm sure there are other reasons and perspectives why people do this. These are just the most obvious and common ones. So, How to identify these buyer requests from legit ones? 1. They have an attractive(at least decent) profile picture. Because they have to approach their buyers as sellers. 2. Their profile has plenty of reviews as both buyer and seller, and both reviews are frequent. 3. Their profile may show "Top Buyer" or something similar in chatbox while "Level two seller" etc on profile. 4. You can tell the difference when talking to them. They approach you as buyer, while they have exceptional knowledge on the topic like a seller. True that, a legit buyer will know what they want and what they are talking about, but a middleman will know far better. The 4th point requires experience, but the first few are free for all. So, What should you do when you see these buyer requests? First and formost, they are job potentials. Read the requirements very carefully. Discuss with the buyer everything. Make sure that it isn't super hard for you. And when you know you can do the job, you can take the job. Unless, the money isn’t worth the effort at all. Another thing, which is more disgusting than anything is when people share links to thier gigs for free exposure. That's straight up cheating. I usually report their account, selecting "Others" option and write that they shared their own gig in buyer request. Basically, inform the authority of it, and let them handle it if they do. That's it for now. Take care.
  7. Okay bro. Thanks a lot. I will be extra careful when I turn on VPN.
  8. It's not about Fiverr. It's about shopify. I design custom webpages. On the website, a visitor from USA will see like, "USD 98.99" for a product. But when I design the page, an app automatically converts the currency and shows "BDT 7,946.99" while I am designing. On some designs, the extra two digits causes a line break, and adds an extra line. It's impossible at times to continue designing. Using a VPN prevents the USD automatically turning into BDT. And makes my life 10 times easier. But since VPN is a serious issue, I guess I really should not use it.
  9. I live in an Asian country, while all of my clients so far are from USA. This creates an inconvenience due to the location. For example, currency. Some apps automatically detects my location and set the currency accordingly. But this hampers with my designing process. I need the currency to be USD. Also, some apps don't work in my country that I need to access to work. For this reasons, I need to use VPN to change my location temporarily to work around the complications. My question is, after I doing something, if I mistakenly log in to Fiverr before closing the VPN, Fiverr will see my location as USA whereas it was and will be Bangladesh. Not to mention the public and overly crowded IP address that the VPN provides. So, if I log in to Fiverr with VPN connected, how will Fiverr react to it? what are the penalties?
  10. I live in an Asian country, while all of my clients so far are from USA. This creates a few differences due to the location. For example, currency. Also, some apps don't work in my country that I need to access to work. For this reasons, I need to use VPN to change my location temporarily to work around the complications. My question is, after I doing something, if I mistakenly log in to Fiverr before closing the VPN, Fiverr will see my location as USA whereas it was and will be Bangladesh. Not to mention the public and overly crowded IP address that the VPN provides. So, if I log in to Fiverr with VPN connected, how will Fiverr take it? what are the penalties?
  11. Yes, experience is one of the biggest tool to defend yourself from these kind of scams. But when you don't have much experience, you can use some other ideas. For starter, if a buyer asks you to work, verify thier legitimacy. Check their buyer level, profile pic, and reviews from other sellers. See how often they order, and try to make out how satisfied the previous sellers were and what type of work was it. You can also get ideas from the texts they send. How professional are they, how desperate they are to get you to work. And also, if they are online for a while but not replying to you. Chances are they are talking to other sellers as well. It's natural they will, but how frequently it happens. Last but not least, try to convince them in other ways, like sharing watermarked screenshots of your previous work, convincing them to order for one, even it is for $5. You'll at least get a review at the end of it and not get completely ripped off. But the safest and best way is to not work for free in the first place.
  12. This is extremely informative and helpful material. Thanks a lot for taking the time to explain everything. Greatly appreciated. Since then, I learnt my lesson and haven’t done any "free" work for anyone. I verify the buyer's legitimacy as best as I can if I must work pre-order. But I mostly avoid that kinda shady work. The sending pdf with with watermark is a great idea.
  13. I want to say from USA, but I'm really not sure. And yes, i fell for it hard. I was a new seller, and I was desperate for job. I didn’t consider things through.
  14. As a seller, we always look for work and opportunities. This is especially true for new sellers. Things don't always go as we'd like. And sometimes we sellers get desperate and there are some buyers who take this advantage. I have worked with really good buyers and person in general, and had bad experience as well. I want to share one such experience. I used to be content writer and came to fiverr on that service. I came across a buyer request with a list of like 10 topics, and I sent an offer. The person responded the next day and asked me about my experience. I told him. Then he said he needs this 10 articles and like 50 more in near future. But since my fiverr profile is new, I needed to earn his trust. And for that, he asked me to write on one of the topics. If he liked it, he'd order for the 10 and later on, for all 50. Me, desperately looking for work, agreed, and wrote the article and sent that. I never got a response from him again. The very next day, when I was going through the buyer requests, I saw the same buyer with a similar buyer request with a list of work. And when I verified the list with the previous one, sure enough, 5/6 were the same topic with a few new ones(the one I wrote on was missing). I texted him asking if he liked my article or not. But he never responded again. My thought on this is, he actually used my article. And there were a few other sellers who did the same as me. Thus the buyer got like half of his work done for free. Now, I am not 100% certain that it was the case, but it appears to be so. My point is, don't work for free under any situation. It's true that the buyers will need to verify your skill. And you will need to earn their trust. Share your past works and similar services that you did for someone else. But don't work for someone you don’t know. If you work for free, not only you are getting scammed, but also you are ruining a potential job either for you or for some else. Be careful and think before you do something no matter how desperate the situation is. Take a look at buyers profile. See the number and frequency of reviews as a buyer. Trust your logics and if there's not enough, trust your guts. Take care!
  15. I am also a new seller on fiverr. But I learnt a thing or two. You can check their profile for past works and reviews as a buyer. Generally, a profile with decent and relatively frequent reviews aren’t fake. But there are times when the buyer account is new. In those cases you have to talk to them and see how it feels to talk to them. You have to trust your guts. They'll say like they have other job offers in the future. Don't just trust that fully. Most importantly, if they ask for past work, that's fine, but if they ask you to do something for them before ordering, never do that. They'll say something like, I have a huge order, but I'll need to see your skill. do this one thing for me and I'll order for the whole work. Don't do that. Chances are, they only needed that one thing done anyway. Be honest and follow your guts.
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