I look at peoples’ “pictures of themselves” and many are highly suspicious. We need more than just ‘their word for it’, for who they pretend to be. I want to be able to trust that this person is not only in the country they say they are, but also that who I am talking to is really that person.
Like Upwork, Fiverr needs photo verification, using a passport, driver’s ID, or other valid forms of ID.
If we prefer to only work with people from certain countries, we should be assured that they are truly from or in those countries.