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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

Everything You Need to Know About Envelop Stuffing Scams

Envelope Stuffing Jobs – Things To Consider Before Getting Involved
By Anna Allen

“Earn $1000′s Weekly Stuffing Envelopes.” “Want to Work From Home? Here’s your Chance at $12 per Envelope.” “Stuffing Envelope Jobs – Earn Thousands Weekly at Home! $5 per Envelope. Start Now.”

Any of the above ads look familiar? They should. Every last one of them is an actual ad that I found. They are plastered everywhere whether it’s the Newspaper, Magazine Ads and even on the Internet.

How many of you actually believe those ads? Believe it or not, many people actually do believe them. Years ago, I was one of them. I kept seeing these ads over and over again so I figured they were legitimate. I ended up responding to a few of the ads but never heard back from any of them. Surprise, surprise!

Actually, back then, I was surprised. I was young and naive and never thought people would lie just to get people’s money. Boy was I wrong. Since that time, I’ve come across several other people who fell for those outrageous claims. I even have a family member who fell for a similar mail out scam and spent over $700 on envelopes and stamps and even went to Kinko’s to have the circular printed out. How much did he make on that Envelope Stuffing job? Not one dime! I decided to do some research on Envelope Stuffing. I was actually amazed at what I discovered. If you are seriously considering responding to any of these Envelope Stuffing ads, here are some things to consider:

o What is required – There are actually several different Envelope Stuffing scams out there, so it depends on which scam you’ve come across. According to the ads, there really isn’t much required at all. You basically just have to stuff envelopes with the company’s mail out or flyer, address the envelope, put postage on it and seal it. Then take the whole package of envelopes to the company so they can mail them out, or some companies want you to take them to the post office and mail them yourself.

Now that doesn’t sound so hard, does it? It actually isn’t that hard, the only thing is that many times after you’ve stuffed all the envelopes and followed the directions, these many of these companies will not pay you and use the excuse that you did not do the job according to their requirements. So, they got you to do all that work, which you mailed out then they make an excuse not to pay you. Or, they will claim that none of the envelopes you mailed out brought in a sale. The thing is, they never told you that your pay would be based on commission.

Some Envelope Stuffing scams, like the one my family member fell for, require you to purchase all the envelopes, stamps and copies of the circular and have you mail them out to different lists of people (you have to buy a list of prospects as well). You then mail out a copy of the circular and you get to keep all the money people send you. This is a type of pyramid scheme that has been around for years and is still going strong, so beware.

Another Envelope Stuffing scam is after you pay them a fee they send you instructions on how to write and place ads (just like the one you fell for). So basically, they are teaching you to scam people like they scammed you.

o Do they charge a fee – Do not pay any fee of any kind no matter how small the amount may be. Some companies will claim that the fee is to pay for stamps, supplies, etc. Don’t believe it! A legitimate company who is requiring your services would not ask you to pay any kind of fee for signing up. No company even has the right to ask you for money before you work for them. You are there to perform a service or job for them, so you should not have to pay them anything. Some people may reason that they were only asked to pay anywhere from $1 to $3, which might not seem like a lot of money. But if 3000 people respond to that ad and send them $1 to $3 each, they’ve made $3000 to $9000! That can really ad up especially if they advertised in some of the bigger National magazines. So do your research so you won’t get scammed.

o Don’t believe the hype – Any company that tells you that you will be making thousands of dollars by simply stuffing envelopes is lying. Stay away from them. You can not make that much money just by stuffing envelopes. Why do I say that? Well today, most envelope stuffing is done by machine. Manual envelope stuffing is too costly and is done in great volume by high speed machines. No company is going to pay people thousands of dollars every week to stuff envelopes for them when they can invest in these machines and only have to pay for it once.

These people make these ridiculous claims because they know that there are gullible people out there looking for easy ways to make money. Open your eyes! Don’t fall for it. You have been warned.

o Do your research – You must do your research before getting involved with any company. Don’t just automatically sign up with any company advertising envelope stuffing. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the company. Do a search on Google. Check online forums. Just make sure you do the research.

o Are there any legitimate envelope stuffing opportunities out there – Believe it or not, yes there are. These are usually freelance jobs from smaller companies just starting out that can’t afford the envelope stuffing machinery or companies that are trying to see if they get sales resulting from mail outs.

I actually worked for a small water purifying company that I did mail outs for. I

went there to apply for a secretarial job but it was filled. Instead, they offered me the envelope stuffing job. I was desperate at the time so I took it.

It was very time consuming. I used to stuff 4000 envelopes a week. That was a lot of work! I had to get my family to help me. I would bring home the envelopes; my Dad would stuff and seal them. My Mom, sister and I would write out the addresses (we didn’t have the sticky labels to work with). I would place the stamps on them. Then I would take them back to the company and they would write me out a check. I shared the money with my family since they helped me out. It took a lot of time and if I didn’t take time each day to do it, I’d get behind, and then I’d be up late filling out the address and putting the stamps on them. I did that job for a year.

o Can you make money Stuffing Envelopes – When I worked for that company, I used to get paid around $210 a week. That was not a lot of money, especially after I shared it with my family for their help. I did because it helped them out each week and it gave me a little extra spending money.

o Is it worth the fuss – I had to ask myself if it was worth all the fuss to do that kind of work. Was it worth the lousy $210 I’d get each week? What did my family think about it? We all dreaded it each week, but we liked getting paid. The thing is, by the time I got through splitting the money with my family, there wasn’t much left for me. Plus, I had to report that on MY taxes each year, not my family. So in the long run, it wasn’t worth it for me. You may find it different in your case.

o Envelope stuffing is now called “home mailing” or “e-mail processing” – Envelope stuffing is a very popular old scam that’s now being repackaged as e-mail processing. These companies are very clever and are realizing that many people are catching on to their scam so they are now changing their wording and calling it something else, but it works the same way as the other Envelope Stuffing scams.

Although there are a few legitimate Envelope Stuffing jobs out there, like most too-good-to-be-true offers, Envelope Stuffing jobs are scams that continue to suck new people in year after year. Envelope stuffing is an example of people who use persuasive skills and create an illusion of “easy money” – to lure people in and entice them to send in their money.

The FTC is actually cracking down on this type of fraud. Many newspapers are also cracking down on them by not allowing ads for Envelope Stuffing jobs. Despite all their efforts, I don’t think that they will ever stop all the Envelope Stuffing scams out there. Envelope Stuffing scams have been around for over 50 years. It’s one of the oldest scams out there.

After reading this article, if you are still interested in Envelope Stuffing jobs, please do your research on the company and remember not to pay for anything up front. Personally, I would find other ways to make money. Legitimate work at home jobs can easily be found, if you know where to look. It’s all about research.

To Your Success,

Anna Allen

Anna Allen is author of several articles on various ways to make money online. For more information go to: http://wannamakemoneyonline.blogspot.com

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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

How to Identify and Avoid Work at Home Scams

Avoid Telephone, Direct Mail, Mail Order, and MLM Promotion Company Scams
By John T Jones, Ph.D.

The world is full of people and organizations promoting illegal scams to suck your hard-earned money out of your pocket, bank account, or from your credit card account. Here are a few of them.

Envelope Stuffing Scams

Joe Simple reads an ad in a magazine or receives a letter that invites him to make money by stuffing envelopes. He sends in $40.00 for a kit and gets nothing in return.

Mary Blank reads a similar classified ad opportunity. She sends in $35.00 and gets a single sheet that tells her to place the same ad she responded to using her address as the money recipient. She is to then send out the same single sheet in reply.

April Think-Little sends for a mailing kit. She spends $53.00. She gets supplies and sends out the materials as instructed. No money comes in! She is told that nobody ordered from her mailings so there is no profit.

Billy Lee Dream-World sends out $65.00 for an envelope stuffing opportunity. He makes his mailings and then is told they were not done quite right and that there will be no pay but that he should try again.

Companies and individuals promoting these scams are operating illegally. The Federal Trade Commission has targeted the larger envelope stuffing schemes. It has leveled charges against numerous work-at-home schemes throughout the United States.

Nigerian E-mail Scam

I call this the Nigerian Scam but other countries have joined the party. Montreal Canada is a world center for scam generation. If you get an e-mail, a letter, read a classified ad, or get a telephone call from some strange character in some overseas place offering you a take of millions, RUN LIKE HELL!

When we lived in Arizona a neighbor use to call me and say something like, “John! I’ve just won $100,000.00 from Readers Digest!”

I would say, “Now, Pearl, don’t do anything! I’ll be right over!” (Although she has passed away, I’m not using her real name.)

She would tell me she got a call from Montreal and that all she had to do was send $2500.00 to get her big prize. I would call Readers Digest and the Canadian Government’s scam hunters and then tell her not to send any money because it was a scam.

The Nigerian Scam goes like this. Abdul Mahogany sends you an e-mail and tells you that his great uncle was a government official who died in jail. His uncle held large amounts of cash in a Swiss bank. To get the money from the Swiss account, Abdul would have to travel to Switzerland and have the money transferred to an account in the United States. Abdul will give you half of the zillion dollars if he can transfer the money to your account. All he needs is YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER AND THE TRANSFER NUMBER TO YOUR BANK (which he can get on his own once he has your bank account number)!

Abdul does not go to Switzerland (except for skiing on his winter vacation). Abdul does not have money transferred INTO your account. Abdul does transfer money out of your account into his. ABDUL EMPTIES YOUR ACCOUNT. You are furious and humiliated. You call your bank, the Chamber of Commerce, the police, and even the FBI. And what are they able to do? NOTHING! You have been had.

The Internet is full of sites covering the Nigerian Scam. There is a good cartoon at http://tinyurl.com/ke3qq

Direct Mail Scams

One thing about mail scams is that the United States Postal Service takes action against such scams. For example, see http://www.usps.com/judicial/1982deci/12-118d.htm where the Service took action against Group One Communications of Jensen Beach, Florida. The Service took almost every line of their mail promotion and declared it false advertising. Here is the final judgment: “Therefore, I conclude that Respondent is engaged in conducting a scheme for obtaining money through the mail by false representations in violation of 39 U.S.C. § 3005 and that a False Representation Order, substantially in the form attached, should be issued against Respondent.”

I got a letter one time with an offer and I asked the local postmaster if the offer was legal. He said that legal or not the offer would not bring income to anyone. They do not pursue every complaint. They go after the big guys.

I questioned an MLM program once on its legality and I was told that because the monthly fee was so small ($7.00) that the program would be too small potatoes for the federal government to investigate in the near future. They are working on the big stuff.

MLMs and MLM Promotion Scams

Some MLMs are scams in themselves. I was in one once where the federal government shut it down as a simple pyramid. The operators were required to pay back the money collected. However, the operators were allowed to pay the money back in merchandise. This was good for them because they could buy a fishing pole from China for $3.95 and get $150.00 credit for providing the merchandise. Thus if they owed you $300.00 they could give you a fishing pole and a cheap pair of binoculars worth a total of $13.95. How in the heck they got away with that I’ll never know.

The particular MLM was one of those Right Leg / Left Leg varieties. My Right Leg was growing like crazy but I could never get enough new members in the Left Leg to make one penny. So who was getting the monthly profits from the Right Leg? Why the big shots at the top. They could keep the program solvent with that money.

I’m in an MLM now that doesn’t have that kind of payout. Still, you can lose your shirt by paying promotion companies to promote for you.

A friend of mine told me he used a promotion company to get him new members in an MLM. He paid over $800.00 for the promotion company to make a mailing of 1000 for him which they did. He got 10 new members. That is a 1% return and any direct mail operator can get rich on such a return if he charges enough for his service or product. See [http://tinyurl.com/s6xf8]

Then my friend paid the promotion company to mail 4000 more. He expected 40 new members. Nothing happened!

He told me that he contacted the promotion company and they first told him that he had “missed the mailing” (a group mailing). Next they told him that the mailings were “actually made” but the return was zero. Instead of getting 40 new members as expected, he lost over $3500.00. I’ve advised him to contact his state’s Attorney General for restitution and to see what the Small Claims Court requirements are in his state.

A good rule for MLM and Direct Mail operators is this: Never pay a promotion company or a print and mail company to make mailings or place classified ads for you. You have no control over what happens after you pay them.

Many people who could have made it in an MLM or Direct Mail programs have lost their capital before they could really get started.

Making a First Class direct mailing yourself cost about $600.00 per thousand. Promotion companies and print and mail firms make money by charging you above the mailing cost. They typically charge as much as twice the actual mailing cost.

The mailings are often sent by Third Class and some seldom send out mailings when they say they will. You can wait for months for your mailing results instead of two weeks from you own First Class mailings.

Some promotion companies may be making more money on their promotion activities than in the MLM they are supposedly working. However, they are gaining members at your expense so they are successful on two fronts, the MLM income and their promotion income.

Promotion companies are in the same program as you are. They are your competition. Never give your competition a break by paying for their leads. Promotion companies are actually curtailing your promotion activities by draining your capital.

Shared leads from group mailings or group classified ads are controlled by the print and mail or promotion company, not you.

Placing your own classified ads means that the leads generated are yours and not shared with somebody else.

I’ve seen folks in MLM spend thousands of dollars for promotion when they could have used a simpler approach and made money. MLM is tough enough without having your money skimmed off by a promotion company that promises you the moon and gives you the shaft.

Direct Mail Gifting Programs

An informal but pretty comprehensive description of Gifting Programs is given at http://tinyurl.com/haou8 I get these programs in my mailbox every week. Typically you join a club for a fee. Then you send out the same offer but you get nothing for your first member. His contribution goes to your sponsor, not you. After that you collect money as gifts. These programs are illegal even if some product is given to the member on joining. I’ve talked to people who have been in these programs. They are not rich as described but instead very disappointed.

Disaster Scams

Katrina brought out the scammers by the thousands. Scammers often use good causes to bilk you of your money. If some one calls me on the telephone and says that he is from the Benevolent Variety of Police Charities, I hang up.

There are many web sites that use scams to bring you to their site so that they can sell you their “safe” programs. Therefore, you have to be alert even when you are looking for scam information. By fighting scam Internet operators gain a lot of customers. I have a personal friend that does this. At any rate, even these sites can give you good anti-scam information. One site is http://www.scambusters.org/ You can read about the Katrina scams there.


The old saying is If something seems to be too good to be true, it is too good to be true!

We have to be alert to everything that is going on.

We have to watch what we read on the Internet, the letters we get in the mail, and the telephone calls we get while we are trying to watch reruns of Bonanza.

If you suspect something is fishy, then make a search on the Internet for complaints against the company or program. Ask your postmaster about it if it comes in the mail. Check with your banker or the Chamber of Commerce in your town.

Before you join any new program, make a search on the Internet using key words such as scam, complaint, the name of the program, etc.

Most scammers are in a hurry to get you when they use the telephone. Never give these crooks one inch. Hang up!

Never ever take money out of your bank account for a scammer (stranger) nor ever give your bank account number to anyone whatsoever no matter who they say they are. Never ever give anyone your social security number on the Internet or on the telephone.

Make sure your computer is secure. Use your privacy system to warn you if you want to email your telephone number or any other personal information. Talk to your banker about how to protect your accounts.

The Attorney General of your state has information on all kinds of scams. Go to your state’s web site and give the Attorney General’s office a call when you have a complaint or when you have a question on a possible scam.

I was overcharged for months by a telephone company. They refused to give me back my money. It took me a while to get my money back but the Attorney General of Arizona, who is now the Governor of Arizona, got every cent of my dough back. Dealing with the telephone company was a pain but when I told the Attorney General’s office they were not cooperating, the hammer came down. I got my money!

copyright©2006 John T. Jones, Ph.D.

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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

How to Detect Work at Home Job Scams

How To Detect A Work At Home Scam From a Legitimate Home Business Opportunity
By Leon Edward

Better Safe than Sorry: Consult BBB

The Business Bureau Bureau, which is also known as BBB, is a non-profit and non-government organization supporting the objectives and ideals of bureau and stands as the link between business and consumers. They report and collect information to help people who call to their agency make decisions. The organization works with other agencies, police, associations, and the government to be of assistance to the people and make them informed.

You can inquire at their site through sending questions that will be answered as soon as possible by the agency. The BBB also offers tips and advices on how you can avoid being scammed. According to them, the most common pattern of a scammer’s scheme is receiving the information through the Internet and the newspapers, luring the consumers on big income that they can receive through joining.

The BBB has revealed two things based on its experience after answering to the scheme of stuffing envelope. The consumer will either end up receiving no reply from the said firm or they receive an instruction telling them to post advertisements just like theirs. They will gain income here through encouraging others to join and send you money then instruct them to do the same thing also.

BBB informs people to be very discerning when looking for work-from-home jobs or business opportunities, as scams not only cost thousands of dollars and countless of hours with no return, but they may also tarnish your reputation because of inadvertently selling nonexistent products or services. In worse scenarios, you may get accused of perpetrating a fraud.

Aside from checking BBB rating section (http://search.bbb.org) for the assessment of the company you are planning to work with, making your potential employer or source of home business opportunity answer the following questions will be of great help:

· What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)

· Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?

· Who will pay me?

· When will I get my first paycheck?

· What is the total cost of the work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees?

· What will I get for my money?

The answers that you will get from your potential employer will help in rounding up whether the opportunity will meet your expectations – physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

Other Background Check SOP

Sure, we would all love to work at home. We can get up at any hour we want to. We are our own bosses. One problem regarding working at home is how sure you are, as the employee, about your employers.

The most difficult thing about working-at-home opportunities is that the contact is mostly done online or over the phone. This connection may be too shady for most people. Surprisingly, it works for other people. In fact, moms, retirees, and disabled people actually rake in cash by taking on work-at-home opportunities.

Work-at-home opportunities can actually be pursued full time. But how do you know whether these are legitimate or not?

Always, always proceed with caution. Because of the inter-connectedness brought by the Internet, so many schemes are out there waiting to lure gullible people in. Some of which ask you to give money all for the promise of getting rich quickly. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are some ways for you to know a scam in a blink of an eye:

1. You must always check the company’s address and number. Double check that they are listed and that their offices aren’t simply post office boxes. It may be a work-at-home opportunity for you, but that doesn’t have to mean that it must also be work-at-home for them.

2. If they have a website, that’s one assurance that they are legal and they will not dupe you. A website shows professionalism on the employer’s part. But it must not be just any simple website with a splash of words here and there. There must be further details on what exactly you should be doing for the company from your home.

3. Always make sure that you are in close contact with a person that is responsible for your payment. Ask them first-hand when you can accept your paycheck. Get their contact information and keep in touch with them as much as possible. It is fair enough that you get paid for the work you do.

4. Terms of agreement must be spelled out in writing. It can be posted on their website or they could send you a brochure. If you finally have these in writing and your mind is set on working for them, at least you have something to show when called for. Having terms in writing makes it easier for the employee to have some sort of evidence when he is in a dispute with his employer. This condition makes it easier for both parties in the legal sense.

Now as a home worker, you are an independent contractor and you wouldn’t be getting the traditional employee benefits. For that reason, it is then your duty to get your own health insurance or any form of compensation that is attributed to a regular employee.

You must be responsible in tracking down your expenses. Some work-at-home business opportunities pay their employee on a project basis. Therefore, what the employee earns vary from month-to-month. Not only must the home worker track his expenses, he must also keep a record of the work he is doing, so that he will get paid for these correctly.

Just make sure that whatever transaction and action are going on between you and your employer are legitimate. You can find countless work-at-home ads out there promising hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month – all at your home.

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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

How to Avoid Work At Home Scams

Work At Home Scams Are Dead
By Eddy Salomon

Work At Home Scams haven’t affected me in years. And it won’t exist for you either if you:

1. Become An educated job seeker, Dummy!

The only way you can get scammed is if you don’t know what to look for and you don’t do you research. Here’s a quick way to know if the company you’re interested in working with is a scam. Go to Googe.com enter the company’s name or website address and the word scam or scams. For example, Paidresponse Scams, You’ll either find tons of results tearing the company apart or nothing significant.

As always check the following sites:

  • www.BBBOnline.com
  • www.Ripoffreport.com

2. Don’t actively search for jobs!

I know this sounds ridiculous but a little known secret in job seeking is the fact that many employers don’t actively post their jobs. Instead they are searching resume databases of various job sites. So if you’re like everyone else who searches through job listings every day and applying to those listings you’ve pretty much missed out on some hot leads. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do this. But you should also be posting your resume to as many job sites as you can.

This will make your information available to legitimate employers & put you ahead of your competition. Scam artists use resume databases as well but they’re less likely to because it’s a high priced service. But if they do happen to have the money, if you’ve followed my first point in this article then you’re already an educated job seeker and will be able to spot the scammer!

3. Stop using major job sites!

That’s right, major job sites suck for work at home! They are not highly targeted for work from home. You might find a few scattered telecommuting jobs. But they’re buried deep in the millions of conventional job listings & home based business opportunities. It can take hours to sift through all that & granted you may have all the time in the world. But A better use of your time is to use job sites geared toward telecommuting aka work at home. Most of the time, the website owners have done all the leg work for you or their users have within their forums and you can find some great job leads there with minimal effort.

Some great resources are:

  • www.tjobs.com
  • www.moneymakingmommy.com
  • www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com

4. Know the difference between a job or home based business!

Too often I hear people whining & preaching everything that requires a fee is a scam! Nonsense! If you’re an educated job seeker you’ll know that a home based business will always require a fee because you’re basically being provided your own company to run. And guess what? Any company requires supplies, marketing material, etc, etc. to get started and to run a business. If it was free to run, then Mc Donald’s wouldn’t have to charge you for a burger. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

But a job on the other hand is when someone who owns a company or a home based business hires you to work for them for a set salary. You don’t need to pay them because you’re not forming a company. They’ve done that already and just need your help to run their business. So be sure you’re aware of what you’re looking into when an opportunity or job is presented to you. Don’t assume because a fee is mentioned it’s a scam! Know the difference.

5. Be in control!

If you keep in mind all the points I’ve listed above you can never be scammed. The proof is in the pudding. I was scammed once and ever since applying the points above, I’ve never fallen victim to a scam again. In fact I actually get paid to help people find scam free work at home jobs now. Well now you know why I feel Work At Home Scams Are Dead! If you follow this article they should be for you as well.

About the Author

Eddy Salomon runs a free resource of internet work at home jobs, opportunities, scam alerts and articles.

Visit: http://www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com/workathomejobs/ for no fee work at home .

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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

Work at Home Scams to Avoid

Common Work At Home Scams To Avoid
By Mark Nelson

There are many legitimate work-at-home opportunities out there but there are even more work-at-home scams. These scams promise to make you rich overnight but deliver only empty promises and disappointment. The internet has provided millions of people a great way to earn a living from the comfort of their own homes, but it has also given the scammer a powerful tool to take advantage of the uninformed job seeker.

Typical Scams

1. Data Entry Jobs:

Perhaps the biggest online scam of them all. The victim is lead to believe that there are hundreds of companies out there who need people to type their ads for them. Victims are told that they can make $1000′s per day just typing up certain ads with a list of provided keywords.

Well, you will be typing data, alright. And if you get paid, it’ll be from people that you yourself have scammed into the program. You see, when they say that you will be typing ads, you absolutely will. You will be typing ads to be placed on Google or Yahoo which promise other people the same pipe-dream that you fell for. So, in order to make any money from this scam, you must become a scammer also.

Now, keep in mind that there are real opportunities with Google Adwords and Overture Ads (see our Pay-Per-Click page) but these opportunities do not show you how to scam people, but rather show you how to write effective ads and develop affiliate tools to market just about any product imaginable.

2. Envelope Stuffing:

Promoters usually advertise that, for a “small” fee, they will tell you how to earn money stuffing envelopes at home. Later – when it’s too late – you find out that the promoter never had any employment to offer.

Instead, for your fee, you’re likely to get a letter telling you to place the same “envelope stuffing” ad in newspapers or magazines, or to send the ad to friends and relatives. The only way you’ll earn money is if people respond to your work-at-home ad. With this scam, as with many others, the only way to succeed is to become a scammer yourself.

3. Processing Emails:

Envelope stuffing – gone electronic. Virtually the same deal as with envelope stuffing: the only money you will make will be if someone responds to the (scam) email that you send them, and purchases the “processing emails” program. The “processing emails” program will usually consist of a .pdf file which will contain some sample ads for you to run – along with other useless information.

This, in now way, should be confused with the opportunities on the Paid Emails [http://www.gatormoney.com/email.html] page on our site, which shows how you can earn money by reading emails – not processing them. Also, our email programs are 100% FREE to join.

4. At Home Assembly:

This has been a very successful scam because of many factors. First of all, it “sounds” legitimate: A company needs parts to sell and they want to pay you to assemble these products. It’s completely believable – and is an idea that many legitimate companies operate on as 1st. and 2nd. tier suppliers for other large companies. However, that’s where the similarities end. After you pony up the initial $100, $200, or even $500 dollars for your “Start-Up Supplies” and start assembling these parts, you soon find that none of the assembled parts you submit meet the company’s “Quality Standards” or some other such line of bull.

In fact, none of the parts you ever submit will ever meet the company’s “Quality Standards”. You could have these parts assembled by master craftsmen using precision equipment and none will ever pass. That’s the scam. There is no company waiting to buy your “assembled” products. The scam is to sell you a $25 box of parts for $100 – $500.

Here’s a list of Legitimate Work-At-Home Opportunities.


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By , on July 9th, 2011 Scams

Work at Home Craft Assembly Scams

Work-At-Home Assembling Crafts Scams
By Fabiola Castillo

Working at home sounds like a dream come true for those who are adept at working with their hands. Watch out! You could be working to fill the pockets of the scam artists who “hire” you to do the work.

Nothing could be more fun than earning a living by making crafts on your own kitchen table. Some home assembly opportunities promise as much as $30 per hour for this kind of work. The work description requires that you make baby clothes, jewelry, plastic signs, toys, Christmas ornaments, or any other item you can think of. Unfortunately, many people jump at this opportunity only to find out that the whole thing is a rip off. Whoever succumbs to these home business opportunities end up forking over a lot of money for the equipment and supplies to make the items for a company that has promised to purchase them. One way these hucksters get you is by insisting that only certain materials and tools be used so that even if you have them in your supply closet, you will need to buy theirs. They also insist that you use only the materials they provide to insure the quality and consistency of a product. Once you have paid your money, the materials and instructions you get will be of shoddy quality than anything else you could have bought on your own.

Following the assembly of the product with the materials and tools you bought from your “employer,” you will find it next to impossible to get paid for all the hard work you put in. The “company” will tell you that your work does not meet their quality control standards. No matter what you do or say, they will have some excuse for not paying you for your work because it does not measure up to their standards. Even if there is a money back guarantee, you will find it difficult to get your initial investment back. Scammers are very skillful at covering all their assets so that nobody gets their money back. Pretty slick, huh? There are real home assembly jobs out there, but the real ones do not ask you to send them any money for start up. This is the big difference between legitimate home businesses and scams. If they ask that you pay money upfront or buy something first, it is time to turn away and look for something else.

Warning signs of crafts assembly scams

o They promise you a high income. This is perhaps the number one reason why people fall for home business scams. As the old adage goes: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Do not allow greed cloud your common sense.

o The “employer” uses a post office box. Using a post office box is a classic tell-tale sign of a potential scam. Though not all post office box users are scam artists, these cons depend on them to easily part people with their money. They are easy to get and easy to abandon when it is time for the thief to embark on another new home business scam.

o They require that you purchase a “starter kit.” These kits are almost always junk, and the very fact that they called it a “kit” should raise red flags on your part.

o They require you to pay a deposit. Very few legitimate home business opportunities require that you make a deposit. If they ask you to make a deposit, you should be really concerned. These deposits are when the scam artists make their money. Once you send in your “deposit,” you have become a victim of a scam, and you will never see your money again.

There are lots of consumer fraud schemes out there. It is up to you, the consumer, to educate yourself to recognize what is and is not legitimate. By doing so, you can minimize becoming a victim to the crime of theft by deception.

Fabiola Castillo is an online marketer for the website NinjaCOPS SuperStore. This virtual store specializes in home security products where you can buy wireless hidden cameras, kubatons, cell phone stun guns [http://www.ninjacops.com/cephstguv.html], nunchaku, air Tasers, expandable batons, and many other self defense products.

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