Scams

As Seen In… Nowhere!

Work at home scammers love to use well known company names and logos to trick you out of your hard earned money. Recently, hundreds of work at home scams and unscrupulous web site operators have begun to use “AS SEEN ON [Name of TV Show]…” or “AS SEEN IN [Newspaper Name]…” with the hopes of making you believe that their offer is legitimate.

The truth is – it is very easy to steal a company logo from a website. Many scammers will simply do a Google image search for “ABC News logo” or “Readers Digest image” and then copy and save the file for their own use.

Scammers generally prefer to use only the most well known media outlets. Besides ABC and CNN you’ll probably also see Oprah, The View (tv show), Wired Magazine, the New York Times, and even Elle and Marie Claire fashion magazines. Depending on the particular scam they are touting you might also see references to “Woman’s Day” or “Parents Magazine.” Occasionally you might even see the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Member or Accredited Business logo.

If the scammer has already been caught stealing logos and misleading job seekers then you might notice phony logos that sound close enough to the real thing to trick you such as “New Yorker News Daily” or the “Seattle Daily Press” or “Better Business Board.” The logos look very close to the real thing but never provide a link to an actual website or new article. Another trick is to simply create an official sounding organization and then claim membership or verified status (such as “Verified Scam Free Business” or “Certified by the Anti Scam Association.”)

Avoid Offers That Claim “As Seen In” Media Coverage But Do Not Provide A Link

Anytime you see a website, job posting or advertisement with an impressive list of “As Seen In…” logos and company names you should immediately question the legitimacy of the offer. Why is it necessary for them to name drop all the press coverage but not provide you with links to those articles? If they are so proud of all the glowing praises that they’ve received it seems they would also want to provide you with a copy or link of the article so you could read it for yourself.

Websites or opportunities that receive legitimate, national press recognition are of course going to repost the article and provide you with a link where you can read this great news for yourself. Why wouldn’t they? Surely its going to make you believe whatever it is they are telling you if ABC News and CNN stand behind it! Unfortunately, there is no real article because ABC News and CNN would never promote or support a work at home scam, so the scammer is hoping that just posting those fancy logos will be enough to make their scam look legit.

Be careful of fake news sites too. Many scammers have figured out that they can make their opportunity look much more legit by providing a link to what looks like a real news article. Often they design the phony page to look just like the real thing. The really sneaky ones will use a pop up that says “you are now being directed to ABC News.” For this reason, you should always look at the address bar on your web browser to make sure the the URL is the correct dot.com (for instance www.cnn.com). If the website address does not say CNN.com then the page is a fake.

Don’t Be Impressed by “As Seen In” Claims

If the logo or claim does not link to a real article on a real news or media website then it is probably a scam.

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Proven, Secret, Powerful, Money Making Home Business Opportunities (That You Should Avoid!)

You’ve probably heard about those work at home opportunities where you pay to get a business system that’s already been “proven” to be a money maker. Perhaps its “ad placing” or “envelope stuffing” or (our favorite) a “secret system”. Sometimes it is simply a “powerful home business system.” The pitch sounds great. They claim you will make great money after you learn the system, which of course, they can teach you for a fee.

So, are these offers for real? Are people successfully working from home with them?

The short answer to your questions is NO.

The long answer is ABSOLUTELY, NO WAY, NOT EVEN IF PIGS FLY! 

Seriously, the general rule to follow is that if you are asked to pay a fee for a “proven system” that will earn you big money, run and don’t look back. While not all of these opportunities are “scams” (some, in fact, are legit / legal offers), few will offer you a real income from home. Many use misleading and unethical advertising practices to entice you. Others simply LIE about earnings and practices. Many of these offers have been around for years and they tend to target women who are raising families, elderly looking for additional income and the disabled who are in desperate need for income from home. Unfortunately, it is very easy for people who are vulnerable to fall victim to these misleading or exaggerated offers.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus received so many complaints on this topic that it formed a special task force to study the problem. Over a 6 month period, they answered ads for hundreds of work-at-home business opportunities but did not find any that generated the level of income promised. None. Not even ONE program that lived up to the claims.

(Don’t confuse these “proven” home based gimmick offers with legit franchise and multi level sales and direct sales opportunities which do offer SOME decent earnings if you work at it. Think: CAbi, Avon, Pampered Chef, and the like). Some people do well with home based sales programs and others do not.

So, the bottom line – you should just avoid all of these “proven” and “secret” home business opportunities. YOU WILL NOT EARN BIG MONEY FROM HOME. Nor will you get insider “secrets” about some great home business opportunity that will make you rich (or even make you a few bucks). The purpose of these offers is to get your money by making you buy the “secret” or “proven” system – perhaps in the form of videos or CDs or a book for you to read. After you watch the videos and read the books you will be no more prepared or ready to start earning big money from home than you were before you handed over your cash.

Trust us – if there is a legit home business opportunity that will allow you to earn solid money from home then we will tell you about it here at HomeworkersNet.com – We will fill you in on all the details so that you can make an informed decision. We will promise you that we’ve done the research and are confident in recommending the program to you.

To date, we have not found any of these opportunities to be worthwhile. None of them, not even if pigs fly…..

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BP Warns Of Oil Spill Job Scams

Posted by | July 2, 2010 | Blog, Scams

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to threaten the environmental and economic health of the Gulf Coast. In the wake of the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, a coordinated effort is under way to clean up the spill and provide aid to affected families.

HomeworkersNet.com warns that the recovery effort creates a great opportunity for scammers to make an easy dollar by deceiving those who are trying to find work, file claims with BP or donate money or volunteer to help with the cleanup.

Whether you’re looking for work or financial assistance or want to help out by donating money or volunteering your time, we recommend doing your research and avoiding the following scams:

The BP Job Scam: 
Several organizations including BP and HomeworkersNet.com have reported on job scams in the wake of the oil spill. Most commonly, job hunters say they were told to pay an upfront fee to get a job assisting with the oil cleanup or they have been asked to pay for training to assist BP with the efforts. We have also heard from people who were recruited for cleanup work by organizations that did not seem to have a contract with BP.

Jobs available directly with BP are posted on BP’s Web site. For jobs through the state, such as Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, you can visit the states’ job Web sites. If you have been recruited by a company that claims to have a contract with BP, research the business fully and try to confirm with BP that they are a legitimate employer for the oil spill cleanup. We also advise job hunters to be wary of companies that require applicants to pay an upfront fee for jobs related to the BP oil spill, environmental claims regarding the spill, or the cleanup efforts.

The vast majority of jobs created will go to Gulf residents or industry specialists. Many of the jobs involved in the cleanup also require specific training or certifications, such as Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training. For most cleanup jobs, the employer will provide appropriate training for new employees.

Another job scam is offering work at home jobs for Claims Specialists who will work with victims over the telephone and on the Internet. These jobs are also scams. Most of the claims positions are being handled directly by BP’s corporate office staff and not from home based workers. If you are asked to pay an application fee to work at home for BP please do not respond.


The Claim Scam: 

Unsolicited e-mails claiming that the recipients qualify for compensation from BP are landing in inboxes. Additionally, the FTC warns against phony adjusters who ask for fees to expedite services

BP is accepting claims from individuals and businesses for property damage, loss of income and bodily injury or illness. At this point it is unclear whether or not BP is accepting claims from vacationers who are seeking reimbursement for cancelled trips to the Gulf.

The toll-free BP claims line is 1-800-440-0858. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or you can file a claim online through BP’s Web site. Additionally, there are many claims offices along the Gulf Coast. More information is available through the Deepwater Horizon Response Web site and on BP’s Web site.


The Charity Scam: 

Following any major disaster, scammers will pose as charitable organizations and try to solicit donations from well-meaning individuals.

The oil spill is unlike previous disasters and constraints in the cleanup effort limit what charities can do with your money or how you can volunteer.

While you can’t donate or volunteer to clean up oil, opportunities may include shoreline monitoring, fund raising, office work help in food programs for families in need and providing transportation. Numerous charities with volunteer programs ask that you register with them so that they can assess your skills and place you appropriately when openings arise. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has compiled a list of nationally soliciting charities which meet BBB standards that are asking for donations and volunteers for the Gulf effort.


How to Contact BP and Where to Report Fraud:
Visit BP Recruitment Fraud web site

The Truth About Work At Home Scams

Posted by | June 24, 2010 | Blog, Scams

QUESTION: How do I know if a company is a scam? Charlie, Lake Placid FL

ANSWER:

The truth is, you can never really know for sure. Anyone could be out to get you for any reason. But there are a few warning signs and they probably are not the ones that you’ve read about elsewhere on the Internet. Yes – we know them all by heart…. If the employer asks for a fee upfront then they are probably a scam. If the company is not a member of the BBB then they are a scam. If the employer does not provide a phone number or address they are a scam. Right?

Wrong…..

And here’s why.

For one, many work at home employers do not want to list their phone numbers or addresses in their help wanted ads because they get inundated with job seekers. Even if the ad says “no phone calls please” they will still get hundreds (yes – hundreds!) of calls. There is nothing that will anger a hiring manager more than unwanted phone calls from job candidates. So, while many scams do not post phone numbers or addresses in their ads, many REAL employers do not post them either. Furthermore, there are lots of scams out there that ONLY provide a phone number and/or an address. Sometimes they will even a 1-800 number for you to call or a Suite # for you to send your information to. So, just because there is a phone number or address listed doesn’t mean its legit.

Another thing… some legitimate companies have fees, especially when you are applying for franchise, freelance or sales positions that require start up packages (think of Avon and Mary Kay that require an initial investment for your cosmetics sales kit). Does this make them a “scam”. Absolutely not. Both Avon and Mary Kay have been around for years and are excellent work at home opportunities. And they are not the only ones. There are hundreds of great freelance gigs out there that are getting a bad rap because of the start up costs. Remember, some companies may require a start up commitment. It doesn’t mean that they are a scam. On the other hand, any “job” such as a data entry position or envelope stuffing offer that requires a “fee” IS A SCAM. In fact ALL envelope stuffing offers are scams. So don’t waste your time. But pay attention to the difference. There are some excellent consultants, coaches, headhunters and job search services that may require a membership fee to join. This does NOT make them a scam. Membership services are perfectly respectable and have helped many people land legit jobs. But if the service promises or “guarantees” you a job in exchange for a fee – they are probably a scam. A legit service will charge you only for their services (job research, coaching, consulting, headhunting, etc) – but NOT for an actual job. Landing a job is always up to the job seeker, regardless of what you are told. So, understand the difference between hiring or joining a “service” verses paying an “application fee” for a guaranteed job.

The last misconception about work at home scams is the BBB. Did you know that there are hundreds of scams registered with the BBB? Why? Because first and foremost, the BBB is a membership organization that makes their money on membership fees. They want everyone to join. If at first the company looks like a legit business, the BBB will be glad to take their money and allow them to join. It will take hundreds of complaints before the BBB removes them. By that time, the scammers already have your money and have changed their business name and rejoined the BBB as a new service. Also, keep in mind that many REAL employers do not need the services of the BBB and therefore chose not to register. There are thousands of legit employers who have no interest in joining the Better Business Bureau – that does not make them a scam!

Now you know the truth about a few misconceptions. Let’s talk about the real warning signs of a scam…

Absolutely, any organization, recruiter or company that asks you to deposit funds, checks or money orders in your bank account is a scam.

All envelope stuffing offers are scams. Period. No exceptions.

Any organization that asks you to accept packages at your home and then reship them is a scam.

MLMs and other offers that “guarantee” you a job in exchange for a fee. (Simply ask: “Do you guarantee me a job if I pay this application fee” – if they say YES, it’s a scam!)

Opportunities that claim you will ‘get rich quick’, ‘earn millions’ or other unrealistic outcomes are almost always a scam.

For additional information about Internet scams

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Stuffing Envelopes From Home For Money

Posted by | April 27, 2010 | Blog, Scams

Would you like to do nothing but stuff envelopes for $1200 per week ? Sure, who wouldn’t? You would get to watch tv while folding some papers and sliding them into an envelope, all while your kids are playing at your feet.

So why are you not working from home stuffing envelopes right now ??? !!! Come to think of it, why aren’t all the people making only $300 per week cleaning floors or working cash registers or busing tables at the local Olive Garden doing it? And what about all those senior citizens trying to make ends meet? Or the college kids who are putting themselves through school?

If you could make $20 per hour, or $200 per day, or $1200 per week or $200,000 per year simply stuffing envelopes wouldn’t it be all the rage? CNN would be doing stories about how families went from living on the streets to living the high life thanks to all that envelope stuffing they’ve been doing. Oprah would profile successful moms who were able to save their homes from foreclosure thanks to a stack of 9.5 x 4 #10’s from the Super Office store.

Or maybe its just a scam…

The envelope stuffing scam has been around for more than 80 years. In fact, some believe the scam originated during the Depression era of the 1920’s and 1930’s. You’ll see the ads in magazines, newspapers, flyers, sign posts and the Internet. Whatever the location, the outcome is the same. Fall for the offer – lose money – get scammed. Period.

Despite what you have been told. Regardless of how fancy the website is. No matter how convincing the testimonials are. Legitimate envelope stuffing opportunities do not exist. Real employers do not pay people to stuff envelopes – unless of course, the company has never heard of computers or printers or copiers or email or mail machines or big office store chains. In that case, a “real” envelope stuffer would probably make $6.50 per hour and would be REQUIRED to actually work at the headquarters where all the mail and documents and envelopes are actually located and where they could maybe answer the phone and file some papers in between all that stuffing.

The notion that anyone could work from home making any money simply “stuffing” envelopes is ridiculous. Basically, “envelope stuffing” works like this:

Some scammer puts an ad on the Internet that looks something like this:

“How I Made over $250,000 in just 12 Months Working from Home”

or

“Legitimate Envelope Stuffing Jobs $50 per hour! Start today!! ”

For a “small fee” or “processing fee” or “application fee” or “materials fee” (which can range from $10.00 to $200.00!), the scammer will either direct you to a list of envelope stuffing offers (basically a list of more scammers placing the same bogus ads), or they will tell you the “secrets” on how to earn money stuffing envelopes at home. The scammer might give you some glowing testimonials surrounded by big red and flashing words that say ‘act now’ or ‘limited openings’ or ‘scam free’.

After paying the fee, you’ll get a letter telling you to place the same envelope-stuffing “job” ad in newspapers or on the Internet, or to circulate it by email. The only way you’ll earn money from this scam is if people respond to your advertisement and you send the “processing/materials/application fee”. If you do it, you are a lowly scammer too and you’ll be lucky to earn a couple of bucks before you are arrested.

So, do yourself a favor. STOP looking for envelope stuffing jobs, and STOP believing that ‘easy’ and high paying work like envelope stuffing is legit. Do NOT pay for information on envelope stuffing and, most of all, STOP asking us why we don’t have any Envelope Stuffing jobs listed at HomeworkersNet.com. We list only REAL jobs – not stupid scams that have been around for over 80 years.

If you really want to work from home – consider customer service, telephone work, virtual assisting, editing, proofreading, research, sales, clerical work, medical transcription, writing, tutoring, or hundreds of other REAL and great paying jobs listed with HomeworkersNet.com.