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The internet and newspapers are filled with scams. In fact, sometimes it is hard for me to even market AllFreelance.com - because many people see "Work at Home" and they instantly think that I am trying to sell them a "scam job". This article will outline how to tell which jobs are scams before you invest your time and heart into any venture.
Have you ever seen something like this in classified ads section?
$5000/$6000 A Week From Home Work from home, work part-time or Full-time. Your Choice. No Experience Necessary. SASE to PO Box 1455, etc.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Lets face it, who makes this much money in one week other than doctors and lawyers? If it sounds too good to be true, than it IS! Another thing that you might take notice of with above job listing is "SASE to PO Box 1455". The reason job poster wants you to send an envelope is because he is going to probably send to you more information about job, mainly an order form so you can buy supplies to begin working. NEVER send money to anyone offering you a job. Another rule of thumb is to never apply for a job that you have to send a self-addressed envelope without mention of having to send your resume too.
Here are a few examples of Scam Jobs:
1. Envelope Stuffing - The envelope stuffing scam has been around for as long as I can remember. The way this job works is that job seeker will see an ad in newspaper for something like this: "Make 100s of Dollars Stuffing Envelopes from Your Home". This person will send a self-addressed envelope with $5 - $30 to individual who posted job. In return job poster will send to job seeker information on how he/she can also post these ads and make money. It is all a big scam, there wasn't ever any "actual" envelope stuffing position open. The individual who started this envelope stuffing scam in first place gets about 95% of whatever profits are made from this "ad posting". This "scammer" might even refuse to pay you any money at all because you didn't adhere to strict guidelines (even if you did).
2. Assembly of Crafts - In this scam, you will need to purchase hundreds of dollars in supplies in order to start your craft business. You will need to spend countless hours assembling crafts by hands. In most cases you will not get paid for what you have submitted. In many instances, craftworkers will receive back a letter saying that crafts didn't meet their quality standards. In fact these fraudulent craft operators never intended to pay money. All that was intended was to sell to you machinery for your home craft business.
3. MLM / Pyramid Schemes - (doesn't apply to mlms that acutally sell a product like Quixtar and Agway) MLM and Pyramid schemes are like chain letters. Chain letters are letters that you send out to a set number of people. These people are supposed to also send letter out to a set number of people, so on, and so on. Pyramid schemes are based on chain letters. This is how they work. You pay to get into a pyramid / mlm scheme. You are then in someone's downline. this means all of money that you make adds into this person's profits, as well as your own. The way that you make money is to build your downline by recruiting others into scheme. These people need to do same, and so on and so on. The problem is that you sell "nothing", you sell "commissions" only. This is illegal. Plus profits that are claimed to add up from this is not true.