The Truth About Stuffing Envelopes And Home Assembly Programs

Written by Dean Phillips

Two ofrepparttar oldest scams around appear to be as popular as ever. I'm referring to stuffing envelopes and home assembly programs. Let's talk about stuffing envelopes first.

Ads for envelope stuffing "opportunities" seem to be everywhere--from your mailbox to your newspaper to your e-mail box. Promoters usually advertise that, for a "small" fee, they will set you up to earn big money by stuffing envelopes at home. And they claim that they will pay you a dollar or more for each envelope stuffed, resulting in hundreds or thousands of dollars for you each week.

Now I want you to think about something very carefully. Why would any legitimate company, pay you a dollar or more for each envelope you stuff, when they can use high-tech mailing equipment that can stuff thousands of envelopes at a time for only pennies apiece?

The answer is, THEY DON'T PAY YOU! Here's howrepparttar 127536 scam works: After you send in your money, you will receive a letter telling you to placerepparttar 127537 same "envelope-stuffing ad that you originally responded to, in newspapers or magazines, or to sendrepparttar 127538 ad to friends and relatives. The only way you'll ever earn any money is if other people fall forrepparttar 127539 scam like you did, respond to your ad and payrepparttar 127540 fee.

Home assembly scams work pretty muchrepparttar 127541 same way as envelope stuffing scams. This scam requires you to invest money in instructions and materials and many hours of your time to produce items such as baby booties, toy clowns, and plastic signs for a company that has promised to buy them.

Scammers Use Better Business Bureau Name To Commit Scams

Written by Dean Phillips

The Better Business Bureau recently issued a national alert to warn consumers and businesses about two questionable operations that are falsely usingrepparttar BBB name to scam victims.

One business is perpetrating an advance fee loan scam that targets consumers and businesses with poor credit records. It has provided as a reference fictitious BBB phone numbers that are answered by representatives who falsely claim to be withrepparttar 127535 Better Business Bureau and provide a positive report onrepparttar 127536 business in question.

The other entity, which appears to be a telemarketer, is contacting local businesses, falsely stating to be fromrepparttar 127537 BBB and calling about a complaint or to update BBB files. The telemarketer proceeds to ask questions that have nothing to do with BBB business and leaves as a contact number 1.800.CALL.BBB.

"Bureaus acrossrepparttar 127538 country are reporting calls from victims. These scammers are falsely usingrepparttar 127539 Better Business Bureau name to try to gain credibility with potential victims," said Ken Hunter, president and CEO ofrepparttar 127540 Council of Better Business Bureaus. "We urge people to double-check with their local BBB whenever they receive a dubious phone call or seerepparttar 127541 BBB name tied to a questionable promotion. We’re easy to find inrepparttar 127542 telephone directory or onrepparttar 127543 web at"

A company called Kirkland Russell and Thomson (KRT), supposedly located in Houston, advertises loans to individuals and businesses. KRT representatives claim thatrepparttar 127544 business is a member ofrepparttar 127545 BBB and suggest that interested customers call fictitious phone numbers forrepparttar 127546 "Southwestern Division ofrepparttar 127547 BBB in Oklahoma City" andrepparttar 127548 BBB of Metropolitan Houston to requestrepparttar 127549 company’s BBB report.

"The company is usingrepparttar 127550 BBB name as a shill for its business. These are notrepparttar 127551 phone numbers ofrepparttar 127552 BBB's in Oklahoma City and Houston. And, neither Bureau has issued a satisfactory report on KRT. The company has produced and is distributing a fake, glowing BBB reliability report," Hunter warns.

According to complaints torepparttar 127553 BBB, KRT tells customers that they have been approved for a loan and must send a fee for "insurance." KRT asks thatrepparttar 127554 fee, often about $2,000, be wired to various addresses in Canada and New York. Consumers are required to submit personal information, such as Social Security number, bank account number and pay stubs.

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