Oh you dirty little Bastards!

It’s Monday. Don’t. Wanna. Go. To. Work. Can’t I just work from home? All of us who can’t afford to lose the income from our jobs have dreamed of this….And I’m sure all of us are aware of how completely full of scams that industry is….

 Well….most of us.

Some of us??

According to Forbes.com many, many of us simply don’t. Or just lose all common sense in our desperation to get out of the 9-5 grind and spend more time at home with our families, or supplement an inadequate income when we’re physically unable to work outside the home….

And the fact that there are greedy, unscrupulous, soulless bastards out there taking advantage of that desperation really pisses me off. So, let’s educate ourselves and then spread the word shall we???

Fact: In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission received 8,192 complaints involving work-at-home-business opportunities, ditto for the previous year. The FTC estimates that only one in every 55 of those work-at-home opportunities was legitimate.

Here’s part of Forbes’ list of Work-at-Home scams to avoid:

The E-Commerce Con, where you pay an up-front, one time fee to have someone build and host a website featuring lots of household goodies for sale. Each time someone buys an item you get a cut of the profits. Sounds easy and LEGIT, right?? It’s not. The bastards offering you this awesome opportunity are long gone with your money before you can blink your eye.

Any letters, emails, correspondence of any kind originating in Nigeria. Unless you have relatives there, this is always a scam. And I’m sorry but your “fiance” that you met online from there but have never actually laid eyes on IS NOT A RELATIVE BUT IS IN FACT THE SCAMMER.  I’ve seen this one first hand, as I used to work for a company that was a Western Union station. I have witnessed people send hundreds of dollars to Nigeria despite my warnings not to, despite the literature that Western Union printed to inform people of these scams. Sometimes desperation makes people lose their damn minds…

The Dial-A-Crook. You call a 1-900 number for “more information” on a gold-mine of an opportunity and while you’re on hold, you’re racking up usurious charges which the crooks split with the unwitting phone company.

Driver wanted. This has actually been advertised on Craigslist. Some Dude advertises that he needs a chauffeur for his Wife/Mom/Daughter. You’ll be sent a check or money gram which you are instructed to deposit and then immediately pull out a chunk of to cover “ancillary expenses” to be mailed back to the scammer….The check of course is no good. I’ve seen this one first hand too…It’s also how the Mystery Shopper scam works…

Data Entry. I’ve seen these in our local paper, and been tempted….The trap is set when the scammer offers access to lists of local companies looking to farm out basic work, such as typing a few lines of text into an electronic form over and over again to fulfill some sort of advertising campaign. The catch is the access fee you have to pay for lists that don’t exist….

And the list goes on and on: envelope stuffing, check cashing, re-shipping, yada yada yada….

Fact: If this great offer came by email it’s a scam. Period. Think about it, if you knew of an easy, guaranteed way to make money, would you be emailing strangers to tell them about it? Ditto for an ad posted on a telephone pole.  The second clue is the following: “it works or double your money back” Money that you spend up front, want to take bets on how far you get trying to request your refund??

Find out the name and phone number of the company and check its reputation with the Better Business Bureau and your county and state consumer protection offices before plunking down any money.

I wish, with all my heart there was an easy way to make the money we need to live comfortably without leaving our homes. Just everybody promise me you’ll use your heads before falling for any of this kind of nonsense, please???

Grammy worries about her Peeps…



8 thoughts on “Oh you dirty little Bastards!

  1. You are SO right. I wish people didn’t get so desperate that they would try this and lose their hard-earned money.

    And just so you know, I did a legitimate mystery shopping gig for a few months, but IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. You earn very little money for a whole lot of your time…less than a dollar an hour when it works out in the long run. Not. Worth. It.

    • Good to know….P.s…I’ve been trying unsucessfully to comment on this or that post over at your place for a few days now and it won’t let me. The comment page freezes up….:(

      • You are not the only person who has told me that, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what is causing it. I’m sorry, and I miss you!

  2. I worked at home for an advertising company based out of Georgia a few years ago when I was enrolled in college full-time. Basically, what they did was work for larger corporations and have us (the agents) do the dirty work and call homes (usually during peak hours) and get renewals, upgrades, etc. Overall, it was an alright experience. The work was soul-sucking and since there were so many agents, you could only get about 20 hours a week. Still, at $8 an hour (and yes, the checks sent were legit) it was a nice little rainy day fund for the periods between student loan disbursments.
    That being said, there are a lot of scam jobs out there. I did one that had me work for an entire 8 hours, only to block my e-mail and never pay me for that time. I find that looking up the name in Rip-Off Report is not perfect (some legitimate organizations get bad reviews by disgruntled employees, etc.) but it can definitely help prevent you from getting sucked into a scam.

    • Thanks for the “been there, done that” perspective, it’s good to know there ARE some LEGIT albeit low paying work at home opportunities. Maybe the low pay balances out when you deduct the cost of gas, lunches, clothes (jammies are cheap!) etc…?? Maybe??

  3. Grammy, I use the old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

    The problem with so many of these scams is they are out of the country and there is NO recourse. Like the Nigerian ones. People send their money, and in some cases, their life savings, and they can’t even sue. It’s so sad.

    I wish there was a way to get the word out so everyone knew the truth about these scammers.

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