A Pox on both your servers!
Yesterday I wrote about work-at-home web sites to avoid because they explicitly tell you they’ve weeded out all the scams to bring you legitimate jobs and “work from home businesses.” They then try to sell you an ebook or paid memberships to things like data entry scams we’ve been dissecting here at I’ve Tried That. Today we’re featuring the story of a reader to illustrate why we care. Carl wrote:
Yup you’ve got it right from the guy (me) who thought it was a great idea to work at home so I could spend time with the wife on her days off. good ‘ol “Jessica Miller” [of workathometop10.com] (after getting my $69.95) sent me on this money back 100% guarantee work at home Data Entry bee-line to wealth program that took me to Data Entry Inc. and another $19.95 on my Wal-mart cash credit card I purchased just for my web purchases (thats another story later). and some time later I’ve yet to get the information or the yahoo web site ready and waiting for me with in the 24 hour promised by her web site. I then went to the BBB and tried to look up her and her company (web site) and you know she don’t exist and then I went to file a complaint with the NBA (National Business Association) that in itself is a scam because there is no way for anyone to file a complaint with them. This was my response from them,
“Since our members are “in good standing” simply by paying their dues, and we do not endorse any products or services they offer, I would recommend you visit the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org to find these kinds of answers about a business.” Thanks,
National Business Association
I have filed a complaint with the BBB But have got no where. Wish I came here first!! I found this site just surfin’ around
Thanks for sharing, Carl. You’ve shown why scam pre-sell pages are so effective. They contain all the trappings of legitimacy, like official-looking memberships in business organizations. They show good-looking people (probably paid actors). They KNOW that you just want to spend time with your wife on her day off and they play to that wish. For others, it’s the fear of unpaid bills, for others, it’s the desire to stay home with a new baby that sends them searching for online work. Whatever the emotion that drives you (and it is emotion. Always.), take extra care so that it doesn’t get in the way of your critical thinking when it comes to online work.
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