Finding a real work at home job is becoming more and more difficult. With the economy not doing so hot, more people are turning to the Internet to look for jobs. There is one group making a fortune off of the Internet and it most certainly isn’t those looking for a job.
Joe had sent me an email a few days ago tipping me off to a new craigslist job scam. He had applied for a technical writing positing and this was the job offer he received…
Thank you for replying to my ad on Craigslist for technical writing.
My client; a popular health, beauty and lifestyle magazine publisher,
is looking for a short but detailed product review on a popular
teeth whitening product. Upon completion, the review will be
published in several popular health and fitness magazines as well
as several industry related web sites. You have been selected to
participate in this project.
Smile Whites is currently one of the most popular teeth whitening
products on the market. My client would like a detailed
product review, falling somewhere between 900 and 1000 words, for
this particular product. The review should look at both the pros and
cons of Smile Whites. Your writing should not directly promote the
product, but instead be an honest review taking into account:
* The buying process (the online ordering process, delivery speed,
* The taste, smell and appearance of the product
* The effectiveness of Smile Whites (how effective Smile Whites
products actually are in regards to teeth whitening)
Scientific information behind the Smile Whites product.
* Comparison to other popular teeth whitening products
* Humor is acceptable
Apart from following the loose guidelines above, you are free to
implement your own ideas and techniques into this assignment as you
wish. Due to the nature and intricate detail of this assignment, it
is required for you to acquire a physical version of Smile Whites
to aid you in certain parts of your writing. Please
click here >> http://walps.com/health << to order a free version of the Smile Whites product that we are using as a baseline for the article. You will be re-imbursed for any shipping costs.Delivery of this specific product can sometimes take up to 5 days, that's why I would advise you to order the physical product as soon as possible. My client has set a strict deadline for assignment completion. Please ensure that the assignment is completed and in our possession within 3 weeks from todays date. We are choosing 40 of the best articles to use. Also, you do not have to use the product in order to write the article but smell and taste reviews must be considered.The pay for this project is $300. Payment can be made by check, PayPal or direct deposit within 5 days of acceptancce of your contract and receipt of your article. You will be notified by email in which web sites and magazines your article will be published. You will receive full credit for your article. If we like your work there is a good chance that you will be invited back to review other products.If you have any questions regarding your assignment, please don't hesitate to contact us via e-mail as listed below.Best Regards, Rosslyn Pacheco, Walps Enterprises, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you aren’t familiar with this scam, the job post actually looks legitimate and an excellent way for a freelance writer to make quite a few bucks. The “employer” wants you to order a product and get paid to write a review. What could possibly be amiss here?
Well, a lot. Let’s focus on the actual product, Smile Whites, first. You are told to order a sample and that you’ll be reimbursed for the shipping charges. What the email fails to mention is that your sample comes with an $80 monthly subscription to teeth whitening products with no (easy) way to get a refund. You’ll continue to be charged until you jump through hoops to cancel your monthly membership or your credit card. This is the negative option scam we’ve seen time and time again.
Now I’m just speculating at this point, but I think if you were to sign up and do the work, Rosslyn will refuse to pay you. Most likely, you’ll never hear from her again or something will be wrong with the work you performed and would be denied payment. After all, this isn’t a job posting, but rather an attempt to funnel as many people into a negative option billing program as possible. And to be honest, it’s a rather clever attempt.
Be careful out there and use common sense when applying for work at home jobs. Don’t jump into anything and always, ALWAYS do your research before taking on any work.