Today’s post comes from I’ve Tried That reader Tiffany.
Someone named Jeff Walton is advertising freelance writing jobs on craigslist. He claims to offer weekly compensation for freelance writers who submit articles to a number of different freelance writing websites. The scam here is that Jeff Walton is promising to pay hundreds of dollars for work; however, you sign up, do the work, and never hear from Jeff again. Meanwhile Jeff is making a killing off of referral commissions.
You might not lose your own money with this scam, but you’re out hours of work with no compensation.
Beware of Jeff Walton
I was looking on Craigslist to try and find a gig that I could do to earn some extra cash quickly. Then I found this one ad stating that they need writers with good grammar skills to review websites. I responded to the post (2095711992). Then Jeff Walton sent me an email within 5 minutes and it said the following:
You may start immediately. Our publisher network is Constant-Content.
You are required to have correct grammar and good writing skills only.You should keep all your reviews together in one email. We are only looking for honest and sincere reviews. Do not send one review at a time. Send in all your reviews at the same time (You may send reviews in individual files or in one file but all reviews must be together in one email) otherwise payments are delayed, reviews may be lost. The sooner you submit them the sooner they may get approved and the sooner you will get paid. When submitting reviews also have your paypal account (email address) in the email to receive payment. The more sites you review the more money you make. You will have 2 weeks, 10 business days to submit reviews or they will be rejected (Only reviews submitted within the 2 week period will be accepted, you will only be paid for the sites you review within the 2 week period). You may not get rich but some of our best reviewers make $900-$1200 every pay period. If you are serious about employment we supply ample amount of work. The amount of money you make is up to you. You may work full or part time depending on your situation. Payments are sent out as soon as reviews are approved (Payments may take up to 4 business days to reach your account depending on your payment processor) Do not reply to this email, send your reviews, any questions or comments email us at email@example.com
Writers must sign up (register with all sites, whether just entering your email or filling out basic forms) before writing reviews. We do this so we know our writers have really took the time to look at the sites before reviewing them. All reviews will be around 150 words. To see an example of an article contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you happen to finish all reviews within a 24 hour period email email@example.com for details concerning your pay rates and reviews.
1) register for the given websites (This step is very important)
(You may use an old email account or a new one as long as you can receive email confirmations)
2) take a look at what the sites are offering,
3) write a short 150 word review about every website
(this can include the theme, layout, style, what can make the website better, what you like, what you dont like, what the site owner should and should not do, etc)
4) submit your reviews to us along with your
paypal, email address and wait for approval
5) once we approve your reviews you will instantly be paid within 4 business days.
Approved reviews means that you followed directions and actually registered for the sites while preparing each of your 150 word reviews (You must register for all sites you review, this is part of the reason you are paid the good rate of $10 per review)
Some sites give short quizzes, some sites require registration, others only require email confirmation to let us know you have gotten further than the first page. We recommend creating a new email address or or an older email you do not use anymore. The email confirmation is the most important part about the registration, use a real email address. Your name and address do not matter as long as you get through the site to do a full review. Our tracking software will let us know of any false reviews which will lead to immediate rejection. Some sites are international, some are not. If you can’t access a certain site go on to the next one. Reviews are not automatically rejected for being a little less than 150 words. Writers who have earned more than $600 will be asked to send in a W-9 form.
DUE DATE 12/12/2010
NOTE- If a link does not work, it simply means the website does not allow traffic from your area. Go to another link if this is the case.
The Following links are for USA and Canada only.
Site # (username/email address)
Shvoong.com is a website that is set up for writers to earn money by writing about different topics. The SHVOONG
website is a place where writers can submit reviews of different products, books, and electronics. They offer
academic paper summaries, book reviews, movie review, and other gadget reviews. This website offers a variety of
different topics which allows writers to produce content for many different sections. Each topic has a list of different articles.
This website offers reviews of different books along with many other topics.
Each story is rated on a five star scale. This is a great website for the up and coming writer looking for a place to start.
Shvoog.com provides apprentice writers the opportunity to establish a career.
Their website has many different topics which will allow writers to prepare articles that are unique.
In order to improve this website you may want to consider reorganizing the navigation system.
It appears that every search provides random articles rather than locating specific articles.
Because there are so many articles on Shvoong.com it is the perfect
location for people to share their thoughts through articles.
Thanks for forwarding this to me. Could you please send me the link to the Craigslist posting you saw? I have had a few people email me with similar stories and I have been trying to contact the creator of the ad to no avail.
He has no affiliation to Constant-Content and we are not sanctioning this. If you read over his email he doesn’t even instruct people to sign up for our site, so I think he is only including our name to build credibility. From what I can see, he’s getting a commission for every signup you make on the sites he lists. You might be able to help stopping him by contacting the sites directly and telling them what he is doing.
Realizing I’ve been scammed (although I had a feeling it was going to be anyway due to their lack of response) I submitted a scam complaint to craigslist since I couldn’t find the ad itself. I haven’t heard back from Craigslist yet and I sent the posting ID to constant content. Then when I did further research I saw how many other people received this same email off of craigslist and didn’t receive any response. I’m not sure if netbusiness.com is their website or not but that’s what others refer it too.
I would have sent an email to every single website that I had to review, but none of them have an email contact.
So if anyone responds to a craigslist job offer and receive the first email I showed, report it.
The bright side of all of this is it didn’t require any investment, I just missed out on about 45 minutes of extra sleep time!
I hope they actually catch him. These people are cold hearted and they’re probably more desperate now since it’s the Holidays and people are trying to make extra money.
For the record, Constant Content is a legitimate freelance writing program. I’ve check it out in the past and have seen pretty favorable reviews of it around the web. If you’re a freelance writer looking for another place to sell your articles, click here and check it for yourself.
As for Jeff Walton, stay far away from this guy. Always do your research before accepting any work at home job. If you ever have any doubts about the legitimacy of an offer, do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll look into it for you.