Beware of Jeff Walton and NetBusiness.com

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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

Tiffany writes…

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:

Jeff Walton
writersupport@netbusiness.com
thewritework+canned.response@gmail.com

Hello,
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 writersupport@netbusiness.com

INSTRUCTIONS
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 writersupport@netbusiness.com If you happen to finish all reviews within a 24 hour period email writersupport@netbusiness.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)

NOTE
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.

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Article Sample

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.
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So I contacted writers support asking them if they are affiliated with Constant Content would I need to sign up with them. However I didn’t get a response so I ended up reviewing all the websites. Going through all of the websites I reviews I noticed that they all pretty much had the same layout, privacy policy and so forth and they were all created by digital target marketing. After I did my reviews I submitted an attachment with all of them as per the directions. I didn’t hear from them. I contacted both email addresses and still nothing. So after the four days past I contacted Constant Content and showed them the email Jeff sent me. This was their response:

Hi Tiffany,

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.

Take care,

Eric
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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.

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7 Comments

  1. He is posted at San Antonio craigslist. I already flagged him. The “assignments” he posts are all what are called CPA offers. He gets paid for every one you fill out. I do CPA marketing too, but these are the sleazy tactics that give us a bad name.

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  2. Scott C. Smith says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m an unemployed writer and stumbled upon his ad today on Craigslist. After reading everything it seemed to fall under the “too good to be true” category. The ad was posted to the Atlanta writing/editing section of Craigslist, only this time with the name “Tyler Jacobs.” $20 for a 150-word review is simply too much, I’ve never seen a freelance gig that pays that much for so few words! I have notified Craigslist that it is a prohibited ad.

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  3. Kemba Brown says:

    Well, now I know to stop waiting for payment. I have no words. I’m just sick….on so many levels.

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  4. WARNING—–ATL GA AREA

    Hello Future Review Writer,

    This is your assignment email, our registration process and approval process is one in the same. Writers who follow and complete all task will have approved reviews and qualify for more assignments. Writers who do not follow instructions will have rejected reviews. We are only looking for honest and sincere reviews. We are building an archive of reviews for our upcoming website. We are not sponsored or directly affiliated with any company you are asked to review. Our job is to distinguish the good websites from websites with less potential. Do not send one review at a time. Send in all your reviews at the same time together in one email. (Reviews can be sent as an attachment in word format or simply in the email message) otherwise payments are delayed, reviews may be lost. The sooner you submit them the sooner they may get approved. We pay by paypal, moneybookers, alertpay or check. When submitting reviews you will also give your payment processor ID (email address) or home address to receive payment by check. The more sites you review the more money you make. Part time writers make $200-$400 per week depending on how many assignments they complete. Full time writers submit all reviews within 24 hours after receiving assignments. After reviews get approved, a new batch of assignments are sent out. Payments are sent out within 48 hours after reviews are submitted. You will have 5 business days to complete all reviews. (Only reviews submitted within the time period will be accepted). New assignments are sent within 48 hours after submitting previous reviews. Payments may take up to 4 business days to reach your account depending on your payment processor. As long as you follow the task instructions and review the given websites, your reviews will be approved. The most common reason reviews get rejected is submitting them after the 5 business days. Do not reply to this email, send your reviews, any questions or comments email us at writersupport@netbusiness.com

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Review writers will complete each assignment listed below. Each assignment has a task and instructions that has to be followed prior to writing the reviews. You will never be asked to pay for anything. Reviews will be around 150 words. Scroll down to see an example from one of our writers. After completing all assignments send reviews to writersupport@netbusiness.com

    1) Use an existing email account or create a new email account as long as you can receive email confirmations.
    (This email account you use does not have to be the same as your paypal, moneybooker or alertpay account). Confirming your email address is an important step. It tells us that you have actually looked at the site before reviewing.

    2) You will see the links below for the assignments you will be completing. Each link has task instructions you must read before completing the review.

    3) After reading the task instructions, click the link and complete the task for that link.

    4) After reviewing all the sites submit your reviews to us along with your
    paypal, moneybooker, alertpay email address or home address to receive payment by check.
    (reviews 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)

    5) Once we approve your reviews you will instantly be paid within 4 business days.
    (Approved reviews means that you followed directions and actually completed all task while preparing each of your 150 word reviews) Payout is $20 per each completed approved assignment.
    Reviews are not automatically rejected for being a little less than 150 words.
    Note- Failing to register with sites will lead to automatic rejection and reviews will not be approved.

    A minimum of 7 sites must be reviewed.

    Main Assignments for this week.

    Link 1 (signup and download the free toolbar, explore the toolbar, explain why this is a good idea and what good could come of it. Do you think this toolbar has potential to the next big thing on the internet. Note- Failing to download toolbar will lead to automatic rejection of this assignment.

    Link 2 (fill out the quick form, confirm email address and create a quick profile. Explain how this site is different or how it can keep visitors attention. What can make this site better or stand out more.

    Link 3 (create a free account, browse around the site. Explain what makes this site extraordinary, why would someone stick around. What makes this site different from other sites. How can a person benefit from this site. How can this site be improved)

    Link 4 (fill out the quick form, create a easy profile and explain how this site may be different or stand out more than similar sites. How can this site keep people coming back. What is this site missing. What would you change about this site, what makes this site exceptional.

    Link 5 (fill out quick form, confirm email address. Explain how this site could help people or if this site is irrelevant. Tell why this site should stay in business, what would keep people interested. How can this site be improved. Do you think someone could find exactly what they are looking for. NOTE- Must create profile to validate your review.

    Link 6 (register for the given site, create a quick profile and browse around. Explain what makes this site work and what could make it better.

    Link 7 (download the gygan application an create a free account, explained why this would be very helpful or why people would not want to use this tool. What could make this tool better. What could make this site better). NOTE- Failing to install the app will and creating a free account will lead to automatic rejection for this review.

    Link 8 (create a free profile, browse around. Explain what makes this site good and what could make this site better. What can improve this site and keep people coming back. Do you think this adult social network is a good idea). NOTE- Must create free profile.

    Link 9 (select screen name, password and confirm your email address. Explain what makes this site better than other sites in the same category. What does this site offer that others do not. What would keep someone coming back or what would turn them away).
    NOTE- Failing to confirm email address will result in automatic review rejection.

    Link 10 (register for the site, confirm email address, browse and review).

    Link 11 (fill out the first page form, continue through and browse the site, explain why a person would continue to use this service or look elsewhere.

    Article Sample

    Curadebt

    Curadebt is a nationwide debt relief company and from what I have seen
    their website is exceptional. The form is short and quick to fill out,
    and doesn’t ask for too much personal information, which from personal
    experience tends to turn off the customer. After filling out the form,
    you are taken to a page where there is a short video you can watch
    telling you about the company. This video is excellent and a great
    idea to have on the sight. After watching it and reading the reviews,
    all the information, I would be ready and willing to engage this
    company for help. They offer plenty of background information, proof
    of experience, many testimonials, and an obvious attention to detail.
    Most importantly I can tell from their word choice, from the
    presentation of their services that they truly care about their
    customers, and are striving to do their best work in order to save
    them money. Debt can be a difficult situation and cane make people
    very desperate, so a website like this is immediately appealing to
    someone seeking help and support. Their offer of a free consultation
    is another reason why I would be inclined to do business with them,
    letting me get a feel for the company and also not having to spend
    more money than I would supposedly not have if I were in debt, very
    helpful and smart from their end. They provide enough evidence through
    testimonials, certificates, partnerships, and years of experience for
    me to trust in their knowledge and expertise. More specifically, all
    of this information is logically displayed on the website, easy to
    find and easy to read. The green font subliminally makes the reader
    connect with money, and more importantly, with a feeling of abundance,
    since the color green is usually linked to earning money and red with
    losing it or being in debt. Although it may seem insignificant, I
    think this minor detail helps their site be even more welcoming. The
    only thing that slightly refutes all the positives I have experienced
    from being on the site is just the overall feel, the advertisement on
    the home page, almost seems a little cheap, like the typical internet
    pages where they are selling a product at a price that seems too good
    to be true. At the end of the day though, there is enough information
    on there and such word choice that as a customer I would be won over.

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  5. Thank you! I’ve been so desperate for money and when I got the first email reply from anyone I was so excited. Then I saw this. Horribly disappointed and infuriated I’m ready to give up looking and have my own business. I write and draw and do paintings. I’m good at office work as well so trying to find any job is frustrating but when a little girl is depending on you, it’s worse and apparently harder. Why is it my teen sister can have two jobs and I can’t even find one?!

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  6. Marla Hughes says:

    He’s at it again in Gainesville Florida craigslist

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  7. Katie Price says:

    Jeff Walton is still at it. Below is the email I received from him a few days ago after responding to a Craigslist post. I thought it was suspect because there is an extensive process to complete on Sponsored Reviews before writers are given assignments…so why would I be receiving exclusive assignments without even having to register for the site? Aside from that, his email had formatting issues.

    Anyway, thank you so much for this post because without it I would have done the work, been out the time and supported this scumbag.
    -Katie

    Hello,

    Our publisher network is sponsoredreviews.
    We are only looking for honest and sincere reviews. Our job is to help improve affiliated websites with honest thoughts, opinions and reviews. Do not send one review at a time. Send in all your reviews at the same time together in one email. (Reviews can be sent as an attachment in word format or simply in the email message) otherwise payments are delayed, reviews may be lost. The sooner you submit them the sooner they may get approved. We pay by paypal, moneybookers, alertpay or check. When submitting reviews you will also give your payment processor ID (email address) or home address to receive payment by check. The more sites you review the more money you make. Part time writers make $200-$400 per week depending on how many assignments they complete. Full time writers submit all assignments within a 24 hour period after receiving them.
    Reviews get approved, a new batch of assignments are sent out. Payments are sent out within 48 hours after reviews are submitted. You will have 5 business days to complete all reviews. (Only reviews submitted within the time period will be accepted). New assignments are sent within 48 hours after submitting previous reviews. Payments may take up to 4 business days to reach your account depending on your payment processor. As long as you follow the task instructions and review the given websites, your reviews will be approved. The most common reason reviews get rejected is submitting them after the 5 business days. Do not reply to this email, send your reviews, any questions or comments email us at writersupport@netbusiness.com

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Review writers will complete each assignment listed below. Each assignment has a task and instructions that has to be followed prior to writing the reviews. You will never be asked to pay for anything. Reviews will be around 350 words. Scroll down to see an example from one of our writers. After completing all assignments send reviews to writersupport@netbusiness.com

    1) Use an existing email account or create a new email account as long as you can receive email confirmations.
    (This email account you use does not have to be the same as your paypal, moneybooker or alertpay account). Confirming your email address is an important step. It tells us that you have actually looked at the site before reviewing.

    2) You will see the links below for the assignments you will be completing. Each link has task instructions you must read before completing the review.

    3) After reading the task instructions, click the link and complete the task for that link.

    4) After reviewing all the sites submit your reviews to us along with your
    paypal, moneybooker, alertpay email address or home address to receive payment by check.
    (reviews 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)

    5) Once we approve your reviews you will instantly be paid within 4 business days.
    (Approved reviews means that you followed directions and actually completed all task while preparing each of your 350 word reviews) Payout is $20 per each completed approved assignment.
    Reviews are not automatically rejected for being a little less than 350 words.
    Note- Failing to register with sites will lead to automatic rejection and reviews will not be approved.

    Main Assignments for this week.

    Link 1(complete the short form, confirm your email address, look around the site.
    Browse around. Get a feel for it. Explain what could make this site better. Give honest opinions.
    Do you think this is site works and could work for people trying to make money).

    Link 2(complete steps 1 and 2 (confirm email address) browse the site while writing your review ( what could make it better, etc). NOTE- Email must be confirmed

    Link 3(create an account, get a username. Browse around the site, explain the benefits of this site.
    How can this site help people. Compare it to other social sites. Do you think this site will keep people coming back. Do you think it is possible for people to have fun and make money doing what they already do.
    NOTE- Your username for this site must be at the top of your review in order for your review to be approved.

    Link 4(signup confirm email address. Then explain what could make the site better. Why would a person continue to use this site or dislike this site. Do you think a person can really benefit from this site).

    Link 5(signup, confirm email address. Browse around the site. Do you think this site would still work well for people in other countries. What could make this site better and how can it be improved).

    Link 6(download the gygan application, explained why this would be very helpful or why people would not want to use this tool. What could make this tool better. What could make this site better). NOTE- Failing to install the app will lead to automatic rejection for this review.

    Link 7(complete the short form, confirm your email address. Explain what you like and what you do not like. Explain what “tickbucks” are. How can this site be improved. Compare it to other sites. Do you think this site has potential to be a powerful network).

    Link 8(Fill out the registration form, confirm email address. Explain why this site may still be useful or helpful to people in other countries. Or why this site may be irrelevant to people in other countries. What could make this site stand out more).
    NOTE- You must fill out the form when you click the link or your review will be rejected.

    Link 9(create a free profile, browse around. Explain what makes this site good and what could make this site better. What can improve this site and keep people coming back. Do you think this adult social network is a good idea. NOTE- Must create free profile.

    Link 10(select a screename, password and put in your email address. Browse around the site, compare it to other sites if you can. Explain why this site is better and/or explain how it could be better. What does it have that other similar sites do not.
    NOTE- Failing to confirm email address will lead to automatic rejection.

    Bonus Assignments for this week

    Each bonus assignment is worth $5.
    (To qualify for bonus assignments you must complete all the main assignments).
    Reviews for bonus assignments will be a brief 25 words.

    Link 1- Fill out the first form, review the second page.
    Link 2- Fill out the form on the first page of zulily and review the second page.
    Link 3- Fill out the form and review the second page. NOTE- Failing to review second page is automatic rejection.

    Article Sample
    Curadebt

    Curadebt is a nationwide debt relief company and from what I have seen
    their website is exceptional. The form is short and quick to fill out,
    and doesn’t ask for too much personal information, which from personal
    experience tends to turn off the customer. After filling out the form,
    you are taken to a page where there is a short video you can watch
    telling you about the company. This video is excellent and a great
    idea to have on the sight. After watching it and reading the reviews,
    all the information, I would be ready and willing to engage this
    company for help. They offer plenty of background information, proof
    of experience, many testimonials, and an obvious attention to detail.
    Most importantly I can tell from their word choice, from the
    presentation of their services that they truly care about their
    customers, and are striving to do their best work in order to save
    them money. Debt can be a difficult situation and cane make people
    very desperate, so a website like this is immediately appealing to
    someone seeking help and support. Their offer of a free consultation
    is another reason why I would be inclined to do business with them,
    letting me get a feel for the company and also not having to spend
    more money than I would supposedly not have if I were in debt, very
    helpful and smart from their end. They provide enough evidence through
    testimonials, certificates, partnerships, and years of experience for
    me to trust in their knowledge and expertise. More specifically, all
    of this information is logically displayed on the website, easy to
    find and easy to read. The green font subliminally makes the reader
    connect with money, and more importantly, with a feeling of abundance,
    since the color green is usually linked to earning money and red with
    losing it or being in debt. Although it may seem insignificant, I
    think this minor detail helps their site be even more welcoming. The
    only thing that slightly refutes all the positives I have experienced
    from being on the site is just the overall feel, the advertisement on
    the home page, almost seems a little cheap, like the typical internet
    pages where they are selling a product at a price that seems too good
    to be true. At the end of the day though, there is enough information
    on there and such word choice that as a customer I would be won over.


    Jeff Walton

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