100 Legit Alternatives to Envelope Stuffing Jobs from Home

At one point in time, we’ve all run across an ad for an envelope stuffing job from home.

It’s advertised as “envelope stuffing,” which supposedly can help you earn up to $1,200 per week, as long as you can keep up with quota.

Sounds interesting, right?

Wrong! Every single one is a scam.

Here’s why:

Well, in the olden days, when machines couldn’t automate tedious tasks for humans yet, envelope stuffing really is a job that companies pay for. But this job has retired once technological advancements paved the way for machines to complete the job at about 10 times faster than humans did.

So how do companies pull off the “envelope stuffing” scam?

3 Ways Envelope Stuffing Jobs Scam People

Stuffing envelopes sounds super easy to do.

You just have to fill an envelope, lick it closed, and move on to the next one. Anybody can do it, even if you don’t have special skills, a college degree, or past experiences needed to land the job.

Unfortunately, this makes it a prime target for insane get-rich-quick schemes and has scammers placing ads left and right to trick people.

Here is how they get you:

1. Upfront Fees

The scammers will encourage you to pay for an upfront fee to access a list of assignments, or apply to companies looking for envelope stuffers.

When you hand over your hard-earned money (usually around $30), you’ll discover that there are no assignments to complete, and no companies looking to hire you.

And you also just gave your personal and banking information over to a criminal. Not good.

2. Refer-a-Friend

With this kind of scam, you’ll still be required to pay a fee for either a starter kit or job details.

Unfortunately, the guide you’ll receive doesn’t teach you how to stuff envelopes. Instead, it shows you how to recruit your friends, relatives and other people to do the same and advertise these envelope stuffing jobs online in exchange for a commission.

This vicious cycle goes round and round until every one of the referrals try to get back their money, but are forced to do the exact thing that led them to the scam in the first place.

3. Real Work, No Income

In some cases, some companies do provide envelopes to work on, but once you’ve sent it back, the job you do will never be enough to reach standards.

The “company” gives a ton of excuses to avoid paying you.

Both the FTC or Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have written comprehensive guides to warn people about this scam. Read up on FTC’s “Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs” if you’d like to report a company or individual scheming you into taking an envelope stuffing job.

Legit Work-from-Home Alternatives to Envelope Stuffing

The good news is there are plenty of legitimate work-from-home opportunities to try instead of envelope stuffing.

Legit Work from Home Jobs

Before you get too deep down the rabbit hole, check out which of these legitimate work from home jobs match your skills, interest and experience perfectly.

Nearly any job that you’ve performed in a traditional setting will have a virtual version available.

For example, if you have a background in accounting, you can help people prepare tax returns, get an online bookkeeping job, and even find an employer looking for a home-based CPA accountant so you could at least keep your current rate.

This is just one example – there are tons of traditional jobs already adapted into the online work landscape.

Plus, you can always learn a new skill and become a Jack-of-all-trades Virtual Assistant.

Sell Stuff Online

Selling stuff online was probably the earliest ways of earning side cash through the internet.

Remember the days when Craigslist used to be a go-to buy and sell site, before eBay, LetGo, and Facebook Marketplace swooped into the picture?

Well, today, there are basically thousands of websites catering to various niches. For example, Etsy is a marketplace that promotes handmade items of its creative community, so you can sell crocheted scarves or similar items here.

And if you think you can only sell physical items, here’s where you’re mistaken. You can sell everything from calligraphy, drawings, fonts, and more.

Print on Demand sites, let users post their artwork, which will then available to be printed onto shirts, mugs, canvas, pillows, prints, and so on once a customer orders.

In exchange the artist gets a commission from the PoD site and everyone lives happily ever after.

Earn Quick Cash The Right Way

You can say goodbye to fake envelope stuffing jobs from home and data entry scams.

You don’t have to commit to a full-time job yet, but you can still earn from multiple sources with quick side cash.

Check out these resources for earning extra cash…

Can’t live without your phone?

You can even work-from-home without using your computer these days. Yes, your smartphone is enough to collect side cash from a bunch of gigs.

Don’t believe me?

Here are 14 ways to make money with your phone.

You can get paid to download apps, answer questions, or receive texts while never having to get up off the couch.

Master Blogging

In the past, people thought about blogging as just a modern-day diary for bored teens.

Today, blogs are used as a way to disseminate information, endorse products, promote services, and many more.

The cool thing about blogging is that you are in total control of your business. You can earn from blogs directly by selling products or services, and passively by placing ads all over your blog, or affiliate links with your blog posts.

Turn Social Media into a Powerful Tool

If you’re on social media, you know how powerful these tools can be.

But did you know that you can incorporate these platforms as part of your money-making machine? If not, learn more about Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and how you could use them to earn money:

Earn Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing

If you’re not in need of regular income anytime soon, passive income will be the savior of your future’s finances.

It has given me freedom to take my business wherever I want, and you can do too.

As long as you’re willing to work hard and be dedicated for the first few months or years of your affiliate marketing campaign, you’ll be on the right track. Not sure what I’m talking about? This is how you start and succeed in building an affiliate marketing business with profitable niches like these.

And if you get stuck with any process during your affiliate marketing project, you know where to find me. I’d gladly help you out.

This list is in no way complete – these were just on the top of my head.

This entire blog is dedicated to giving you free resources of home-based jobs, so I recommend you stick around and check out more posts.

The Bottom Line

I’ve been telling you to stay away from envelope stuffing jobs from home since I founded this site back in 2007. It wasn’t a legitimate gig then, and it won’t be legit ever.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be forced to do these scams in the hopes of landing a legitimate one. Many people have fallen hard for these scams (I’m one of them and is actually the reason why I built IveTriedThat.com.) But we’ve survived and shared the stories to warn others for years, so you wouldn’t have to be victimized as well.

I understand that working from home is dream many of us would like to turn real, but I recommend you be careful with online jobs you plan to work on.

There are plenty of income-generating gigs online, both for those who just need side cash and those who prefer to leave their desk jobs for a more flexible home-based job.

The key to your online job hunting success is to do your due diligence: research, review and if something seems too good to be true, steer clear because it probably is.

10 Work at Home Scams That Still Exist Today

Anyone who has tried to find a job online has no doubt come across hundreds of work at home scams.

Does this crap look familiar?

Typical work at home scam

You’ve probably seen similar headlines at some point in your search.

Easy money, little pay, no experience, millions of dollars.

Sure, it sounds nice. But it’s just an attempt to rob you of your cash.

Does the job pass the sniff test?

You can easily save yourself thousands of dollars and countless headaches by asking yourself some simple questions:

“Does this seem too good to be true?”

Or:

“If this was so easy to get rich, why isn’t everyone doing it?”

Basically, USE COMMON SENSE and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.

That’s really all there is to avoid getting scammed these days.

Stick with reputable companies and positions you qualify to fill.

No one is going to pay an inexperienced worker thousands of dollars per month to do unskilled work.

It just doesn’t happen.

Even in 2019, work from home scams continued to plague thriving online communities of virtual assistants, freelance writers, programmers, and so on.

In fact, FlexJobs senior career advisor Brie Reynolds told Forbes that in every 1 legitimate work-from-home opportunity… there are a whopping 70 work from home scam offers.

In a recent survey by FlexJobs, it showed that at least 17% of jobseekers were scammed at least once when looking for a job online.

And the only way to avoid them is by being well-informed and up-to-date about these scams.

The Goal of a Work at Home Scam Artist

Scammers only have one goal: to steal other people’s money.

They can do this by two ways:

  • Steal your credit card details, bank information, or log-ins to your financial accounts and directly rob you from under your noses
  • Steal your information and personal data

Work from home scams may seem like any ordinary job post, but they will try to fool you into paying for something that’s actually free, handing over your financial & personal details, or clicking a link that leads to a malicious site.

They aim to strip as much cash from you as possible.

That’s it.

10 Most Common Work at Home Scams in 2019

Remember, go with your gut instincts.

“This is too good to be true.”

If you ever find yourself thinking that, even for a second, you’re more than likely right.

1. MLM with a Pyramid Scheme twist

Multi-level marketing aren’t all scams. However, if the MLM turns into pyramid marketing, this is one of the oldest work from home scams you can find online.

If the MLM company earns mostly from sold products or services, it can be a legit MLM company.

This doesn’t matter if the products being sold seem useless, or if they are questionably priced.

However, these companies become a scam if the revenue stream comes from membership fees of new members/sellers.

The companies who do this push you to recruit more people into the company.

2. Link Posting Jobs

Link posting isn’t a real job, but scammers would like jobseekers to believe that it is.

Link posting was part of a comprehensive internet marketing plan.

In the world of SEO and IM, backlinking used to help bring one website higher in the search engine results.

In theory, when multiple links of the same URL are posted across a wide range of sites, Google and other search engines would deem that website most relevant to a particular search term.

Another way scammers define link posting is as a tool for affiliate marketing.

With affiliate marketing, you post links of products in hopes of getting a commission whenever a buyer clicks on that link.

It’s a totally legitimate business model and the commissions are real.

However, the way link posting “companies” guarantee payment (when it is impossible to do so), or compute compensation (when you have no control of what links other people would click or not click) are bogus.

3. Fake Job Agencies

This one can have so many variations – such as agencies for government jobs or nursing jobs.

But one thing is clear: the “agency” asks you to pay a fee to either get access to a list of work from home jobs, or guarantee to actually land a position. Even legitimate agencies do not just hand out jobs to anyone.

While looking for work from home jobs seem overwhelming (the web is a massive place), know that you can apply for an online job, get interviewed and hired without paying a cent.

4. Check Cashing Jobs

No legitimate company will ever ask you to accept payments on their behalf. End of story.

I bet you received a version of the Nigerian check-cashing scheme via e-mail in the last 10 years.

If so, check-cashing jobs would be very familiar to you.

“Check-cashing scam” is a wide-ranging label and has a ton of variations, but they work the same way. In its oldest form, the scammer pays the victim a bad check.

This is how work from home scams with an element of check-cashing actually work:

  • Jobseekers are sent the checks that will be used to pay for a product or service.
  • Victims are instructed to deposit the check in their own banks, keep a portion of the “money” and send back the change via Western Union to the scammers. The check will bounce after it has been deposited because it’s fake.
  • Victims not only lost money that they sent via wire transfer, but also have to repay the bank once the check clears.

Be very afraid of this scam.

It can actually land you in jail.

5. Package Forwarding or Reshipping Job Scams

Here’s another work from home scam that may actually make job seekers who fall for them criminals.

It has many names: package forwarding, re-shipping, package processing, and postal forwarding. The scam is presented as a job offer.

Those willing to do the “job” receive packages, which they will then send to another location (usually a foreign country).

Okay, doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Wrong.

  • Victims pay shipping charges out of their own pockets.
  • Scammers pay victims with a big-amount fake check as reimbursement for the shipping fee and compensation for a job well done.
  • Once the paycheck bounces, they must repay the bank (or face fraud charges).
  • On top of it all, the products have been bought and paid for using stolen credit cards.

Basically, you’ve accepted goods purchased with a stolen credit card and identity, and then shipped them overseas to an anonymous scammer.

Victims of these work from home scams can be criminally liable, especially if they forwarded packages abroad and lied on U.S. Customs Service forms.

6. Social Media Job Scams

The premise of social media job scams is simple:

Anyone with a phone who could spend x amount of time on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or another social media platform can make $300, $500, $900 per day online.

Here’s the catch: you have to sign up for a scam company’s “system” or “program” that comes with a monthly fee to be able to start earning.

7. Handicraft Work Scams

People creating these work from home scams are heartless.

Handicraft work scams has been around for years, but continues to victimize people from around the world. Here’s how it works:

  • Scammers advertise their need for workers to create crafts, assemble items, and product other materials by hand.
  • Scammers promise to pay per-piece, as long as the final product is of quality made from top-notch  sewing machines or other equipment.
  • The catch: “workers” have to buy equipment and materials from the scammers. In most cases, the scammers close shop and never to be heard again.
  • In other similar schemes, the scammers continue to fool the victims by letting them work on the orders only to be rejected for “low quality.”

8. Self-publishing Scams

The self-publishing industry blew up when Amazon encouraged everyone to write and sell a book on its platform.

Now, the self-publishing industry isn’t exclusive to Amazon. Many phony “indie publishing houses” can target prospective authors after thousands of dollars in hopes of getting published.

Know that there are legitimate publishing houses that can help the independent authors.

Check out Preditors & Editors or AbsoluteWrite are respectable resources in this industry.

9. Data Entry Scams (and other Jobs with Easy Tasks for Huge Gains)

Data entry job scams are so appealing to jobseekers because it involves very simple tasks in exchange for big paychecks.

The fact is: data entry is real, but the job doesn’t pay even half as much as what these scammers promise.

In some cases, scammers sell their victims a one-of-a-kind data entry software for thousands of dollars.

Jobseekers who desperately want to work from home eventually bite the bait, and find out there is no job after all.

Data entry job scams work very similarly to other work from home scams like mystery shopping, medical billing, e-mail forwarding and so on.

The common element of these scams is the selling of a dream lifestyle. Most claim you can do the job anywhere (even on the beach) and earn either thousands of dollars or a passive income while doing so.

The saying, “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is” holds true with these types of work-from-home scams.

10. Investment scams

Everyone knows there is money to be made online, but dealing with scrupulous people or groups will definitely shatter your dreams. Below are a few samples of work from home scams that involve some sort of investment:

Ecommerce 

Investors are duped into paying for a package that includes a website, hosting/domain, and maintenance for manning the online store.

The promise is a fully functional website with investors taking home a percentage of the transaction after every sale.

Unfortunately, no sales ever happen and the scammer never really did intend to maintain your ecommerce business.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies can easily slide into scam territory because the terminologies used are not for the ordinary person.

You’d have to be well-versed not only finance, but also in technology just so you can understand what cryptocurrency is all about.

While there are legitimate cryptocurrencies around, the scams are bigger in numbers. I’ve talked about this more comprehensively here, if you’re interested in investing your hard-earned money on one.

Making Money Online the Right Way

Don’t let these work from home scams scare you into trying out the amazing world of making money online.

You can co-exist with these scammers without being on the losing end. Make sure you are up-to-date with the schemes, scams and fake jobs to avoid being victimized.

If you don’t know where to start, go with FlexJobs, UpWork.com, Working Solutions, and Rat Race Rebellion are trusted resources to get your work-from-home journey started.

Or begin with my updated list of 75 legitimate work from home jobs.

My Home Job Search Review: Something’s Not Adding Up

Online scam sites come in a wide variety of flavors, with one of the most popular right now being online job searches.

I recently came across one of these potentially scammy sites and thought it best to warn you about it: My Home Job Search.

Beware of “Advetorial” Feeder Sites

Before I get to the meat of this review I want to tell you about the way I discovered My Home Job Search.

You see, this site has a variety of “feeder” sites linking to the main site itself. These do a variety of jobs but the main one is to warm you up to the main event, a kind of pre-sales.

In fact it was this feeder site that made me suspicious in the first place as it is a fake news site.

My Home Job Search feeder site

This “article” by Amanda Winston talks about a fictitious Melissa Johnson from New Jersey and how she made tons of money online.

How do I know she’s fictitious?

Well aside from having seen this scammy sales page a hundred times before, there’s a disclaimer at the bottom of the site which in normal English states that the entire feeder site is an advertorial and the details are fake.

It insinuates that the data behind the information provided is real, but how can you trust something that uses stock photography, fake names, fake social likes and fake comments?

The bottom line is you can’t and you shouldn’t!

Dealing with My Home Job Search

Clicking any links on the feeder site will take you to the main sales page for My Home Job Search.

The page on first glance looks really professional and modern and really not scam like at all. That is until you scratch the surface.

The Social Signals are Faked

According to the sales page 485,529 people have liked this page on Facebook. With this number of likes you’d think they’d be shouting it from the rooftops and happy to see that number increase.

Why then is this figure shown as an image rather than a live embed from Facebook? Is it perhaps because the Facebook page for this system actually only has a single like?

My Home Job Search real FB likes

Whoops.

Time to Do a Job Search

At the top of the site is a search field where you can add in your ZIP code and find work.

Sort of.

After adding in your ZIP code you’re taken through a few steps where you’re asked questions that supposedly filter the jobs for you, such as how much you want to earn a week, how many hours and whether you have basic typing skills.

My Home Job Search search

It really doesn’t matter what you select here, you end up at the same page that asks for more information such as your email and phone number.

This is nominally so that potential employers can contact you but really it’s so your personal information can be harvested.

After watching a video ,you’ll be asked if you want to save $60 and upgrade your account. Please don’t!

My Home Job Search upgrade

If you ignore this and gain access to the members’ area you’ll see that this program isn’t all it’s made out to be.

First, you’ll be offered to join some survey sites, which while they can make you money they often only make you a small amount and sporadically.

My Home Job Search shows you these as they make money from the survey company if you sign up.

The job listings for the site are not tailored to any of the questions you answered previously and cover all the options. In fact, these job listing are not even provided by My Home Job Search. Instead they have listed jobs from a free service called Zip Recruiter.

The rest of the freely accessible parts of the site provide links to other services as well such as things like SwagBucks and CashCrate.

These services are genuine but overall do not provide a regular income.

The Stock Photography Members

This slideshow area showcases some existing members of the services all of which say how great it is.

It’s a shame then that all of the photos are from stock photo sites.

This in turn puts doubt on the reality of these being real testimonials, especially when you consider the fabrication of information already mentioned.

My Home Job Search member

My Home Job Search stock photos

That “News” Video

This video is added to the site is a legitimate news report that has been hijacked and used on numerous scam sites in the past and is likely to be seen in the future.

It really doesn’t have anything to do with My Home Job Search; its sole job is to try to add some legitimacy to the site.

The News Networks

Below the video is another trick used by unethical marketers: a list of legitimate news network logos. Again the sole purpose of these is to add a sense of legitimacy to an otherwise dodgy looking system.

The juxtaposition of the news logos makes it seem like they endorse the website, or have even mentioned it at some point.

We both know they haven’t.

The Company

It’s always nice to know who you’re dealing with and it this age of identity theft, it’s really important to know who you’re giving your information to.

Sadly, My Home Job Search gives you very little information. There’s an email and a phone number but there’s no information on what company is behind this site, an address or anything.

You could be dealing with someone in Kentucky or Kandahar, who knows!

With a lack of details you’ll not only be handing over your data to persons unknown but you’ll also have nowhere to go should you run into problems.

The Bottom Line

The question that needs answering is whether My Home Job Search is a scam or not. The answer is a yes and no.

The system lists genuine companies that can provide work in one form or another such as Zip Recruiter, so in that way it’s not a scam.

However, the way My Home Job Search goes about it is dubious at best, a scam at worst.

Blatant lies and falsehoods, not actually providing a service of their own but wanting to charge you for it, and not providing any information about the people or person behind it has all the hallmarks of a scam system.

While I cannot say that this is an outright scam, there are enough warning signs to say that this is a system to avoid. Don’t give them your information and definitely don’t give them your money!

You can access legitimate job sites without the need to hand over money.

Internet Careers Online Review: Avoid this Scam!

There are many ways to make money online, but can I tell you a secret? There are no shortcuts!

Just like in the “real world”, making money on the internet takes time, perseverance and a little luck.

That’s why at I’ve Tried That we review as many systems as possible that claim to be able to make you money online easily. You see, more often than not, they turn out the be scams, or at the least not very good.

Today, we have Internet Careers Online by Kelly Scott, and boy is this one misleading.

Internet Careers Online by Kelly Scott

For such a specific product name you may be surprised to learn that Internet Careers Online actually has nothing to do with careers.

Instead it is focusing on a very specific way to make money, something they call “link posting” which I’ll explain shortly.

There are also a number of red flags raised on the sales page for this product which concern me greatly and should concern you too!

Link Posting

First off let me explain the concept of link posting.

The idea is that you place links or adverts online in places like Facebook or Craigslist and when someone clicks it you earn money – or at least that’s what all the link posting scams tell you.

Internet Careers Online - 123

The reality is there is no immediate payment to you when someone clicks the link; instead they need to complete an action after clicking the link, usually in the form of buying something.

When they do buy something you get a commission from the sale. This is called affiliate marketing and is a legitimate way to make money online.

HOWEVER.

Kelly Scott is dressing up affiliate marketing as something it’s not. She is lying about the opportunity, process, earnings, and amount of work required to get started.

“Link posting” tarnishes the tried and true method of affiliate marketing.

Companies Don’t Want This

According to the sales page for Internet Careers Online big name companies like Apple, Dell, Microsoft and Best Buy will pay you to post links on the internet.

They claim that the companies will pay you to do it as it’s cheaper than hiring staff.

Internet Careers Online - apple

This is all utter nonsense!

First off, these companies aren’t “hiring” people to place links anywhere. What you can do is sign up through their affiliate platforms and link to their website from your own. They will then pay you a commission if you send someone to their site who then buys.

These companies aren’t hiring anyone. You aren’t staff. If anything, you’re an independent contractor who gets paid if, and only if, you refer a sale.

The claims made by Internet Careers Online are, at best, misleading.

Ever Heard of Spamming?

The problem I have with link posting scams is that they all tell you to take the pre-created links and post them on Facebook, Craigslist, in forms and other social media outlets.

The thing is you will be one of many people posting the same links on the same sites and you’ll all be doing it without context.

What this means is that you’ll be effectively spamming. It will likely result in you being blocked, banned and labelled as a spammer depending on how vigorous you are at it.

Affiliate marketing works because you create a site or a brand on social media that interests’ people and who people can trust and you promote products to them that they may find interesting.

When was the last time you clicked a random link on the internet, especially in the age of malware and viruses?

On the flip side, when was the last time you listened to someone you know (even virtually) who recommended a product to you?

See the difference?

Internet Careers Online isn’t interested in whether you succeed or not they just want your money!

Paying to Work?!

Internet Careers Online - 97

On the subject of handing over money, the product offered by Internet Careers Online costs $97.

The mantra “never pay for a job” holds true here. In this case, it looks like if you pay to sign up, you’ll be given a position where you can post links and get paid to do so.

There is no guarantee that you will ever make money here. You will be paying for information.

The Guarantee Doesn’t Hold Water

You might be thinking that I’m crazy and it doesn’t matter if you pay out the $97 because there is an iron clad 60-day guarantee.

Well, I hate to break it to you but the terms suggest otherwise.

Internet Careers Online - terms

The terms state that “All we ask is that you examine everything and put forth an honest effort for the first 30-days”.

This is a very vague statement to make and effectively creates a loophole in the guarantee – you ask for a refund, they ask what you did to put in “honest effort” and they say it wasn’t enough so there’s no refund.

I obviously can’t guarantee that this will be the case, but the loophole exists and that should make you nervous.

The Company is Dormant

The company supposedly behind Internet Careers Online, one Internet Careers Online, LTD (I know, inventive right?), is a real UK company.

It’s also listed as a Non-Trading company, meaning it’s dormant and inactive, and only registered back in February 2017.

As it’s non trading, it should not be taking your money!

The Bottom Line

Link posting scams are numerous and I should know as I’ve now reviewed dozens of them.

They all follow the same patterns and none of them are legitimate.

Essentially, they are selling you affiliate marketing training. Affiliate marketing is a real and legitimate business, but it is not as easy as Kelly Scott would have you believe.

In the end, this one will cost you $97 and leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and no clue on how to make money online.

SurveySay Review: Not a Job, Just a Waste of Time

Didn’t I already give SurveySay a review?

I could have sworn this program looks familiar.

Surveysay Form

Ah!

That’s right. It’s just BigSpot with an even worse logo.

Bigspot or Surveysay?

I wasn’t a fan of BigSpot back when I first reviewed it in 2011 and it doesn’t look like much has changed since then.

SurveySay isn’t hiring, despite the jobs ads.

Odds are, you saw a job posting on Snagajob (another site I recommend you steer clear of) advertising either a part-time, or full-time, ‘Online Survey Taker’ job opening.

There isn’t much more to the job posting than that. However, the ad is currently airing in pretty much every town across America.

While I write this article, there are currently 2,489 active job postings on Snagajob alone.

Surveysay on Snagajob

These guys are busy to say the least.

The job posting is just as shallow as their website. The title and ‘apply’ button both take you directly to the signup form where you can “Start getting paid for your opinions!” just after you hand over some of your personal information…

Is SurveySay a Scam?

Well, yes and no, but mostly no.

Yes, in the sense that they aren’t actually hiring online survey takers.

Instead they are merely collecting your personal information and then showing you a list of survey companies that are currently accepting members.

I filled out the application form with a temporary email just to take a look inside…

Inside SurveySay

As you can see, they are simply listing affiliate opportunities and nothing more.

There is no “job” here.

SurveySay and whoever is behind the mysterious VarsityPlaza, LLC gets a few bucks from each of those companies if you were to fill out an application.

The “no” in the not a scam, is that these companies are free to join. Plus, they are reputable survey companies.

The real problem I have with SurveySay is that you need to hand over some of your personal information just to view a list of companies.

SurveySay was created by VarsityPlaza, LLC and they operate BigSpot as well.

The company does have a solid BBB listing with only one negative review. Their Privacy Policy does state that they do not sell or share your personal information “without your explicit consent.”

While reassuring, they are still requesting your personal information when they have no need for it.

SurveySay and Snagajob

I found it interesting that SurveySay has over 2,000 active job postings on Snagajob when Snagajob only allows employers to post a max of 3 job postings for $249/month.

Snagajob Pricing

At those prices, SurveySay would be paying Snagajob over $200,000 per month to keep their listings up.

We both know that’s not happening.

I couldn’t find any links to the two programs being related, but Snagajob appears to be allowing them to advertise through some sort of partnership.

Snagajob is filled with other affiliate programs masquerading as jobs. For instance, there are nearly twice as many Uber job postings. Uber is free to join and you do not have to apply through a job board to work there. However, if you refer a new driver to Uber, you can get paid up to $2,250.

Snagajob Uber

While not particularly noteworthy, it does raise some questions about the validity of their offerings.

Can you get rich taking surveys?

No.

Absolutely not.

Online surveys have been plagued with the falsehoods that you can make a full-time income just answering questions in your spare time.

In reality, you will spend weeks, or even months, answering questions to even see if you qualify to take a survey. In the off chance that you are invited to fill out an actually survey, you will usually be compensated anywhere from $1 to $10 for 15-20 minutes of your time.

I like finding a random five dollar bill as much as the next guy, but I’m not going to spend a month of my time searching for one.

Treat surveys as found money. Don’t go seeking it out, but if you get an invite to participate in one, and don’t have anything better to do, by all means, fill it out.

But, for the love of God, do not ever pay money to take a survey and do not trust anyone telling you that you are going to get rich overnight filling out surveys.

That’s never going to happen.

Alternates to Surveysay

If you still want to take surveys, I do have an approved list of survey companies I recommend. Better yet, I won’t charge you an email address just to gain access.

Why trust me over SurveySay or BigSpot? Because these are programs that I have used for years, cashed out hundreds of dollars from each, and can verify they are legit.

Here are my top 3 survey companies:

  1. Swagbucks – Surveys are just one part of the Swagbucks experience. You can watch videos, play games, participate in polls, and they all pull in cash. If there’s only one program you join today, pick this one as I’ve personally cashed out over $900 just by using them in my spare time.
  2. SurveySavvy – Here’s your more traditional survey site. They send out surveys regularly and invite you to take part in longer studies as well. I’ve had a few $50+ survey invites.
  3. PaidViewpoint – PaidViewpoint is all about market research. They connect you with surveys that you absolutely qualify for and do not kick you out just before the final question. It’s fun, easy, and well worth checking out.

Those three should keep you busy enough.

The Bottom Line

While SurveySay isn’t technically a scam, it’s still a colossal waste of time.

They are unnecessarily collecting your email and personal information to showcase a list of companies for which they make money if you sign up and join.

I still don’t like that they are advertising on job boards seeking work at home applicants to become online survey takers. It’s misleading to say the least.

Online surveys are just about my least favorite ways to make money online. There are just a million better ways to spend your time, especially if you are looking to start pulling in some real money.

You can also check out my top recommendation here if you are interested in learning how to make serious money online.

Checking Out 7 Figure Profit Code

Today I’d like to tell you about a system I recently came across called 7 Figure Profit Code.

Hopefully you’re here learning about this system because you have doubts, but even if you’re excited about it I’m glad you’re doing your due diligence.

Bad news however: 7 Figure Profit Code is not to be trusted!

This system is also being pushed as the 7 Figure Cash Code and while they are slightly different, I’m convinced they are effectively the same product.

Let’s see what else isn’t ringing true.

What is 7 Figure Profit Code by Michael Grayson?

Honestly, I’m not sure. Like all the best scams out there, the sales pitch for this system tells you a lot about dreams and potential profits but fails to provide any details on what the actual system is about.

This is really very worrying as you will be basically buying into it based on nothing but the words of a salesman.

Would you buy a car without checking the specs and seeing that it runs? Even a toaster you’d at least see how it works in theory, even if you can’t toast some bread.

7 Figure Profit Code gives you no indication of what it is about and that is a huge red flag.

Seven Figure Profit Code are you feeling lucky

Or not…

Testimonials

Megan earned $1,117.79 and says she’s nervous as never recorded herself on video before. Obviously that’s not true as here Fiverr.com gig page advises she’s a professionally trained actor and an award winning public speaker. It would be hard to have those accolades and have never recorded a video before.

Seven Figure Profit Code testimonial megan

The other testimonials are also just by paid actors.

Scarcity

Apparently Seven Figure Profit Code is reserved for only a handful of people and the video will be taken down at midnight.

Seven Figure Profit Code scarcity

This is clearly not true! I can guarantee you the video will still be there tomorrow, the day after and really for as long as the people behind it can leave it up for.

This sort of scarcity trick is purely designed to make you rush your decision believing you only have a short period of time to take action when in reality you have all the time in the world to assess the merits of the system.

There are other mentions of scarcity throughout the video such as the video being taken down mid-stream, but these should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Michael Grayson, Pseudonym

Seven Figure Profit Code michael grayson

Trust is very important in business, and knowing who you are dealing with is pivotal to knowing if you can trust them.

With big businesses it relies on brand awareness, but when a business puts forward a spokesperson you expect them to be real.

That’s why it’s important to do your research because the person supposedly behind 7 Figure Profit Code, Michael Grayson, is a fake.

The image shown is a standard stock photo image and I doubt the person narrating is anything more than a paid voice over either.

Add that the following:

  • there is no information about the company whatsoever
  • the only contact details is an email
  • they have hidden their details on their domain

This means they are not being open about who they are, where a legitimate business would have no issues telling you about them.

Fat Bank Balances

The narrator, Michael Grayson, shows you several different bank accounts suggesting that this system has made him a multi-millionaire.

It looks impressive, but what does it really show? How do you know that that money was made with this system? After all you only have the word of someone hiding his real self to go by.

Seven Figure Profit Code balances

As well as that, how do you know the figures haven’t been manipulated? It’s really very easy for someone with basic web skills to make a web page display different text, including bank balances. Just because it shows it in a screen shot does not make it real!

The Terms Say It All

A businesses terms & conditions can be an eye opener if you take the time to review them.

First off, whatever promises 7 Figure Cash Code suggests about earnings they state this in their disclaimer:

Whatsoever CLAIMS MADE OF genuine profits OR cases OF real outcomes ARE NOT representative or typical. YOUR degree OF SUCCESS IN accomplishing THE RESULTS laid claim IN OUR MATERIALS depends upon THE TIME YOU dedicate TO THE curriculum, IDEAS AND methods referred, YOUR funds, cognition AND assorted SKILLS. Because THESE components DIFFER ACCORDING TO persons, WE can’t warrant or guarantee YOUR SUCCESS OR revenue LEVEL. NOR ARE WE accountable FOR ANY OF YOUR activities.

This hard to read text basically says that they guarantee nothing and are held liable for nothing.

Then there is the fact that your personal details will be shared:

We share your information with third parties who deliver the products and services you have requested. These third parties may not use your information for any purpose other than assisting us in providing those products and services.

We may also use your information to contact you about other products or services available from third parties. We may also share your information with third parties who may contact you about their products or services.

The bottom line here is that this means your details will be sold to other marketers (and it’s usually only the bad ones that buy these things) meaning you’re open to be being emailed, written to and called to be sold things, and probably quite often.

No Money Required

According to the video Michael is not going to ask a single penny from you today, not one cent!

Sadly, that’s not true. By the end of the second video you’ll be asked for $67 in order to purchase the system.

Seven Figure Profit Code not one penny

Not just one penny, but 6700 of them!

The idea behind this statement on not one penny is just to help convince you to move forward in the sales funnel and hand over your email address.

No Experience Needed

Another red flag here is that you can get started with this system and potentially start earning hundreds, if not thousands of dollars within a week or so with zero experience.

There is no job or system or anything that makes that possible.

All the successful business people and marketers you see out here have put years of effort, learning, mistakes, sweat and tears into their businesses before becoming successful.

If you think that you can make all that money within 7 to 14 days by working just 15-20 minutes a day then you’re deluding yourself.

The Bottom Line

I can’t say 7 Figure Profit Code is an out and out scam because I didn’t waste my money buying it.

I’ve seen this sort of scam sales page time and time again and the while formula of big promises, extravagant earnings claims and nothing in the way of real evidence points to one thing and one thing only: it being a scam!

They sell you on the idea of being rich. That’s it. There is no substance here. They want you to get your credit card out so they can label you a buyer. You are literally paying for the privilege of being upsold more bullshit later on.

I would strongly recommend that you avoid 7 Figure Profit Code.

FB Freedom Cash System: Is It a Scam?

Facebook has to be one of the most well-known websites on Earth; after all it boasts over 2 billion user accounts with 1.3 billion people logging on daily.

It’s also highly lucrative as many businesses and even individuals make money via the platform, either through the normal method of using Facebooks advertising system or maybe by being “found” through a viral video.

Such popularity also means that it is also leveraged in many unethical and scam systems.

One particular system I came across recently might well be one of those scams: FB Freedom Cash System (also referred to as Facebook on Fire).

FB Freedom Cash System Stage 1

The sales pitch for this system is broken up into two stages.

Stage 1 is designed to get you interested enough to hand over your email address (in order to send you sales emails no doubt).

It starts off by asking you if you’d like to make $300 per day by “fooling around” on Facebook. This sounds amazing as I’m pretty sure that like me you spend at least some of the day browsing FB. It would be awesome to get paid for things like that!

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 300

This is literally the first few seconds of the video and I bet it got you interested right away! I have a lot of experience looking at various systems and scams online and I know for a fact that there is no system out there that will pay you $300 a day for browsing the web. If you’re very lucky you might get a few cents per hour for it.

The video reinforces this exaggerated claim by saying that $300 bucks is actually the lower end and that you can make $1,000 or more per day with no experience and for less than an hours work a week.

Are your alarm bells ringing yet? If not they should be. Let’s be realistic here, no one can earn $1,000 a day for a few minutes “work” of logging into Facebook.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 1000

The 0.0001%?

According to the narrator, Joseph Magnum, he was in a secret meeting between Mark Zuxkerberg and Bill Gates where they explained, and laughed, over how people are missing out on the $2.8 billion that is “buzzing by you” when you’re on Facebook.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 1percent

While you can’t rule out that the person behind this was in the same room, I highly doubt they spoke about this. I see this as merely a ploy to make you envious of people with a lot of money.

Skillset

According to the video the only skills you need to make $1,000 a day is:

  • The ability to click a mouse
  • Basic typing skills
  • High speed internet
  • A computer/smartphone

This is BS. While you can make money with just those skills it will be far less than even $300 a day. Let’s face it, people who make a lot of money have a bunch of other skills from networking, to coding, to being able to see trends and ideas, and much more.

The above skillset is good for data entry and that’s about it.

Psychological Tricks

Sales pitches always contain tricks to target you on an emotional or subconscious level and FB Freedom Cash System is not subtle about it.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire no more work

As well as that it hooks into your dreams of financial freedom: no more debt, or worrying about bills.

While this might not seem like much it’s designed to make you think about your life and how you deserve better, maybe enough to make you angry or frustrated and to lose an important think for a few short seconds: rationality.

If you’re not being rational then you’re more likely to buy into schemes like FB Freedom Cash System.

Free Money

One of the last things about stage 1 is that if you do hand over your email to get to Stage 2, by watching the Stage 2 video you’ll be given $500 cash.

This tactic has been used on countless other scam sites and I’ve never heard of anyone receiving the money so I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 500 dollars

FB Freedom Cash System Stage 2

Apparently there’s a guarantee that this video, Stage 2, will be the most exciting video I will ever watch.

I’m not sure about that but I’m definitely keen to get my $500!

You Deserve Better

Stage 2 really kicks the psychological tricks into overdrive, and covers a wide base. Apparently this system is for you if:

  • You no longer want a boss who doesn’t care about you
  • You’re in a debt spiral from hell
  • You’re behind on bills
  • Your work-life balance is slanted towards work
  • If you want to travel whenever and wherever you want
  • If you want to give your spouse gifts
  • If you want a brand new car
  • If you want to pay off your mortgage

These items cover pretty much anyone watching the video!

The Rags to Riches Story

Every sales pitch needs a good story and if the person happens to go from poor to rich as a result of using the system being sold, all the better!

In this case Joseph Magnum was broke, in debt to the tune of $30k and had failed at making money online 32 times.

He was then serving as wait staff at the Tech Crunch after party where he heard Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in a heated argument. He placed his phone on the floor and recorded the conversation.

Apparently the recording led to him discovering a loophole that made him rich!

Yeah right.

Proof of Earnings

According to the screenshots provided by the narrator, this system has made him over $11 million dollars.

This proof though is no such thing as any screen shot can be edited, even directly on the screen if you know how.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 11 million

There is literally no actual evidence this loop hole in Facebook exists or that it can be used to make money.

Testimonials

Social proof, that is other people telling you good things about a product, is a popular way to decide whether to buy something or not. After all if real people say it’s good, then that has more weight to it over a marketer telling you it’s good.

For FB Freedom Cash System uses video testimonials to show off how good it is. It’s a shame that these are all fake, bought for video testimonials!

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire fake testimonials

The 100

Apparently only 100 people will get access to this system, which is BS as it’s obviously a scam system so why would they limit it to 100 sales?

$500

Near the end of the video you’re finally told how you will get you free $500!

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire 500 redeem

Unfortunately it’s not cash in hand. It’s to do with the guarantee. If you don’t make $500 in 60 days, the person behind it will give you $500 dollars so long as you “show you made a fair effort”.

Not only did they lie in saying you would get $500 just for watching but the terms are very loose, and I’m pretty sure no one will ever get $500 as the “fair effort” is so vaguely worded.

A Lack of Terms

Not only is the $500 vaguely worded there’s no actual written terms, guarantee, disclaimer or company information.

Putting your money into a system like this will be basically like throwing it in the garbage.

Security? What Security?

Oh and just to top it off, the actual purchase page where you’ll be adding your credit card details has zero security.

FB Freedom Cash Facebook on Fire no security

This is pretty bad as not only will you have to hope that the people taking your details won’t you blind, but also that other hackers and miscreants won’t get that data too!

The Bottom Line

FB Freedom Cash System is, in my opinion, a scam. They lie from the start, offer false hope and a lot of exaggeration.

Even if their system was at least reasonable, it’s completely unlikely that you will make the sort of money promised with the ease they say you can.

As such I have no option but to recommend you avoid FB Freedom Cash System!

Financial Freedom Sites: A Scam to Avoid

By now I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the 1% – the supposedly small number of people in the world that own most of the money in the world.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of that minority of people? To have as much cash as you’ll ever need.

That’s the premise of Financial Freedom sites (AKA Cash Tracking System).

Well, sort of, they state that it’s 3% rather than 1%, but let’s not split hairs just yet.

Financial Freedom Sites 3 percent

What is Financial Freedom Sites?

The initial sales page doesn’t really tell you anything about Financial Freedom Sites barring how wonderful it is and that you can get free instant access.

This leads to a chain of web pages each showcasing a different part of the system including several videos.

It’s these pages that suddenly change from Financial Freedom Sites to Cash Tracking System.

If you manage to get through all this information it becomes clearing that Financial Freedom Sites is a recruitment pyramid scam.

Financial Freedom Sites recruitment pyramid

The idea is that after you join you can invite other people to join the system as well, and depending upon the level and the downline, you get to keep some or all of the money that the person spent in order to join.

That’s right, it isn’t actually free!

What made me laugh was the video the FAQ titles, “Is this a pyramid?”. It states that because the structure of the system is not pyramidal in shape, then it’s not a pyramid scheme.

This is utter BS, as regardless of how it is structured, the system does not have products to sell and there is an up and downline. In fact this video stated that all the money from your recruits goes to you yet in a previous video it clearly stated that because someone isn’t at the right level money is passed up the chain.

However you look at it, Financial Freedom Sites is a type of Pyramid scam: a cash gifting scam.

Levels and Lines, Oh My!

When you make money online, it’s usually a pretty simple process: you take a product or service and sell it.

Financial Freedom Sites uses various levels that you buy into that range from a few hundred dollars to $3500 and maybe more.

If the people who you recruit buy a level higher than you, you only get a fraction of the money.

Financial Freedom Sites recruitment levels

As well as that there is a complicated system which decides where your commissions go. This level of complication is unnecessary and is often seen in scams, making it sound like a really clever system when the intention is to baffle and confuse.

As well as the levels that you need to pay for, there is also a onetime fee of $25 and a monthly $39.95.

You receive nothing in return for these costs, except the privilege to try to sign up other people.

Cookie Cutter Websites

If you were to take part in Financial Freedom Sites how exactly do you get your message out there? Well, you will be provided with a website to do it!

Not only that, but the website is premade for you.

Sadly the “website” is merely an automated page on the Financial Freedom Sites website.

No matter how many people sign up, everyone gets the same page to send new recruits to.

This means you have no way to stand out except in your initial conversation, which means you will be competing with all the other suckers, erm I mean fellow members.

Not Successful?

Talking of the websites, I did a search on the Financial Freedom Sites site in Google and discovered page after page of premade websites.

Unfortunately I could not find a single one that was active.

All I saw was this (email and phone number obscured for privacy):

Financial Freedom Sites failed sites

This strongly suggests that many people have tried thus system and not one of them has continued with it for any length of time.

If all these “sites” have been closed, how do you think you will fare? Probably about the same; you’ll spend your money, alienate friends and family trying to convince them to sign up and ultimately you will lose your money, time and probably respect.

Who is Behind Financial Freedom Sites?

Your answer would be as good as mine. There is no company information on their website, nor are there any terms, privacy policies or refund information.

This is highly indicative that this is a scam.

As well as that they are definitely breaking several US laws by not including basic information.

The Bottom Line

Cash Gifting, Pyramid Scheme, or dodgy MLM system. Whatever you want to label Financial Freedom Sites with there is one underlying theme: it’s a scam!

Sure you could pay your money and if you’re wily enough you could get people in and maybe even make some money, but the reality is that this system is not a long term business. It will collapse as all of these schemes eventually do and the people at the top will get rich off the hardships of others.

Avoid Financial Freedom Sites at all costs!

Online Income Now: Link Posting at its Worst

When you’re starting out trying to earn money online it can seem like there’s a new scam every day trying to empty your wallet.

One of the more prominent types of scams doing the rounds at the moment is link posting scams.

Just today I stumbled across another one of these that I want to talk to you about, and hopefully convince you that it’s something to avoid.

What are Link Posting Scams?

The way link posting scams are sold to you is that it’s a very easy to do system: you get a link, post the link online and when someone clicks it you make money.

In theory, that is simply affiliate marketing, and that is a very real and legitimate method of making money online.

Affiliate marketing though is actually not that easy, it requires time, energy, training and a variety of skills to succeed in.

The way Online Income Now and other link posting systems tell it, is that all you need to do is post a link and you’ll be rolling in cash and that lie is the biggest problem I have with these systems.

It’s not my only concern though…

Online Income Now by Rory Ricord

The 24 minute sales video for Online Income now opens with several news reports talking about working from home.

These snippets, most likely taken without permission, are fairly old and talk generally about working from home.

They have been used singly or together on numerous other scam sites out there, so while I’m quite familiar with them you might see them as promoting Online Income Now.

That’s precisely the aim for them, it’s to try and legitimize this system, when the truth is they really have nothing to do with it.

Online Income Now news

From there you’re shown a couple of testimonials talking generally about the system. You may notice they never mention the system name, this is so that Rory can reuse the testimonials elsewhere.

In fact, the testimonials are fake:

Online Income Now fiverr

A few dollars would pay for a testimonial on whatever you want from that lady.

What Guarantee?

As well as the fake testimonials, there are two guarantees mentioned in the video that should concern you.

Firstly is the $500 guarantee. This is where Rory will apparently give you $500 if you don’t make any money.

Online Income Now 500

I wonder if using an image of money rather than writing out $500 nullifies a verbal guarantee?

Supposedly he will give you this guarantee in writing once you buy the system, and there’s nothing in the visible terms about this. Why isn’t the guarantee upfront and visible? What loopholes are there? You won’t know until you put money on the line and that means this is not a valid guarantee!

The other thing is the 60 day refund policy. This is in the terms, but it’s worded so loosely that they can break this guarantee incredibly easily.

Online Income Now refund terms

Who is Rory Ricord?

Rory Ricord is apparently the guy behind this system, and a quick internet search suggests he is also behind numerous other online scams.

With his wife he runs Brunette Marketing which scored an F on the BBB website (not that you should trust the BBB scores but that’s another story).

The BBB site has 7 comments, all positive, but tellingly they were all added on the same day in 2017. One would think that a business that has been around for 18 years at the time of writing would garner more reviews than that.

Not only that, but he may even be the true person behind Kelly Scott/Simmons/Richards: a persona that fronts numerous link posting scams we’ve reviewed previously.

Back to the Video

The remainder of the video covers a variety of points and at the same time very little.

There’s a long spiel that eventually gets to Rick discussing adverts and how he has profited (100% profit apparently) by posting ads (links) online.

He says it’s so easy; all you need to do is copy and paste.

Online Income Now copy and paste

There is no copy and paste system to make money online, not one that works anyway.

Just think about this logically for one second. If all you had to do was copy and paste something and you could be making hundreds of dollars overnight, why wouldn’t everyone be doing this? Poverty as we know it would cease to exist! Rory Ricord would be hailed as a hero the world over.

Let’s face it, you can’t make money without working and posting links online is not work. No one will pay you to post those links, and even if you got paid when people clicked them and bought something on the other site (as with affiliate marketing) you’d still need a framework to support it: a website, relevant content, a group of people following you to click those links, skills to drive traffic and convert it and more.

Simply slapping links on Facebook and in blog comments is not enough and will just get you labeled as a spammer!

Mentors or Sales Staff?

Online Income Now consultation

The sales video for Online Income Now also mentions how you will get access to your personal “internet expert” to help guide you on your journey.

I have no idea what an internet expert is, it’s a bit like saying a business expert: it means nothing in reality without context.

What it means to me though is that they will be getting sales people to call you, to guide you into buying yet more products and services at inflated prices that you just don’t need.

The Bottom Line

Online Income Now by Rory Ricord is just another link posting scam. He is trying to dress up affiliate marketing as an easy guarantee to make a ton of money overnight. He’s full of shit and looking to take you for as much money as possible. “Link posting” is not a viable way to make money online and as such my advice to you is to avoid this and all other systems promising you can can make money by posting links.

Your wallet and sanity will both thank you for it!

Secure Job Position: Another Link Posting Scam. Avoid!

If you’re new to making money online, you might have an incorrect perception that it’s easy and incredibly quick to generate cash. Sadly, that’s not true but many systems state things like this in the hope it will make you buy them.

For example, take Secure Job Position which states “within 5 minutes you could be making real money”.

Not only that but they suggest you’ll start earning immediately even with no skills or experience. That’s quite a claim to make but the reality is they are targeting desperate people who need extra money and fast.

Long story short, this Secure Job Position program exists for two reasons:

  1. To get you to pull out your credit card and make a purchase without thinking twice about it.
  2. To label you a sucker and to sell you more products in the future.

Don’t fall victim to this crap.

Secure Job Position by Kelly Simmons

One of the first things you encounter on the Secure Job Position website is a form to get your email and phone number. In theory this is to check for availability in your area, but the reality is more sinister.

If the system available where you live? If you live anywhere in America then yes, it’s available. The form is what I call an email harvester in that they are just trying to get your details so they can send email after email and make call after call to you to sell you stuff.

(January 2018 Update: I first reviewed this system in June 2017 and Kelly was quick to notify me that “There is Currently 7 Positions Left In Your Area.” It’s now 7 months later, the glaring grammatical error hasn’t been fixed and those positions somehow still haven’t been filled.)

If you pass this so called check, you’ll end up on the main sales page.

Cookie Cutter Sales Pitch

I’ve seen this sales page numerous times, and it’s virtually the same each time. The only differences are the name of the product and occasionally a different name than Kelly Simmons.

If this system was legit, why would they need to add it under dozens or more different domain names?

Do you see any other business having a duplicate of their site under a different name? No, of course not!

This sort of tactic is to steel themselves against the inevitable burning of one of their domain names due to bad press or worse.

Unethical Tactics

The tactics used in this sales pitch are common, but not something any upstanding marketer would use.

For example, there are several well-known news agency logos on the site most likely used without permission. It states that work from home opportunities have been featured on them, and this is likely true, but the real aim is to suggest that this product has been featured on them, which it has not.

Secure Job Position news

“But it was featured on the news!”

Wrong!

This program wasn’t actually featured anywhere. The news logos you see are not endorsements.

Kelly Simmons is banking on the fact that you will see the logos and skip right past what it says above them:

“Work From Home Opportunities Have Been Featured On:”

And I’m sure they have been, but Secure Job Position has absolutely not. The people behind this want you to see the logos, associate legitimacy with the program, and continue on down the page.

As well as that, there are several scarcity tactics used. This method is common place in marketing, but where most marketers will actually follow through and remove the product, that’s not the case here. This sales page will always say there are only a few spots left, regardless of how many they sell!

Secure Job Position scarcity

Secure Job Position scarcity

A Repeat Performance

Further down the sales pitch is a legitimate news clip about work from home opportunities. This video seems to appear on every single underhand system out there and is used to bolster the idea that this system is legitimate, when in fact the video is old and only talks about home from home opportunities in general terms.

Secure Job Position video

Fake Testimonials

Testimonials can be hard to verify but when they use stock photography for the people and general untraceable names, it should concern you.

In this day and age social proof is an important way for people to tell if a product is good or not, so these fake testimonials are really just trying to abuse that.

Is Secure Job Position a Scam?

Well, yes. But keep reading to find out why.

If you were to buy this $77 program (the price continues to drop as you try and navigate away from the page), what would it teach you?

Well, the general idea behind it is link posting. This is where you add a link to somewhere on the internet and people click the link and you magically make money!

The sales letter pitches it to you as if there are multinational companies begging people to post links for them.

Secure Job Position desperate

Apparently these companies, big names such as Apple and Netflix, will pay you between $5 and $30 per link you post!

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

First of all, if a company wanted links posting in this manner, they would either a) pay someone in a foreign country pennies on the dollar to do it or b) use their in house coders to make an automated system to do it.

No company out there will pay you that kind of money for “posting” a link. As well as that any sensible company would know that randomly posting links on the internet is not only ineffective without context, but also a type of spam!

Secure Job Position calculator

The reality is that this system is based on affiliate marketing: you post your affiliate link, if someone clicks it and then (and this is important) buys something, you get a commission on the sale.

Affiliate marketing as a whole is a legitimate business opportunity and a very effective way of making money online, but it takes much longer than 5 minutes to make money with it!

Internet users are savvy people for the most part so they will not just click some random link, which is why affiliate marketers spend hours, weeks, months and years providing value and building a following of people.

Just because you post a link in a forum/blog comment/on social media doesn’t mean people will click it. At best the site in question will simply remove the link, at worst you’ll be labelled as a spammer and/or banned from the site.

Secure Job Position is preying on your vulnerabilities. They are using hype and non-sense to get you to buy into their system without thinking rationally.

“But they offer a 30 day money back guarantee!”

Their terms state:

6. Refunds: Secure Job Position offers a 60-day refund policy from the date of purchase on the initial enrollment purchase price only. All we ask is that you examine everything and put forth an honest effort for the first 30-days and you may make money – it’s that simple!

I have seen these exact terms used in the past and similar scams use the “honest effort” line to prevent you from getting your refund.

If you have paid them already and are looking to get your money back, their listed customer service line is 1-877-843-6846. Be prepared to put up a fight. It might be better off to just dispute the charges with your bank or credit card company.

Finally…

All you need to do is ask yourself one simple question: if anyone could be making over $1,000 per day by doing something that requires no experience, skill, or expertise, why isn’t everyone doing it?

That tells you all you really need to know about this opportunity.

The Bottom Line

Can you make money with Secure Job Position?

No, absolutely not.

You are going to be sold dodgy, outdated training and when you fail to make any money, they will come along with another program to buy that will guarantee you success again beyond your wildest dreams.

You are simply handing over your credit card information to scammers and telling them “Hey! I’ll buy anything you have to sell me!”

Avoid programs like these, and any ones out there that claim you can make millions overnight with no experience, skills, or effort required. You are setting yourself up for heartache and lost money.

Can 700 Profit Club Really Make You $700 a Day?

What would you reply if I said to you that I’ve found a product that can earn you $700 a day forever, with just 10 minutes of set up time?

Well, if you’re a regular here I’d expect your response to be: scam!

And that was my first thought when I encountered 700 Profit Club, because that’s precisely what they are offering.

This system looks very dubious so I thought I’d dig into it to help you decide if it’s worth your money or not.

The 700 Profit Club Sales Pitch

The sales page for this system is a classic single video pitch with a hidden buy now button that appears after a certain amount of time has passed.

The sales video is an annoying one that goes on and on without you being able to pause or skip bits, but luckily for you I watched it for you!

As every second passed in this video it became apparent that something was off here.

First of all the video focused heavily on how you can make $700 per day, every day with just a 10 minute setup.

This figure is extremely precise, and this is something that you simply can’t achieve when making money online or any business as you never know how many sales you’ll make per day.

The preciseness is a tactic: it’s enough to make a dramatic difference in someone’s life, but not too much to seem unachievable.

700 Profit Club 10 minutes

From there the video provides two outright lies. The first being that this is the final day that you can get access to the system and that the number of places is limited. This is utter BS. This video will have said that from the day it was launched and will say it until the day they pull it off the internet.

The second outright lie is that the $700 per day is guaranteed. Who guaranteed this? There’s no terms or conditions attached to the site, and as I mentioned, no business out there will guarantee a set income (especially one that is over $250,000 per year!) unless you’re being employed by them!

700 Profit Club 15 people

From that point the video uses typical marketing techniques using your bad experience with previous scams to try to legitimize 700 Profit Club as something that is not a scam.

This continues by showcasing, at speed, people who have apparently used the system to make lots of money. Sadly, each and every one of these testimonials cannot be confirmed, mainly because they use generic name sand stock photographs.

Surely if this system made people a bunch of money they would be shouting about it from the rooftops?

700 Profit Club stock photos

This sort of BS continues In the form of “proof of earnings” shown, that really prove nothing. Sure there’s some screenshots showing bank accounts full of money but a) these can be easily faked and b) even if real who’s to say the money was earned using this system?

700 Profit Club proof earnings

This doesn’t prove anything!

How Does 700 Profit Club Work?

In order to make you the $700 a day, the system apparently uses “a new sensation sweeping the internet”.

This sensation is something called Coolhandle.

This sounds awesome, but what the heck is Coolhandle? Well, the video never explains this but luckily we have something called Google that can help.

Coolhandle is not a new sensation, nor is it a method of making money online. Well it is, but only in the broadest of senses.

You see, Coolhandle is a hosting company.

Now, if you want to make money online you are recommended to get hosting to create a website, though it’s not always needed.

However, just because you have a website doesn’t mean that you have the skills, knowhow or support to actually make money!

Coolhandle also doesn’t look like it’s even a good host:

700 Profit Club coolhandle reviews

There’s no information that 700 Profits Club provides anything other than a link to this hosting company: no training, no support, nothing!

By signing up to 700 Profits Club you’re redirected to the Coolhandle sales page where you’re asked to select an internet marketing related domain name.

700 Profit Club domains

These are based on your location but you can select a different one.

The process continues and you’re asked to select your hosting type and its set to a 3 year plan with a bunch of extras added. This totals in at $285 which is a lot of money.

700 Profit Club coolhandle cost

Sure you can change the options and reduce it, but the fact it pushes the most expensive stuff is typical of this whole system.

Even though the per month price of the hosting is reasonable, cheap even, the fact that you’re pushed to it by a dodgy looking sales pitch and the poor reviews the hosting has received means I for one would not touch them with a barge pole!

The Bottom Line

700 Profit Club is a scam in my opinion.

The only thing it’s designed to do is to push you to a crappy host and get you to sign up to them.

While Coolhandle might supply you with an easy way to build a site (something a lot of large well-known hosts such as Hostgator already do), it’s missing something.

That something is the training, support and help to teach you how to actually make money online.

At no point in the sales pitch of 700 Profit Club or Coolhandle does it mention how you’re going to actually make money. All you get is empty promises that you’ll instantly make $700 a day.

There’s no doubt in my mind that all of this is utter BS and that you should avoid 700 Profit Club and Coolhandle at all costs!

How to Spot and Avoid IRS Scams (New Scams in 2020)

It’s tax season again, which means one thing: scammers who are posing as IRS agents are out to get you.

The scam might occur as a voicemail left on your system, where you are warned that legal action is about to taken against you unless you call back and/or pay your taxes immediately.

The scam might also occur through text message, where you are told where to send payment after clicking on a provided link or opening an enclosed attachment.

Don’t do it.

New in 2018: The Erroneous Refund

There is a new tax scam going around this year. It seems that thieves are hacking into the office’s of tax professionals, stealing your personal information, and then filing a fraudulent return in your name.

To the IRS, it looks as if you have personally filed your taxes, so the issue a refund, even though it’s fraudulent.

Now, the scammer has your personal information and will contact you directly, claiming to be from the IRS. They will demand that you return the money.

However, the scammer will have you return the money to them and not the IRS. Leaving you with a fraudulent return filed in your name and in-debt to the IRS for a few thousand dollars.

How to protect yourself

Let’s start with the basics: don’t cash any checks that show up unexpectedly.

If the return was directly deposited into your account, head to the bank and ask to speak with a manager.

For the love of God, do NOT, under any circumstances, mail a money order off to an unknown source.

Finally, and most importantly, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 (if you are an individual) or 1-800-829-4933 (if you are a business) and tell them you have been a victim of a fraudulent tax return.

Read up on how to best protect yourself from tax based identity theft.

The real IRS tax delinquency process

On the IRS website, you can learn just how the IRS reaches out to delinquent taxpayers. This occurs through a formalized process that never involves unsolicited phone calls or threats of legal action. In fact, the IRS acknowledges that taxpayers have rights, including the rights to privacy and to appeal.

How does the IRS correspond with delinquent taxpayers?

The IRS does not call you.

The IRS sends a formal letter stating how much money is owed per each tax year. In most cases, separate letters are sent for each year of delinquency, going back up to seven years in time.

Each delinquency is assigned a notice (CP) or letter (LTR) number at its top or the bottom right-hand corner. These numbers can be searched by going to the IRS home page.

Taxpayers are notified that they can appeal the amount of money they have been assessed. Taxpayers are encouraged to pay as much as they can, but they are never told they must pay the entire amount immediately, or that non-payment will result in their arrest or a lawsuit.

Should a taxpayer agree to make payment, the IRS provides a payment page with more information. On this secure page, taxpayers can pay via their bank account or credit/debit card. There are other options listed as well, including paying with cash.

More importantly, for taxpayers who have encountered dire financial circumstances, there are several partial payment and delayed payment options available. Those options include making monthly installments, submitting an offer-in-compromise, and even delaying payment altogether.

Such alternatives can be a lifesaver if you’ve recently lost your business, for example, and simply don’t have the needed profits to make payment on your taxes. Similarly, if you’re a freelancer who has gotten behind on your quarterlies, paying your taxes in monthly installments can stop interest and/or penalties from accumulating.

The IRS Phone Call Scam

The IRS scam tax delinquency “process”

In contrast to the IRS, scammers rely on fear and misinformation to coerce taxpayers into paying their taxes right away, and without knowing the full extent of their rights or appeal options. Scammers also use different means to trick taxpayers into paying the full amount they owe, including the following:

Phone calls: IRS scammers will often robocall recipients, telling them that they must respond immediately or face a lawsuit. One such robocall call might go as follows:

This a final notice from IRS, Internal Revenue Service, which is filing a lawsuit against you. For more information, please call immediately to XXX-XXX-XXXX. Thank you.

When would-be victims return calls made by these robocallers, they’re often connected with individuals with very thick foreign accents. Sometimes, the scammers try to have their victims purchase gift vouchers and provide the ID numbers of those vouchers over the phone. Recently, a bunch of these scammers were discovered and found to be working at an Indian call center.

Emails/letters: IRS scammers may also send out emails or letters, supposedly from the IRS, that even contain case and/or letter numbers and threaten the recipient with legal or criminal prosecution if payment is not made immediately. The fraudulent letters are usually superimposed onto legitimate letters from the IRS that were collected from office trash receptacles or other refuse (one more reason to shred/burn your sensitive documents).

When the victim clicks on a link provided in the email, oftentimes a phishing page boots up and steals the victim’s sensitive information such as Social Security number, credit card number, etc. The IRS warns about identity theft via phishing on its website. Alternately, a malware program infects the victim’s computer.

Texts: Some individuals have even reported receiving bogus texts from the IRS. The messages state that legal and/or court action will be taken against the recipient unless he pays the owed money immediately.

Requests for money: IRS scammers next ask that recipients of their calls, emails, letters and texts send money. However, the money is to be sent by wire transfer or through the purchase of MoneyPak or Green Dot prepaid cards. In some cases, scammers have requested that their hapless victims purchase gift cards and just read off the back codes to them.

The government is never going to accept gift cards over cash, and this is noted on the IRS payments page as well. Likewise, the IRS will offer installment payment plans if the taxpayer cannot pay the entire sum by a given date.

What should you do if you are a victim of an IRS scam?

Unfortunately, many individuals are conned every year and end up losing thousands of dollars to IRS scammers. What should you do if you suspect that you’re a victim of fraud?

First of all, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) via the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting page.

Also, contact the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov.

When working with the IRS on owed taxes, use the IRS.gov site exclusively. Also, make sure that you are not dealing with an IRS subdomain (irs.scammerssite.gov) by checking if your pages all end in irs.gov.

If you have any doubts about your case, call the IRS directly. Their agents work with people directly on the phone. Agents are more than willing to help you sort through your tax questions, and can even provide you with lots of money-saving advice.