We get the strangest email, such as this one about a week ago:
I have received my book from you so l picked stuffing envelopes.I sent two dollars to Choice 919 Centre St.NW,Suite #225 Calgary,AB T2E-2P6 I have not recived enthink. Let ME KNOW
“Let me know.” Umm…can anyone help me out with this? What exactly is the writer asking me to let him/her know? And by the way, if you haven’t already learned this on your own, let me warn you: there’s no bigger red flag than the words, “stuffing envelopes.” It’s a scam that was invented looong before the Internet. And what’s more, we have no record of this person buying our book. So I’m pretty sure that whatever he’s talking about, it isn’t our fault. I wrote and asked him for clarification:
We’re not sure what you mean. We have not ever recommended stuffing envelopes as a legitimate income producer. What is it you want us to let you know?
Today the answer came back:
The Canadian Home Job Review and Employment Directory I received, and in the directory I picked the stuffing 400 Envelopes for $800 dollars. The letter was sent to choice 919 Center St. NW, Suit #225 Calgary, AB. T2E 2P6, and the two dollars was in the envelope with my info, The money off the master card was taken, and I have not recieved the package. If you could write me back and let me know what’s going on with my package I would appreciate it very much. Thank You.
Please, PLEASE tell me you didn’t send somebody $800 (even if it is $800 Canadian) to teach you how to stuff envelopes? Or did you send them $2 and a credit card?
At any rate, I think you’ve fallen into one of the oldest scams in the book. The typical envelope stuffing scam goes something like this: The scammer takes out an ad in the local paper, or puts up a flier, or something else print-based (remember, this is pre-Internet). He tells you you can make easy money by stuffing envelopes for companies that apparently haven’t yet discovered batch mail processing equipment. He tells you the secret to this wealth can be yours for $2. Send it to Scams R Us, at a nondescript PO box. If you get anything back, it’s instructions on how to take out your own classified, put in your address, and run the scam yourself. The envelopes you’ll be stuffing are the ones containing instructions for YOUR victims on how to run the scam for themselves.
If, on the other hand, this writer lost $800, we’re in a totally different arena.
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