Posted by : Becca | On : February 27, 2009

Scammers are out in force trying to get your personal information or set people up in “jobs” which are money laundering schemes or dealing in stolen goods. Here’s a link to a recent report from 7 News in Denver: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/video/18806204/

Bottom line: be careful out there. Don’t give too much personal information on job applications. There is no reason a company needs your Social Security number before you are hired. If the job seems too good to be true, it probably is. No real company pays hundreds of dollars a week for a “few hours” of work re-shipping packages or doing “data entry.” And no legit company sends you money orders, has you cash them and wire back a portion of the funds.

Best case scenario, your identity gets stolen. Worst case, you end up in jail for fraud or money laundering. Be careful out there!



Posted by : Becca | On : January 7, 2009

Personnels?? LOL. Um, “personnel” is already plural. That and about a million other spelling and grammar errors. Smells like the old Nigerian scam to me. Besides, a company that it a subsidiary of the Sony group isn’t going to use Hotmail and Yahoo. They’re clearly idiots. Friends don’t let friends work for morons. Shall we highlight all the mistakes in this ad? Let’s see:

ONLINE CLERK – COMPUTER SKILLS – TYPIST Hello Applicant, We have recieved a notification of your resume from Job Planet Resume Database. We have reviewed your resume and we are satisfied with your credentials. Let me start by introducing myself and the Company to you, I am Benny Moore the Personnels Manager of the firm Chester Concepts Networking Company which is a new Innovation of the Sony Group Holdings Japan, Through our Rep. Ms. Josephine K. Anderlet Sony Technologies, Inc and also a member of the British Better Business Association.

We are offering one of the Best Work from Home opportunity to individuals seeking for Temporary Jobs, Work From Home and Second Shift. The Company is offering an ( HOME BUSINESS NETWORK – WORK FROM HOME INICIATIVE ) For $25 Per Hr. ( location not required ).

Chester Concepts Networking Company is a United Kingdom baby firm which is just getting to a year old, seeking assistance with the work from home iniciative to assist with clerical and administrative duties online pending the establishment of our New Outlets in ( Ontario, Alberta and Saskatoon ) Canada, ( New York ,California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvenia and Virginia ) United States. We are into Computer Peripherals Supplies. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of independent dialysis providers around the world by leveraging today’s most innovative technologies to deliver a full spectrum of high-quality services to the businesscommunity. We Specialize in all kinds of Computer peripherals Suplies such as ATX case, Networking Routers, HDDX Compacts, Satilite HDD Communicator, Computer Pheripherals, CD-R Hard Drives, Memory Sticks and many more. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES:Your duty when work commences are to be provided by your supervisor which would be made known to you . You would be giving Log s and records of company transactions that are back dated and back logged to sort out and help to ascertain balance sheets and computer records of several invoicing and payments made in past transactions. This are the enormous logsthat the company needs an extra hand for, which made it necessary for the company to employ Online staffs to record company transactions the ever growing needs of our clients.Now the software you would be having would entail the proper data entry and arrangements of records beingsorted out along side with Microsoft office Soft.( Spread sheet and Excel ). This would help make it easier. After Logs have been processed by you, the end data would be passed on to your supervisor by through the Accounting Software. ( Tuition and Training on how to use the softwares would be given freely by our supervisors before your equipments arrive. These equipments are given out to online staffs for Data-security reasons. ) Here is a Brief Questionaire that would help Us acertain your skills and experience. Interview Questions *Have you ever worked from home?*So why do you want this Job?*Are you taking this as a primary or secondary job? if secondary explain why?*Do you have professional Reference which I can go through?*Will you be able to devote 20 hours of your time toChester Concepts Networking Company.? that is 2hrs atleast daily?*Have you worked as an Online assistant before?*Do you have a printer, fax machine and a scanner?*Privacy and code of conduct….explain the phrase?*What do u understand by petty cash?*How would you describe your self?

*Do you know your clerical speed?what is it?*Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel? SEND YOUR REPLY TO ( chesterconcepts@yahoo.com ) IMPORTANT: Send in Your Full Name, Address and Contact phone number so we could reach you after the Interview and create a folder for you on the administrave desk.

RegardsBenny MoorePersonnel And Resource ManagementChester Concepts Networking Company. HQ26-29 Curlsburg Avenuve,Bolton, SW London. SW2 S1Email :

chesterconcepts@yahoo.com chesterconcepts@hotmail.com

Bwahahahahaha. Seriously. WHO in the WORLD would take an ad like this seriously? It’s ridiculous. I can’t believe anyone would fall for that after the first couple sentences.

Bottom line…use common sense, people! And if you don’t see the problem with ads like this, you should seriously enroll in an English class.



Posted by : Becca | On : January 5, 2009

….so little time. Seriously. This comes up all the time on message boards I read, and I see the postings on craigslist and job sites all the time. It’s getting old and people should know better. But here we go again. If you see a “job” posting like this, IT IS A SCAM!

Earn ~$300-$700+/wk. Personal on line/email training and support. Work your own hours – days, nights, weekends. This position will consist of sending/receiving emails, processing orders, and general typing. The work will be sent to you upon your request. There are NO sales, cold calling, talking to strangers, click banks, or taking surveys! This is all friendly, customer-based response. These are customers that we as an organization need your help keeping up with. Customer care and timely customer response is crucial in having a successful business. This home-based position gives you the opportunity to earn $100 or more per day! The amount of work you choose to do is entirely up to you and your schedule. Once the work is completed, you will be compensated. Your compensation per week will depend on your typing skills and customer response time. Compensation is as follows: Each on line customer response should take about 1 minute. Each customer response will contain, at most, 40 words. In a 2-3 hour work window, you should be able to respond to approximately 100-150 customers. You will be paid per customer response and on average expect to earn $600/week (keeping these figures). The amount of money you earn is entirely up to you! You can get paid daily through PayPal or through paper checks; whichever you prefer.
Computer with Internet/Email access. Good typing skills. Basic Internet knowledge. Excellent work ethic. Self-Motivation/Dedication. Courteous customer care.
The Training Manual you receive will give you STEP-BY-STEP instructions on how to get started. Very simple to follow, however if you have questions we’re here for you! When you receive your Training Manual and first work order, you may begin working immediately! There is NO special software required for this position. There is a ONE-TIME fee of $11.95 for the Training Manual. This fee is to weed out the “curious from the serious.” You will make back this fee in about 10 minutes of work! This cost will cover the Training Manual and first work order sent to you. Please understand that as much as we would like to not charge this small processing fee, we must protect ourselves from those who are not serious about working and to pay for the cost of the Training Manual sent to you, pay those who answer your questions/emails, etc. NO business can afford to cover administrative costs, wasted time, or provide valuable materials to everyone who inquires about this position. There will be NO other fees after you start. This is guaranteed in writing in your training manual. Your Training Manual will be emailed out the day the fee is received. Please make payment throw Paypal. Below you will find the link, Click or copy and paste the link to your browser to get started.

Why is this a scam, you ask? Well, this was my latest response on a message board:

For your $11.95, they’ll tell you to post ads like you saw and scam others out of $11.95 to tell them to post ads like you saw and so on and so on. It’s a bunch of bovine excrement and anyone who posts that crap should be ashamed of themselves.

Oh…and “please make your payment THROW Paypal”??? LMAO That’s as bad as the people who want to hire work from home “mom’s.” Theres NO apostrophe in MOMS, people. The morons posting crap opportunities should have spent more time on basic English and grammar, then maybe they wouldn’t have to scam people because they’d actually be qualified for a REAL job. Sheesh.

Scammers make me grumpy. Not that I’ve been personally scammed, but I see so many people out there who are desperate to make money. So desperate that they’ll try almost anything. It’s painfully apparent that many, many people are unaware of how things work in the real business world. It’s obvious that there are folks out there who simply haven’t had the benefit of a decent education and/or just don’t have critical thinking skills.

Two kinds of people post ads like that. Scammers and the…how shall I put it…intellectually challenged. It’s either people who don’t care that it’s a scam, don’t care that they’re taking some poor desperate mother’s diaper money, or it’s people who just are clueless and don’t realize what a scam it is. There’s no “position.” It’s not a job. It’s not a legitimate way to earn money.

Don’t fall for it. People who post that garbage should be strung up.



Posted by : Becca | On : August 7, 2008

I may have touched on this before, but a recent flurry of posts on a WAH website recently reminded me of something. When looking for work from home jobs it is absolutely required to be CAREFUL about the opportunities you see. Places like Craigslist, WAH forums and even sites like Monster and Careerbuilder are littered with postings that may seem legitimate but upon closer inspection are nothing more than scams, or at the very least are questionable “opportunities.”

So, as a reminder, here are some tips to keep in mind during your search:

1. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is.
When you see postings that offer big money for part time work or a lot of money for really simple tasks that is a big RED FLAG!

2. Don’t even consider “jobs” that entail receiving and sending money.
Every one of these that I’ve seen are nothing more than money laundering schemes that at best won’t pay you and at worst will land you in serious legal trouble. No legitimate business EVER needs you to use your personal accounts to transact their business.

3. Always get the business name and state of incorporation before sending your personal information.

The internet makes it very easy to check up on businesses. Find out the business name and where they are registered and check up on them. Visit the BBB, check with the Attorney General in their state. Verify, verify, verify.

4. If they have a website, find out who really owns it.
You can do a simple Google search on the business name and find out information, but you can find out more about who registered the domain at http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp.

5. Ask others’ opinions!
Use forums like WorkPlaceLikeHome.com and WAHM.com to ask more experienced WAH moms about companies you come across. The great folks on those forums are so helpful and willing to share information that will help you steer clear of scammers.

Good luck out there! The good news is that there ARE lots of legitimate jobs out there and eventually you will find the right one for you.



Posted by : Becca | On : February 20, 2008

When you get an email from a potential employer that you have questions about, copy and paste the full header of the email into this tool:


You will see where the email originated.

I’m ROFL at an email I just got…really LOL – yeah, I’m her “dearest new friend” Uh huh. Oh, and look at the end. She LOVES me. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. NOT. I used the header tool and guess where “she” is from…Senegal. Um yeah, we all know how “legit” the folks in Africa are @@ Hello, Nigerian scam anyone?? Think she wants to “make friends”? Nah, I think “she” is a “he” who wants nothing more than to scam me.

Hello my dearest new friend,
it give me a great pleassure to contact you after viewing your profile which interest me in having communication with you so that we can get to know each other and see what happened if you will have the desire with me,i will be very happy if you can write me through my email for easiest communication.here is my email (Joysaleemeh84@yahoo.com)
i will be waiting to hear from you through my email so i can tell you more about my self and send you my look to know who is communicating with you.
take care of your self and i wish you happy day.
yours new friend.

Here’s what the header tool has to say – the last entry is where the email orgininated:

IP Address Probable Country Additional Info United States* Whois Google United States* Whois Google United States* Whois Google Senegal* Whois Google

How cute. “Joy” wishes me a happy day. She can take her wish and shove it you-know-where.

In any case…yes….use that handy tool and I think you’ll find quite often when you get those questionable “job offers” in your email that you wonder “is this a scam?”, you’ll find your answer right there in the header. If it comes from Africa – it’s garbage. Sorry if that sounds racist or whatever, but in *every case I’ve seen in my email…the shoe fits.