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 : October 20, 2007

There you are, dutifully searching for the perfect work-at-home job. You see a posting that looks interested and reply. Then you get an email something like this:

“The company is an interational MLM company using individual processors to accept payments from distributors/customers. The money is deposited into the processors bank account, which is why they need a separate account from their regular personal account. Processors then pay the suppliers and also some employees. Processors also may be required to issue invoices and check inventory. “



Thanks for responding to my notice on WAHM. The job is for a Processor for Tahitian Noni International. Processors receive orders, confirm availability, receive payment for the orders and pay employees/vendors. Salary is $2000 monthly, paid bi-weekly via bank wire, plus 5% of every order you process. Orders are processed via bank wire and sometimes Paypal.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, let me know and I’ll send you an application and an NDA to sign. If you have any questions, let me know. My name on Skype is Renae.hrc, feel free to call.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Renae Lindley”

Then you think “wow, this is great – $2k a month for really easy work.” Yes – really easy work that will land you in jail.


It is always a scam. Every time. There isn’t a legitimate company out there that needs its employees to transact company business through their own personal accounts.

If a job asks you to accept payments, keep some of it then forward the rest on, and you actually do it…you’ve bought yourself a ticket to debt and jail.

Any job that pays that kind of salary plus commission is going to take real experience and real skill. If it looks too good to be true, it almost always is. No such thing as easy money. And if they ask you to “process payments” – just run. Well, first report the scammer to the authorities, then RUN!

Good luck folks, it’s a jungle out there…and behind every tree is some Nigerian scammer trying to make money off of people’s ignorance about how real businesses run. Don’t be fooled.