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Old December 8th, 2003, 10:54 PM   #76
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Just out of curiosity, did you end up stuffing envelopes for Global Online Systems?
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Old December 9th, 2003, 08:51 AM   #77
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You're never going to get an answer to that are you, Liam?
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Old December 9th, 2003, 09:38 AM   #78
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Well, being unemployed, I've examined a lot of the work-at-home 'opportunities' and haven't found a single one yet that got a nod from the Better Business Bureau, including the one above.

One of these days, maybe someone will be truthful about their work-at-home tasks, rather than just luring us into their personal website, effectively being no better than the scam artists that run the companies that drew them in in the first place.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 09:42 AM   #79
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Here's some good info from the Better Business Bureau's website:

Closely examine any offer which promises or guarantees income from work at home programs. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it's a scam. Consider it a warning sign if a worker must buy something in order to start the program. Those interested also should take into consideration that, by becoming involved in a work at home scheme, they might well be perpetrating a fraud by selling the program to others, and risk investigation by postal authorities. Work at home con artists have always preyed on senior citizens, the disabled, mothers who want to stay at home with their children, people with low income and few job skills, and people who just want to get rich quick. A Home Work Scheme Promoter Will:

-Never offer you a regular salaried employment

-Promise you huge profits and big part time earnings

-Use personal testimonials but never identify the person so that you can check with them -Require money for instructions or merchandise before telling you how the plan operates -Assure you of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork -Tell you that no experience is necessary -Take your money and give you little or nothing in return except for heartbreak and grief

Common scams and schemes:

Assembly Work at Home - This scheme requires you invest hundreds of dollars in instructions and materials and many hours of your time to produce items for a company that has promised to buy them. Once you have purchased the supplies and have done the work, the company often decides not to pay you because your work does not meet certain "standards." You are then left with merchandise that is difficult or impossible to sell.

Chain Letters - The only people who benefit from chain letters are the mysterious few at the top of the chain who constantly change names, addresses and post office boxes. They attempt to intimidate you by threatening bad luck, or try to impress you by describing themselves as successful professionals who know all about non-existent sections of alleged legal codes.

Envelope Stuffing - You often receive only instructions on how to go into the business of placing the same kind of ad the advertiser ran in the first place instead of items to stuff into envelopes. According to the US Postal Inspection Service, "The Inspection Service knows of no work at home promotion that ever produces income as alleged."

Multi-Level Marketing - This is a well-established, legitimate form of business. Many people have successfully sold the products of reputable companies to their neighbors and co-workers. These people are independent distributors who sell popular products and also recruit other distributors to join them. On the other hand, illegitimate pyramid schemes emphasize recruiting others to join the program, not on selling the product. For a time, new recruits who make the investment to buy samples keep money coming into the system, but very few products are sold. Sooner or later, the people on the bottom are stuck with a saturated market, and they cannot make money by selling products or recruiting. When the whole system collapses, only a few people at the top have made money. On-Line Home Business - Typical these uninvited email opportunities get you to pay for a useless guide to work at home jobs.

Processing Medical Insurance Claims - Usually at a trade show at a hotel or convention center, you will be urged to buy software programs or computers at exorbitant prices, told that your work will be coordinated with insurance companies by a central computer, required to pay for expensive training sessions, and pressured to make a decision immediately. Most likely, the expensive training sessions are superficial, and the market for your services very small or nonexistent. The promoter may delay the processing of your job, citing a backlog or mistakes in your work. There may also be no central computer as advertised. You may be left with no way to deliver what you have promised your clients or customers - if you found any - and with no way to earn any money on your own.

If you become a victim of a work at home scheme, ask the company for a refund. If they refuse or give you an evasive response, tell them you plan to notify law enforcement officials. Keep careful records of everything you do to recover your money. If the company refuses to refund your investment, contact the BBB, the Department of Consumer Affairs, US Postal Service, State Attorney General, and/or the advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad you answered.

As of March 2000, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department of the United States, State Attorneys General, and State Securities officials began a national crackdown of these work-at-home schemes. Currently, they have filed complaints against 68 fraudulent business promoters. Some of these scams include stuffing envelopes, medical billing opportunities, and pay phone and vending machine operations. The FTC recommends that consumers get all earnings claims in writing. This should also include a number and percentage of recent or current clients who have earned at least as much as the promoter's claims. Consumers should request a list of at least 10 references of people who have been successful at the venture in their local area that would include names, addresses and phone numbers.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 10:11 AM   #80
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I work from home. I work for a small publishing company that produces a community based senior's magazine. My job is to book and co-ordinate appointments for our Sales Reps to go out and try to sell advertising in our magazine to area businesses.

Frankly, I have been lucky, this is my second work-from-home job. The 1st one I had (which I left to take this new one) I found in the local newspaper. It totally sounded to good to be true.....I remember the ad "Work from Home Part-Time and make $18-23/hr". Well, I called the number, spoke to a real guy - we spoke for quite a while - almost like a telephone interview, and he asked me to come to the office for a "real" interview. Now, at this point I was still leary so I had my husband take me, and to my surprise, they had a real office.....with real employees, and it was legit....I did make what they claimed, from home, but it was hard work.

I worked there for 2 yrs until I found a job posting online for another job that I liked the sound of (my current one). This job was not a work-at-home job, but since I had 2 yrs of experience at working from home, and a reference to prove that I could motivate myself, and was good at what I did, I convinced my new boss to give me the job AND let me do it from home.

I am on salary now, no more hourly wage which is nice. I have the flexibilty to go to the school if my kids need me, which was priority to me. My boss is great, he never asks me to account for my time (as long as I am producing, and doing my job well), which also works to his benefit, because I think when you feel valued, you work harder, so he often gets "extra" time out of me in return.

Wow - what a long post - my original point was .......Legitimate work at home jobs are VERY hard to find....what I would suggest is that you find an existing job opportunity, and find a way to do it from home. Invest in cable speed internet, a fax and a long distance plan, and then convince your new employer why he should let you do it from home. That way you know it is a "real job" and not a scam.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 02:10 PM   #81
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Excellent advice, susie.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 04:06 PM   #82
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well thank you liam <G>
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Old April 26th, 2005, 12:17 AM   #83
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smiceo woooooooooo you found the right spot! Now Miss Cod,Miss Irish, and so will those of us who prefer not to see advertisment will be happy!
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 11:39 AM   #84
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I am am an online student and I love it! I am studying Medical Transcription and there is so much to learn, but it helps a great deal to have a supportive staff who are always ready to help with any question. Also, the material is interactive and comprehensive. I am looking forward to working from home and no commuting involved! This is a wonderful opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming a CMT!!

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Old October 21st, 2008, 10:15 AM   #85
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I don't have much experience in earning my living from home, but I've managed to pile up some cash and was thinking to make a scheme comparable with stock market gambling. Now, I wanted to share my idea with you, and try to get your opinion.

The game is simple, I invent new domain names (there are a lot of tips on doing that), I register them (that is arguably expensive, there are non-expiring (and renewal, for that matter) coupons at GoDaddy for that, like SPN3 for the .COM , I pay $7.45 and Save $2, SPN1 where I get 10% off any order, or
SPN2 where I save $5 off any order $30 or more --- I am noting these things down for you just to get my idea of saving, it could not be close enough to reality, please tell me if so).
Anyway. The catch is that, when I would come up with a good name (one that is easy to remember and to come upon) and invest in it, after a while I can sell it quite expensive (I've seen there are sites that allow advertising such names). Now, I don't say this is a good way to make huge amounts of money, though it should be, if I get creative enough. I just want to hear your opinion on this one. Do you think it's immoral? Do you think it's risky?


On the other hand, may I bewelcomed on WOW. This is my first post here.
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