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Alaskan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:10 am    Post subject: Paying a Fee? It's a SCAM! Reply with quote

First of all, would you accept a job at a local store if the owner wanted to make you pay him to work?! Of course you wouldn't! And the same thing is true online -- I have not paid one dime out of my pocket to buy work, and I will never will! I earn a decent living by USA standards, too. So don't buy work!

My grandmother used to say that a fool and his money are soon parted but I know that desperate people will often do desperate things with what little cash they have. Con artists with websites are simply laying in wait for fools and desperate people. Slow down, read the fine print! If it feels 'wrong' to you, listen to yourself - it's probably a scam! Why waste your money trying to find out? Some services do charge a minimal fee, usually under $5 per month, to help cover their administrative costs but normally, no fee is involved since the buyers/prospective employers pay a fee to even post a job listing in the first place!

Second, I see tons of spelling and grammatical errors in these posts that make me wonder if anyone can actually write in English! Use spellcheck and add a few words to the spellchecker every day - take them from many different dictionaries. I have read signature lines on here that contain spelling errors. That is just plain unacceptable.

How you present yourself in emails, job inquiries, online posts, and on your own webpage counts! It shows the public, and a possible employer, whether or not you're any good at details. You will never get jobs if your own stuff is a mess!

Third, value yourself! Value your time, your talents and skills! Being the lowest bidder for a job might very well mean that you end up paying to do the work - you then become a con artist against yourself! Not a very smart way to do business. Some people just have to find out the hard way - by not meeting their deadlines or getting work to a publisher - that your work has value - price according to the market in the US and you'll not go wrong!

Don't pay anyone for any job. Clean up your spelling and grammer. And most importantly, put a realistic price on your efforts and don't settle for peanuts when you are worth pearls.

GOOD LUCK!
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PS - I've got 30 years of experience in medical and legal transcription, plus I'm an award-winning fiction writer. Born in Texas, I've spent most of my life in Alaska. I've also been a voracious reader since the age of three years. I believe that most of my writing ability comes from being a human sponge for the printed word. I'm also for hire! I'm willing to work in collaboration with other writers, especially those in India, to help with proofreading and editing.
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anand23



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi!
your suggestions are valuable. i would take care of my written english when posting. i assure you that i won't buy any work. you are such a exprienced person. pls do help me.
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Alaskan



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anand23 wrote:
hi!
your suggestions are valuable. i would take care of my written english when posting. i assure you that i won't buy any work. you are such a exprienced person. pls do help me.


Here is how I would've answered:

Hi!
Your suggestions are valuable. I will use better English when I'm posting. I assure you that I will not buy work. You are such an experienced person. Please help me.


** Capitalize the first letter of each new sentence.
** Use proper tense (not, "I would take care of my written ..." but "I WILL take care of my written ...")
** "pls" is fine for chatrooms but not for forum postings or online correspondence
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hmshema



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I am also agree the point that we don't have to pay any money for the work we do. If anybdoy demand such money in the form of Registeration/Upfront etc means they are fraud. In case any body is demanding let them deduct it from our first bill and pay the balnce to us. But normally nobody is coming for that. Because their intention is to collect the money from us and disapear.

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xscris



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 4:26 am    Post subject: Work at home scams Reply with quote

It is true that there are a lot of scams out there in the web world. However, there are, in most probability, some that are legitimate though they may charge a certain fee. The problem is in distinguishing which ones are the real from the scams, and that is a very hard thing to do.
I am not one for the get-rich-quick idea, which is the selling point of most of these online jobs/businesses. Thus, a word of caution would be to avoid any of these sites that offer you just that. A lot of hard work is involved in anything that will generate money. The easy way out (or in this case, the easy way "in") would not be the better choice.
But what about the convenience of working at home? Or what if you can do work the work at home and have the necessary skills to be able to transcribe or write or research online? What if working at home, online, is your best choice so far maybe due to some circumstance?
The question is: How do you know the legitimate businesses? Shall it be trial and error? And how can you tell if they can be relied on (eg: in their prompt response, in actually getting a job)?
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casrinidhi



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:14 pm    Post subject: Tips for Avoiding Work-at-Home Scams Reply with quote

Know who you’re dealing with. The company may not be offering to employ you directly, only to sell you training and materials and to find customers for your work.

Don’t believe that you can make big profits easily. Operating a home-based business is just like any other business – it requires hard work, skill, good products or services, and time to make a profit.

Be cautious about emails offering work-at-home opportunities. Many unsolicited emails are fraudulent.

Get all the details before you pay. A legitimate company will be happy to give you information about exactly what you will be doing and for whom.

Find out if there is really a market for your work. Claims that there are customers for work such as medical billing and craft making may not be true. If the company says it has customers waiting, ask who they are and contact them to confirm. You can also ask likely customers in your area (such as doctors for medical billing services) if they actually employ people to do that work from home.

Get references for other people who are doing the work. Ask them if the company kept its promises.

Be aware of legal requirements. To do some types of work, such as medical billing, you may need a license or certificate. Check with your state attorney general’s office. Ask your local zoning board if there are any restrictions on operating a business from your home. Some types of work cannot be done at home under federal law. Look for the nearest U.S. Department of Labor in the government listings of your phone book.

Know the refund policy. If you have to buy equipment or supplies, ask whether and under what circumstances you can return them for a refund.

Beware of the old “envelope stuffing” scheme. In this classic scam, instead of getting materials to send out on behalf of a company, you get instructions to place an ad like the one you saw, asking people to send you money for information about working at home. This is an illegal pyramid scheme because there is no real product or service being offered. You won’t get rich, and you could be prosecuted for fraud.

Be wary of offers to send you an “advance” on your “pay.” Some con artists use this ploy to build trust and get money from your bank. They send you a check for part of your first month’s “pay.” You deposit it, and the bank tells you the check has cleared because the normal time has passed to be notified that checks have bounced. Then the crook contacts you to say that you were mistakenly paid the wrong amount or that you need to return a portion of the payment for some other reason. After you send the money back, the check that you deposited finally bounces because it turned out to be an elaborate fake. Now the crooks have your payment, and you’re left owing your bank the amount that you withdrew.

Do your own research about work-at-home opportunities. The “Work-At-Home Sourcebook” and other resources that may be available in your local library provide good advice and lists of legitimate companies that hire people to work for them at home. You may discover that these companies hire only local people and that there is nothing available in your area.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject: Top 10 Work At Home and Home Based Business Scams and How to Reply with quote

Home-based business and work-at-home opportunity scams rank very high on the list of the top types of Internet fraud.

In this issue, we'll focus on the Top 10 home-based business/work-at-home scams. We'll give you the straight goods on envelope stuffing, mystery shopping, and other common home-based business "opportunities" you may have seen floating around the Net.

Then in the next issue, we'll give you some important tips you can use to kick the tires of any online job offers or business opportunities you find so you can protect yourself from those that are scams.

Work-At-Home and Home-Based Business Scams

There are two basic types of scams involved here. Scammers using both types are aiming at folks who want to make money from home, either by:

1. Having you work from home, doing envelope stuffing, craft assembly, or other tasks where you are (supposedly) paid by a company as an employee.

There are certainly some legitimate telecommuting jobs, but work-from-home jobs are often just big scams.

Before we go any further, a sobering quote: "There are very few legitimate [work-at-home job] opportunities available," says Beverley Williams, President and Founder of the American Association of Home-Based Businesses.

2. "Helping" you start your own home-based business, as a mystery shopper, network marketer, or other businesses where the only money anyone sees is the money the scammer pockets.

Certainly, there are LOTS of legitimate businesses that can help you start your own home business. We'll help you figure out which are real -- and which are just scams.

Our goal with Internet ScamBusters is to save you time, money and heartbreak before you fall for the scams. Remember -- if it sounds too good to be true... *it probably is*.

Why Are These Scams So Successful?

It all comes down to psychology. Besides the "make money fast" dream that many Internet newcomers fall prey to, home-based "opportunities" scammers mooch off the following groups. Perhaps you belong to one or more of them:

1. The Sick, Disabled, or Elderly: If you are elderly, ill, or have a disability, you may have problems landing a traditional job.

2. The Stay-At-Home Mother: Whether you have a spouse or you're single, you may be looking to supplement or create an income while raising children.

3. The Low-Income or No-Income Family: You or your spouse may have just lost your job, and you feel desperate and anxious to find work as the bills pile up.

4. The Person Without Higher Education: You're not stupid or dumb -- you just didn't go on to college or university.

To summarize, these scammers are often preying primarily on the sick, the disabled, the elderly, the unemployed, parents, and people without a lot of money.
The Top 10 Home-Based Business/Work-At-Home Scams
Note: These scams are not ranked by dollars lost or people scammed. In fact, there's nothing scientific about the list. It's just the ten home-based business scams we find the most disturbing.

10. Craft Assembly

This scam encourages you to assemble toys, dolls, or other craft projects at home with the promise of high per-piece rates. All you have to do is pay a fee up-front for the starter kit... which includes instructions and parts.

Sounds good? Well, once you finish assembling your first batch of crafts, you'll be told by the company that they "don't meet our specifications."

In fact, even if you were a robot and did it perfectly, it would be impossible for you to meet their specifications. The scammer company is making money selling the starter kits -- not selling the assembled product. So, you're left with a set of assembled crafts... and no one to sell them to.

9. Medical Billing


In this scam, you pay $300-$900 for everything (supposedly) you need to start your own medical billing service at home. You're promised state-of-the-art medical billing software, as well as a list of potential clients in your area.

What you're not told is that most medical clinics process their own bills, or outsource the processing to firms, not individuals. Your software may not meet their specifications, and often the lists of "potential clients" are outdated or just plain wrong.

As usual, trying to get a refund from the medical billing company is like trying to get blood from a stone.

8. Email Processing

This is a twist on the classic "envelope stuffing scam" (see #1 below). For a low price ($50?) you can become a "highly-paid" email processor working "from the comfort of your own home."

Now... what do you suppose an email processor does? If you have visions of forwarding or editing emails, forget it. What you get for your money are instructions on spamming the same ad you responded to in newsgroups and Web forums!

Think about it -- they offer to pay you $25 per email processed -- would any legitimate company pay that?

7. "A List of Companies Looking for Homeworkers!"

In this one, you pay a small fee for a list of companies looking for homeworkers just like you.

The only problem is that the list is usually a generic list of companies, companies that don't take homeworkers, or companies that may have accepted homeworkers long, long ago. Don't expect to get your money back with this one.

6. "Just Call This 1-900 Number For More Information..."

No need to spend too much time (or money) on this one. 1-900 numbers cost money to call, and that's how the scammers make their profit.

Save your money -- don't call a 1-900 number for more information about a supposed work-at-home job.

5. Typing At Home


If you use the Internet a lot, then odds are that you're probably a good typist. How better to capitalize on it than making money by typing at home?

Here's how it works: After sending the fee to the scammer for "more information," you receive a disk and printed information that tells you to place home typist ads and sell copies of the disk to the suckers who reply to you. Like #8, this scam tries to turn you into a scammer!

4. "Turn Your Computer Into a Money-Making Machine!"

Well, this one's at least half-true. To be completely true, it should read: "Turn your computer into a money-making machine... for spammers!"

This is much the same spam as #5, above. Once you pay your money, you'll be sent instructions on how to place ads and pull in suckers to "turn their computers into money-making machines."

3. Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

If you've heard of network marketing (like Amway), then you know that there are legitimate MLM businesses based on agents selling products or services.

One big problem with MLMs, though, is when the pyramid and the ladder-climbing become more important than selling the actual product or service.

If the MLM business opportunity is all about finding new recruits rather than selling products or services, beware: The Federal Trade Commission may consider it to be a pyramid scheme... and not only can you lose all your money, but you can be charged with fraud, too!

We saw an interesting MLM scam recently: one MLM company advertised the product they were selling as FREE. The fine print, however, states that it is "free in the sense that you could be earning commissions and bonuses in excess of the cost of your monthly purchase of" the product. Does that sound like free to you?

2. Chain Letters/Emails ("Make Money Fast")


If you've been on the Internet for any length of time, you've probably received or at least seen these chain emails. They promise that all you have to do is send the email along plus some money by mail to the top names on the list, then add your name to the bottom... and one day you'll be a millionaire.

Actually, the only thing you might be one day is prosecuted for fraud. This is a classic pyramid scheme, and most times the names in the chain emails are manipulated to make sure only the people at the top of the list (the true scammers) make any money.

This scam should be called "Lose Money Fast" -- and it's illegal.

1. Envelope Stuffing

This is THE classic work-at-home scam. It's been around since the U.S. Depression of the 1920s and 1930s, and it's moved onto the Internet like a cockroach you just can't eliminate.

There are several variations, but here's a sample: Much like #5 and #4 above, you are promised to be paid $1-2 for every envelope you stuff. All you have to do is send money and you're guaranteed "up to 1,000 envelopes a week that you can stuff... with postage and address already affixed!"

When you send your money, you get a short manual with flyer templates you're supposed to put up around town, advertising yet another harebrained work-from-home scheme.

And the pre-addressed, pre-paid envelopes? Well, when people see those flyers, all they have to do is send you $2.00 in a pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope. Then you stuff that envelope with another flyer and send it to them.

Ingenious perhaps... but certainly illegal and unethical.

In the next issue we'll share 10 tips on avoiding home-based business/work-at-home scams.

Wishing you a scam-free month!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been searching forlong time a good site where I will be paid in dollars and also no investment. But mostofthem where scams. Pls send me details if you know genuine sites. jintoppy@gmail.com
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 10 Work At Home and Home Based Business Scams and Ho Reply with quote

I am interested in Home-based business and work-at-home opportunity. Pliz send me the full detals. My ID is : surjaluwang@yahoo.co.in
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:50 pm    Post subject: Let us compile a list Reply with quote

Idea
We could compile a list of fraudulent websites here in a seperate thread. All the victims of such scams should report how they were cheated and name the company.
Who knows, in the long run, we could gather enough juice to sue these scums of cyberspace.
A seperate thread for such websites is in order.

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