twitter-scams.jpg(UPDATE BELOW)Those pesky work-at-home job offer scammers are breeding like cyber rabbits. They are not only in your email box, but can also be found on the latest social networking craze Twitter.

Please don’t let this post scare you from checking Twitter out because it’s lots of fun and can be a useful networking tool. (Here’s a link to a past post explaining the site.) But just beware of the jerks out there trying to milk you for money.

I’ve been noticing a lot of tweets lately that are promising people on Twitter riches and tons of followers if they sign up for this or that scam product or service. And now the Better Business Bureau says work-at-home scammers are also joining in.

“Twitter is the newest bright shiny object online and a perfect hook for yet another work-at-home scheme,” says Steve Cox, a spokesman for the BBB.

One e-mail picked up by BBB stated: “Twitter Workers Needed ASAP, You’re Hired! Make Extra Cash with Twitter; As seen on USA Today, CNN, and ABC… Apply Now!”

The e-mail links to EasyTweetProfits.com, a company out of Surrey, England. EasyTweetProfits.com claims you can make $250-$873 a day working at home with Twitter. The Web site offers a seven-day free trial of their instructional CD-ROM for $1.95 to cover shipping. Buried in the lengthy terms and conditions are the details that the trial begins on the day the CD is ordered—not when it is received—and if the consumer doesn’t cancel within seven days of signing up, they’ll be charged $47 every month.

Similar to other work-from-home schemes, phony blogs by made-up individuals have been created as testimonials to the success of Twitter-money-making programs. Make-money-on-twitter.com is one such phony blog—supposedly by a Derrick Clark of Virginia—where the author brags about making up to $5,000 a month posting links to Twitter. The blog also includes an image of the supposed check Derrick received for posting links on Twitter, but the exact same photo of the check has been used countless times on other phony blogs for various suspect work-at-home jobs.

The blog links to TwitterProfitHouse.com which, similar to EasyTweetProfits.com, claims you can make $250-$873 a day working at home and offers a seven-day free trial of their instructional CD-ROM, for $1.99 shipping. Again, however, reading the fine print shows that the trial period starts once the CD has been ordered and the consumer will be billed $99.99 every month if they don’t call the company to cancel.

The BBB offers these warning signs to look out for:

* The “job” is actually a money-making scheme and doesn’t provide actual employment.
* The work-at-home scheme claims that you can make lots of money with little effort and no experience.
* You have to pay money upfront in order to be considered for the job or receive more information.
* The exact same tweet touting the program is posted by many different Twitterers. The links in such tweets could lead you to scam sites or install malware onto your computer.

Now I don’t want to be all about doom and gloom when it comes to work-at-home opportunities.

I got this list of jobs from RetirementJobs.com yesterday that I wanted to share. Keep in mind, you should still do your homework to figure out if any of these are right for you.

(Take note: I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES.)
(UPDATE: I have gotten several emails from former employees of one of the companies on this list, TeleReach. The former workers claim the company is a scam. The owner says they are disgruntled employees. Go to this update on the firm to find out more.)
Caregiving:
BrightHorizons.com
Care.com
HomeInstead.com
HomewatchCaregivers.com
RightatHome.net
SitterCity.com
SynergyHomeCare.com
VisitingAngels.com
Customer Service:
AlpineAccess.com
Arise.com
Convergys.com
CustomLoyal.com
MedQuist.com
VIPDesk.com
West, WestAtHome.com
WorkingSolutions.com
Healthcare:
FoneMed.com
McKesson.com
MedQuist.com
Spheris.com
Miscellaneous:
AutoWrapped.com
MedQuist.com
OnlineVerdict.com
WorkingSolutions.com
Tutoring & Training:
ASAPTutor
Brainfuse.com
GrowingStars.com
Kaplan.com
NTAtutor.org
Smarthinking.com
Tutor.com
TutorVista.com
Professional Services:
Aquent.com
AssistU.com
CharmCityConcierge.com
Elance.com
Guru.com
oDesk.com
OpenAd.net
SDL.com
StaffingAtHome.com
TeamDoubleClick.com
Telelanguage.com
Technology:
Arise.com
ComputerAssistant.com
GeeksOnTime.com
GeekSquad.com
PlumChoice.com
Support.com
SupportFreaks.com
VoiceLog.com
Sales Support:
ACDDirect.com
APlaceForMom.com
Arise.com
Convergys.com
Convergys.com
CustomLoyal.com
ExtendedPresence.com
Intrep.com
LiveOps.com
TeleReach.com
VIPDesk.com
VoiceLog.com
WorkingSolutions.com
Writing & Transcription:
AbsoluteWrite.com
AssociatedContent.com
BloggingAds.com
EditFast.com
Helium.com
JustAsk.com
LivePerson.com
ModernDayScribe.com
MysteryShop.org
PayPerPost.com
ProductionTranscriptions.com
WriterFind.com
Home Decor:
EthnicExpressions.com
HomeAndGardenParty.com
Longaberger.com
MyPrivateQuarters.com
OurOwnImage.com
PartyLite.com
PrincessHouse.com
SignatureHomestyle.com
SouthernLivingAtHome.com
Kitchens / Cooking / Food:
PamperedChef.com
TastefullySimple.com
TheTravelingVineyard.com
Tupperware.com
Clothing:
CarlisleCollection.com
EssentialBodywear.com
WorthNY.com
Personal Care:
Arbonne.com
Avon.com
BeautiControl.com
GoldCanyon.com
JordanEssentials.com
MaryKay.com
Senegence.com
Health & Wellness:
Shaklee.com
Jewelery:
AngelaMoore.com
BeadRetreat.com
CookieLee.com
GemStyle.com
LiaSophia.com
pubcan.fifthavenuecollection.com
Silpada.com
Pet Products:
ShurePets.com
Hobbies / Arts & Crafts:
CreativeMemories.com
DiscoveryToys.com
StampinUp.com
Gardening:
TheHappyGardener.info

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