(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.)
Tutoring & Training:
Writing & Transcription:
Kitchens / Cooking / Food:
Health & Wellness:
Hobbies / Arts & Crafts: