Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes, AKA: A Story of How You Got Screwed, Again.
If you think you can sit at home on the couch and eat potato chips stuffing envelopes (with a glove on so you don’t get grease on the product), you are SADLY mistaken.
I mean, physically you can, but it definitely will not make you rich!
Think about it: Logically, we know that machines rule the world, right? They are way more time and money efficient, and not currently susceptible to paper cuts…
The BBB & FTC Warns about the stuffing envelopes scam
The BBB, in their Top 10 Scams of 2015 Press Release, have this to say:
While looking for a job online, you answer an ad for making big bucks while working from home.
The job may be stuffing envelopes, posting advertisements, or shipping packages.
They often request an advance fee for their information and materials but no real opportunity to make money exists. You could also have your identity stolen when you fill out the employment forms, or even end up handling stolen merchandise.
“These scams continue because they are successful enough to make it worthwhile for these thieves to keep trying to con people out of money,” says Bernas. “There is a science to scams, and it may surprise you to know that scammers use many of the same techniques as legitimate sales professionals.
The difference, of course, is that their “product” is illegal and could cost you a fortune.”
Bernas noted despite these techniques that scammers use, consumers can protect themselves by remembering these basic steps:
- Don’t be pressured into making fast decisions.
- Take time to research the organization. Check them out on bbb.org, search online, etc.
- Never provide your personal information (address, date-of-birth, banking information, ID numbers) to people you do not know.
- Don’t click on links from unsolicited email or text messages.
- If you are unsure about a call or email that claims to be from your bank, utility company, etc., call the business directly using the number on your bill or credit card.
- Never send money by wire transfer or prepaid debit card to someone you don’t know or haven’t met in person.
- Never send money for an emergency situation unless you can verify the emergency.
How Do They Suck You In to these False Job Scams?
First of all, how it works is these companies put up simple websites and draw you to them.
You probably saw one before you decided to google whether or not it was a scam!
Here’s what happens if you sign up;
They ask you for your card information to purchase their “Getting Started” pack.
Fun Fact: This whole thing started in the 1920’s during the depression (just in case you are on Jeopardy one day and need to know that).
Anyway, back to you falling for a scam.
There are actually TWO variations of the Home Stuffing Envelopes Scam
One is something like “Get $20.00 for every envelope you stuff”.
What they actually do is have YOU post internet ads, classified ads, etc, pointing back to your website so they can buy the kit from YOU for $25 or $50.00. So you’re not REALLY stuffing envelopes, you’re just getting people to pay YOU to learn how to get people to pay THEM – it’s a pyramid scheme, 100%.
The second variation you actually DO get envelopes, but it gets better!
Once you pay for your golden opportunity, materials kit, and security–you know–because they have bad-ass bodyguards that protect your stash (lol), you have to wait to get it in the mail. Except, most of the time, it never comes.
If you happen to be one of the odd few that DO get a package, you just stuff away, stuffy, stuff-stuff.
No matter how fast you flip them, no matter the blood, sweat and tears you’ve stained envelopes with for this company, your work is never up to their ‘standards’. EVER.
So what does this mean? Well, the clause (you know, the one you never read) clearly states that your work MUST be up to the ‘company standards’…which is in the information pack…which was never really CLEARLY stated…okay, so they didn’t spell it out.
They have figured out yet ANOTHER way to scam your money. A purdy lil’ pyramid scheme, where the company offers you bonuses and money for referring people to sign up for their ‘ghost package’.
This is probably where you see posters stabled to street signs in poor neighbhorhoods. I go out to Long Beach every week, and I STILL see a sign like this at LEAST once per month.
If you are curious where this scam originated–-some people need MORE assurance–like I said, these types of scams started way back in the depression. They started out in postings in the newspapers, and magazines.
Internet followed the trend. Starting with the classic ‘envelope stuffing’ scam, and evolving into craft & jewellery assembly, 900 numbers, and email processing.
You would still pay a small fee (usually $2), then the victim was offered “$2 for every envelope filled”. They sent out envelopes, which were stuffed for absolutely no reason, and the scam repeated itself over and over again. Finally, it hit the radio, TV, and the Internet! Cha-ching!
Basically what it all boils down to is this: Save your stamp-lickin’ for the utility bills. Remember those companies that were really popular about 5 years ago? (Well, they ran through my city, anyway.) People were signing up for employment lists that cost you anywhere from $150-$250 to get your hands on?
One day, that company just disappeared!
These companies are all scams, online and offline. You can bet their storefront address, nor their web domain, will last any impressive amount of time.
You are not going to make money this way. Ask your grandparents about it, they have probably heard of it!
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