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False promises from a work-at-home scam

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It’s hard to pass up a job opportunity that promises a large income and the flexibility of working entirely from home. Especially when the opportunity appears at the top of your online search results and includes video testimonials of success stories, making it seem legitimate. The problem is, most of these job opportunities are scams and won’t deliver on their promises.

Today, the FTC announced that a federal court put a temporary stop to a work-at-home scam that failed to live up to its promises. According to the FTC, Work At Home EDU made false claims that people could earn “hundreds of dollars, per hour from home, without any special skills or experience” by paying for a $97 work-at-home program. Once people paid, they were told that for $194.95 more, they could buy the advanced program and earn a whopping six figures a month. Unfortunately, none of it was true.

If you’re looking to work from home, here are some questions to ask to help you determine if a program is legitimate:

  • What tasks will I have to perform? Are any other steps involved?
  • What is the total cost of this work-at-home program? What will I get for my money?
  • Will I be paid a salary or commission?
  • Who will pay me? When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the basis for your claims about my likely earnings? What documents can you show me to prove your claims are true before I give you any money?

Before you hand over any money, also make sure you know what information you’re entitled to under the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule. Doing an online search of the company’s name with the words “complaint,” “reviews,” or “scam” also can be a good way to hear what others have to say.

For more, read our article Work-at-Home Businesses. And report scams to the FTC.

Blog Topics: 
Jobs & Making Money

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Has anyone heard of a company calling themselves “Skill Advertising Agency Ltd” out of Amsterdam?

Has anybody hear of Packmix it's suppose to be in San Francisco ?

Has anybody hear about packmix LLC?????

Packmix is definitely a scam. BEWARE. It’s not real. You will never get paid.

Has anyone heard about Ethicon Inc? They're scammers too.

Carlos Watts
"timelydelivery2u" support@ timelydelivery2u .com
I was contacted by the State Troopers in Colorado Springs that a lady contacted them saying her credit card had been used to buy an item being shipped to my address from this company. I had been told we simply receive orders and remail them to places the companies wouldn't.
When I replied & let them know I had found out this criminal activity and was had returned all packages I was emailed this:
"Carlos Watts <support @timelydelivery 2u. com>
To: z@ yahoo. com Feb 8 at 9:30 AM
Paul, dont forget that we know where you live. To avoid any problems for you and your family - drop off your parcels
Carlos Watts timelydelivery2u
Timelydelivery2u Support support @timelydelivery 2u. com

You can report this to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

Yes they promised you would only have to work a few hours a week. But not so, than they have someone else call and add, than have accountants call you a web builder call you and so on. Than I ended up losing 8,000.00 from them, they didn’t keep there appoints as they so call it. What a scam

It's always said "if its too good to be true and you should pay money up front than it's a scam" Right? Well I should have known better. In 2017 I was in a financial hardship and was barely staying a float. When being at the point of harassment and desperate I was taken. First they told me to call my bank and see if I could take out a loan for 10,00.00 for which I was denied. I did thing at that time it was a scam. Then they sent me to there loan specialist for which I could be loaned 2,000.00 for the program (which was 6,000.00). To make a long story short. I ended up forking over 4,000.00 on my credit card which made my account over the max limit. They had asked me how much more was left on my visa account. (4,000.00) I was promised that after watching all the videos and counselor It would become easy and start making money. First of all the information was old information and the counselor even told me that that was obsolete and no longer used. He kept on telling to go on a walmart ad and showing me one of their sellers selling this item for double the amount. After spending hours and hours of time with niches and trying to sell items through e-bay. I made a total of 10.00 for 2 months. I was smart enough to stop wasting my time. Oh the phone calls after that, let me just tell you I stopped answering my phone with anything associating with "sell at home". Unable to pay even the minimum amount I was sent to collections. Needless to say my good credit went to poor credit. I had to refinance my home to pay off my credit card and my loan payment was more because of my poor credit I now have to pay an extra payment for mortgage insurance. Now after 2 years I recv. a check for the FTC for a suit against Work at Home program. Looks like they finally go caught. But the check is only 10.00. Paying out 4,000.00 I only get 10.00 back. Hard lesson to learn. Thought I would NEVER fall for a scam. :(

There is a big scam being posted on Facebook advertising for work from home payroll jobs.
Posting by Alyssa Desadier, and Kym Michelle Collins. They will tell you to sign a contract you will make up to 4500 monthly for4 - 6 hours of work per week. You get a check emailed to you for your pay and are instructed to deposit the check and pull cash out the next day to send to someone. Then the checks are returned forged/fraud to your bank and you are stuck paying back the bank. They are also sharing their Facebook login information to allow others to post jobs on their behalf and pose as them to respond to unsuspecting victims.

I didnt know any of this but I will say this I get targeted every day. And for almost two years I have sent messages back I TV dont do no good my identity been stolen were I have no credit shoot I cant even get 100 dollar loan I get hacked it was so bad my last phone I had got hacked so bad the screen got so hot it turned pink I got stuff sent to me in my pdf of stuff I have no clue about . Well bottom. Line is I quite my job last year cause I had hi Hope's that i could make good money at home big joke I lost every thing now iam pretty much ho.homeless

Just trying to get extra money.

Ana Hawkins pretending to be CEO of Hawkins Automobile, made me she assistant, i wasted my time is contacting events agency to do a seminar for her. On my pay day then a realize it was an scam when the bank phone me.

ive been working for a company that sends packages to the home they have been training me my salary of 3100$ is supposed to be paid oct. 6th but now i cant get in my portal.Whats crazy is another company has hired for samething but pushed starting date to dec. the names are Postal benefit inc.,First Select (transdail).. my name is Deshawn Ashley i need to know what action to take.I have paid no money only printing and shipping smh

You can report this to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

They got me!! Is there a lawyer I can call or I have to accept my loss?

You can report what happened to the FTC at www.FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give the FTC goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

This is a scammer! Do not accept call.

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