Work-at-home jobs promising big money. What you need to know to avoid being ripped off.
"There was no way for you to make the amount of money they said you could make," says U.S. Postal Inspector Christopher Cizin.
But it was the promise of making big money working at home that lured in a staggering 65-thousand people. Total losses-- $1 million dollars.
"Most were stay at home moms who were looking to make extra income. They read about the opportunity to work at home from a parenting magazine or other magazines catered toward homemakers," says Cizin.
Here is what the site looked like… notice the legitimate work at home opportunity highlighted.
"They were told to pay a fee of $29 or $39 or $49 depending on which opportunity they were interested in… they responded and got some materials in the mail," says Cizin.
Including… postcards aimed at recruiting more people… were sent out – "if" someone responded to those mailings, the sender might make a couple of bucks - literally $2. Otherwise, nothing.
Also, on the website.
"testimonials by people who said they made $600, $800 or $1200 dollars a month," says Cizin.
These testimonials were just another part of the scheme.
"From our investigation, we determined none of the people in the testimonials were actual people. Based on the records by the company, there was no one who made that type of money," says Cizin.
After getting several complaints – postal inspectors went undercover-- posing as someone seeking a work at home job.
That led them to the con men running the scheme.
Postal inspectors have some advice for anyone considering a work-at-home job "opportunity"
"Be suspect, if you have to pay in… it may be a scam," says Cizin.
Postal Inspectors say always check the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General. Also, never give out personal information to a person or company you do not know.