Will Work At Home Scams Never Stop?

As long as people fall for scams, and the scammers make money, there will be work at home scams. A couple of months ago we posted a warning about onlinejobstoday.org because it looked like a rip-off, and walked like a rip-off, and quacked like a rip-off. . . .

But yesterday Cindy (the sister of the guy who runs the site, apparently) posted this comment here and lied about who she was:

I had ran into that site, onlinejobstoday.org, and I did order the database, and I did receive many, many legit online job openings from their database. It was well worth the 20.99 to me, it saved me a lot of time because I have been searching for these kind of jobs for a long time.

That’s a lie too, of course—and illiterate, but that’s kinda what I would expect from someone dumb enough to be this dishonest.

You can save your money and review the same jobs for free. We’ll show you how, and look at their website in more detail so you can tell why we think it’s a rip off.

They say they offer legitimate jobs. They do. But the jobs they want to sell you are compiled by someone else, and provided elsewhere for free. Go to jobster.com or simplyhired.com or indeed.com or carrerbuilders.com and you  can see their job ads—free. You can even create a website just like they have, and display the same jobs, at no charge to you. How do we know? We do it ourselves. Look at the ‘Job Search’ tab at top of this page. Are they legitimate jobs? Yes. But did you have to pay to see them? No.

They claim to have, “…built business relationships with many Large Corporations, Top Employers, and busy Webmasters.“ Really? Just because they use a job board that contains job openings posted by the companies they list DOES NOT mean they have any relationship with those companies. If I do a Google search on Fortune 500, does that mean I have a relationship with any of the company’s the search produces. Of course not.

They claim, “We have built a solid reputation as one of the most trusted provider of legitimate online jobs.” Really? Then why are there so many web sites and forums posts that describe them as a scam or rip-off?

They claim they are a non-profit. Really? How come they wouldn’t send me their 501(c) registration number so I can claim the ‘donation’ they require as a charitable contribution tax deduction? One site says the IRS is after them, and that sure wouldn’t surprise me.

They claim the $20.99 is a ’contribution’ to cover website hosting costs. Really? What costs do they have when they use Microsoft Office Live, a free web hosting service?

They claim, “You will easily generate income by working from home on your own computer, finally. You should have no problem getting a job today.  Get ready to work from home immediately!“ Really? Are you qualified, experienced, educated? If not, do you think an employer will be pay you just because you want to work from home?

Working from home IS NOT something you do if you can’t find ‘real’ work. Working from home is a new way to work, but it’s a real jobs and it takes real talent, determination, and hard work. That’s what employers are willing to pay for, after all. If someone claims they’ll pay you big money to stuff envelopes, build toys, or collect refunds ask yourself how a company could make money doing it.

If all that isn’t enough, what do you think of someone who posts bogus jobs on free websites and then claims that onlinejobstoday.org is their ‘outplacement agency‘? I think they’re liars and stupid. Outplacement agencies find people jobs, they don’t offer jobs. Outplacement agencies are used by companies when they fire someone (generally executives), as part of a severance package. ‘Outplacement’ sounds important—and it is—but it has nothing to do with finding work at home job openings.

Finally they claim they’re a members of BBBonline, and display the logo. They aren’t. You can see for yourself at bbb.org. They also display Verisign and PayPal logos. Big deal. They probably do use those companies to rip people off, but—as you can see—a dishonest webmaster can slap any logo on a site.

Sadly, these folks aren’t doing anything unlawful, except for claiming non-profit status. They deliver what they promise (more or less). The problem is you can get the same thing for free, without all the misleading hype. That’s immoral and dishonest, but they obviously don’t care about such things.

If you’re looking for work at home jobs, telecommuting opportunities, or freelance work PLEASE come here and ask us if we think it’s legitimate before you waste your money. We’ll check up on ‘em, pronto, and tell you what we find.

It’s free too, just to be clear.

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4 Responses to Will Work At Home Scams Never Stop?

  1. Stephanie In TN says:

    I wanted to thank you for your report. As a recent divorcee, I have been contemplating filtering thru the garbage of many of the [email protected] sites. Most of them seem pretty sketchy. Thanks for your info of places to look. Trust, well I have little of that so my skeptical self should come in handy. I know it takes money to make money, but what is your take on any of these places asking for money down. I pretty much shot any of those down regardless. Again, many thanks. Stephanie

  2. Tom Harnish says:

    Very, very few work at home sites that require money up front are legit.

    If you find one you’re serious about, let us know and we’ll check it out on.

    Check out these other articles here about scams:


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