TWITTER WORKERS: Typical Ad-- "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.
There is no substitute for closely examining any offer which promises or guarantees income from work-at-home programs. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it’s a scam.
Consider it a warning sign if a worker must buy something in order to start the program. Those interested also should take into consideration that, by becoming involved in a work-at-home scheme, they might well be perpetrating a fraud by selling the program to others, and risk investigation by postal authorities.
Look out for the following red-flags:
- Exaggerated claims of potential earnings, profits, or part time earnings
- Claims of "no experience necessary"
- Requirements of money for instructions or products before telling you how the plan works
- Overstated claims of product effectiveness
Signs of a Work-at-Home Scammer
A Work-at-Home Scheme Promoter will:
- Never offer you regular salaried employment.
- Promise you huge profits and big part-time earnings.
- Use personal testimonials but never identify the person so that you could check with them.
- Require money for instructions or merchandise before telling you how the plan operates.
- Assure you of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork.
- Tell you that no experience is necessary.
- Take your money and give you little or nothing in return except heartbreak and grief.
If You Are Victimized
If you become a victim of a work-at-home scheme, ask the company for a refund. If they refuse or give you an evasive response, tell them you plan to notify law enforcement officials.
Keep careful records of everything you do to recover your money. Document your phone calls, keep copies of all paperwork such as letters and receipts, and record all costs involved, including the time you spend. If the company refuses to refund your investment, contact:
- Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida;
- Division of Consumer Services;
- The U.S. Postal Inspection Service;
- Florida's Attorney General or the state attorney general's office in the state where the company is located;
- The advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad you answered.
The Federal Trade Commission offers tips for consumers interested in work-at-home opportunities.