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Mom Makes $.../Day

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How the scam works:

These ads are everywhere - testimonials from a stay-at-home mom who earned alot of money by fairly menial online work. The ads may include references from reputable businesses: "As seen on CNN" or "Mom makes $$$$ by posting links on Google."

You click the link, thinking "What have I got to lose?" It takes you to another site with newspaper articles on the company featuring happy people showing off their checks.

The articles seem to be from reputable sources like USA Today and your local papers, but the writers must have left their journalistic ethics at the door - the articles are filled with testimonials and even end off with a call to action: "Join Now - 52 positions left!"

You decide to try it out, since, even if it is a scam, you'll only lose $12.99 for the startup package - or so you think. All that changes when you receive your next credit card statement showing a membership charge of $150!! You call the company and try to dispute it, but they say it's impossible to cancel due to the wording in the fine print. They may also advise you to buy additional software or training to "maximize your earning potential".

When you finally realize you're being taken advantage of and try to report them and denounce the company online, you'll already be too late. The company will simply change their name and start again, scamming whoever else wants to make a quick dollar.

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How to avoid:

Avoid these types of offers. Sign up fees, membership costs and other charges aren't usually the first step to securing new employment. If you feel tempted, try googling the site online and look for an independent review. Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers. If you are really looking for a job and seek to make some money online until you find the next ideal job, there a couple of companies that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:

Swagbucks.com

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Swagbucks.com is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

GlobalTestMarket

www.GlobalTestMarket.com

If you are into paid surveys, this is the place. GlobalTestMarket is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. Highly recommended, as they also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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There are 14 comments

  • On Saturday, July 05, 2014, Ladine wrote:

    hi beware of a namibian with the scam of free money making online his name is Andreas Shiindi giving the webside fbcashplugin.com and email address andreas@fast3750.com. He is a liar and scammer. Warn other not to fall in the trip

  • On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Stacey Linton wrote:

    I applied for a job supposed to be posting links. The start up fee is 97.00 I paid the 97.00 it took me to another page to call a rep. Called the rep he sends me to watch this video. I go watch the video the video is talking about selling on Ebay? So the rep calls back....now they want me to "make an investment" in MY company but they are going to help me set up my company just for simply sharing my success story? So, I don't succeed they don't succeed. If I don't have enough money to start up with then they will finance the balance. I have heard yet what that about it? I do not believe it however I have been going with it just to see how it plays out. If anyone would like the phone numbers and names let me know. Thank you for this site! It is very helpful.

  • On Sunday, March 09, 2014, Is this a scam? wrote:

    I am trying to find out if this work at home university with Michelle Withrow for making money at home posting links for companies on line is on the up and up?

  • On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, matthieu wrote:

    Jeff, see the websites at the end of the article.

  • On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, jeff wrote:

    what are the safety website to work online

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