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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

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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 have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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There are 45 comments

  • On Wednesday, July 08, 2015, Bruce wrote:

    Glad I saw this website before I went any further. My first clue that this was likely a scam was I entered my email address and the video said that I'd have a mail message in about 5 minutes. It's been around 30 now and, SURPRISE!!!, no email message. I'm pretty much convinced that everything's a scam . . .

  • On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Helena wrote:

    Now they are using a fictive Melissa Johnson saying she makes $8-9,000 per month on a fake website called http://careernewsonline.com-ii.co

    Beware!!!

  • On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, anonymous wrote:

    Avoid Coastal Web LLC!!!! They are huge scammers. They got me with a “1000 referral program and search engine optimization” trick… You search and search for ways to make money online from home, and you think you have found one. So of course it starts out, you can make thousands a day. You enquire, then a man calls, JOHN SANDERS, quite a fast talker, knows just what to say for everything you could think of to asked (Except they skip around with what exactly it is that you are supposed to do). His phone number is 480-389-1384.

    Then he gets personal and friendly, telling about his family and how his wife's pregnant with twins and asks you about your family. Then gets onto; okay give me your credit card number, and you balk but he fasts talks you, it is so weird, why I didn't just hang up, I don't know. Then he keep saying "We guarantee that if you are unhappy at any time within 90 days you can receive a complete refund") And he keeps repeating that. So I fell but couldn't afford to pay the full amount, which one was 499.00, you give them your card number not knowing that it is for automatic withdrawals for you to pay for getting ongoing email addresses to send their information too. And that amount was for the least amount of emails, like 1000 emails a month. But you tell him how leery you are for being scammed (Guess not leery enough) He said "Oh I know and if you have a problem like that with anyone you call me and I have a guy here that can handle that for you."

    It didn't take me 90 days, just a few hours to realize I was scammed! So I called back and they got mad, then they kept calling and calling harassing me. I say they, as it was different people not just the first guy calling.

    After months of fighting and threating back and forth all I could get was my 299.00 and recurring removed, with the help from my bank, but lost the 200.00 because it was a cash card, So lessoned learned, cash cards do not back you up! And never do anything online with out doing a thorough check on the company, first off a scam check!

  • On Monday, May 11, 2015, Christopher wrote:

    Notice many of these scam sites say that this "one time fee" is the lowest they can go to "cover their expenses". If that was really the case then why would any respectable company take a monetary loss by offering lower prices every time you try to exit their page? I was recently on one of the scam sites and the start price was $97. I exited the page 7 times and each time I tried to leave a "Special Offer" message pops up and the price is suddenly dropped $10. When the price went down to $27 (a $70 "loss")I proceeded to laugh and exited the page again. Apparently they felt uncomfortable scamming someone for less than $27.

  • On Wednesday, April 01, 2015, john Doster wrote:

    THIS IS JOHN DOSTER BACK TO LET YOU KNOW MY DISPUTE WITH LINK POSTING PARTNERS WAS RESOLVED IN THE SCAMS FAVOR HOWEVER MY CREDIT CARF GAVE ME 70.00 OF MY MONEY BACK FOR 97.00 SO THEY WIN I LOSE 27.00 WHICH IS GREAT FOR ME.I STILL THINK WITH ALL THE EVIDENCE OUT THEIR I SHOULD HAVE WON. THEIR IS 197.00 AND ANOTHER 97.00 DISPUTED HOPE MY CREDIT CARD RULES IN MY FAVOR.THIS COMPANY USES YOUR WRITTEN DISPUTE TO THEM AGAINST YOU SAYING YOUR COMPUTER HAS HOOKED UP TO THER COMPUTER SO YOUR WRITTEN DISPUTE GOES AGAINST YOU VERY CLEVER ON THEIR PART

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