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Promoters usually advertise that, for
a "small" fee, they will tell you how to earn money
at home. Later - when it's too late - you find out that the promoter never
had any employment to offer. Instead, for your fee, you're likely to get a
letter telling you to
place the same "envelope-stuffing" ad in
newspapers or magazines, or to send the ad to
friends and relatives.
The only way you'll earn money is if people respond to your
Nowadays 99,99% of envelope-stuffing opportunities
are scams. To tell you the truth this
is an age-old scam that has
existed long before the Internet era broke out. Since then it
evolved and taken on a new, online twist.
Here's what the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service says about envelope-stuffing: "In practically
businesses, envelope stuffing has become a highly mechanized operation using
sophisticated mass mailing techniques and equipment which eliminates any
potential for an individual doing this type of work-at-home. The
Inspection Service knows
of no work-at-home promotion that ever
produces income as alleged." If this is not
enough to calm down your
interest in envelope-stuffing read on further.
Fraudsters claim that you
will make several hundred dollars a week spending just two
this type of job. A company can buy a special envelope-processing machine for
just several hundred bucks. This machine will work at least for two
years and eliminate
any necessity to outsource the drudgery. In case
they do outsource it to humans they will
never pay $1-$5 per
There are two main kinds of the scam. With the first one you
are required to pay an up-front
fee (usually $40). After your payment is
process the scamsters inform you that the
opportunity is basically
about promoting their scheme via sending the same ad message
received to other people. These will be the only "envelopes" you stuff. If
under you the referrall commission will total $4-$5
(fraudsters will make $35). Moreover
you'd be encouraged to spend money
on advertising in various offline and online media.
Only if the victim
answers directly to your message shall you get the commission.
Obviously it's an illegal chain letter.
The second model is similar
to an "Assembly job" scam: you pay for materials and
receive them, stuff envelopes and mail them back. The company sadly
informs you that your work was of poor quality and... Well, that's the end
of the story. No
mon and no fun either.
There are still ways to
make money stuffing envelopes. Companies avoid sending out
regarding open positions especially online because it can generate way too
Better wander around your local companies that should be
engaged in extensive mailing -
insurance companies, mortgage companies - and
inquire whether they could use some
help in stuffing envelopes on an
independent contractor basis.
Not all Envelope Stuffing Positions are
scams. Some are actually for real companies that
will pay you to send
out their advertising material.
Questions to Ask Before registering For
Envelope Stuffing Positions
Legitimate work-at-home program sponsors
should tell you - in writing - what's involved in
the program they are
selling. Here are some questions you might ask a promoter:
will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the
Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
will pay me?
When will I get my first paycheck?
What is the total cost of
the work-at-home program, including supplies, equipment and
What will I get for my money?
The answers to these questions may help you
determine whether a work-at-home
program is appropriate for your
circumstances, and whether it is legitimate.
You also might want to check
out the company with your local consumer protection
Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau, not only where the
company is located, but also where you live. These organizations can tell
they have received complaints about the work-at-home
program that interests you. But be
wary: the absence of complaints
doesn't necessarily mean the company is legitimate.
companies may settle complaints, change their names or move to avoid