Envelope Stuffing Scams

Promoters usually advertise that, for a “small” fee, they will tell you how to earn money stuffing envelopes 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 work-at-home ad.

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 has evolved and taken on a new, online twist. Here’s what the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says about envelope-stuffing: “In practically all businesses, envelope stuffing has become a highly mechanized operation using sophisticated mass mailing techniques and equipment which eliminates any profit 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 hours on 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 envelope.

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 you received to other people. These will be the only “envelopes” you stuff. If anyone signs 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 instructions, 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 mass ads regarding open positions especially online because it can generate way too great response. 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:

What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.) Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission? Who 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 membership fees? 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 agency, state Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau, not only where the company is located, but also where you live. These organizations can tell you whether 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. Unscrupulous companies may settle complaints, change their names or move to avoid detection.

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