The story goes something like this: You seen an ad in the paper, telling you can earn between $500 to $3,000 a month from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need any special skills or training. You can set your own hours and work part time. The only limit to how much you earn is how much time you’re willing to put into this opportunity.
For a lot of people, this kind of work at home opportunity is a dream come true. Unfortunately, the whole thing is a complete and utter scam.
How Does This Scam Work?
Before you’re told exactly how the business opportunity works, you need to put in a request. Along with that request, you need to send a fee. The fee is supposedly to pay for your office supplies. The scam claims that for the fee, they’ll send you all the mailing equipment you need to make money stuffing envelopes.
This fee can be as low as $20 or as high as $160; though usually it’s around $40.
Once you’ve paid the fee however, what you get isn’t an actual job. You don’t get a check in the mail. Instead, you get a packet of information telling you to essentially scam other people into sending either the company or you money in exchange for teaching them how to make money stuffing envelopes.
In other words, the scam works by telling you to send people mail, asking them to send money to a company that claims to pay people for stuffing envelopes. The scam perpetuates itself as more and more people fall for it.
Is It Possible to Make Money Doing It?
Yes, it is. People do fall for this kind of scam. When they do, you’ll get paid your small fee.
However, the amount you can earn isn’t nearly as much as the promoters claim. You’ll be earning well below minimum wage. Often time’s you won’t even be able to recoup the costs of postage and mail.
To make matters worse, you’ll have to live with the fact that you’re knowingly scamming people out of their savings.
The bottom line is this: This whole thing is a scam. You can’t really expect to sit in your kitchen, stuffing envelopes part time and earn $3,000 a month. If it sounds too good to be true, trust your instincts. Stuffing envelopes from home scams are absolutely too good to be true and absolutely a scam.