Many people who are beginning their search for ways to make money from home find envelope stuffing opportunities very appealing.
The allure of easy work and easy money. It’s a common rallying call of those who prey on the unsuspecting. Let’s take a look at how the envelope stuffing opportunity really works.
What’s Getting Stuffed Into Those Envelopes?
The sales pitch starts with a claim that you can make easy money doing fun work from the comfort of your home. For every envelope stuffed you earn $1 or $2 or some other amount. The amount you earn may even be very specific, such as, “earn up to $1,845.00 every week.”
Often the advertisement asks for an up-front fee of $29.95 for a starter package of materials, or they may say the package is free and the fee is to make sure “you’re serious” about their envelope stuffing program.
So far, so good. Easy work, big money. Being the cautious person you are, you may even read the ad several times to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Nope. Didn’t miss anything. Sounds perfect!
You pay the fee and send off for the package. After all, they “guaranteed” your satisfaction with their envelope stuffing starter package.
Your starter package arrives you and read the literature in the package, then it slowly dawns on you — they’re not going to actually pay you to stuff envelopes. The instructions tell you to spread the news about the enveloping stuffing biz, then you’ll get paid.
How, exactly, does that work, you ask?
By stuffing an envelope with advertising literature that advertises the envelope stuffing program, of course.
Yep, they want you to help them earn those up-front fees by stuffing an envelope with the same letter you read and got so excited about, and then mail it out to other people.
Who are you going to mail the letter to? Well, that’s your problem — but they will offer some advice. Send it to friends, family, or maybe place ads asking people to send you a dollar to find out about the envelope stuffing program. That’s how you earn $1,845.00 every week.
One dollar at a time.
While there are many variations to this envelope stuffing rip-off, they all follow the same pattern — get your money before you figure out how this scam really works.
Protect Yourself – Avoiding The “Hook”
The scammer looks for a “hook” to place in you.
Even if the promoter of the opportunity seems honest, doesn’t ask for money up front, and is easily accessible to answer your questions… watch your pocketbook!
They may be trying to gain your trust before asking for your bank account number or your social security number.
A good rule of thumb is this: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Some Common Scams
Pyramid Schemes – A pyramid scheme grants anyone membership for a fee, without giving something back of equal value. Not to be confused with multi-level marketing, which requires the sale of products or services from their members.
Chain Letters – A pyramid scheme. Illegal and they don’t work.
Envelope Stuffing – Legal prosecution for participants becoming more common.
Craft Assembly – It’s very hard to build a craft which meets their quality standards.
Fast Credit Repair – There is no fast way to repair credit. They teach you how to lie.
Medical Billing – Cost thousands to start and it’s very difficult to find clients. The medical community trusts only a few mega corporations for billing their patients.
Easy Work and High Pay – Beware of anyone that promises you lots of money for little effort. If it were that easy, everyone would be doing it!
Scams are plentiful both in the online and off-line world. You will notice that those who promote scams may not fully explain what it is all about, and they will make plenty of emotional appeals with words like “free” and “easy” . You will also notice that you must usually pay money up front before getting full details. Plus, it is usually impossible to contact the program’s promoter to get further details about their offer.
Should you invest your hard earned money without all the facts? Would you buy a car this way? Would you buy a pizza this way?!
There are ways to make money from home without getting that “I just stuffed a thousand envelopes and forgot to buy $390 worth of stamps” feeling.Lots of people are making excellent money working from home – without scams. Just do your research, and take your time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brett Krkosska provides how-to advice on small business and home-based work issues. He is the founder of HomeBizTools and the publisher of Straight Talk, a syndicated column that offers a unique perspective on today’s business issues.