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Question DetailsAsked on 10/20/2016

Is a respectable work at home business?

Mailing brochures from home, $1,000/week paid in advance. Never received mateiral in mail for mailing out. Took my money and no check or brochures to mail

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Here are several links to similar questions with answers, info on how to check out comment sand scam/ripoff type reports on the web, and a notice from the St Louis BBB on a similar company and the type of issues people have.

Generally - don't believe it. With modern mass mailing the addressing, pre-sorted mail stamping (at less than you can mail it for) and mailing is going to be around $0.50/brochure or even less - so no way a legit company is going to pay people more to mail brochures - especially since they would also have to pay shipping to get them to you to mail out.

Most of these type schemes are either out-and-out scams (asking for up-front money for supplies or such and then not delivering like you say), or they are pyramid schemes - the only way you make money is signing up a lot of other people to the scheme.

My recommendation - report it to the federal consumer fraud agency, or if done by US Mail, to the USPS Postal Inspector's office.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Im not really sure i saw it in the paper and it caught my eye wanted to check it out .it seems luget

Source: The news paper

Answered 3 years ago by Mandymo1987


Mandymo1987 - I would say if you saw that sort of ad and thought it looked legit you need to get a tuneup of your scam sense - I think you are a bit too gullible. Especially since this one evidently said it paid you in ADVANCE - can you imagine any legit company paying Joe off the street who they don't know and have only corresponded with maybve once or twice in advance ? Heck - even people who have worked for the same company for scores of years don't get paid in advance !

Most - or probably almost all - of these advertised work at home "opportunities" are scams or pyramid schemes or just a way to get your credit card or checking account information, not any better than the famous Popular Mechanics ad which ran for decades saying send $1 or $5 or whatever to learn how to make $1000 a month - and upon receiving the money the guy sent back a postcard that said to put an ad in papers or magazines telling people to send money to learn how to make $$$ and send them a postcard like this one - a basic form of pyramid scheme. The federal government tried for years to shut it down, but the courts held it was legit because the guy DID make well over $1000/month with his scheme, just by collecting money sent to him and telling people to do what he was doing.

Here is a previous Angies List response on this type of "opportunity", and links to a federal government warning and another article on the subject, and a sample scam alert blog page for a similar scheme (different name than LocalMailing) showing the typical result if you get into one of these schemes:

Basically speaking, unless you already have a specific skill that you can market yourself and operate out of your home, work-at-home schemes are almost always an out-and-out scam or a pyramid scheme where whatever money you make (if they actually pay you anything at all) is from referring OTHER people to sign up, not from actually doing any work or sales.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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