Online Home Businesses: Watch Out for the Scammers out There

Introductiononline home businesses

This is the second page in a series of five regarding online home businesses. If you haven't had a chance to look at the first one, I would encourage you to do so.

The intervening time between the development of Write All about It! in 1997 and the launch of Daily Teaching Tools in 2010 was spent teaching in the classroom.

I used what little time I had left over to continue developing additional products.

It was during this time that I began looking around for opportunities to work from home. I soon found out there were plenty of them. And, nearly every one of them were scams.

These scammers know what people want. They want to get rich quick without having to do any work, and they want to do it from the comfort of their own homes.

Bull! There ain't no such animal.

This page contains a small collection of some of the scams that are being perpetrated out there these days in the back alleys of the Internet.

I'm quite sure that as a teacher, you are sophisticated enough to recognize when you're being scammed, so this page may be unnecessary.

However, I don't want to leave anything to doubt.

Although I hate to admit it, around 2001 or 2002 or so, I actually FELL for one of these scams myself. Looking back, it doesn't surprise me. After all, I wanted to get rich quick without working, and I wanted to do it in the comfort of my own home.

The product I fell for was called The Internet Treasure Chest.

The Internet Treasure Chest

The very name of this so-called product should have erected a gigantic stop sign in my head. But, no. There were treasures to be found online!

To make matters worse, the television commercials that they were constantly running were very convincing. I mulled it over for a few days in my mind and decided to proceed.

To this day, I have kept what they sent me as a constant reminder to NEVER do anything like that again. I keep the box of materials they sent me right here on the bookshelf beside my computer.

For just $113.80, I received one videotape, two CD-ROMs, three slick paperback books, and a pile of colorful brochures. They also included a come-on to try their "system" for 30 days free of charge. This also included "free" setup.

The catch? It would only cost me $19.95 per month to continue using their materials thereafter.

But that's not all. They weren't done with me yet!

After they realized that I hadn't fully swallowed the bait, they began flooding me with scam e-mail. And then, the phone calls started.

Each salesperson had a different script to read, but they all had one thing in common. They wanted to separate me from my wallet.

After all, they had to pay for all those expensive television ads as well as mailing costs and the piles of promotional materials.

Out of curiosity, I just took a look to see if they're still in business. This is what I found on the Consumer website published some time in 2003:online home businesses

"A U.S. District Court judge has halted the deceptive claims of an operation, The Internet Treasure Chest, that promised one fee, turn-key get-rich-quick Internet home-business opportunities, but tacked on requirements that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more, and that consumers rarely home businesses

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, the judge also has ordered an asset freeze, pending a preliminary injunction hearing, to provide for consumer redress."

Having only spent a little over $100, I suppose I should consider myself lucky.

What follows is a quick sampling of some of the current scams out there regarding starting online home businesses.

A Sampling of Typical Scamsonline home businesses

This first one targets teachers directly. I suppose that should tell us that we are a gullible and hungry bunch.

The screenshot below and the ones that follow, like all screenshots on the site have been reduced in size to accommodate upload file size restriction.

But, I'm sure you'll get the idea.

I added the blue box to draw your attention to something that you may not be able to see very well.

It says, "FREE video reveals how against all odds a tired, overworked school teacher beat the system and built a million dollar online business from scratch."

School teachers? Yes. Tired and overworked? Undoubtedly. A million dollars from scratch? I'm thinking not.

I think you'll like this one:

As you can see, this guy wants you to sign up with your name and your e-mail address. Plus, he proudly proclaims that he hates spam and promises not to flood you with it.

Hey, I know! Let's sign up and find out!

This next one had a generic first name and last name. Just on the chance that this might be a legitimate person, I blocked out the last name.

I'm not looking to invite any lawsuits here.


Mary is making $8000 a month from her home computer. And then were told that this is the first time that she's gone public with this astounding information.

I don't know about you, but I'm convinced. Just for the record, I'm sure glad were being given an opportunity to get started.

The check below is one purportedly received by Mary. Once again, with possible lawsuits in mind, I've blocked out any identifying names or numbers.

Sure enough. The check is made payable in the amount of $8795. Not a bad haul for one month's work.

The one that follows is a bit different because it's a little more sophisticated. When you've had a chance to look at it, I think you'll agree that it approaches you more like a person who is capable of rational thinking.

I've drawn a blue box around the part that makes this one somewhat compelling, and as a result, more believable than the majority of these scams.

It says, "If you are tired of being scammed and want to find something that actually works then here it is."

Hmmmm. Maybe. But, who is this guy? Do we know anything about his honesty, integrity, and reputation?

This next one takes a different direction.

"NO HYPE" mentioned not once, but twice? We're already being hyped!

Until I saw this next one, I always thought I would have to make money for a computer. But apparently, I was wrong. A computer is actually a machine that will make money for ME.

The small bolded print at the bottom says, "Turn your personal computer into a money-making machine by storing printed reports on disk."

Really? Isn't that one of the primary purposes of cloud computing? Why would anyone pay us to do this when it can be done free of charge by anyone?

These last two are actually pretty scary.

I don't remember what site I had gone to, but I decided I had enough. When I attempted to close the tab, the following message popped up.

Although $87 an hour is a little better than what we get as teachers, my patience had worn out.

When I closed this pop-up message, I got the following one.

At this point, not only was it obvious that these people were desperate to give me the business, I was desperate to get them off my back.

When I closed this pop-up message, it kept popping back up again! Although I was finally able to exit, is this any way to win new customers? By trapping them?


Conclusiononline home businessesonline home businesses

The small collection of scams displayed on this page is just, as they say, the tip of the iceberg. There are LOADS of these polar bears waiting to strike you as you go exploring for legitimate solutions.

Although I mentioned this in the introduction, I think it's worth repeating here.

These scammers know what people want. They want to quit their jobs, stay at home, and get wealthy immediately without having to lift a finger.

Who wouldn't?

And THAT's when they sink their fangs in.

So are there any legitimate options out there for someone who is willing to invest the time and effort it requires to succeed?

Of course there are.

And, that's the topic of the next page: Some Viable Options.

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