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I received a direct mail letter about an income opportunity with Preston Lord Enterprises to “Get Paid For Mailing Our Special Letters From Home!” It says I can earn up to $5,000 per week. That’s pretty enticing. There are five “income groups” from which to choose: 1) earn $490 2) $690 3) $990 4) $2,900 and 5) $5,0000. The only catch? You have to pay. The first income group costs $99 while the fifth costs $399.
Are the red flags waving? I hope so, because this program has several.
First, you never pay money to get hired. The letter gives the same mumbo jumbo about the money being a fee to “insure that you’re serious” and “for our accountant to set up a payroll plan”. This is ridiculous. Think about all the other jobs you’ve held. Were you ever asked to pay money to prove you want a job or to put you on payroll? Not if the job was legitimate.
Second, envelop stuffing is a known scam. Odds are what you get for your money is the same letter you received that you send out to dupe other people into sending money and duping more people.
I did a little research and could only find one person who said the program was legit, but she was so rude to the people who had a bad experience, you couldn’t help but think she was with the company or a shill (someone paid to say nice things).
My research indicates that this program was once known as Maxwell Gates Enterprises, which the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Consumer Affairs filed suit against “alleging that they defrauded consumers through offers to earn income by stuffing envelopes or assembling booklets.” This is typical of scammers. Shut down the scam when the heat is on and start up under a new name.
Here’s what’s important for you to know regarding these types of scams:
1) Envelop stuffing is never legit. Companies aren’t going to pay $10 an envelope to get stuffed when they can pay someone minimum wage or use a machine.
2) Employers are never going to ask you to give money to prove you’re serious about a job or to get on payroll.
Programs like this take advantage of people’s desperation that often leaves them gullible. The letter says all the right things, like a a money-back guarantee, but scammers will say anything to dupe you. And they try to make it seem like all you have to do is sign-up to do menial work. But since starting Work-At-Home Success in 1998, I’ve met many successful home-based workers and NOT ONE is stuffing envelopes. Instead, they are using skills, experiences and interests they have to make a living.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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