Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Chron)   Who knew those "work at home" fliers pasted to stop signs were scams?   ( divider line
    More: Obvious  
•       •       •

196 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Nov 2002 at 1:56 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

70 Comments     (+0 »)

Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

2002-11-29 01:58:46 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2002-11-29 02:00:07 PM  
well duh......
2002-11-29 02:00:20 PM  
heheeh Bhayes, that's great :)
2002-11-29 02:01:07 PM  
For only 19.95, i'll sned you this tiger repelling rock! Never worry about tiger maulings again!!
2002-11-29 02:04:20 PM  
Bhayes82---I've lost a pund a day for a month straigth before, and its all hanks to diet Dr.Pepper and Chicken, who'd thunk it
2002-11-29 02:05:16 PM  
My favorite scam has always been the miracle laundry ball.
2002-11-29 02:08:11 PM  
funny Bhayes :)

I'm off to get some of those yellow signs printed professionally now :)
2002-11-29 02:08:32 PM  
I agree with ILBastardo...


I really like the Madonna Viagra Diet fliers I've seen around here...

What the heck IS a Madonna Viagra Diet anyways?
2002-11-29 02:09:36 PM  
Well I'm sure the people that set up these scams are getting rich from their homes. So it's sorta true.
2002-11-29 02:11:08 PM  
Hey, I'm lazy. Maybe I should get a scam of my own.
2002-11-29 02:11:15 PM  
there's nothing worse than having friends who discover multi-level marketing. it's like they die. (or, you never want to see them again after their "pitch."
2002-11-29 02:11:18 PM  
my favorite scam is when the bank tells you to put a bunch of money away on then not touch it until you retire. You just know they're using to by chips and porn.
2002-11-29 02:13:16 PM  
Have you heard the good news about Amway?
2002-11-29 02:13:29 PM  
The only people I know who fell for these were lazy fat-assed white trash women who would of done much better working for 7-11 at $6.00 an hour.
2002-11-29 02:13:42 PM  
I like those Tele-King commercials. I called them and they started asking me for personal information. I said "Whoa, buddy, I need to know what kind of business this is before I give you any information." He hung up.
2002-11-29 02:14:02 PM  
"I personally guarantee that each cell is a genuine Itchy and Scratchy drawing."

2002-11-29 02:14:17 PM  
Madonna - viagra diet.

step 1, take viagra, get horny

step 2 frantically look for something to fark

step 3, see madonna

step 4, vomit.
2002-11-29 02:15:05 PM  
The only way to earn 1500 a week at home is by whoring. Or being a journalist which is pretty much the same thing.

2002-11-29 02:17:37 PM  
pyramid scheme: give some one money, get people to give you their money. The more people you get, the better you do.

Witnessing in the Anglican church:

Strikingly similar.
2002-11-29 02:18:46 PM  
My company is going out of business, and those of us who have made it past the last 4 layoffs are all looking for jobs. The company lawyer sends out an email announcing that his wife will be coming in to do a presentation on Juice Plus, a healthy way to blah blah blah. He asked everyone to RSVP, so I looked it up on MLM Watch and sent him the article on it. He didn't respond, but he did cancel the meeting due to lack of interest.
2002-11-29 02:19:14 PM  
If anyone is interested, I can sign you up so you can make big buck$. What do you want to sell? Vitamins? Cleaners? Oil? Water filters? Magnets to heal all your ills? Air filters? Step right up. Line forms to right, next to my new Mercedes, I got for signing up a thousand shmucks, just like you, last month. Oh, I forgot to mention, the signup fee is $150.
2002-11-29 02:19:39 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2002-11-29 02:19:51 PM  
With all the millions in income I'll be getting from some businessman in Nigeria, what do I need these for???
2002-11-29 02:24:23 PM  
someone should send the nigerian guy a letter that says:

"I would be more than happy to help you in you obviously desperate situation. I am also aware that Nigeria is a very dirty country. How about I'll help you, if you help me introduce this wonderful line of Amway products to your dirty people?"
2002-11-29 02:24:37 PM  
I wish I could make money at home killing kittens. It's so easy, and there's not much overhead costs. Handful of new product in just minutes!
2002-11-29 02:24:45 PM  
Irascible, you can also add, "Start your own Religion" to that list. Declare your house a place of worship, get followers (preferably hot young women) then proceed to con/collect all the tax free money. $$$$ Cha ching! $$$$
2002-11-29 02:29:05 PM  
I was a Rainbow vacuum salesperson back in the 80's. That's where you go door-to-door selling, or you sorta trick them into letting you come to thier house to do a demonstration. I couldn't sell worth shiat, and I hated the job cause everyone would get so annoyed that you were trying to sell. So, when I'd get in the house I'd explain that I was suppose to sell this to you, but if you want I'll clean 2 rooms for $25. I made so much $$, and the company never had a clue. LOL It actually turned into fun.
2002-11-29 02:34:57 PM  
Here is the story about one man's quest to get behind the signs.

Oh, and Irascible, here is his story about what happens when you hotlink his pictures.
2002-11-29 02:36:50 PM  
Amen Thirdrail!
2002-11-29 02:43:50 PM  
My first apartment, I was 19 and the manager invited me to an Amway meeting. I had no intention of joining her little cult, but figured it would be interesting to see how they bring the sheep in. She gave me a big-ass box full of Amway cleaning supplies and cassettes and literature and other crap, and I started using the cleaning stuff (I was poor, okay?) After about a week the manager asked if I was going to join, and I said no thanks. She took my box of stuff away, wouldn't let me keep it.

2002-11-29 02:43:58 PM  
Heck Ebell, he did some great work investigating Herbalife and if he dosent like folks hotlinking he should say so on the main page. It's not like the image in this thread is misrepresenting him in any way. Besides, my e-mail address is clearly posted in my profile and if takes umberage at that photo being posted in a relevant (to the story) thread they can let me know.

2002-11-29 02:54:36 PM  
time to start drinking...

[image from too old to be available]
2002-11-29 02:58:12 PM  

I don't think he minds you using his pictures; it's just his bandwidth that he doesn't want you to use. I think he does some really great work, too, and his site is very entertaining. I would hate for it to come down because people keep linking to his server for their images (and, consequently, he has to pay more for the increased traffic).

I was just trying to warn you that if you link to an image from his site, be prepared to have that image altered to make you look like a fool.
2002-11-29 03:01:30 PM  
Ebell, that's too funny Here is an example of image switch done on fark.
2002-11-29 03:01:48 PM  
2002-11-29 03:02:08 PM  
2002-11-29 03:07:40 PM  
"Live the good life. Eat well and quit worrying!!!
Call 1-800-FAT-SLOB"
2002-11-29 03:11:39 PM  
Obvious is right. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is.
2002-11-29 03:21:50 PM  
Here's my site which really has very little on it beyond links to other anti-street-spam sites. But it's a start.
2002-11-29 03:37:50 PM  
Leno or one of those had a camera follow a retired guy whose new mission in life was to destroy hand made street signs. He'd pull up in his car to some pole, and make a speech to the camera about how this was visual polution, and what a great citizen he was to rip down these signs, thus saving us from ourselves... AND THEN HE'D THROW THE SIGNS ONTO THE STREET!! What a farker! I was on his side until he started littering.
2002-11-29 04:07:28 PM  
Here in Las Vegas, when you see a sign that says "Lose 40 pounds in 40 days", it means that's where you can buy some meth...
2002-11-29 04:07:57 PM  
I love Amway and their plethora of machinations. I worked in the "customer-no-service" field for awhile. There were two favorite "ingratiating" openers I liked: (1) "I've got a 'business opportunity,'" and (2) "Do you know Jesus?" Can't decide which I enjoyed more.
2002-11-29 04:09:12 PM  
Here's Something for the Cubicle Dwellers

Top 20 Sayings We'd Like To See On Those Office Inspirational Posters:

1. Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
2. If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos...then you probably haven't completely understood the seriousness of the situation.
3. Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.
4. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
5. Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.
6. A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.
7. Plagiarism saves time.
8. If at first you don't succeed, try management.
9. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
10. TEAMWORK...means never having to take all the blame yourself.
11. The beatings will continue until morale improves.
12. Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
13. We waste time so you don't have to.
14. Hang in there, retirement is only thirty years away!
15. Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.
16. A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all.
17. When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.
19. Succeed in spite of management.
20. Aim Low, Reach Your Goals, Avoid Disappointment.
2002-11-29 04:21:04 PM  
I got contacted by Primerica a couple months ago about joining their company and becoming a Financial Analyst or something. In two hours of bullshiat and testimonials, they could never quite explain to me exactly what the company did, and what they wanted me to do if I signed on board.

I think it was about being a financial consultant for people in debt....debt consolidation, life insurance, mutual funds, that sort of crap. I was to take a course where they would train me how to do it. The course was two weekends long. Yeah--people take economics and finance courses in university for years to learn how to become chartered accountants, and these people were going to teach me how to become one in a 4 hour seminar session?

I later found out that I wasn't supposed to do anything. I was a recruit, and my main task was to recruit others into the company so that the guy above me could pad his recruiting stats and further advance himself into the upper echelon on the company, where all the money is. Standard pyramid stuff.

They even gave me a handy dandy form called an Independent Business Application for me to fill out. A lot of it is full of confidential stuff that the company doesn't want you to read--they just want you to sign on the bottom line. Also, the course cost $200. I told them to piss off. I didn't have any money. I guess that's why I wasn't afraid of them....they couldn't possibly get any money out of me even if they tried.

So when it became a lost cause and my recruiter realized that I was just jerking them around and wasn't going to sign up at all, he came asking for the IBA back. I didn't tell him where I lived, though, so he couldn't come get it. I still have it here, too. Hmmmm. Maybe I should scan its pages and send it to the Smoking Gun ot something. It's full of some pretty devious smallprint. What a scumsucking company.

I hate marketing companies. They don't produce anything, they just market the concept of marketing. For a fee.
2002-11-29 04:23:42 PM  
"Earnings claims are often unbelievable. Can you make $20,000 to $40,000 doing little or no work? Probably not without breaking the law."

How does that explain the DMV then?
2002-11-29 04:28:44 PM  
My wife actually had a work at home job many years ago that was not a scam. She assembled DB25 connectors. The guy brought out a press and parts and would come by once a week to pick up completed units and deliver new parts. She made about 25 cents per unit. The guy was great. I actually saw the finished parts on the shelf at a local electronic parts house and bought some up. But he was killed in a traffic accident. I think we still have the press around here somewhere.
2002-11-29 04:48:38 PM  
The last sentence of the story: " ... details on how the business works are kept secret until you lay out cash."

2002-11-29 04:55:39 PM  

They sell life insurance investment packages. You really don't need to know alot to sell it. In fact, people who are educated in economics realize that what they sell is a costly investment and would have a moral objection to selling it. The packages are designed for people who have no knowlege of investing and don't want to gain it. They just know they should.

Usually, it's an ok investment tool, but you can do many times better.

They are a little above used car salemen in the food chain.
2002-11-29 05:22:27 PM  
Earnings claims are often unbelievable. Can you make $20,000 to $40,000 doing little or no work? Probably not without breaking the law.

Moral of the story: break the law to make easy money.

2002-11-29 05:48:52 PM  
If any of you Farkers are interested, I have a bridge that I'd like to sell you.
Displayed 50 of 70 comments

Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.