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(USA Today)   So it turns out that you might not really be able to make $500 a week making angel pins in your basement. Also, that online training course you took on medical billing? Yeah, don't bother printing the certificate   (usatoday.com) divider line 111
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2010-06-29 11:49:24 AM
Work-at-home job scams thrive on economic trouble
 
2010-06-29 01:29:28 PM
Once again, because people seem to forget:

If it sounds to good to be true, you're a dumbass for taking the offer.
 
2010-06-29 01:30:06 PM
I'd buy that for a dollar. But I can't afford the $17.95 shipping and handling.
 
2010-06-29 01:30:13 PM
I'll be the one laughing when I make my first million stuffing these envelopes!
 
2010-06-29 01:30:31 PM
Mrs. Lurkster and myself have worked from home for the last 3 years - we run a virtual assistant company.
 
2010-06-29 01:30:37 PM
I had a neighbor who was telling me about this course they bought so they could make a bunch of money on the E-Bay. You want to tell them the truth, but reasoning doesn't work, the only way would be to get them to realize that they're idiots. It's best probably to let them keep their dreams of being successful than to try to burden them with reality
 
2010-06-29 01:31:02 PM
You want to see just how many scams there are out there, just try posting your resume on craigslist.

/amazing how many "personal assistant" jobs are available, and you never even have to meet the person you're working for. Just receive and forward the packages and checks.
 
2010-06-29 01:32:02 PM
lurkster: Mrs. Lurkster and myself have worked from home for the last 3 years - we run a virtual assistant company.

Heh. I heard about those from a book. Kind of like a (good) maid, they sound indispensable for a good price.
 
2010-06-29 01:32:50 PM
Velveeta_Poindexter
I'll be the one laughing when I make my first million stuffing these envelopes!

Yeah, 'cause that's the only sound you'll be able to make after licking all those envelopes.
 
2010-06-29 01:33:41 PM
Here is a simple way I make money from home: I moved out of my house and secretly live in the storage room at work so work is my home!
 
2010-06-29 01:33:46 PM
No mention of the employment scams on CraigsList?

DNRATA.

Friend sent her resume for a sales job with a dental supply company only to get a reply from a recruiter and be told that there wasn't a job but for $29.95 the recruiter would sent her job listings.

Mohammed! I want to shoot scammers like this.
 
2010-06-29 01:33:53 PM
paging Jack's complete lack of surprise....
 
2010-06-29 01:34:09 PM
You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
 
2010-06-29 01:35:07 PM
We know these are scams, but that prompts me to wonder where can one learn medical billing? It's not a field that's going anywhere and I've heard the system is so Byzantine that anyone who really does know there stuff can bill a good rate.
 
2010-06-29 01:35:34 PM
Aidan: lurkster: Mrs. Lurkster and myself have worked from home for the last 3 years - we run a virtual assistant company.

Heh. I heard about those from a book. Kind of like a (good) maid, they sound indispensable for a good price.


Where we live has a really low cost of living (southwest Virginia), so we're able to keep our prices low per hour or job. Helps us beat the rates of most of the other VA companies.
 
2010-06-29 01:35:41 PM
Did you know that you can make big money at home by turning common over-the-counter cold remedies into valuable nutritional supplements that you can easily sell to your friends and neighbors?

i.imgur.com
 
2010-06-29 01:36:28 PM
Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

There's a reason your posts show up in green.
 
2010-06-29 01:36:34 PM
I almost fell for the medical billing one when I was 18...I was on the phone with a rep and he started getting pretty aggressive when I told him I wasn't sure about spending $300 on a program, told him I thought that most jobs pay for the equipment needed and I didn't have $300 to spend on that anyway. He asked me then if I had a checking account and he could just take $250, then $200...after a few more minutes of this, he was practically begging for $50. I learned my lesson after that.

My mom got suckered in by an insurance scam a few years ago...she spent weeks (unpaid, of course) 'shadowing' another agent and making cold house calls. She wouldn't listen until she was out almost $2k.
 
2010-06-29 01:36:50 PM
LiquidTester: I had a neighbor who was telling me about this course they bought so they could make a bunch of money on the E-Bay. You want to tell them the truth, but reasoning doesn't work, the only way would be to get them to realize that they're idiots. It's best probably to let them keep their dreams of being successful than to try to burden them with reality

I know people who make their living exclusively on E-bay. However, they work far harder than I ever will for much less reward. But, for some, not having a boss is worth it.
 
2010-06-29 01:37:01 PM
Sigh. Or even *their* stuff.

/insufficient caffeine error
 
2010-06-29 01:37:20 PM
Your best chance of finding a legitimate "work from home job" is to avoid searching the Internet for "work from home job".
 
2010-06-29 01:40:21 PM
Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

How much of an investment? I don't have very much money anymore. But I'm totally serious about doing it! I'm very smart and good with words!! And I really need the work :(
 
2010-06-29 01:41:12 PM
DaveNukem: Your best chance of finding a legitimate "work from home job" is to avoid searching the Internet for "work from home job".

True.

Learn C#, ASP.NET, Jscript, ad infinitum. You'll get plenty of consulting/developing opportunities to work from home for legitimate companies. Though it might require some travel to client sites.
 
2010-06-29 01:41:53 PM
K.B.O. Winston: We know these are scams, but that prompts me to wonder where can one learn medical billing? It's not a field that's going anywhere and I've heard the system is so Byzantine that anyone who really does know there stuff can bill a good rate.

Send me $99 and I'll fix you right up.
 
2010-06-29 01:41:59 PM
Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

count me in.
 
2010-06-29 01:42:31 PM
There's a bunch of douchebags on youtube with tons of videos, claiming they're part of this awesome money making scheme. I've sat through a few of them when I was bored one day, they never actually say what it is they do. Most of it was them on the beach, at some hotel, or at home waving $100s in front of the camera trying to whet the viewer's appetite.

I actually do have a work from home job. It's a real job though, it just so happens that I work from home.
 
2010-06-29 01:46:30 PM
justoneznot: There's a bunch of douchebags on youtube with tons of videos, claiming they're part of this awesome money making scheme. I've sat through a few of them when I was bored one day, they never actually say what it is they do. Most of it was them on the beach, at some hotel, or at home waving $100s in front of the camera trying to whet the viewer's appetite.

I actually do have a work from home job. It's a real job though, it just so happens that I work from home.


I know what their job is: claiming to make a shiatton of money by working at home. Acting is a job, after all, even if it's for a shady company paid for by retards.
 
2010-06-29 01:48:30 PM
bighairyguy: K.B.O. Winston: We know these are scams, but that prompts me to wonder where can one learn medical billing? It's not a field that's going anywhere and I've heard the system is so Byzantine that anyone who really does know there stuff can bill a good rate.

Send me $99 and I'll fix you right up.


Sure, just send me access to your bank accounts. Me and this big shot in Nigeria have the money right here.
 
2010-06-29 01:49:57 PM
get rich by working at home 60 minutes a day? these must be the Miracles ICP should have talked about!

/though my Mom used to work from home, though she had 25 years experience in what the company wanted her to do remotely
 
2010-06-29 01:50:21 PM
Pfft, amateurs, I've put all my money in beanie babies and forwarded the rest to a guy in Nigeria who I'm helping get money out of the country.

It's gonna be easy street in a couple years.
 
2010-06-29 01:51:55 PM
Guntram Shatterhand: justoneznot: There's a bunch of douchebags on youtube with tons of videos, claiming they're part of this awesome money making scheme. I've sat through a few of them when I was bored one day, they never actually say what it is they do. Most of it was them on the beach, at some hotel, or at home waving $100s in front of the camera trying to whet the viewer's appetite.

I actually do have a work from home job. It's a real job though, it just so happens that I work from home.

I know what their job is: claiming to make a shiatton of money by working at home. Acting is a job, after all, even if it's for a shady company paid for by retards.


Most of our clients are internet marketers. I wouldn't say they're retards, but after 3 years of working with them I'm honestly still not sure what they're selling.
 
2010-06-29 01:52:12 PM
Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

It's really easy! And you'll make $1,000 a week just for writing posts on Fark! In just a few hours of learing how to write witty comments, you'll make enough money on the side to retire! And our method is guarranteed 100%! You will be satisfied with our Fark-at-homeTM training program. Call now!
 
2010-06-29 01:52:37 PM
LiquidTester: E-Bay

I've known a few people who make a nice supplemental income on eBay. They're retired, so it gives them something to do. Getting up before dawn and heading to flea markets to scour for those diamonds in the rough is not something I'd want to do, though :)

I think to be successful on eBay (like make some serious money, enough to get by on) you either have to have an existing business where eBay is just another outlet for you, or you need a knack for picking up things that people don't know are worth anything (like at flea markets, estate/garage sales, etc.)
 
2010-06-29 01:55:35 PM
j__z: Pfft, amateurs, I've put all my money in beanie babies and forwarded the rest to a guy in Nigeria who I'm helping get money out of the country.

It's gonna be easy street in a couple years.


There is a woman where I live, I think she's on the 14th floor, she has thousands and thousands of Beanie Babies. Her apartment is chock full. She has like a little path going through all the boxes to go through the apartment.

She also has collector plates.

She insists that everything is worth millions and as soon as the time is right, she's going to cash in.

Even her kitchen cupboards are crammed full of boxes of Beanie Babies and collectors plates. It is really kind of sad.
 
2010-06-29 01:58:12 PM
Everyone knows those are total scams. Just like the Art Institute.

img.snlarc.jt.org

This guy seems legit though.
 
2010-06-29 02:02:50 PM
Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Awesome! I sent a check for $1500. I know that's more than you asked for but a business acquaintance owed me money and I just had him forward the check to you. Please deduct your $500 fee and return the rest to me with the introductory package.
 
2010-06-29 02:04:37 PM
Medical billing not sure about. Medical coding is legit. Medical transcription (what I do) also legit. Would I recommend my job to others looking to work from home? HELL no. In essence, I'm training a (stupid) computer to do my job for me so I can eventually become obsolete. Yes, I'm aware of the Innovation Demotivator (new window). I say its a stupid computer, because despite all the consistent corrections we seem to make it, it still doesn't understand to put "Cialis" instead of "see Alice." Speech recognition SUCKS, or at least the program we're being suckered into using does.

Oh, and the money isn't fantastic either. Aware that I'm saving on travel expenses and all that, but it takes a LOT of lines to get paid a decent rate when you're paid 7.5 cents per transcription line, and 5 cents per SR line (they pay us less per SR line because we're supposed to do less with it and get through them faster; key words being supposed to). Paid on production, not hourly. Sure, I could go more quickly through the jobs, but the quality wouldn't be that good and I'd be fired for lack of quality work. Oh, speaking of quality, it's another can of worms to really bring it up, but I'm supposed to maintain a 99% accuracy in my work.
 
2010-06-29 02:05:43 PM
Diogenes: Work-at-home job scams thrive on economic trouble


Gullible or just flat-out stupid people.

When I was younger (and yes very niave) I investigated different money-making scams.

Most of them promises thousands of dollars with minimal effort and many of those required a 'processing fee' to get you enrolled in their particular group.

One of the biggest scams is 'envelope stuffing' and they say you can make thousands of dollars... but:

1. You have to purchase your own supplies (stamps, envelopes, stationary, ect)

2. You don't get paid on how many circulars or flyers you mail. You get paid when somebody replies to the ad you have mailed out.
 
2010-06-29 02:07:10 PM
lurkster: Mrs. Lurkster and myself have worked from home for the last 3 years - we run a virtual assistant company.

Really? I have one of your products! Cool!

The RealDoll people right here! I can't believe it!
 
2010-06-29 02:07:52 PM
rogue_L_chick: I almost fell for the medical billing one when I was 18...I was on the phone with a rep and he started getting pretty aggressive when I told him I wasn't sure about spending $300 on a program, told him I thought that most jobs pay for the equipment needed and I didn't have $300 to spend on that anyway. He asked me then if I had a checking account and he could just take $250, then $200...after a few more minutes of this, he was practically begging for $50. I learned my lesson after that.


www.serienoldies.de
Yes, all this can be yours for the low initial investment of $300! $300! Would you believe it?

I find that very hard to believe...

Well, would you believe $250? $200? ...$50?
Howsabout I take whatever you have on you, and we calls it a deal?
 
2010-06-29 02:08:35 PM
This thread is brought to you by Westwood College
 
2010-06-29 02:09:55 PM
lurkster: Pocket Ninja: You can actually make tons of money ghost-writing posts for people on Fark. I've been doing it for years, make enough to own two homes and three cars, one of which is a Camaro. It's not hard to do; there's a few tried and true techniques and you need a special license from the Mods to do it, because there's a special emulator login that you need to have in order to post as someone else (of course, they're paying you to post for them, so there's no issue with that; it's just that you need to be able to change how your screen name displays so you look like them when you post). Anyway, I've been thinking about writing some sort of "how-to" pamphlet for people who might be interested in taking up this line of work, maybe subcontracting for me...the business is really getting to be more than I can keep up with on my own. Plus I'm looking to step back a bit, you know? Take it easy for a while. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know...I'd need a small investment from you up front to demonstrate you're serious, of course, but that's negotiable. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

There's a reason your posts show up in green.


It's true. Pocket Ninja posts for me all the time. He charges a sliding scale based on how amusing or intelligent you want to sound.

/I got the discount deal
 
2010-06-29 02:10:57 PM
Khell: LiquidTester: E-Bay

I've known a few people who make a nice supplemental income on eBay. They're retired, so it gives them something to do. Getting up before dawn and heading to flea markets to scour for those diamonds in the rough is not something I'd want to do, though :)

I think to be successful on eBay (like make some serious money, enough to get by on) you either have to have an existing business where eBay is just another outlet for you, or you need a knack for picking up things that people don't know are worth anything (like at flea markets, estate/garage sales, etc.)


Yeah, it's possible. You'd be surprised the amount of junk that people will buy on eBay. Wife and I do it on the side for date money. don't put too much time in it but make enough 'extra' to not feel guilty about a nice dinner out or an extra trip each summer. You do have to learn though. We've been burned a couple times thinking something was worth more but was actually worth less than we paid. Trial and error....stick to what you know. Best so far was a yakima roof cargo rack. bought for 20. sold for 250. Just gotta find the right place to market.
/Craigslist is king
//ebay we use as a secondary back up.
///hosting g-sales is too much work.
 
GBB
2010-06-29 02:14:57 PM
TFA: "Why should I have to give you money to make money?"

Uh, cause it takes money to make money?
 
2010-06-29 02:15:11 PM
I turned down a work-at-home job once.

A guy from the Bandidos MC said for $500 I could buy all the chemicals needed to make 10 kilos of crystal meth; $300 more buys the glassware, clear typed instructions free on request.

If a market is not available, just bring a small sample back to the guy who sold the stuff; he agreed to buy it for $10,000 per kilo.

However, I understand the retirement plan is not all that good. . . . .
 
2010-06-29 02:19:11 PM
At first glance this appears to be MerryMortician posting.

SEE? This is PocketNinja posting as though it's Merry's account! You wanted proof? Here it is.

/no really
//Slashies cost extra.
 
2010-06-29 02:19:51 PM
For $10, I will send you valuable information on how to avoid work-at-home scams.
 
2010-06-29 02:20:26 PM
honk: lurkster: Mrs. Lurkster and myself have worked from home for the last 3 years - we run a virtual assistant company.

Really? I have one of your products! Cool!

The RealDoll people right here! I can't believe it!


Thanks - glad to be of 'service'. I just wish we'd gotten our patent for the fleshlight sent in earlier.
 
2010-06-29 02:22:03 PM
GBB: TFA: "Why should I have to give you money to make money?"i>

Exactly right. Why would one pay to work? I'm sure (as I found out when I was just a teenager) they just want to sell you some worthless courses.

That's where they make their money.

/Once bitten twice shy, as they say
 
2010-06-29 02:22:06 PM
I have seriously made $600 this past week filling out online surveys. If any of yall want in, sponsor me for TF and then send me an email.
 
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