August 19th, 2014

4 Work at Home Scam Emails

4 Work at Home Scam Emails

Once in a while, I like to take a glance through my spam emails and see what kind of work at home scam emails are running around. For the most part, they’re pretty obvious, but it’s nice to review what real scams look like. Let’s take a look. Asterisks indicate where I’ve removed information such as names, email addresses or URLs.

Email #1: Mystery shopper needed

Please a mystery shopper needed in your region, you can earn up to
$150-200 per week. To learn more, contact M**** D***** at
(****************) with your full name to proceed.

Thank you,
Task Coordinator


This one is a really basic mystery shopping scam. The poor grammar is one indicator, as is the lack of information. Job title and possible pay really isn’t a lot of information. Who’s the employer? They’re smart enough to start with only asking very basic information – your full name, but you can be certain it will proceed from there.

All these opportunities, of course have one major red flag in common – they’re unsolicited. Such basic work at home opportunities don’t need to send out emails – legitimate opportunities of that sort get plenty of applicants on their own – they don’t need to spam.


Email #2: new job

Dear Candidate!

We offer the responsibility of the extra money earing for everyone who has USA citizenship.
If you are a student; on maternity leave; in retirement; not big salary or you just have a free time,then this work is for you!
The work takes about 1-2 hours every day, without any investment from your side, daily payment of worked bonuses,
and of course the career prospects in logistics blue chip company.

If you think of our offering – send your contact information on our e-mail address
viz. name and surname, country and place of residence, contact telephone number and e-mail address.

Our e-mail:**************

Yours faithfully, Recruitment Department


As you can see poor grammar is common to these emails. Spelling may may be an issue too.


Email #3: Job Offer

We have an open position in our team as a secret consumer and we are looking for qualified individuals to apply.
You can find more information about the position and what this job involves, also the registration form if you open the attachment file.


This one was particularly sneaky, as it claimed to come from Career Builder. The “job information” was indeed an attachment, which I didn’t open as you should never open an attachment from an unsolicited email. That’s a great way to get a virus. The run-on sentences are another clue that this is a scam. There is nothing in this to indicate that it could possibly be legitimate.


Email #4: Permanent Position – Work at your home

US based online service is searching for Postal Assistants. This opening requires no professional knowledge besides basic computer skills and capacity to handle mail and parcels.

Perfectly fit for stay at home moms, retirees and also business owners who stay in their private office during working hours.


– Sign for deliveries from major carriers at your location
– Repackage mail
– Inspect the packages
– Read and assign appropriate USPS labels
– Distribute letters and parcels to the nearest USPS branches
– Stay in contact with your support department through email, and phone
– In due course send results via website

What’s needed:

– A resident of the United States with postal address
– Must possess communication and computer skills
– Must be able to demonstrate self motivation and knowledge of mailing services
– Be able to lift up to 35 pounds
– Valid driver’s license and available vehicle

This is a full-time job with a wage of up to $2,000 after tax per month.

If you are interested in this opening, go ahead and reply directly to this e-mail better with your resume, and we will contact you as soon as possible.


The repackaging scam has been going on for some time. Don’t fall for it.

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May 13th, 2013

How to Spot a Work at Home Scam

Today I’d like to share this infographic I made about spotting common work at home scams. They aren’t all in there, of course; that would be too much, and close to impossible. New scams come around too often, although they’re usually related to old ones.

How to Spot a Work at Home Scam

If you’re interested in more information, check my work at home scams section and

If you’d like to share this infographic on your site, here’s the code to use. Please include the link back to this site.

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March 30th, 2013

What Were the Top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2012?

Every year, the FTC releases a list of the most common complaints they received. Dealing with work at home scams as I do, I found the list pretty interesting. After all, this isn’t the only industry that has a lot of trouble with scams. Here’s the FTC’s top 10 consumer complaint list:

  1. FTC Top 10 Consumer ComplaintsIdentity Theft – 369,132 complaints
  2. Debt collection – 199,721 complaints
  3. Banks and Lenders – 132,340 complaints
  4. Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales – 115,184 complaints
  5. Prizes, Sweepstakes and Lotteries – 98,479 complaints
  6. Impostor Scams – 98,479 complaints
  7. Internet Services – 81,438 complaints
  8. Auto-Related Complaints – 78,062 complaints
  9. Telephone and Mobile Services – 76,783 complaints
  10. Credit Cards – 51,550 complaints

Really not a lot of surprises in there. Possibly the worst part is that they got more than 2 million complaints for the first time ever. I could wish that it were just people getting better about complaining when they get burned, but I doubt it.

While many of these have no relation to working at home, it’s important to remember that scams are out there all over the place. Be careful who you do business with and who you share your information with, always.

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March 22nd, 2013

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True… Check Out This Review

I love seeing people give honest opinions in a review, especially if it’s to tear a poor quality product apart. Too many people will praise it for the commissions, and judging by Eric Holmund’s review of Free Commissions, this is one of those times. There are lots of big name marketers promoting this product, which has way too many red flags, and even his look inside makes it appear more a scam than legit. Go read his review and see what I mean.

The issues with this product are lessons you can take when you see other products marketed and hyped. This one’s a classic, with the big houses, fancy cars, boat and bank account shots. Everything set to get suckers visitors to believe that they’ve come across an easy way to make lots of money.

If you visit the Free Commissions page (link through Eric’s review, not here), be ready for lots of exit pages. Five of them, with the price dropping until it hits $9. Don’t buy, I don’t think it’s worth that much even, and they’ll just try to upsell you more. If you want to review the anatomy of this stuff yourself, then maybe it’s worth the money, but not otherwise.

Simply put, there’s no way for the average person to earn that kind of money with no work. It doesn’t work that way. This is one of those offers that is just begging for FTC attention. Not a good thing for those promoting it, even if the people behind the product are out of reach.

Clicksure is the payment processor on this one, and a company to be careful of. Not because they’ll do wrong by you, but because they allow just about any product to go through them, and so things that pickier companies like Clickbank reject, Clicksure allows. I’m sure there are good products there too, as it’s one of the places internet marketers went when Clickbank got picky, but there’s a reason why some marketers go there.

Remember, be picky about the products you buy. Good ones will help you grow your online business, bad ones just cost time and money. You don’t want hype and promises about big bucks; you want information that will help you build a solid, reputable business.

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March 8th, 2013

You’ve Just Ordered Pizza Spam/Malware

While not the usual work at home scam I like to post here, I found this bit of spam interesting. What a way to get people to click the link and download malware! Fortunately, I know better.

Pizza order confirmation email scam and malware

Here’s the email:

You??™ve just ordered pizza from our site

Pizza Pepperoni Lover’s with extras:
– Bacon Pieces
– Onions
– Green Peppers
– Extra Cheese
– Extra Sauce

Pizza Super Supreme with extras:
– Bacon Pieces
– Black Olives
– Extra Cheese
– Extra Sauce

Pizza Spicy Sicilian with extras:
– Bacon Pieces
– Pork
– Pepperoni
– Black Olives
– Pineapple
– Diced Tomatoes
– No Cheese
– Extra Sauce

– Simply Orange x 6
– Carlsberg x 5
– Mirinda x 6
– Bacardi x 3
– White wine x 4
– Coca-Cola x 6

Total to pay: 138.09$

If you haven??™t made the order and it??™s a fraud case, please follow the link and cancel the order.

If you don??™t do that shortly, the order will be confirmed and delivered to you.

With best regards

What I notice right away is that this isn’t how pizza places confirm online orders. Some send an email, sure, but this one doesn’t look right. Most places will address you by name, for one thing. Also, odds are good the name of the pizza place won’t be familiar to you. They don’t necessarily use the big names (although some of these pizza email scams do); my email claimed to be from Pizza by BENIGNO, which sounds like a good name for a pizza place, but certainly isn’t around here. Not that it has to be a local place for an online scam, of course.

There’s also the odd way the total is written. Aren’t many pizza places in the United States that would put the dollar sign after the amount.

I’d also expect more links to the pizza place itself than just a “cancellation” link. Some places offer tracking, for example.

These emails often link to malware sites, which give you a whole new set of problems if you click through. The link itself should be a hint – odds are it won’t really look legit.

I have to admit, this is one of the better shots I’ve seen. I can see how someone would get concerned enough to click the link to cancel, ignoring the warning signs. If you’re in doubt on one of these emails, first look at where they’re sending you (probably not someplace you’d expect). This email had a link to a .lt domain, which is a great warning sign… that’s not the kind of domain I’d expect, and the full name had nothing to do with the “pizza place.” If you’re still not sure, and you know the name of the pizza place, contact them on your own, not through the link and talk to them. Odds are they’ll be able to reassure you that it’s not legitimate.

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