Homeworkers Net Stuffing Envelopes Home Money
By Holly Reisem Hanna
When I was in college I worked part-time waiting tables, and even though I made good money, I still had to pinch pennies to make ends meet. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a flyer on a bulletin board at school advertising a job for envelope stuffers. The flyer said, “Make Great Money Stuffing Envelopes From Home — $2.00 per Envelope”!
I was so excited! I started calculating how many envelopes I could stuff in between classes and how much money I could make per week; life was going to be so much easier. I sent $12.00 off for the information about the envelope stuffing gig and waited weeks for the information to come.
Finally, after a few weeks, it arrived. The information that was going to solve my financial worries. But, when I read the letter, and it said, to make money stuffing envelopes, place the same ad you replied to in magazines, newspaper ads, and on bulletin boards. You will then earn money by people responding to the ad, and in return, you will send them the same bogus information.
What a bummer! Luckily, I only lost $12.00.
Today you still see envelope stuffing ads all over the Internet, “Make $1,500 a Week Stuffing Envelopes”, only now they charge $20 – $100 for the same bogus information. In Tory Johnson’s book, “Will Work from Home,” she tests the envelope stuffing scam with a few different companies, none of them panned out. “Recruiting people to stuff envelopes is the oldest work-from-home gimmick that fools people every day. Don’t be one of them”.
Bottom line, envelope stuffing is a scam!
Need more proof that envelope stuffing is a scam?
Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have alerts on their websites warning people of this scam. In fact, the United States Postal Service says that envelope stuffing is the most common work-at-home scam (the other is assembly work).
What should you do if you've fallen for this scam?
Try contacting the company that you purchased the information from and request a refund. Be sure to tell them that if they do not refund your money that you will be contacting legal officials to investigate their operations further. If you're not able to resolve the situation this way, contact the FTC (1-877-FTC-HELP) to report the issue. You can also contact your local U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Since these scammers are using P.O. Boxes to run their scam operations they will investigate these fraudulent mail practices.
What are some warning signs to look out for when searching for work-at-home jobs?
When you're searching for work-at-home jobs, you need to take your time and research the job opportunity extensively!
Scammers know they can make a quick and easy buck by preying on people’s vulnerabilities. What I mean by vulnerabilities, is when people are struggling to make ends meet, or they need to be at home for a new baby or elderly parent there is a sense of urgency and these scammers know this. So they create their ads to appeal to these emotions. The second reason scams are so prevalent is technology has made it easy than ever to distribute scams while hiding behind a digital curtain.
For these reasons, it’s more important than ever for you to educate yourself on what’s legit and what’s not.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:
- Look for poor and negative reviews.
- Search for contact information — scammers don't want to be found.
- Vague job descriptions.
- Outrageous income claims with little or no effort on your part.
- Hyped up job ads: Start Immediately! No Experience Necessary!
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Do you want a guaranteed, legit, work-at-home jobs?
If you’re still feeling uneasy about your work-at-home job search — check out FlexJobs. Every single job listed on their website is hand screened for legitimacy. So when you apply you can rest assured that you’re not going to fall prey to a work-at-home scam. Not only does FlexJobs have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, but they also offer a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
Have you encountered the envelope stuffing scam online? What other fraudulent opportunities have you come across?
You’ll Also Love These Posts:
Studies have shown if you like this blog post — you will also love the following articles.
Originally published on March 31, 2009. Revised on November 27, 2016.
This page includes affiliate links. Please be aware we only promote advertising from companies that we feel we can legitimately recommend to our readers. Please see our disclosure policy for further information.
Filed Under: Work at HomeTagged With: Business, Envelope Stuffing, Envelope Stuffing Scam, Holly Reisem Hanna, Scam Prevention, The Work at Home Woman, WAHM, Work at Home, Work at Home Job, Work at Home Scams, Work from home
Although, you still have to be vigilant as there are still many work at home scams out there.
From the biggest corporations to the smallest business outfits, MNCs to government institutions, it is getting increasingly common for employers to offer “remote worker” or “telecommute employee” options.
With escalating cost and stuttered economy, it is little surprise that the idea has extended to include even workforce that is foreign based.
With the public sector being the number one employer in the United States, the signing of the “Telework Enhancement Act of 2010” by the Congress has opened the doors of various federal agencies to thousands of part-time workers.
What they are after are people who can set appointments and generate leads for their sales stuff.
The good thing here is that they standardize the workers’ hourly rate and commission.
This is really a job posting site rather than a virtual employer.
It offers plenty of telecommuting opportunities internationally, splitting into over 50 categories.
As the name suggest, you will function as an agent taking calls from clients in general.
They span across industries, so expect to be deployed in medical, financial and insurance industries.
A fabulous work at home option assuming you can handle the jargon and industry talks in these industries.
Throughout its over 20 years of existence, this company only deals with premium companies.
You will be handling the calls on behalf of its clients and you are at liberty to work from home.
Click to Join Ipsos Now!
Whether you are looking for a full-time, part-time, or second job, Uhaul wants you.
It has been around for some 60 years, and this corporate giant is often associated with the label of the “Generous Employer.”
And the perks are attractive here as well.
The most prominent type of jobs involves answering calls from home, working for Uhaul rentals, or other customer service jobs.
This is pretty niche, as they tend to fancy certain professions, like bookkeepers, accountants, appointment setters, and salespeople.
All can expect to work from home.
If you are familiar with sorting out medical records, good in dictation or have an excellent transcription skill, this is the perfect work at home job for you.
They boast of a workforce that numbers 20,000 working from home.
These so-called agents are required to take incoming calls daily on behalf of their corporate clients.
One good thing about the company is that they are willing to invest in training, so all workers are brought up to speed in their jobs as licensed insurance agents, or whatever else they specialize in, in a fairly short time.
The site can be ideal if you enjoy writing, albeit on a smaller scale like simple writing projects.
The pay scale here is not great, but the assignments are easy to manage if you are a prolific writer.
This company is a contractor to Google and it hires what are known as “Search Quality Raters.”
Your job will be to perform searches on Google using various terms and rating the results.
At the time of writing this post, the going rate for raters is $11.50 an hour.
I reviewed Swagbucks a while back.
OK, Swagbucks is not your traditional work from home job.
It’s a reward site that lets you earn cash and free gift cards for doing things online you probably do anyway.
- Watching videos
- Playing games
- Taking surveys
- And more
You earn points that can be redeemed for PayPal cash and gift cards for hundreds online and offline stores like Amazon.com, Target, Walmart, and BestBuy.
If the idea of virtual assistant appeals to you, you will find jobs of different nature here.
But before you can work from home, you will be put through a qualifying process before they could offer a suitable position to you.
14. Update: no longer available
The range of jobs available here is so diverse and plentiful, so my best advice is to check out the “contact us” link on their web page.
Most likely, these have something to do with taking calls from patients, filling phone queries and working out payment schedules for medical bills.
The part-time opportunity could lead to full-time employment.
Think of this option seriously, as the company itself is a long-established one, and among a handful of companies that advocates paid vacations with benefits aplenty if you happen to be their full-time worker.
If you have a thing for servicing customers, you can look out for home-based customer service jobs here, so long you are no more than 50 miles off Draper, UT.
The pay package consists of $10/hr and incentives.
The computer maker company offers at home jobs from time to time.
Be sure to search using the keyword “remote”.
That will bring up results for only at home opportunities.
If you can teach English, you can earn about $10/hr.
The audience tends to be South American folks and a session would put you in touch with a group that ranges from 1 to 5 people. No, you don’t have to get there, but working from your computer at home.
You may also be more assured that the teaching does not involve any video, just plain audio.
The great thing is that they would prepare the lesson, and you effectively just take the instruction on what to teach. I know, such job tends to get repetitive but I won’t complain if it brings about nice money. But you have to be prepared to commit to at least 15 hours a week for this job.
For people familiar with data entry, SigTrack has loads of registration forms to fill up.
20. Working Solutions
This is like a call center set up on the internet. The sorts of industries they represent are quite a wide mix.
When it comes to skill sets, they do not discriminate.
So whatever skill you have, bring it on – sales, technical aptitude, online chat support, data entry….
To work here, you will have to have a dependable internet connection plus a land-line phone.
The Company is always hungry for workers, be it part-time or full-time.
The company offers a flat $18.50 per hour; regardless you are working at the site or from your home, so this could be a real bargain.
The nature of job typically involves leads generation on behalf of those fortune-1000 firms.
22. Demand Studios
This website is more into creative stuff, so people in the fields like Writers, Editors, Title Editors, and Filmmakers are especially welcomed here.
It seems that the business is influenced by the wider industry trend and there could be multiple various openings depending on the fashion of the time. In fact, this is one of the more profitable work sites for me, as I have made something in excess of $2,000 just indulged in article writing and title editing.
It is helpful but you are not compelled to be an efficient writer. In fact, writing experience also counts little here. So long you can produce pieces with clear instructions (there are usually “How to” articles), they want you.
If you have a tendency to learn stuff and able to reproduce your learning experience in writing, you should be able to handle the job here.
Most of the content you contribute will be published on few of their main online properties including eHow.com and LiveStrong.com.
23. Capital Typing
This South Carolina-based company is always on the look out for data entry keyers, transcriptionists, and customer support positions.
24. Verbal Planet
If your dream job is to become a tutor, you will have your dream fulfilled by becoming a legit tutor for thousands of international students.
Payment is through PayPal.
It does not take a cent to register with this website, but they will want to assess your skills.
Another transcription service provider.
Always hiring transcribers who have a penchant for the entertainment business.
The company offers a lot of online translation jobs.
They usually work with freelance translators. No joining fees required.
If you are still pretty much in touch with the academic syllabus, this company would hire you to be their online tutors.
Teaching format is one-on-one, covering a wide array of school subjects.
To try your luck, send your resume to [email protected] and be sure to describe in one paragraph on your idea of online tutoring.
They expect you to supply your Skype username, available hours and salary desired.
28. Accolade Support
A website focuses on providing PC support. They often look to contractors with PC Desktop Support experience, and you can operate from home.
Pay ranges about $8.25- $10 for every hour.
For instant gratification, try Fiverr. It is an online marketplace where everything is on sales at only $5.
Payment is guaranteed through PayPal, and it is usually paid out fast.
30. SmartCrowd (formerly VirtualBee)
Again another company that is focused on data entry tasks. There is usually a long wait line to get jobs, though.
Payment is done through PayPal.
If you are a qualified accountant, check this out for accounting work. No joining fees here.
This New York-based flower company are always on the look out for workers.
The job covers temporary, seasonal, and permanent call center agents. Do take note that the hiring tends to focus on specific states only.
To qualify, you need at least a computer, Internet connection, and a land-line phone. They only accept people of at least 18 years old, and they look for past experience in call center.
You also need to write well and poses strong communications skills.
33. AB Global
The website is run by a family and their specialty is producing translation work for business.
If you are bilingual and like to work from home, it could work for you.
34. Fancy Hands
The company is pretty focused in that they just concentrate on clerical jobs for their army of virtual assistants.
35. Click n Work
ClicknWork is a micro freelancing site where you can find all kinds of tasks to complete.
Anything from writing blog posts and articles to graphic design, data entry, SEO and more.
36. Google Ads Quality Rater
This is what you would call “Google work from home job“. Not work at home but partly telecommute job.
Your key responsibility is to rate Google search engines. You do need a degree and you must be willing to go through a test and undergo further training before you will be considered for the work.
37. Great American Opportunities
The website specializes in gift orders or magazine subscriptions for their school fundraising projects. This operates on the internet and often requires independent contractors to handle this part of the job.
Again, a screening test is mandatory. The recruitment happens two times every year. First one in the Spring and the next one is to be in July 2014.
They would not entertain any job application unless it is supported by a resume, to be sent via email.
38. The Coding Network
This involves medical coding, prior experience is thus necessary, can work from home.
This company usually engages writers on a contract basis. All residents of the United States and Canada are welcome to apply.
It is highly popular in continental America; so they tend to keep a big database of job applicants.
And they may review your application from time to time, make sure that you follow up with the company if it represents so much appeal to you.
This is arguably the largest virtual employer around.
With a ready and transient workforce that measures into 44,000, spanning across some 17 countries, part of TeleTech’s attraction is surely their employee benefits program and perks, which are acknowledged as being among the best in the industry, whether on land or online companies.
I tried to include mostly opportunities that don’t require any investment or startup fees.
I hope I have covered enough ground on work at home opportunities for you (whether you are a stay at home mom, or dad, a college grad, or someone who’s just looking for a way to make some extra cash from home), to start contemplating which direction you are heading.
As far as I know, these are all legit and trusted websites that offer real work, not scams.
Be sure to bookmark this page. Whenever possible, I will try to add to this list as more legit businesses come online to offer even more opportunities for those who fancy working at home.