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Work At Home Scam
October 18, 2010

Work At Home Scams

BBB of Acadiana has been receiving tons of calls on work at home companies….according to local consumers they have decided to look into this type of “opportunity” (NOT) for need of extra income to supplement either their regular jobs or sometimes from senior citizens to help pay medical bills. These types of companies usually prey on the people who can least afford to part with their hard earned money L.

This company Global U.S. Resources (See BBB review: http://www.bbb.org/connecticut/business-reviews/work-at-home-companies/global-us-resources-in-new-haven-ct-16000713 )places classified ads in local newspapers throughout the country (including Acadiana) claiming consumers can earn thousands of dollars weekly from home by stuffing brochures into envelopes. In the ad, the company provides a toll free number for consumers to call for details.
The company has an F rating with the BBB in Connecticut. BBB processed a total of 307 complaints about Global U.S. Resources in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total of 307 complaints closed in 36 months, 122 were closed in the last year.

We are always receiving calls concerning a company by the name of DFY ( see review: http://www.bbb.org/acadiana/business-reviews/work-at-home-companies/dfy-in-lafayette-la-90006478 ) …according to consumers this is a work at home company. The company has an F rating with the Lafayette BBB.


Consumers who called the telephone number reported that an answering machine receives the call prompting consumers to leave their names, addresses, and phone numbers. Consumers who left this information received mailed flyers claiming the company has been in business for twelve (12) years, consumers can earn from $1,800 to $4,400 stuffing envelopes, and there is a 90 day risk free guarantee.

Consumers are told in the flyer to send $39.00 to receive the brochures and envelopes, which the company promises to send within a week. Consumers who filed complaints with BBB reported they sent money to this company in the form of cash, personal checks and money orders; and, they also reported that the company cashed the checks, retained the money, but did not send the promised items within the promised time frame, nor within a reasonable time thereafter. Consumers, who tried to contact the company prior to filing complaints with BBB, claimed they were unable to reach a live operator.

The company promised refunds to most consumers whose complaints were processed by BBB. While the company appears to have followed through with its promise to some consumers, according to other consumers, the company did not provide the promised refunds
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BBB suggests using extreme caution when responding to any such offer.

While ads claim high earnings and short hours with little or no experience, BBB files nationwide indicate no evidence of anyone making the promised money. Rarely, if ever, are these ads an offer of legitimate employment.

Generally, these "jobs" require up-front fees for information or supplies, and only the person who initially ran the ad makes any money.

You should be aware that the United States Postal Inspectors regularly investigate these fraudulent schemes, and that you risk investigation and possible prosecution by postal or other law enforcement agencies if you become involved in one of these schemes.

For more information contact the BBB at 337.981.3497 or log on to www.bbb.org.