$2500 Per Week From Home?

June 20, 2014

Make $2500 Per Week From Home?

Not So Fast

Work-at-home opportunities can be appealing to many looking for work or extra income. However, scams for these types of jobs are also prevalent. One Richmond senior at an assisted-living community received two separate solicitations for home workers and submitted them to BBB in recent days.

The solicitation from Preston Lord Enterprises touts “Make $2,500.00 or MORE Weekly!” assembling booklets at home. Just fill out the registration form, enclose a $99.00 refundable deposit with $5 extra for priority shipping and an optional $99 more to double your income potential. Preston Lord Enterprises, also known as  Carson Lord Enterprises of 14 Wall Street, 20th Floor, New York City, NY 10005 has an “F” rating with BBB and six unanswered complaints, some dating as far back as November of 2013.

Mason Grace Enterprises, also rated “F” by BBB, is reportedly at 100 Church Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007. “Money back guaranteed” application fees range from $99 to $399 to join a group of 250 home workers to stuff and mail out special advertising letters.

“Always be skeptical of offers to make fast money with little to no experience. If you are seeking work-at-home opportunities, research the company online at bbb.org,” advises Tom Gallagher, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia. “Also beware of unsolicited offers. If you haven’t filled out an application, met with the business or had an interview, it is likely a scam. Two other red flags are when a marketer asks for you to pay up front or to wire money.”

BBB urges 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.

There is no substitute for closely examining any offer which promises or guarantees income from work-at-home programs. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it's a scam. Consider it a warning sign if a worker must buy something in order to start the program.

Signs of a work-at-home scam: Be skeptical about work-at-home promotions that state:

* You can earn big money with little effort. "Earn hundreds in your spare time!"

* No experience necessary. "Our people have come from all walks of life and have succeeded with no special training!"

* The market for your work already exists. "This huge untapped market is waiting for you!"

* You need to invest only an insignificant amount of money for training or materials. "Only $29.95 will bring you thousands in earning power!"

* You will not be paid a regular salary. "Profits will start rolling in with your first completed item!"

* Don't wait to make your decision. "Save money by making your decision today! Popular demand will force us to raise our rates soon!"

* Many others just like you have succeeded. "I was a failure until this offer changed my life!"

* You are especially privileged to learn about this opportunity. "This valuable information has not been shared with the general public before!"

For more information or to inquire about a solicitation you have received, call BBB at 804-648-0016 or find us online at bbb.org.

BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond and Tri-Cities, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties, from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst.  The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business.  Core services of BBB include business reliability reports, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education and charity review.