Work-At-Home Schemes

May 14, 2009 6:43:59 PM PDT
In a bad economy, you may be tempted to try and make extra money at home ... But be careful! The Federal Trade Commission has gone after hundreds of work-at-home schemes in recent years. Countless work-at-home websites claim you can earn thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. For instance, maybe you're handy and would like to assemble flies for fly-fishing or other products at home. Gone Fish'n Tackle Company promises to pay 50 cents per fly. But Consumer Reports' Greg Daughtery says here's the catch.

Consumer Reports Greg Daugherty said, "After you pay for the materials from Gone Fish'n, you'd have to tie more than 30 flies an hour just to make minimum wage."

Longtime fisherman Charles George says even with his experience, he couldn't tie that many good flies in an hour and certainly not all day long. He said, "I don't think it is easy money."

Another site, MyEasyHomeJob.com promises to teach you how to make as much as 350-thousand dollars a year stuffing envelopes and mailing company circulars.

Daugherty said, "We paid 67 dollars for access to a website that tells you how to place ads and ensnare other people in get rich quick schemes."

Then there's Google Money Tree... Which is not affiliated with the Google Search Engine. It claims its free CD will tell you an amazing secret of selling on the internet.

"The information isn't very helpful and if you don't cancel within a week, the company will charge your credit card 72 dollars a month for access to its website," said Daugherty.

Consumer Reports says before you sign up for any offer, check with the Better Business Bureau. It gave all three of these companies a big "F".

Consumer Reports contacted all three companies, but only 'Gone Fish'n' responded. A spokesperson says dissatisfied customers can get a full refund on the fly tying kit within 45-days of purchase.

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