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False Advertising: Employment Offers Online By Staffers And Recruiters

Updated on August 21, 2012

False Job Offers Requiring You To Pay Employer First

OnLine Writing Jobs: Is It Real Or Just A Scam

How many times have you found yourself searching in desperation for a job that you really needed so that you could pay your rent, your phone bill, feed yourself or your family, or save your home from foreclosure. And then up pops this advertisement offering you a job you can do from home or in your spare time, with the promise of $$$ for simply writing a blog about Restaurant reviews, or Movie reviews, Or Proof Reading the writings of other peoples writings. Sounds like a job you can do you say to yourself.

So you click through to the link, confident that you found something that fits you perfectly at the moment. Then you join the site and give them your email contact information and now you have access to the site, which further tries to build your confidence that you found a job you can do to make a little money.

Then you click on the "apply here" link where you are once again offered the chance to get a job writing and getting paid because the demand for writers is so high that the jobs just cant be filled fast enough. Then comes the part about how this offer is for a limited time and the only requirement is that you must be 18 years or older to join, Must have access to the internet, have at least 1 hour a week to dedicate to job, the ability to follow directions, complete the assignments you are given, or that some assignments may require previous experience or requirements.

Then you are told that if you meet these requirements you can sign up and start picking assignments immediately and they only ask that you be professional and don't make them look bad for recommending you for the job. Then comes the hook on the end of the line for this great job opportunity.

Join Today and Get this Incredible Bonus Offer

$3700 in free writers tools that will allow you no matter what your writing experience level is in writing, and that with these tools you can begin writing high quality articles and stories to make money. You can receive these writing tools for the low, low price of $68 after joining the membership of the company offering you these job opportunities and that if you apply now you can receive this package offer for a 50% discount for a limited time. Because the need for additional writers is immediate and the offer cannot be guaranteed to be offered in the future.

Suddenly you have gone from an employment offer to a sales pitch to sell you a program to write articles so that you can be offered employment.

If you were offering people real jobs for doing what your advertisement states, why do applicants need to pay you for software to do the job. The ad starts out great, but eventually flops because of the need to fleece people of their money. I have never had a job where I had to pay money up front to get the job in the first place.

I don't know if this kind advertising is legal, but I would advise people to beware of such scams in these hard economic times.

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    • Window Pain profile image

      Window Pain 5 years ago

      $3,700 in writer's tools? For only $68? Where do I sign up?

      What the heck are writer's tools? A Metaphor Manual? A Simile Simulator? A Dangling Modifier Re-Modifier? The dictionary, thesaurus and lots of other cool stuff is already free on-line.

      I find it hard to believe there's such a "shortage" of writers when the Internet is overflowing.

      I guess it's the old truism; if it sounds to good to be true...

      I just remembered about 3 decades ago a flyer was placed under my windshield wiper "Great Part Time Job! Do you like to drink beer & party?"

      Well, yes I do.

      So I called the number and they told me where to go. I arrived at small office in an industrial complex. Half a dozen other applicants were already gathered, anxious to learn what kind of job involves drinking beer & partying.

      Then we were led into a meeting room where an incredibly annoying man proceeded to show us how to sell vacuum cleaners.

    • kathleenkat profile image

      kathleenkat 5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      I have gotten those; anything that is emailed directly TO me is probably not legit (being a recent college grad, I know I am not THAT awesome, and certainly am not head-hunted via email...)

      Whenever I get these, I search the web for info on the website/domain. Many times, the domain was purchased a mere DAYS prior to the advertisement going out. Once, I checked a website that was up for 2 days, and then a week later, it was gone (guess someone reported them).

      Oh, and unless it is a huge known site (like Microsoft or Home Depot's website, something you've heard of, and is clearly legit employment) do NOT type in your Social Security Number, because giving them an address and name to tie to it is all they need for identity fraud!