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Updated on August 22, 2013
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If it seems too good to be true... It probably is.

As a stay at home mom, I am always looking for new ways to earn money from home. I have taken several freelance writing jobs, but they are pretty hard to come by. Searching for writing gigs on Craigslist, I came across They had a well designed video outlining the service offered by the site, and I was wooed. According to the video, a one time 34 dollar membership fee gave you access to a wealth of writing tools and a steady workflow of paid freelance writing gigs, such as blog posts, articles, and Facebook posts to increase traffic. They offered a money back guarantee, stating that you will be refunded if you don't earn your membership fee back within 30 minutes. Well I decided that this was worth a try, and protected myself against a potential scam by paying with PayPal, who would refund me my money if the service was not as described or if the money back guarantee was not honored. Within ten minutes of payment I was allowed access to the "member dashboard" area of the site. The clean design of the sales video was gone, and was replaced by sloppy layout and links that was reminiscent of a web page I had to design for computer class in 8th grade. Don't judge a book by its cover though, right? I continued to explore the site, trying to find this workflow interface that had been described in the sales video. I did come across a link directing new members to click there first. I was directed to a page telling me I had been given a free gift for joining, which was a website where I can passively earn money. Um. No thank you. Continuing to navigate the site, I found "writing jobs." And clicked the link. It was just a compiled list of jobs offered on other, free writing job sites, most of which I was already a member! There were no jobs direct from clients, all were links to other sites which required a sign up to apply for jobs. There was no guaranteed work, no immediate work, and no "workflow" dashboard like described in the video. That was enough for me to request my refund, as I had been on the site for several hours and had yet to discover a gig that would pay for my membership fee. I emailed the support staff, as instructed, to begin the refund process. The sales video assured all emails would receive response within 24 hours. In the meantime, I decided to try to find my free writing tools that were promised with my membership, to see if perhaps they would make the 34 dollars worth it. I found the link to my "free" writing tools, and was redirected to another website, in which I had to follow someone's blog to receive my free tools? The site was not affiliated with my and I was not signing up and giving out anymore personal information. I went to bed and waited 24 hours to receive my response to the refund request. 24 hours came and went, with no response. I started a dispute on PayPal, with the intent to escalate to a claim if no refund was givin within 3 days. Thankfully, my money was refunded within 4 hours of beginning the dispute. Moral of the story: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you have a bad feeling about an online product or service but want to give it a try, always pay with PayPal and make sure you have buyer protection enabled. Protect yourself on the Internet, if the site doesn't accept PayPal, don't do it!


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      jeff greenspan 3 years ago

      I was just about to jump in when I saw this page of reviews.

      Thanks to all of you for the heads up.

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      Dena White 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this posting. You just saved me a lot of time, energy & money. I'm sorry for your scam, but appreciate you sharing your story to save the rest of us trying to earn a living online.

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      Teya 3 years ago

      Thank You!!

      Like you Im trying to find a stay at home position. Thank goodness I found your post.

      Thank you for keeping me from being taken, that is never any fun.

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      hollaturgirl 3 years ago

      LOL! Orion, I hear ya!

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      Orion Xavier 3 years ago

      Well the first clue as to whether this was legit, was in the actual writing during the video presentation. The person narrating it claims to have worked for the New York Times. Yet in the video he writes, "parental" and pronounces it "paternal". Ok, simple mistake. But immediately after, states, "paid" and writes "PAID". LOL.. There's no way you make that kind of mistake as a writer for the NY Times.

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      Mayreni 3 years ago

      Oh, thank you for this review! You just save me $34.00 and time. I really appreciate the time you spend writing this to help us not to fall in this kind of scams! :D

      Thank you!

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      JustAnotherWriter 3 years ago

      Thank you for your post. Much appreciated. Also food for your thoughts: your post is at least worth $1632 ($34 x 47 people saved from scammers). Thanks again.

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      Dr. Brenda Pittman 3 years ago

      Thank you, I am in the process of awaiting my 24 hour response to my request for my refund. Tomorrow I will contact PayPal. Again, Thanks.

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      hollaturgirl 3 years ago

      Thanks Ash, you're awesome! I was wondering about them, it was 2good2betrue!

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      Linsie 4 years ago

      I am also a stay at home mom and look for ways to earn money. Thank you for this. I don't have the time or money to waste.

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      David 4 years ago

      The video was a total laugh. I turned it off as soon as they started in on their "one time only" fee spiel. You're better off signing up with The pay is not much but it's a way to get started and the jobs go directly through Textbroker. Also, there is no sign up fee. You are tested at first and then are paid according on how well you did on the test.

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      Jill 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      Elizabeth 4 years ago

      Thanks so much!! I was considering this and you saved me time and money!

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      Tom Gibbons 4 years ago

      Another red flag is the overt disavowment of an continuing relationship with membership, i.e., take your money and run I sent several emails to CL and was advised that they are looking into the matter.

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      Stephanie Brenner 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. I, too , was checking out Craigslist and came across this after finding a job posting about writing recipes for great money. So glad I didn't have to go through getting my money back, I read this and changed my mind :) Plus I'm sharing it on my Pinterest Account.

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      Brian 4 years ago

      thanks .. I've been looking for work from home jobs, and every page and corner I turn to are dead ends. Always wanting money for memberships, I wish there was a real and or easier way to go about this.

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      Evelyn 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for this article. I found the link for it on craislist and was tempted by the spiffy video. Alarm bells rang in my mind when I saw they wanted an up-front fee, so I did what you should always do--google the company to see if it's a scam. Nothing is that easy! No such thing as get rich quick- you need to work hard for it. It's ironic though that the ad at the bottom of this page is for DO NOT CLICK ON IT. lol.

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      4 years ago

      Wow, thank you I was gonna do this but it didn't sit well and it did seem too good to be true. Thank you for your honest review imput. Much appreciated.

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      Dedrick 4 years ago

      Yeah they got me too. Let's spread the word so that no one else falls for this. I completely agree. It's not about the money. It 's about the hope and raised expectations that you may have found a road to success with writing.

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      Jill 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing this. I also was tempted to give this a try. Even as I looked at the clock & reminded myself of my promise to never

      sign up for anything online in the middle of the night again, along with a healthy dose of skepticism about it being a scam, I was still somehow convinced to sign up. I did a quick search to see if it was a reputable company & your review came up. I can't thank you enough.

      These people are the lowest. It is not that $34 is a such large amount. It is about getting someone's hopes up when they are already at a pretty low point, financially or otherwise. Thanks again for helping out.

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      Lisa 4 years ago

      Thank you for confirming my suspicions. So glad you posted about this before I gave it a shot and lost $34 and valuable time. Appreciate it!

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      Great review - thank you for being so thorough and explaining your exact experience. Sucks you had to go through it but really awesome to save so many others the headache. Leadership qualities. :)

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      Alicia 4 years ago

      You are an angel. Thank you for the heads up. It's tough out there and it is tempting to try out sites like this. They know this and feed off of it. Just wish they couldn't get away with this type of thing.

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      nnprice 4 years ago

      Thank You so much for publishing this! I paid the 34$ to get these so called exclusive Writing jobs, only to find out all the resources they had to offer was also offered for free on other sites. I wasn't excited @ all and to make things worst I "applied" to the listings & received various fraudulent responses from spammers :( I thought I was scammed for my 34bucks bc I immediately tried to contact support@mywritingjobs for the guaranteed refund but I never received any type of response. I repeatedly tried to contact them requesting a refund but no one responded. Finally something told me to google about this site to see what reviews popped-up Silly me I should have done that in the 1st place. Then Ding! This article popped up & I read that I could dispute the claim with paypal to receive a refund! Yes! And I did! Thank you Sooooo much Ashley. You really helped my situation & I appreciate it. Peace be with you & may God Grant You Goodness!

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      Allen Paulson 4 years ago

      It sounded so good, I was that desperate to get paid doing something. Wow. This is not just a scam, it's scum. Scumbags. I am so glad I learned to google on reviews. Thank you Ashley.

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      Nicole Rockette 4 years ago

      Thank you for telling me! I thought it was a good deal and I was about to take it! I'm glad I did not waste my money! Thank you again!

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      AlWalsh75 4 years ago

      Great article, Ashley. Went into great detail step-by-step of how this whole thing sucked. I decided to check out and give that a try. That is without a doubt 100 times better and I recommend all of you check that out. But I still need a job!

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      Donna Razz 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for the scoop on this....I almost fell for it also! I am so grateful your post is out on the internet and found it easily when doing a Google search. May God bless you for taking the time to warn others so they don't have to go through the hassle that you did!

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      Kathy N 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing about your experience with this website. Reading your comments was very helpful with making my decision. Spending $34.00 doesn't sound too bad if you think you're going to be able to make some money out of it, so I was honestly tempted to jump in and see what it was about, but I'm glad I looked for reviews first. Who needs the aggravation?

      I'm new to this kind of thing, and I'm so unhappy at my job and really need to make more money, so this was sounding pretty good to me. Thanks for pulling me off the edge.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for the review. Before joining any of these sites, I always check what fellow Hubbers have to say.

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      Ashley T. 4 years ago

      Unfortunately I fell for this. I'm trying to find how to get a refund, but so far have been unsuccessful. Any help?

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      JaneT 4 years ago

      Ditto on the THANK YOUS to Ashley! Actually, it is really a sad truth that there are so many "traps" waiting for us as we search the Internet for "freelance" work or "work-at-home" online opportunities. We have become very vulnerable prey for these con artists!

      Well, I, too, thought that this site seemed really interesting, so I filled out the form to receive more information. The first red flag that I noticed was within the email response that I received: "If you can write as good as a 7th grader, then you can apply now." Hmmm. I would imagine that even most "7th graders" would know that a person can write "well," not "good."

      I am aware that we all make occasional typos or other writing mistakes, so I really am not trying to be overly critical. Still, it begs the following questions: (1) "Who would be serious about hiring writers with such limited writing skills?" and (2) "How can this man actually claim to provide all of the necessary 'tools' members will need if he doesn't even proof-read his own 'advertising' gimmicks?" I use the term "gimmicks" purposefully, because after a quick online check, I ALSO found out that BBB does NOT back this company! In fact, the BBB has repeatedly asked them to quit violating the BBB policy of using the BBB logo upon their website.

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      Suzana 4 years ago

      Thank goodness I found your comment before making the move. Thanks a lot!

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      Ashley Haynes 4 years ago from Mt. Orab, Ohio

      I did google the company but did not find any information about them. Which is why I wrote the post so that there would be some info so people don't get scammed like I did!

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      cs1988 4 years ago

      Thanks for the post! This is why you should always google companies on Craigslist for scams...

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      Jesse 4 years ago

      I was curious which free writing job sites you use.

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      C Daniel123 4 years ago

      Didn't see it mentioned on here, but is associated with I would avoid them both.

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      Paul Revere 4 years ago

      I went through the same thing with this website just recently. I wish I had seen this blog or I never would have done it. Imagine my surprise when I got into the members area, and 90% of the jobs were from eLance...and I've been a member of eLance since 2010! (By the way, folks, eLance is free.) So yeah, definitely stay away from this website. It's a scam.

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      Kanisha 4 years ago

      Wow thanks very much I am desperate for a job and was just about to swipe my card

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for this review. I just looked on Craigslist and found the same ad you did for mywritingjob. I am glad I searched for some reviews and found this one before signing up. You just saved me money and aggravation!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm so glad I came across this article. I was a hair away from signing up but decided I'd better check out some reviews first. Thanx for posting this and thanx for saving me $34!

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      Sl_Sparkle 4 years ago

      Thank you for your warning of previous experience!

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      MeagDub 4 years ago from Western NY

      Thanks for the heads up. So glad I checked reviews on this site.

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      Michele 4 years ago

      Thank You

      Like you Im trying to find a stay at home position. When this came up I immediately googled and found your post.

      Thank you for eliminating a potential headache

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      Leah 4 years ago

      Thank you for this! You saved me for falling for the scam.

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      Milad Amini 4 years ago

      Thank u very Much for clarification about this Scam !

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      Chrislyn 4 years ago

      The information on this hub page is right on time. I am a home-school writing mom ( and was considering ordering the service. The idea of using a service and not having to market to find great paying writing work is highly appealing.

      I am glad I search for reviews instead of just putting up my money. Now I am more inclined to invest the $34 I was going to waste into legitimate writing software. I have been putting on hold stuff like AP stylebook's grammar checker and a couple of e-book purchases that may benefit my writing business.

      I would hate for the web to be policed like television ads, but blatant false advertising should not be allowed. As bloggers, we have to disclose any benefits from our link recommendations but at least the services we recommend are actually provided. Surely, there is some rule to stop this type of scam.

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      Pickles 4 years ago

      I'm sorry you fell for this scam. My first clue to steer clear was that they wanted money up front. No legit writing job service asks for that. But now with the hate sites like this popping up I know for sure.

      How could any0ne be so stupid to try to scam writers? There are going to be so many blogs and hate sites eventually that this guy won't be able to get any more suckers.

      In the meantime, please flag his ads down!

      He is clearly violating the craigslist TOU, as this is not a gig it's a service and posting nationally is strictly banned.

      Complain to the CL staff too if you have time. Let's ruin his little scam before more people get screwed!

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      Jacqueline 4 years ago

      Thank you!

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      tommysparta 4 years ago from Minneapolis

      Thanks for the very helpful review. I had a bad feeling about this site, and your article helped cement this thought. You're absolutely right. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. And even if it was real, how lame is it that they expect you to pay a membership fee to work for them?!?

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      Stephanie Mayberry 4 years ago from Goose Creek, SC

      Yeah, I just fell for this too. I keep saying I am going to check out user reviews, but never do. If I had checked this out first I would have saved myself some aggravation. I had just send my "get me out of this now!" email and THEN looked at your review. LOL

      I did pay with PayPal so I'll give them 24 hours and no more to refund my money.

      When I started looking at the site I was thinking are these people for real? I can do this myself and I don't have to pay $34 dollars! - which, by the way, they flat out lied about that. The sign up says it is $68 but for a "limited" time you can get it for $34. EVERYONE ALWAYS gets it for $34.

      Big time scam.

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      Deron Wagner 4 years ago from Southeast Asia

      Thanks for sharing that tip. It was wise to pay with PayPal

      Anyway, sometime you just don't know until you give it a shot.

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      Krysty 4 years ago

      Hey thanks for the advice so I didn't waste the time and money! You're awesome :)

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      danielleantosz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this! A friend told me about this site and while normally I would steer clear, I was considering it. Think I ll stick to Odesk and Elance. Thanks so much for saving me the headache!!