Today Reena and I were looking through the newspaper and Reena had just happened to glance through the classifieds for a bit and noticed an ad that said “Make money stuffing envelopes. Earn $1000 for everyone 200 envelopes you send out.“. Of course the offer seemed too good to be true, so we decided to look into it a bit more.
On the classified ad it also listed a web site url, which was HomeProcessors.com. I went to the very basic and plain web site and it pretty much just kept pounding the idea or mass riches into your head for little or no effort. HomeProcessors.com goes on to say they will set you up with the program for $39.95 +$5 shipping, and that’s all you need to get started. The site also goes on to say this setup cost will be refunded once 20 leaflets are processed, from the many you are supposed to send out.
So what exactly are these “leaflets” you are sending out, and why would they pay so much for you to do it. According to their site, “The leaflets are advertisements and are not, in any way, offensive and do not contain any pornographic or illegal material at all. They are simply promotional advertisements to sell various products that we resell. The reason we need you to mail out our leaflets is because hiring more employees would require us to pay out more salaries, but also in addition, our company has to consider employee benefits, carrying more insurance fees, employee vacation, more office space and a host of other added expenses that are far too costly for our company at this point in time.”. Sounds simple enough… but still too hard to believe… time for some more research.
Next I decided to look up their company name through Google, which was a search for “Avrika Inc.”. Not to my surprise, I quickly noticed “RipOffReport.com” (one of my favorite sites) as one of the first links in the result. I went to their site and a person noted “I sent 40.00 dollars to this company with the intention to receive leaflets to mail to help them with advertising for there company. That is there advertising scheme. They advertised this in my local newspaper, on there web site, and in a letter that they personally mailed to me.“… so apparently this is just one big pyramid scheme marketing idea, with no actual product… but the people they sucker into using it.
I never had any intentions of taking part in this program, but it was quite interesting to look at the classifieds than do some actual research on what we came across. You can do the same with almost any program that simply “Promises Wealth Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!”. The moral of this post is to remind everyone out there, that before you start trying to make money in any area, you should spend some time to see what others are not only saying, but doing. Not only will getting involved in something like this completely waste your time and never make you money, it can also be very illegal. Even if you are starting to make money in a perfectly legit area, spend time to see what your competitors are doing wrong… and right! Learn from your competition, and make your business ethics and marketing better!
What ridiculous programs or money making schemes have you come across or even fell victim to?