Often, in the course of researching, I visit some of the main job posting sites. Recently I came across a very interesting ad posted on one of them. It interested me because it was an administrative position and I know that type of job is rare indeed. So, I thought I’d check it out. The ad was for an “Applications Processor”. The job duties sounded pretty simple (which is one of the reasons that I chose to investigate it, employers don’t typically hire people to perform the most basic of tasks).
Admin Jobs US Inc. currently seeking applicants for a variety of administrative positions. Several positions open for application/ new account associates to assist with processing applications/reviewing resumes for new clients. All positions offer flexible hours and great pay. Qualified candidates should have
strong clerical and computer skills, good references, and ability to work with minimal supervision. Serious applicants should send resume or cover letter.
Ability to telecommute.
This clearly sounds like a job, where you are required to send a resume and compete with other applicants for the position. It was also listed in an Admin/Office Jobs category, again implying that it is an actual job.
I sent a response and intentionally did not follow the instructions in the listing.
I sent no resume or cover letter and my response was vague and unprofessional. Here is what I sent:
From: sharon davis
Sent: August 02, 2009 7:52 PM
Subject: Admin Jobs Now
I’m very interested in this position. Please send details.
I believe I am fully qualified.
By responding in such an unprofessional way, I knew if I received a response that either:
A. This was not a job at all and I was about to be asked to pay a fee. Or…
B. These people were not only desperate, but complete idiots.
Two days later, I received a response!!
Thank you for contacting Admin Jobs US regarding our positions.
We are currently seeking individuals for the position of application
processors to assist with opening new accounts. This position
requires the ability to screen applicants, resumes, and process
their enrollment applications.
To become an application processor for our clerical and marketing
group, it is important that you be an individual who is self-
motivated and who can work well with minimal supervision. You
would need internet access and a valid e-mail address where you
will receive the applications to process from your home office.
You can work full or part time, however; it is recommended that
you be willing to process applications for at least 10 hours a
week. If you are looking for a job with flexibility, and a good
income, this is the opportunity for you.
WHAT OTHERS HAD TO SAY:
“This is the best job I’ve ever had, I earned over $120 in my
first day working!”
- Jen, NM
“I just wanted a part time job while I stayed home to raise my
kids. This offered the hours I needed, and has provided far more
of an income than I ever anticipated!”
- Samantha, ME
You will be compensated $20 for every completed application you
process. For example; if you process 30 applications in a week,
you will make $600.00 weekly. The amount of money that you earn
is entirely up to you, it depends on the amount of time and effort
you choose to put forth. The average person makes $200.00-$400.00
The e-book you will receive will give you step-by-step instructions
on how to get started and we are always available to help when
you have questions. When you receive your training materials, you
may begin working the very same day. Your e-book to get you started
will arrive via your e-mail within the next business day. This is
an outstanding opportunity to work from your home office while
bringing in a nice income, setting your own hours, and most of all
–being your own boss.
METHOD OF PAYMENT:
You will receive your pay through Paypal, which can be then trans-
ferred into your own checking or savings account. Instead of weekly
or bi-weekly payments, you will be paid each time you completely
process an application.
There is a one-time non-refundable fee to purchase the e-book to
get you started in this position and to ensure that only serious
individuals accept this position– not just those who desire to
satisfy their own curiosity. However, you will make back this fee
after processing your first application and most people recoup this
initial fee within their first day of working. There will be no
other charges to you, ever. Our e-book will also connect you with a
variety of other job opportunities that can be accomplished from
your home office on flex time. This is an excellent position with
huge potential for motivated and reliable individuals.
RISK FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you follow the training we
provide you and do not recoup the registration fee within 7 days
we will refund to you the registration fee.
If you’re serious about this position and want to get started
earning money from home today, you can complete your registration
fee of $19.99 by clicking below, and your login information will
be e-mailed to you by the next business day. Don’t miss out on
this outstanding opportunity to accept this position and start
processing requests today! Just click the paypal logo to get started!
Thanks again for contacting us, we look forward to working with you!
Thanks for contacting us,
Admin Jobs US, LLC
Oh my…where should I begin? There are so many red flags here. Let’s start with the compensation. It is now clear to me that the “applications” that they are talking about are the inquiries to the very same ad that I responded to. In other words, it looks like I will be placing the same ad and then sending this same response out.
The next major problem is the “registration fee”. I shouldn’t have to tell you that there shouldn’t ever be a fee to apply for a job and they even use the old, “we need to make sure that you are serious about the job” but aside from that there are several contradictions on the refund policy. First they state that there is “a one-time non-refundable fee to purchase the e-book”. In the very next paragraph it says, “RISK FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you follow the training we provide you and do not recoup the registration fee within 7 days we will refund to you the registration fee.”
Well, which is it? Non-refundable or RISK FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE? I’m just sure I’ll be finding that out.
Ok, I’ll be really dense here and go ahead and pay the “registration fee”.
Yep, just as I suspected. It turns out that it was option A: This is an ad placing scheme. The entire training package is basically a manual for how to place the same ad that I responded to and then to sell the “training package” to them. There is no job, just a self-perpetuating scam to earn $20 bucks a pop.
Honestly, I don’t know how these people sleep at night.
Whenever I see an ad for “typing”, “administrative work” or “data entry” this is what I assume it is. While there are companies out there that offer legitimate data entry jobs, they generally don’t advertise their openings online. Hopefully this report will help you to spot them so that you won’t waste your time or your money. Oh, and by the way I was of course unable to get a refund and will have to pursue it through PayPal. Big surprise!