Overview…

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).

The Job Ad….

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 applied for the 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
To: apply@thisisnottherealdomain.net
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!!

Hi,

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

COMPENSATION:

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
per week.

TRAINING:

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,

Barbara Whiles-Barnett

Employment Consultant

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”.

The Training Package

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.

The Bottom Line

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!

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13 Responses to “Work At Home Job Listing Scam”

  1. John McRae says:

    Thanks for the tip on this company. Unfortunately it seems that most of these company’s are scams trying to take advantage of people trying to make a living working from home.

    Another flag for me was the name of the company Admin Jobs, there is only about 1.2 million listings for that, makes it a little tough to research them

    Thanks
    John
    .-= John McRae´s last blog ..TipDrop Offers A Change To Twitter And Micro-Blogging =-.

  2. Ken says:

    Great info on this company. There are way too many scams out on the internet. One thing I would like to add is this. And no this is not a self promo as these folks DO NOT have an affiliate program. If you can write simple articles go to Demand Studios and fill out an application. I get paid weekly from these folks. $15 per article. Its not much but if you do enough a week it is a nice bit of money. Just wanted to share
    .-= Ken´s last blog ..Make Money Blogging =-.

  3. Dhruv Chatterjee says:

    Dear Advertiser,

    Please advice on how to get started on your Administrative Position, from home.

    Please note, I am an English Copywriter based out of Muscat Oman.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

    Truly,

    Dhruv

  4. sharon says:

    Dhruv, as in my other reply to you…this is not a job offer but an investigation that revealed it to be a scam.

  5. Hi,
    I want to work out from home so that i can spend my time with my little daughter.. I anticipated that it will work.. Help me to get work..

  6. Luis A. says:

    I fell for the google work from home scam… I’m currently unemployed and thought I had nothing to lose with the $1.97 password and free access for 7 days. I did read the fine print and said I would be charged $69.99 if I decided to stay in the program, NOT SO! they charged my account without my knowledge as soon as I activated the password! in all it was useless info for me, it required you to make a webpage and link to other companies and post ads in forums and blogs to create traffic to your page and your affiliates and that way you would get money from them ( I doubt it). I cancelled twice online, called twice and got a refund. I thought the nightmare was over but one month later I’m checking my account and another phantom company http://www.alterfunds.com charged me $29.95! not even the same company I was dealing with but apparently partners in crime with the other one because they got my bank info. I called and a guy said he could not do anything about a refund and to call the next day and ask for the “customer resolution center” (probably just a recording that will leave me hanging there) so I’m going to close my account at the bank and see if their fraud dept. can do anything about these thiefs.

  7. sharon says:

    Luis, I’m so sorry that happened to you. I appreciate you posting your story…hopefully it will help others to avoid these scams.

  8. steve foster says:

    Do you know anything about Demand Studios referred to by Ken on Aug 23?

  9. sharon says:

    Hi Steve,

    Demand Studios pays people to write for them. You can choose to be paid a flat fee for your work or there’s a revenue sharing option. Here’s their website:
    http://www.demandstudios.com/

  10. Olivia Noble says:

    I just wanted to let you know I applied for this job Affiliate Manager off this web site and The Dog Treat Jar and they hired me and I worked for two weeks and was only compensated for one week.

    Please note The Dog Treat Jar is a scam and they will not pay you! I have proof of my work and her e-mails of not paying me…

    Thanks,

    Olivia Noble
    olivianoble@wildblue.net
    ontucson@comcast.net

  11. sharon says:

    Hi Olivia,

    I’m so sorry to hear that. Thanks for posting this though, so that others can avoid being scammed too. What did they say about the other week’s pay? What reason are they giving for not paying you?

  12. omer rudicil says:

    i need a online job at home please help me to find it thank you

  13. sharon says:

    Omer, if you could give me some idea of what your skills and experience are I might be able to point you in the right direction.

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