Tips from Consumers: Work at Home Businesses
Tips from Consumers
Work at Home Businesses
Greater Maryland is cautioning consumers about Data Entry Pro. BBB advises anyone who might be tempted to work from home to be wary about advertisements from companies that claim they can make you rich.
According to www.bbb.org, Data Entry Pro has accumulated 4,000 inquires within the last year. In August 2008, The Federal Trade Commission released a statement that the brothers behind Data Entry Pro, Eric G. Louise and Calvin G. Louise, were banned from further deceptive advertising tactics in conjunction with work at home businesses. The FTC reported a civil complaint against the brothers who were conducting business through a number of Web sites including Fastcashathome.com, Fastcashathome.homestead.com, Hometypers.com, Moneymakingsecret.homestead.com, Realcashprograms.com, and Dataentrypro.com.
Many people get tempted about work at home offers that advertise great earnings on the Internet. But those offers often come with strings attached such as upfront fees. Legitimate businesses do not make you pay a fee to gain employment.
BBB | Greater Maryland president & CEO, Angie Barnett, suggests, "Use extreme caution when responding to work at home offers. Ads claim high earnings and short hours with little or no experience, but BBB has no evidence of anyone making the promised money. Rarely, if ever, do these ads offer legitimate employment. Generally, these 'jobs' require up-front fees for information or supplies, and only the person who initially ran the ad makes any money."
Data Entry Pro is based out of Westminster, California and holds an unsatisfactory standing with BBB. Unfortunately, Data Entry Pro is not the only active scheme attempting to lure victims. In the last few weeks, BBB has received inquiries from Marylanders about another work at home opportunity using the name American Publications. The ads report the company to be based in Connecticut and BBB's Reliability Report shows an unsatisfactory record and indicate the opearation is just a scam.
In June of 2008, BBB had questioned the company's advertising claims, including, "Special Limited Time Offer", "We are a legitimate company who has been around for 12 years", "Guaranteed", and more. The company has yet to respond to BBB Connecticut.
One Maryland victim was promised a full refund of her $39.00 registration fee for "supplies and instructions" if she mailed 100 stuffed envelopes back to American Publications by a specific date. When she did not receive her money, she filed a complaint with BBB. The business responded offering a full refund. The victim was advised she would receive her refund in seven days, but months later, she has not seen a penny.
"Every day, ads for work-at-home jobs appear in newspapers across the country as well as in national magazines and on the Internet. Some offers include stuffing envelopes, assembling products, reading books, reviewing movies, medical transactions, or selling advertising on the Internet," adds Barnett.
Victims should direct complaints to BBB at www.bbb.org, Maryland Attorney General's Office at www.oag.state.md.us and the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP. If the offer has been extended through the mail, also contact the U.S. Postal Service at www.usps.com or 1-800-ASK-USPS.
To file a complaint visit: www.baltimore.bbb.org or write: BBB, 1414 Key Highway, #100, Baltimore MD 21230. Their office serves Baltimore and all of Greater Maryland.