Tag Archive: scams

Things That Seem Like Scams (But Actually Aren’t)

Flickr There are a surprising amount of products out there that ma seem like a scam at first, but are actually incredibly useful or even essential things that are totally worth your money. Here are just a few! Free credit reports As soon as the word “free” pops up, alarm bells start ringing in the heads of most people. Or, at least, they should do. To be honest, there are an awful lot of people who see the word “free” and fall for whatever the scheme is hook, line, and sinker. But, in general, it’s safe to say that most people assume that something strange is afoot. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right? So how the heck could “free” ever apply to…
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Beware the “Myster Shopper” email scam

My email filters are usually pretty good at catching nonsense like this. Yours probably are, too. This one got through, however, so I thought I’d toss it out there, even if only so that other people Googling to see if it’s legit will have more information to go on. The scam starts with an email, such as this one I just got titled “Welcome to Mystery Shoppers” From info_tech01@email.utah.edu JOB DESCRIPTION: 1. You will receive funds for the task. 2. You will receive instructions for the task you via email in the location and details of the task. 3. You must complete the task as quickly as possible and quietly. 4. You will be asked to visit the business location for doing good business restaurants, shopping…
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Interactive Content Services, a jackass company for jackasses staffed by jackasses

Recently saw a help wanted ad seeking an online reporter, a part-time telecommute position involving doing stuff I’ve done for, oh, the last 15 years or so. Perfect. More work is always (okay, usually) good. I could slot that work into my freelance schedule, add a little income, and stay sane in the process. I applied, providing many writing samples when I did, as requested. This is the response I got, in full, from jobs@contentservices.co: Dear Eric, Thank you for your interest in the company and for sending me your samples. You have been identified as a possible reporter candidate for our group of legal journalism websites and newspapers. As stated in the job posting, the average pay for these types of stories is $24 each. However,…
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Writers, don’t get suckered into working for free

Writers want to be read. That is why you write. You write to express yourself or to earn a living, yes — for me writing is as much a job as it is a joy — but it begins with a desire to say, “Look at this. These are my words.” That’s why it’s very easy for aspiring writers to get suckered into doing free work they should be getting paid for, or worse yet, for established writers to get tricked into doing the same. In the world of freelance writing especially, there are plenty of people out there ready and willing to prey on your eagerness, naivety, or desperation to get some writing work. Here’s one trick I see a lot when prowling freelance…
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Hey writers, watch out for SCAMS

Fellow freelancers, keep your eyes peeled for seemingly legitimate offers by articlebat.org, an outfit which is NOT affiliated with articlebat.com. The way it works is simple: Likely drawn from your resume being posted to various job sites (though you may also get them at random), you get an email offering steady writing work. It may look something like this: Job- copywriting Salary – $600 a week Duties – if you have knowledge and ambitions for writing articles on different topics you are just what the doctor ordered and you are welcome to our writers team. -Previous experience would be great but not a must. -If you have a broad outlook dont hesitate and give it a try. -We need articles of high quality and deadlines are to be followed. To launch…
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