Category: Scam Questions

Is this a real job offer or scam? (Mystery Shopping WalMart)

Dear WAHFAQ, I got this email the other day, and I was wondering…is it a real job or a scam?  I know you like Mystery Shopping, and I just wanted to get your professional opinion~ Thanks! One of  America’s largest, discount departmental outlet is re-branding. The Retail Industry is a competitive world, with each retailer vying for the attention of consumers in an increasingly clustered market. We do not want to rely on proprietary data collection processes and technology alone, we need appraisers to collect specific data about their experience and opinions when they visit this any of our outlets,…

Would you recognize this scam on CNBC?

**Note: Since writing this article, the scammers have changed the landing page to make it look like MSNBC. If you visit the site it may have changed again. Darn those sneaky scammers!** Once upon a time, I received an email from someone telling me that she saw an article on CNBC spouting off a great work at home job. Her exact words were, “It seems scam-ish, but it’s on CNBC?” I went to the site, and this is what I saw:     I’m used to the “(Insert city name here) Mom makes a Bazillion dollars working part-time” ads. I…

How do spammers get my email address?

Dear WAHFAQ, I had to finally close an old email account because I was getting too much Spam. How can I prevent this from happening with my new account? I’ve already gotten a few pieces of Spam and I just don’t want it to override my account like last time! Ah yes, the everlasting quest to stay one step ahead of the spammers! Feels like a game of whack-a-mole, no? I’m not really quite sure how “Spam” got its name. Sure there’s the meat, which we’ve all (ahem) enjoyed over the years…some more than others. But Spam in the online…

Is CashCrate a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, Have you heard of Cashcrate.com?  Do you think it’s a scam?  I’ve been thinking about joining, but I’m not sure if it’s real or not.  Can you help me out? Ah, yes…Cashcrate.  They’re one of the more popular “get paid to try” companies out there. In short answer: No, they’re not a scam.  However, the method in which you earn income is a bit tricky, and frankly, for what you’re getting paid, I wouldn’t recommend them. Basically, you’re playing the rebate game.  You sign up to try out an offer for free for 30 days. As an incentive…

Is Next Job at Home a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, I came across this website for work at home job listings.  Have you heard of it?  Is it real or is it a scam:  www.NextJobatHome.com   NextJobatHome is a site that will send you way too many emails.  Once upon a time I signed up for them because I was curious too.  They stated that they would send legitimate job offers and I was really curious.  Well, it didn’t take too long for me to realize what they were doing! In each email they highlight a different work at home oppourtunity.  Notice, I said “opportunity” not “job“.  When you…

Why does someone from Belgium want to buy my TV?

Dear WAHFAQ, I have started cleaning out my attic and basement and garage and selling things online through Craigslist, eBay local, and OfferUp. Recently, I’ve gotten a ton of contacts from people overseas who want to buy my things. This seems a bit odd. I’m tempted to reply, just because I want to sell my stuff, but it just seems fishy to me. Do you have any thoughts on this? Ohhh, boy. Do I have thoughts! Congrats…you are being targeted for what is commonly called an “over-payment scam.” Several years ago, I was in a similar situation to you. My…

Is onlinestudentjob.com a scam?

Update: This is a post from 2012 and the website onlinestudentjob.com has since been taken down. However, I do feel that this article is a good exercise in learning how to research job offers and postings you find in the real world. So, this article will remain on the site for educational purposes.  Dear WAHFAQ, I saw this ad posted on my school campus. Is it real job or a scam? Well, at first glance, this doesn’t look like a job offer, it looks more like an income opportunity that you’re going to have to pay for to get information. You’ll…

Are Internet Surveys a Scam?

Dear WAHFAQ, I’ve seen a ton of websites that claim I can make money doing Internet surveys. Have you done these? Can you make money or is it all just a scam? You can make money with Internet Surveys, but, not a lot. Most companies work on a ‘point’ system, where you need to redeem a certain number of points (by filling out surveys) which you then can convert into cash. They’ll set your payment limit at $50-$100, because they’re not going to send you checks or deposits for every little survey you do. It will take TIME to get…

The three most evil work at home scams ever

Dear WAHFAQ, There are so many scams out there. Are there any ones that are worse, or more evil than others? Granted, I consider most scams to be some kind of “evil” but there are a few in particular that have their own special brand of sinister wretchedness. That is because in these scams, you will actually be paid, but unbeknownst to you, you’re scamming someone else! Keep in mind that these are pretty sophisticated scams, so you may only be one part of the larger puzzle: Version One: The Payment Processing Clerk As a “payment processing clerk”, you may…

Is Bethany Mooradian a Scam?

As my books and website becomes more popular and my name gets a little bit more recognition, the inevitable Google search phrase will start to pop up, as it has for so many others before me: “Is Bethany Mooradian a scam?” I know that this will be more of a rant than anything else, but figured I might as well address this question head on, so that people can hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. (Insert feigned neighing here.) Um, no. I’m not a scam. This site is not a scam. We are not going to try…