Is stuffing envelopes a legit way to earn money?

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I heard that a long time ago, you could make money while stuffing envelopes at home. Does this job still exist? How can I get started?


Wow. This question is a blast from the past! Ok, I’ll admit it. When I was in college, I sent away $19.95 so that I could become a millionaire…stuffing envelopes at home. Surprisingly it didn’t work out the way I thought. (Note the sarcasm.)

I did actually receive something for my money: a one page piece of paper that had been xeroxed a million times. It said that all I had to do was put an ad in my local paper telling people to send me $19.95. Then I would copy that paper, put it in an envelope and tell them to put an ad in their paper to have people mail them $19.95 and so on and so on.

That’s it. How simple!

Of course, they neglect to mention that this is against the law.  It’s considered postal fraud and can land you a $5,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail.

At the time, I was pretty pissed off. After all, $20 is a nice chunk of change to a college student, (in the 1990’s at least!) but at the end of it all, that experience did send me on this interesting trajectory of being hyper vigilant in finding legitimate work at home jobs.

So, Thank You scammers!

And to those of you curious, no…this isn’t legit. If you’re still interested in falling for this scam…just don’t. After all, I got scammed…so you don’t have to!


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