Beware of Shiny Things - All That Glitters is NOT Gold!

Discussion in 'Business Opportunities and Programs Reviews' started by A8ch, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    I received a promotional email today with the subject line: "Re: Your Ticket to a $200USD/Hour Job". It was from an outfit called Work at Home Recruiters. The sales letter said I could "Start Earning $195 Per Day Working From Home" and was signed by one Emily Thomas.

    The current global economy has placed many people in very serious financial straits. They are desperate to find ways to earn money quickly. The urgency of their circumstances can warp their objectivity and perception, and this makes them vulnerable to well-crafted, but dubious offers that seem to offer a solution.

    For some reason the email remided me of promo letters I'd seen before from Angel Stevens, Angela Penbook and Cathy Brooks promising similar earnings working from home, and that's what prompted me to start this thread.

    The concensus in the online world is that Angel Stevens, Angela Penbrook, Emily Thomas, Cathy Brooks and associated companies such as Auction Work at Home, Work At Home Recruiters, Auction Processors and Auction Listing Employment Agency, may not be quite what they represent themselves to be.

    I'm not going to debate the legality of their methods, but here's the caution I want to sound:

    Do your due diligence, before making a hasty decision to jump onboard any seeming "too-good-to-be-true" opportunity.

    It's all a game of marketing between the seller and the buyer.

    Marketers are taught to sell the sizzle not the steak. Their job is to write enticing, compelling copy, tell sympathetic stories, and promise things the buyer wants to hear. The buyer's challenge is to sift through the BS, seperate fact from fantasy and get to the meat of the offer. It's only then that the buyer can make an informed decision as to whether or not the offer serves his or her purpose.

    Diamonds sparkle, shimmer and dance in the light... so do rhinestones. It's up to you to know how to distinguish the difference and avoid being duped into confusing a rhinestone for a diamond.

  2. TyBrown

    TyBrown New Member

    I can be a victim of 'shiny object syndrome' at times. I just have to focus on what I know works, has worked, and will continue to work.
  3. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Hermas,

    Good heads-up post.

    If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true.

    In a way, I feel sorry for the Madoff victims. What he did was obviously evil. On the other hand, the victims didn't do their research, they didn't listen to their gut, and they willingly fell prey to their own greed.

    In a sense, they very much asked for it; getting scammed. In a way, I look down my nose at them with grim contempt and I can't help thinking that they deserved what they got.

    Nothing good is quick and easy. When it comes to investments, the things that seem quick and easy should be avoided. Same is true with things that don't "sit right", "seem fishy", or "are so simple your great, great grandmother could do it!".

    So, if it sounds too good to be true, don't buy in. It's that simple.

    ~Newbie Shield~
  4. FreeCashMan

    FreeCashMan Well-Known Member

    True the internet is full of masters of deception allowed to flourish behind websites and emails unable to be evaluated by the naked eye.

    But know that success can be and is waiting to be had in the jungle of the internet.

    As somewhat noted above, success in online business or any business, is in the marketing. To many fail in home business ventures not because of the program but because of the lack of being able to effectively market in away that makes success a great possibility.

    So the thing to learn from those masters of deceptions is their wisdom of marketing, but to be right and true as to what you are offering so that a person can avoid the pitfalls of other with ill intent.

    All good people, don't give up on your online home business pursuits. We need as many of the right people out here as we can get.
  5. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

    I am terrified to open any of those emails, seems like everytime I do, I get a virus on my computer. Is this normal?
  6. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    robinincarolina: I am terrified to open any of those emails, seems like everytime I do, I get a virus on my computer. Is this normal?

    It can happen if you open an attachment...other things can happen if you have HTML enabled for your email messages.

    Otherwise it's probably from something else - a mere coincidence timing-wise.

    Don't open email if you either don't know the sender and/or (depending upon your comfort level) aren't expecting it from a new acquaintance.

    You might disable HTML for your email messages.

    It's a good idea to have a few scanners on your computer.

    Go easy on the free downloads. They sometimes contain some sort of malware such as a trojan or a virus. This is especially true for free software.

    Research it first. If a bunch of forums say it's clean you can be more confident. Make sure you REALLY need the program before even considering the download and install.

    Those tidbits should minimize a chance of being victimized by malware.

    Make sure you back up your important documents every month.

    Good luck,

    ~Newbie Shield~
  7. robinincarolina

    robinincarolina Silver Member

  8. lindamia

    lindamia New Member

    I would really appreciate to know more about the POSTCARD WEALTH FORMULA that you seem to be involved in. Do they actually send you the postcards? who do you send them to? What are you selling?, etc. Is this really as simple and profitable as they say?

    I also don't really know how to email you or write someone privately and directly.

    Thanks for your help

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