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Better Business Bureau: Red Flag Against Twitter Money Schemes

Twitter logoMany people looking to earn a living at home are falling prey to “tweets”, emails and websites that tell them they can make money from home. Read the fine print!

Many Work at Home scams have popped up in light of the current economic conditions in the country. Many claim you can make money by sending emails or placing Google ads. But recently, there has been a new scheme playing the field which targets Americans by telling them they can make money through Twitter.

These schemes often sound like they have no risk; however the BBB advises you to practice great caution.

Some emails sent to victims say, “Twitter Workers Needed ASAP.” The email goes on to portray that you will be hired for a fulltime job. It uses false endorsements as “As seen on USA Today, CNN and ABC.” Like all other schemes, this one uses false testimonials and often ends up costing a lot of money rather than offering a job in exchange for service.

Most of the time, the email containing the scheme will link to a company based in England called It makes claims that you can earn $250 to $873 per day working out of your home using Twitter. As usual, it offers a 7-day free trial of their instructional CD-ROM for only $1.95 to cover shipping. But beware! Deep in the fine print are statements that the trial begins the day the CD is ordered – not when it is received as you’d expect – and if you don’t t cancel within that time, you will be charged $47 dollars every month from then on.

Fake blogs, such as will display false testimonials and even a photo of a check supposedly received by the blogger for posting links to Twitter.  If you do a little bit of searching, you will see that some of these photos are the same ones used on many other fake blogs (or flogs) for several different work-at-home schemes.

In addition, other websites that talk about being able to earn over $800 per day working at home, usually lead you through a similar 7-day trial along with a CD. If the buyer doesn’t cancel within 7 days of placing their purchase, they are charged as high as $99.99 each and every month. Every single day, new websites appear and it’s usually only as matter of time before the Better Business Bureau starts receiving complaints.

The BBB warns job hunters to be careful and look out for all the warning signs when looking for an opportunity you can do at home or online. Watch out for the following:

  • Payment is requested upfront in order to get hired for the job. This is usually not really a job, but a business opportunity.
  • The supposed “job” doesn’t really seem like it provides employment. It is a home business opportunity or a money-making scheme.
  • The website or product claims that job seekers can make a lot of money with hardly and work, no education, no expertise and no experience. (Let’s get real people!)
  • You have seen the same or similar offer on many different websites or even many different tweeters. These tweets provide links that direct you to a site which is a scam or it could even possibly install a virus or malware on your computer to steal your identity or other valuable information.

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