I have received several "work-from-home" offers in the mail. Are these deals real?
The Federal Trade Commission and the US Postal Inspection Service say there are mailbox bandits lurking behind some of these solicitations and they’re after only one thing - your money. They tug at your heartstrings, take advantage of your trusting nature, or appeal to the entrepreneur in you.
To beat the bandits recognize some of the lines they
- "Stuff envelopes at home and earn big dollars."
Truth is few companies hire individuals to provide
this service. It’s likely you won’t make money, and
it will cost you money.
- "You have been selected to receive a fabulous
vacation!" Just send a membership fee and look for
scheduling problems, nonexistent cruises, shabby
hotels, and fly-by-night airlines.
- "This chain letter is perfectly legal!" All
chain letters are illegal. It’s that simple.
for more information.
Sandra McKinnon, Family Financial Education Specialist, University of Missouri-Extension
Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Family Financial Education Specialist, University of Missouri-Extension
Last update: Wednesday, April 19, 2006