A few months back I received a barrage of phone calls from various work-from-home opportunities. This happened after I submitted my phone number (intentionally) to one of the scam products I reviewed, just to see what happened.
Two of these companies were Ebiz Services and Washington Resource Services. Google them and you'll find nothing, because neither of them exist anymore, nor did they ever “really” exist.
This pitch was simple, and the scam is know (with a slight twist): Pay to receive coaching so that you can sell their products. In this case, I would be selling credit card processing machines to local companies.
At this company I spoke to two reps Walter Thomas (18776289556),Scott Boyd (18883480202), and some guy named Austin.It was clear that these guys were reading from a script, and didn't really understand the ins-and-outs of what they were selling. One sounded like a really young kid, maybe a teenager.
Of course they started the phone conversation asking if I was interested in work from home opportunities, and if I wanted to make a few thousand dollars extra per month. Duh, who wouldn't.
All I needed was internet access, two hours per day, and $1000 credit available. Yes? OK, I'm a qualified agent!
The I had to listen to 4 minutes of audio recording telling me about this wonderful opportunity that everyone is getting involved in. I'm now an exclusive member…yeah right.
Then when I spoke to someone after the recording, I was fed a sack-load of numbers about credit card companies, payments, and how much I could be earning in the next 30 days. All I had to do was to pay a one time fee of a couple hundred bucks, and I would receive personal 1-on-1 coaching.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that they needed agents in my area! They just opened up a referral program in my area, and what a coincidence, they were looking for credit card machine salesman in podunk ‘ol Turlock, CA.
This is similar to work-from-home job lists, medical billing, secret shoppers, and assembly work. The scam is all the same: Pay a fee to enter the “inner circle” of opportunity. This fee is often hundreds of dollars just to access the work, coaching, or instructions. But once inside, you find out that there's no real work to be done, or it's not as easy to make money as they told you.
You should never have to pay someone to get a job.
Washington Resource Services
At Washington Resource Services I spoke to Kelly Wood. She was quite the character. I felt she was overconfident in the viability of this type of work, and fed me a stanky line of BS about how she does it too and makes a lot of money doing it. Hm, if she made so much money doing it, why is she working in a call center trying to pitch this opportunity to me.
One sign of a scam is that they really try to sweaten the deal for you. Kelly told me how I could get an amazing 3 separate streams of income from this job.
- 1) $500 per machine you place in a business
- 2) 25% of profit of every swipe
- 3) 2% on any cash advance
If a company has to convince you that you should work for them, despite you having no education or skills related to the things they want you to do, it's a scam. At the very least, it's not worth your time or money.
Then Kelly really put on the pressure. They were looking to get a contact agent TODAY, and the job might not be available tomorrow. Oh no! I'd better sign up then!
Wait, there's more
Not only that, but all I had to do was to get the names and phone numbers of businesses that were interested. They would take care of the rest.
So I would be spending my days walking around town, or trying to contact the owners of local businesses via telephone/email. I'd take my no-experience-marketing-skills and try to convince them that some guy off the street can offer them better credit card processing fees. Um, I don't think so.
Kelly really wasn't happy when I told her I was busy and would call her back, and then attempted to make me feel stupid for missing out on this great deal. Hey, she could even offer me a discount! In fact, she said “name my price”, and she might be able to meet it.
Another indication of a scam is when they will take a significant amount less than the original price quoted. It means whatever they are selling you is worth $0, so any fee you pay is profit.
Have you been scammed on the phone or received phone calls trying to sell you biz ops? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.