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Work At Home Scams: Facts & Figures

By: Garry Pierrepont - Updated: 20 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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They used to be advertised in newspapers, but now they’re all over the Internet, and enter your inbox every day. 'Get Rich Quick'schemes; more accurately 'Work at Home' scams. In tough times more people will think they’re on to a good thing and try these. Who wouldn’t want to get easy income if they could?

Research has been carried out by Pro Consumer Guides (PSG), and their conclusions are as follows:

  • The schemes will not make you rich quickly
  • Most will not make you any money at all
  • Many wanted you to pay more money the further you went

It may not be what we want to hear, but there’s no such thing as a 'free lunch', or a 'quick buck'. However much we want to believe that the scheme we’ve just come across will work, and looks different to the others … it won’t and it isn’t. However, PSG’s research did reveal a couple of programmes which, with hard work and enthusiasm, might deliver a reasonable income.


Examples of the kind of thing you might see are these:
  • Make Money Real Business – Learn to make $1000-$3500 Daily. Let this stay at home Dad show you.
  • For Serious Entrepreneurs – Proven + Automated + Turnkey. Earning £250K Working From Home.
  • Make £500 in 30 minutes – You can make money fast and easy. Simple step-by-step system!
  • [All sic]

Tempting, aren’t they? The idea of quick and easy money has, and always will have, appeal. Most of the schemes are accompanied by quoted testimonials about how much money people made, but results of the research carried out by PSG showed that most people could not earn such large amounts in such a short time.


As noted before PSG’s research did find a couple of very high quality programmes which might deliver a steady full-time income (note the difference in the tone of the language). These programmes proved to be value for money, offering up to date methods and techniques. It was these differences that made one or two programmes stand out.

Test Results

PSG carried out its research over a two week period by following explicitly all the instructions on how to make the schemes work – joining mailing lists, sending for literature, contacting support. It came out with a 94.6 per cent failure rate. It listed the following key problems with the failing schemes:
  • Not enough information provided
  • Information quality was poor
  • There were hidden fees or large upsells
  • There was no clear privacy of refund policy
  • Personal information passed on resulting in sales calls
  • Poor customer support

Successful Programmes

There were two schemes that PSG thought had potential. They gave positive results over the test period. The good points of these schemes were:
  • Small registration fee, which seemed to reasonably cover costs for the provider
  • Clear privacy and refund policies
  • Information and support quality was good
  • Income outweighed outlay, and the money actually arrived

The two successful programmes were:
1. The Profit Lance Automated Wealth Course
2. Legit Online Jobs

Profit Lance is a comprehensive step-by-step training course in building a home business online and attaining your financial goals. PSG really sang its praises. It was impressed by the support, the refund offer and the privacy policy.

Legit Online Jobs appears to be a fairly respectable programme. With simple and straightforward instructions you can set up online and make money. PSG liked the fact that it lacked the complexity of other schemes. Step-by-step instructions are provided and the programme does not require in-depth technical knowledge. It also came with money back guarantee and a privacy policy.


Most programmes that profess to make you rich quick will not do so. Research has shown that 95 per cent fail in their claims. Pro Consumer Guide research revealed two programmes that made money with hard work and adherence to instructions.

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