Is this Craigslist posting a scam?

Found this Craigslist posting this week:

If you’re a college student, single parents or work from home parent, and you have you have some free time for at least ten minutes a day, then I highly suggest you checked out the company I started working for! The wages are awesome and the work is so easy. You must be at at least 18 and have some experience working around a computer!

Please send me a message if you’re interested!

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers
  • OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities

So I emailed the email address in the posting and got this reply:

Hi Eric!
I work for a company called Instant Rewards. It’s a website that advertises for fortune 500, well-known companies such as Gamefly, Go Daddy, freecreditscore and several known. This website brings people in for new customers to test out trial packagers and free trial offers! When people try these trial offers, the companies get paid and then the companies pay Instant Rewards and then you get paid just by copy and pasting! You can get paid through Paypal one every twelve hours or by a bank check that is sent once a week. It’s so easy to get started! I’ll be here to provide you training AND tips to get rolling. I even have an awesome support group on facebook full of tips and several people who prove they’ve been successful!

The only catch is that you, too, will have to try some of the trial offers. About 50% of the offers are free to try. I’ll even give you a list of the offers I used so you won’t have to search through them for a day like I did.

This is truly the EASIEST at home job I have found.  First you will register under my link, do a couple trial offers.  I will then train you and give you all the documents to make you successful.  I will add you to my group where there are also training videos.  After that you will start placing ads like the one you responded to, help others to sign up using your link and get paid!!!  This really is the simplest at home job available.  You will get full access to our support group and I will work right alongside you as your mentor.
If you’re interested in giving it a try, I’ll go ahead and send you my link to check it out! You can stop it whenever you please, you do not need to have any upkeep. Let me know if you have any questions!
One thing that turned me off right away is that the person didn’t even take the time to spell my name right. I checked out the website though, and while I wouldn’t say it’s a scam, I would say it’s borderline – it depends on how comfortable you are with trying trial offers in order to get paid.
Anyway, that’s my opinion on this posting – if you have any experiences, good or bad, with Instant Rewards, I’d love to hear about them.



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