Is this posting a scam?


question-markI’ve decided to begin a weekly “Is this job posting a scam” post on this blog – I see a lot of Cragislist work from home job posts come through on my “work from home” Google Alert, so I decided to check this one out first:

No up front cost. Real opportunity. Work from home. Minimum is four shifts a week for at least four hours a shift (shift is six hours). Maximum is both shifts six days a week.Working 10-4 & 4-10 P.M. ShiftsTelecommute & Earn $400-$2500+ a week!!!
Fully commission based sales.MUST speak clear ENGLISH, Read & Write. No exceptions…Working from Home, all you need is a Computer/Laptop with an Internet Connection Hard wired. Wifi or Wireless Connections WILL NOT WORK because you are speaking over Voice Over IP Lines. Laptops are fine but you will need an Ethernet Cable
plugged in for the call quality to work perfectly. NO MAC’s. PC’s ONLY.

You will also need a $30 Headset with a USB connection. Again, the headset must have a USB connection for it to work. (Logitech recommended)

Contact me today.

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

 

So I emailed the email address that was in the ad on Monday, August 10th and got this response to my email later that evening:

Hello,

Thank you for showing interest in our stay at home telemarketing opportunity. There is a lot of money to be made from the comfort of your home.

Below you will find a link that will outline what you will be doing and how you can do it successfully. The amount of money you make is completely up to you.

http://www.screencast.com/t/fKvs0r0LJsXc

Below is a pay-scale that outlines how much you can make each and every week. This is a real opportunity to make money consistently without leaving your home.

You must have a PC(No Mac) and a hard line internet connection(WiFi/Wireless will not work because you will be speaking on Voice over IP lines) as well as a $20-$30 USB headset. These are the only hardware requirements. Other requirement is that you make a commitment to work at least four days a week. You can work more but that is the minimum.

If you can meet these requirements and are excited about the opportunity to make great money from your home please contact me so we can get you started.

I look forward to working with you and hope we have a very long profitable relationship.

Payscale

1 – 6 =  $100  =  $600 wk

7 – 11  =  $125 =  $1375 wk

12-15  =  $150  =  $2250 wk

16&up  =  $175 = $2800+wk

All Sales are based on Installations.

Pay-week is based on all Sales scheduled Monday thru Saturday

Sincerely,

Michael Egbert

Based on the information in the email as well as the information in the video, I would say this is not a scam – for one thing, the only money you have to put out is for equipment to do the job, and that’s quite common with work from home jobs, especially those that hire independent contractors. For another, the company has been in business for 6 years – the longer the company has been in business, the better chance there is that they’re a legitimate company.

If anyone reading this has applied for this position, or does apply for this position, I would love to hear your stories – feel free to comment below!


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