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Category: Scams

Scammers

If I were to follow some of the comments that get left on my blog – I moderate them – I would really start to wonder.  I have a small penis, I need to find a wife from Russia and would I like to advertise on a Bass Fishing site.  No, no and no.  I just delete them.

Then, today, I saw one I found most interesting:

We need freelance writers desperately. After looking over this article, We must have you on our staff. We pay $35-$50 hourly. Our leading people are pulling in over $91K per year, composing part-time.
Please swing by and see what we have to offer.

Really?  If someone really wanted me on their staff, I’m sure they would be smart enough to send me an email.  It isn’t that difficult to figure out my name and find my phone number, I’m sure.  I removed the website URL from the above quote, but I was bored and thought I’d check it out.

It looks really good, they even have “requirements” to join:

  • Must be 18 years or older to join
  • Must have access to the internet
  • Have at least 1 hour a week to dedicate to this
  • The ability to follow directions
  • Complete the writing jobs you are given

It sounds legit, doesn’t it?

Until you see where they want you to pay $68.00 in order to join.  Oh, but this month, they offer a half-off coupon, so it’s only $34.00.

Just in case you weren’t aware of this, I thought I’d pass it on.  No legitimate company expects you to pay them to find a job for you.  Employers pay, employees do not.

Scam Alert – Hope Trinity Collection Agency

My buddy, Preston (Betty’s son), told me about a phone call he received from Hope Trinity Collection Agency.  They told him that he owed $600 to a medical facility in Racine.  They went further and said that if he didn’t pay it that day, they would take him to court.  Well, Preston told him that he’d have someone call them back.

Instead, Preston’s wife – Jerri – called the medical facility instead.  Turned out that Preston did indeed owe the $600, but the bill wasn’t past due and it hadn’t been turned over to the collection agency.  In fact, they were just waiting on the insurance company.

Jerri told me that she had looked up the phone number and saw nothing but complaints about Hope Trinity Collection Agency.  She told me so that Cheryl and I wouldn’t be scammed and now, I’m passing this on to you.

No collection agency can call you and demand instant payment – well, they can, but it isn’t the way the world works.  If you receive a call about any bill, don’t immediately pay it to some collection agency unless you know for a fact that it is in collections and, even then, I’d call the actual people to whom you owe the money.  It always makes sense to double check anything someone tells you over the phone.

 

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