Can you believe it? I almost got taken from a sales letter. Oh this was no

United States
April 26, 2009 12:02pm CST
ordinary sales letter. This lady cared about hard working people like me and helping us earn a living on the internet. It was not even going to cost me any upfront money because my monthly commissions would pay for everything. I read everything on this website for 1 hour and believed every word she wrote because it was so simple. Nothing hidden, all the info was there in front of me. I had filled out the signup page and was ready to hit the submit button. Then it dawned on me, what the heck was I paying her $17 per month for? Seemed cheap price to pay since I was going to make way more than that!! Since I could not answer the question, I shut down the site. Have you ever read something so real you could actually see yourself doing this business in your mind? Then you come back to earth? What was your experience?
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@rovian (1927)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I once received a letter in the mail, and it explained a way people are making money through the mail. All I had to do was make copies of the letter but add my address to the top of a list of addresses, and remove the one on the bottom. Then mail them to people I knew. I also had to send a one time payment of $20. Afterwards, the letter said I only had to wait for maybe two weeks until I start receiving cash. It also said I could repeat these steps to make more. Because I could understand how it would work and I've seen something similar a few years before, I taught it to be real but I never tried it because I was told it was a scam.
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• United States
26 Apr 09
I remember that one!!! Only thing is whats the money for? Thats what kept me from joining. And what about if someone removed my name from the list to move theirs up faster? That program gave me all sorts of questions so stayed away from that one. I see it creeping up again but in another form. I think they call it cash gifting?
• United States
27 Apr 09
Postcards? Hmm interesting
@EduCashin (104)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
Yup for sure, I can't remember what the site was called, but I was reading the sales page and it was perfect and since it was free I thought there was really no risk. The guy had everything (i thought at least) and then I got to the end of the page, I was about to type in my info since like I said before nothing much to lose since it was free, then my 6th sense kicked in. I was always the type to do my due diligence about a site, and i was not going to stop there even though it was free. So I did a little research and voila found a guy on youtube who was going to try the site out for 30 days and keep the viewers posted. So there was no risk for us, but only for him, I really admired that. A week or so later, he makes a video and tells us that he won't be doing it, since the site was really just a splash page for herbalife, the real program it is promoting, he had mentioned that this site had scammed him before, and is not looking to be scammed again. I looked up herbalife, and there were many complaints about the site, so at the end of the day, due diligence is always step 1 before even reading the sales page since if it is a scam, there is no point in reading it and if you did, you just wasted some time you could have been looking at another site. "Spiderman's 6th sense is the spidey sense, mines is the due diligence sense, always saves me at the last minute" EduCashin
• United States
26 Apr 09
Since being on the internet, I have learned to be skeptical of all things. But this particular letter hid nothing, everything was upfront. I really admire this type of program. You dont have to guess about anything. Your screen name surely fits you and hope others are paying attention. Thanks for the mini lesson!!!
@zahfran (851)
• Singapore
26 Apr 09
Yea.. I am skeptical too ever since being burned couple of times. I would always do thorough research before buying any products online. There are products that work and there are that doesn't. I would say 50/50.
• United States
26 Apr 09
I can absolutely relate to the topic being discussed here. I can name a few websites here that seem so simple for a few blissful moments, then it comes time to type in your credit card number, and instant reality check kicks in. No, I've learned to take the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, literally. I think what we really need to admit is that , making true money online, is nowhere near as easy, or possible as we'd like it to be.
@zahfran (851)
• Singapore
26 Apr 09
You mean, there was nothing involved. No product or anything? Wow.. This must be some kind of pyramid game where only the people at the top stands to gain. That being said, many people still do join it as they believe it will earn them more but truth is they are tricking more people to join under them. This is the only way they will earn and I think it's kinda selfish to some extent. As for experience, I once was almost taken in just like you but seeing there was no product or anything of the sort, I came back to earth. Greed would be the greatest sin amongst mankind's seven deadly sins.
• Australia
30 Apr 09
I have read & believed things like that but lucky for me at the time I couldn't afford to sign up so I just signed up to their free newsletter/tips & thought I would sign up when I could afford it. I still get some of those newsletters, most of the time, I delete them but sometimes I read them as they have good tips for making money online that you could apply to anything you do. I should really unsubscribe so my inbox doesn't get as cluttered but I can never find the time or I've deleted the email before I think of it.
• United States
1 May 09
I have a few of those emails in my inbox I keep forgetting to unsubscribe from. Sometimes even after you unsubscribe, they still keep sending emails. I had to threaten a few companies before.
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• Australia
1 May 09
I know the feeling, I've almost been there myself
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
i have not yet received a letter like that. its very hard for me to sign-up to any sites that needs payment right away, i could sign-up for free, see what's inside, what they offer.... but if there's monthly payment, for sure i wont be upgrading or buying it. but i did try a cycler..., i received a very simple letter, and went into the site, joined as a free member, checked the forum, etc. etc. and paid the site, but its only for $2. one time payment, looks legit to me, there's forum, admins always there, spreadsheet to see where your position is always updated through mails all those stuff... i hope im not gonna be scammed, even if with that amount only, it's hard earned. i hope im still here on earth... lol
• United States
27 Apr 09
Two dollars is how they get people. Seems so small but what if you get $2 from hundreds of people? I never tried a cycler, but... I was tempted. Good luck with your position, I hope you get paid.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
yeah small amounts gets on to people, because it's that small amount only. and this cycler i've joined, never promised your $2 will become thousands or million like some other sites does... lol from the spreadsheet they sent me, the first one was that i was on the 120+ in the line, and last week, i went up to 71... still a long way to go to reach the top before i get my money back plus the profit of $1.32... lol i do hope this is really worth it. it may be small to other people but that $2 is worth 100 pesos here, still a lot of money, i could buy 4 kilos of rice for with amount here. but then sometimes there is a need to take a risk... and if i get scammed, ill just kick myself for falling for it... lol
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I haven't been in a situation like you. And I wouldn't even want to be put in that situation in the future. In the first place, I don't give much interest on any topic in the interest which will make me shell out money from my pocket. Secondly, I couldn't afford to pay $17 because that amount is so big in our currency.
• United States
27 Apr 09
Sometimes I dont want to be in my situation. I understand completely.
@ada547612 (203)
• China
27 Apr 09
I do not quite dare to believe that, because too many online swindlers. I have taken, and paid training, the results have nothing to learn.
• United States
27 Apr 09
ok thanks
• United States
27 Apr 09
I have yes. In fact I went as far as to get involved with the company. It was great for about 6 weeks then it sucked. It was called prepaid legal services. Scam if you ask me. I guess you just have to become one of the scammers to get paid there. I have seen millionaires come out of that company personally, but the y got in on the ground floor, before the scamming started.
• United States
27 Apr 09
Hey I believed in that program. Thought it was a great idea for people who couldnt afford legal services. Lets face it, lawyers are expensive and thats not even the good ones. I didnt even know they were scam but just didnt want to put out any money on something like that.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
I was scammed once, not online. so since then I avoid any money making sites that says I have to pay for something first. It's true that even if the sites do not ask for money they can still be scam, but at least I don't lose money to begin with. I never read anything that sounded so real aside from the one company that scammed me, it was a work-from-home company and I wasn't the only victim so somebody probably reported this company because I read that this company was oficially declared scam.
• United States
27 Apr 09
Thats so true about the sites not asking for any money upfront. Sooner or later they will want something or else why be in business?