Check out this recent reader letter:
Dear consumer web watch,
In my recent search for a job I came across several job postings for rebate processing jobs that seem too good to be true.They claim a very good pay rate but require a thirty seven dollar fee for training materials. Do you have any reported scams about these jobs? One of the web sites: http://www.rebateprocessorjobs.com/index.htm
We decided to take a look at www.rebateprocessorjobs.com, and as usual, didn't like what we found. First off, like so many other work-at-home sites we've looked at, it exudes the classic "site in a box" vibe—unprofessional, low-budget and amateurish.
The site, apparently run by one "Cindy Dalton," offers consumers the compelling opportunity to process customer rebates from home for $15 a pop. And the price of entry? The normal registration fee is $79.99, but, according to Cindy, "due to the current demand for workers I've lowered the registration to only $39. Offer valid until April 21, 2009." Which is today.
Anyone smell anything rotten in the state of Denmark yet?
Typically, the site features the usual assortment of gleeful people gazing at their laptops, implausible claims (15 a day @ $15 each=$1575 per week or $6300 month or $75,600 a year), "proof" in the form of the inevitable clickbank statements, unsubstantiated testimonials, ("I finally found the perfect work for my lifestyle! Your site was easy to follow. Highly recommended!"- Wendy M Ouray, Colorado) and laughable promises (Get instant access right now! Yes, you get immediate access even at 2:00 A.M.).
Rebate Processor Jobs This company is making false claims and has several misleading ads
This company claims to pay the employees 15$ per rebate processed, and all you have to pay is 192.00 as a one time start-up fee, when in reality you have to advertise products for their company, and you only get paid if and only if customers decide to buy these products.
Processor Jobs Pure Fraud, You don't get what you paid for BEWARE
Folks stay away from REBATES as they are all scams. They advertise one way and you end up doing affiliate work and then process your own rebate from your profit. Do Not Do it or you will be ripped off for certain.
Delray Beach, Florida
Rebate Processor Jobs, Cindy Dalton, virtualtrainingsolutions.com, Rebate Processing From Home, Yes, it's a SCAM
I found rebateprocessorjobs.com (AKA Cindy Dalton and virtualtrainingsolutions.com) through RatRaceRebellion, a site that was touted on the Today Show. Filed my info., $39.00 was immediately charged to my credit card account, reply due in 24-48 hrs. Nothing!
The Better Business Bureau also had a few things to say about Rebate Processor Jobs, to which it awarded a company rating of F. In other words: "We strongly question the company’s reliability for reasons such as that they have failed to respond to complaints, their advertising is grossly misleading, they are not in compliance with the law’s licensing or registration requirements, their complaints contain especially serious allegations, or the company’s industry is known for its fraudulent business practices.
The BBB also had this to say regarding the 35 complaints it's logged against the site:
"Complaints allege the company misrepresents their offer as an opportunity to work from home processing rebates. Specifically complainants allege, after paying fees of $39.99 to begin work as a rebate processor, respondents are directed to the company’s affiliates web addresses where they are required to pay additional fees to promote their products by writing and placing ads. If the products are purchased as a result of the respondent’s ad they are to receive some sort of compensation; however no rebate work exists. Complainants further express dissatisfaction with the company’s refusal to issue refunds."
Finally, such is the reputation of www.rebateprocessorjobs.com that even McAfee Site Adviser—an application best known for identifying harmful sites in search results—flagged it with a big yellow exclamation mark. When we clicked on the "more info" link, we learned the following:
"When we visited this site, we found one or more misleading claims about work-at-home opportunities. The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be skeptical when evaluating home-based business ventures, especially when an initial monetary investment is required. For more information, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/invest/inv14.shtm."