I am one seriously miffed little David today. This could partly be due to the two and half hours of weeding I did this morning and the resultant full body ache I currently have, or that my hopes and dreams are not panning out quite the way I naively expected them to. I think mostly it is because, damn it all, do there have to be so many scams in the world?
Today I was simply looking for some part-time work to supplement my writing, my other part-time jobs and being a house-husband (although I am not actually married yet). I thought I would look at working from home, maybe doing so data entry or similar. In two hours I did not find one thing that didn’t ask for money upfront. I don’t know why they bother. They might as well just scream ‘SCAM’ at the top of their voices.
Now, I might be naive and all, but after that Nigerian Prince let me down by not putting a million dollars into my account after I gave him my bank details, I am a little more street smart. As a result, I am not going to say ‘Oh, you want me to pay money to you to get a job? Hmm, well, it is usually the other way around, but hey ho, here is my cash.’ Scam scammity scam.
Obviously I find this annoying, but what really got me good and pissed off was that these scams target sites like workingmums.com. Trying to scam working/single mothers. You lousy pieces of shit. I of course mean the scammers, not the mothers (much love sisters). God I am angry right now. Targeting mum’s trying to raise kids and earn money is so low. Especially when in England, where being on benefits is a way of life for some, to try and con people who are trying to work instead of going on benefits is the worst. The absolute worst.
Oh, and how do I know about workingmums.com? Interesting fact. If you, like me have done online surveys for pittance, then your info goes out there into the cloud and companies use that info to try and sell you stuff. Quelle surprise. As a result of me working at/from home and my fiance being the bread winner, I am often thought to be a women and they try and sell me items because they presume anyone working from home is female. How about that for a double whammy of sexism?
So, what can be done? Well, if you ever feel like a company is trying to scam, please report them. You can do so at Trading Standards, to the police, or if you are not in England, then a google search will quickly tell you where you can report it.
A final thought. The only way to make a million dollars from a book called ‘How to Make a Million Dollars’ is to be the one who wrote the book in the first place. As I am not tripping over millionaires at every turn, I am guessing they are the only one it does work for.
Keep those peepers peeled buddies,