Work from home: stuffing envelopes scams

Top mass-marketed scam mailings*

  • Deceptive sweepstakes
  • Misleading prize draws
  • Fake clairvoyants/psychics
  • Bogus foreign lotteries
  • Miracle health cures
Too much spam mail

If you’re looking to supplement your income and work from home and believe that stuffing envelopes can be a legitimate way of making extra cash, then you need to think again.

The Office of Fair Trade (OFT) estimates that over three million of us in the UK get scammed every year, collectively losing £3.5bn.

Over three million of us in the UK get scammed every year, collectively losing £3.5bn

“It’s a lot of money,” says a spokesperson at Consumer Direct, the government-funded organisation working with The OFT and Trading Standards. “We think an awful lot of people might be falling victim but aren’t necessarily telling the authorities about it. The estimation is that fewer than 5% of people report it.” 

With 16 million homes in the UK connected to the internet, options for home working never looked so good or accessible – and yet behind the promise of easy work and quick money often lies one of the oldest scams around.

The scam begins usually via the placement of an advert, either on the internet or in a local newspaper or shop window. The hook: the prospect that you could make anywhere between £1k and £5k a month working from home for a small registration fee.

Eureka! Your prayers have been answered.

No more arduous commute to work, no more tedious hours and sucking up to your boss. You now have freedom and flexibility of working hours, able to enjoy the occasional sunny day walking the dog.

Working independently; by yourself for yourself. For a small fee, you have the potential to earn mega money with minimum effort.

Pitfalls

So, you respond to the advert, send your money and wait for a truck load of envelopes to arrive at your door, embarking on your career as a professional stuffer and quitting the daily grind. However, the reality is very different.

In cases where you do get a response, the truck loads of envelopes you expected are in fact replaced by one simple copy of the same advert urging you to place the same advert in the same fashion. So, the circle of deceit continues; with no real work, £15 quid or more out of pocket, losing friends and alienating others.

In fact, one only has to look at advances in technology to spot the pitfalls.

Authentic mailing companies (which offer to handle large volumes of direct mail for legitimate companies) usually operate in large factories or warehouses, with machines that can stuff up to 5,000 envelopes per hour. Add to this high speed label stickers that can hammer home in excess of 12,000 labels per hour, and ask yourself why would anyone hire an individual to independently lick, stick and stuff their way to freedom?

With the rise of email communication and the scope for online businesses to use web-based marketing tools, working from home stuffing envelopes seems a diminishing market of opportunity. Couple this with the 2-3% annual decline of addressed mail seen by Royal Mail  over the past eight or so years, equating to 500 million and  700 million items, does this really look like a prosperous and long term way of making extra cash – even if the scams were legitimate?

 

39 comments about this article

comment by Neeta
Where can i find job.
comment by Neeta
I have baby and rent to pay
comment by Neeta
I want work my income is low
comment by Neeta
I need to work from home I have Low income
comment by Neeta
No more comment
comment by Neeta
No more comment
comment by Neeta
No more comment
comment by Neeta
I want to work from home because i have baby at home
comment by Neeta
I Need to Work from home Because I disable Mother -in-low At home
comment by Neeta
I Need to Work from home Because I disable Mother -in-low At home
comment by Neeta
No comment
comment by Neeta
No comment
comment by Neeta
i Would like work from my own home I am unemployed.
comment by Ruchika singh
i want stuffing envelopes so that i can earn some money
comment by Mark Hansford
I hope some of you do not get jobs addressing envelopes too, As your spelling and grammar is atrocious Don't fall for the scams This article is exactly right.
comment by Emily Spencer
Thank you! This artticle was very interesting to read. I have now stopped looking for this kind of job. All the adverts that i've seen so far look a bit dodgey and this has just confirmed it! Thanks again.
comment by besim
i want stuffing envelopes home work
comment by gaynor fleming
very fantastic way to earn whille at home
comment by ANGELA OSISIOMA
I'm 28 years,looking for work like. stuffing envelope.and i like to work from home.
comment by LORRAINE RIGBY
were can i find a lagitamate job stuffing envelopes
comment by Patrice Charles
I wish to earn some money to help me to pay my bills
comment by laura blower
i used to do this job when my daughters was little,i donot have money tolay out,
comment by phyllis baird
i want to work from but don,t have the set up fees as im a singl parent.
comment by sibella
when i can apply for this job i would like to start
comment by fahmina begum
HI, I WANT THIS JOB STUFFING ENVELOPES. BECAUSE,I WANT EARN MONEY FOR MY BABY.
comment by NATASHA LEWIS
INEED AHOME JOB WITH NO FEE TO PAY AS UNABLE TO GO OUT TO WORK
comment by tony kay
is there any legitimate companies out there for stuffing envelopes,if someone knows of one can you please let me know
comment by becky
i want to earn some extra cash working at home but i dont want to pay any fee's
comment by joy
i love working from home
comment by sam gothard
cos i want to work from home
comment by Mrs K Durrani
I would like to find out about working from home stuffing envelopes
comment by Mrs K Durrani
I would like to find out about working from home stuffing envelopes
comment by Mrs K Durrani
I would like to find out about working from home stuffing envelopes
comment by Mrs K Durrani
I would like to find out about working from home stuffing envelopes
comment by Mrs K Durrani
I would like to find out about working from home stuffing envelopes
comment by cat curson
Are there any legitimate envolope stuffing home work jobs?
comment by danila irina gabriela
i want to my husband because i have a child
comment by danila irina gabriela
i want stuffing envelopes because help my housband.i have a baby
comment by tina barwell
I found this article very good information.

Have your say

* Denotes a required field

  1. Yes, I want to use these details every time

  2. I have read and accept the terms and conditions

  •  

Useful Links

 

Related Articles

  1. Why not take advantage of increasingly effective technology to avoid the problems of commuting.
  2. A salesperson should truly believe in the product they sell.
  3. Working from home needn’t necessarily involve stuffing envelopes, telesales or telemarketing.
  4. Start-ups can cut costs considerably through cloud computing, virtual PAs and receptionists.
  5. A leading company formation agent warns entrepreneurs about one of the most convincing email scams yet.