So I’ve seen this ad pop up quite a bit recently.
It caught my attention because it included a logo for The Australian, a newspaper that I like to read.
The brain matter whirred into action and a fleeting thought crossed my mind.
“Hmm, not sure The Australian would be supporting something like this,” I muttered to my computer screen (since the dog was beyond listening to anything I had to say).
And I wondered. Was the Home Income Cash System legit or a scam?
Well, according to Reviewopedia, it falls squarely into the latter category.
My curiosity aroused, I called Scamwatch, where I had a very interesting chat to an exceedingly nice woman who told me the following:
- If it sounds too good to be true (for example, “you’re going to earn stacks of money, with no qualification and only have to work part-time”, yeah right) then the chances are excellent that IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
- Work from home schemes are particularly popular with scammers at the moment. They might even tell you to keep quiet, IT’S OUR LITTLE SECRET, DON’T TELL ANYBODY about it.
- Sometimes there IS a job on offer. It’s called “Laundering Money” although it’s not quite sold under that title and “Laundering Money” is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE, IF YOU’RE CAUGHT YOU’RE GONNA GO TO JAIL.
In fact, there is a stack of information on dodgy work-from-home schemes on the ScamWatch site.
So THE MORAL OF THE STORY is this:
- Google knows everything. If you’re stupid enough to believe the hype and ignore your opportunity to research for reviews online, then I guess you get what you deserve. If you do head off to Google, you’d find the review (pictured above) from Reviewopedia.
- If the domain used is dot.com (rather than com.au or net.au) it’s international, not Australian, so it’s not quite as easy as setting the local copper off to deal with the bandits who have plundered your life savings.
- Any crappy looking site like this that displays the logos of impressive mastheads such as The Australian or Financial Times has got to be suspicious. Common sense should prevail, people.
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