The Envelope Stuffing Scam

Job scams come in many different forms and are becoming increasingly intricate and complex as scammers attempt to target job seekers in more deceitful ways. One of the most familiar job scam types is the classic envelope stuffing scam, which originated in the United States in the 1920s.

What is an envelope stuffing scam?

The worker is offered entry to a scheme whereby they can earn around $2 for every envelope they fill. However the victim is required to pay a small fee upfront, in the region of between $44 and $64, in order to become a part of the scheme.

Once the individual has paid the fee they are then sent a flyer template that advertises the same work from home scheme, and told to post these advertisements around their local area. By becoming a member, the victim is simply feeding the scam and encouraging it. Further still, the likelihood of you receiving any money in return for your services is extremely low.

Where can envelope stuffing scams be found?

Envelope stuffing scams were originally found in newspapers and magazines, as this was found to be the primary way to target victims.

With the advent of multifarious forms of media, envelope stuffing scams found their way onto television adverts, ratio adverts and on the internet. Scammers began to target job seekers via email, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between a genuine and a fake envelope stuffing scam.

Measures that have been implemented to prevent envelope stuffing scams

In recent years there have been numerous law enforcements against such scams, and in 2006 the United States Federal Trade Commission established a project called Project False Hopes. This project aimed at targeting fake business opportunities and involved more than 100 law enforcement actions, in an attempt to mitigate the problem.

How to avoid becoming a victim of an envelope stuffing scam

Although there are plenty of legitimate work-from-home scams, always approach them with caution. Remember that you should never be charged a fee to start a job and you should always request contact information from the company and do your research before getting involved.


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