Anyone online or offline has seen the ads by now –
Money Motivated Pros | Team Leaders Needed | Looking for Recruiters | Professionals Needed | Remote Agents Needed | Top Guns Only | Business Development | Marketing Reps | Senior Account Executives |
Promotional Managers | Looking for Talent | Junior Account Executive | Marketing and Sales | We Need Strong Phone Associates – Incoming Calls | Seasoned Reps /Team Leaders | Looking for Experienced Team Builders | Inbound Phone Associates |Sales Openers and Closers Needed Now – All Inbound | Confident Strong Reps for Easy Phone Work | Inbound Sales/Marketing Representatives | Phone Based Sales | Team Leaders Needed – All Calls Incoming
Whether it’s spam, popups, ads on your favorite website, flyers stuffed in your letterbox or even personal solicitation – it’s everywhere and there is a very good reason.
I’m talking about the ‘Free Cash Machine’ or ‘Daily Income Career Network’ (aka hundreds of other names which change daily).
It’s an operation which while technically isn’t a scam, it sails as close to the ‘S’ word as possible and uses every unethical and questionably moral trick in the very same book that scammers use.
This is a very sophisticated operation that strings together every tried and trusted technique (Ponzi, MLM, Affiliate Marketing, Spam, Deceptive Advertizing) into one large funnel, with your money at one end and their bank account at the other.
Their advertising is very keen to make out that it costs you nothing (to get started). This alone helps them get past one hurdle, the on-line job websites will not accept any vacancy that carried an up-front fee. So that means that CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Your-Local-Classifieds and more will be full of the same ad in a different cloak.
Part 1 – Trainee
After looking through their training materials, it first appears that the ‘job’ is signing up for trial periods with web-based companies (such as Free Credit Reports, ID Protection, Satellite Dishes etc.). After doing this, the job is to get as many other people to do the same thing. This generates affiliate income which is where all the $20 bills start appearing. Spam more of the people you know into signing up for dodgy services and the more money you make.
Part 2 – Passed Probation
After you’ve alienated your family and all the people you’ve ever got an email address from, you’ll be hungry to find some more income opportunities. This isn’t a problem, the helpful FCM/DICN people have a website jammed full of helpful resources to help you write, distribute, market and communicate with lots of new people who probably don’t live anywhere near you. And guess what? they ALL cost something.
Any questions? Here’s all the answers
So now, you’re faced with spending money to spam people, spam craigslist, spam every forum and blog and comment form on the world wide web. They have links to automated bots, email spam lists, classified ad sales – even printers who will print $100 flyers for you to ‘drop’ at every retail business in town… and did I mention that they all cost $$$?
Part 3 – Team Leader
But the basic business premise (getting people to signup for web-based services that they’ve already got sick of seeing on the websites that they already visit) has begun to pall. Your friends now not only avoid you on sight, but have de-friended you on FaceBook and publicly disassociated themselves from you on Linked-In. But you still have friends on FCM/DICN – they have a way you can make even more money – by promoting the lame-ass ‘money-making opportunity’ that you were fooled into getting involved in. So, in true Ponzi style, you end up promoting a job that involves nothing more than promoting the job itself.
Part 4 – Retirement
… and good luck getting out. By now you’ve probably given your credit card numbers to a whole bunch of shady internet crooks, who will use them when they get a chance to defraud you further. You have no friends and your family have changed the locks.
Let this be a warning to you. Home based businesses DO exist, but the only ones you’ll see on Craigslist are the ones that take money FROM you, not the other way round.