bait and switch

If the name seems familiar, it is. is just the newer name that Careercenter is using.  I mentioned their bait-and-switch tactics last August,  and, as usual, they responded with another name change.

I first ran across these people years ago when they used Legit Jobs At Home as their company name.  They email targets with job leads, then require a paid membership in order to apply.  Whether you do or don’t apply, they continue to spam you with similar emails.

Here’s the latest one I’ve received –

Help Desk Agents Job
Agents typically will be responsible for providing exceptional customer service for a variety of customer issues that pertain to products and services from our catalog.
In addition to other duties, agents will be responsible for the following:
• Identify and handle customer inquiries
• Follow customer service policies
• Perform customer retention procedures
• Resolve customer issues and complaints
• Educate customers on products and services
Hours of Operation
• Candidates must be able to work a flexible shift
• Available to work at least one weekend day each week
• Available to work during the holiday season
Pay Rate
• Starting at $13.00/hour

Matt Mason/ hr


It sounds like a great lead, and it is.  Company practices are the issue.  Why not come out and offer their services?  Why the trickery?  And why use an addy?  If the company was on the up-and-up, none of that would be necessary.  Unethical practices like these make it more difficult for people to view telecommuters in a positive light.

Beware of these people!

Scam: Cook Kent Art Galleries

As we’ve seen time and again, this scam requires money transfers.  People, if the the job offer is found in your spam folder, then it’s likely a scam.

Here’s the full text, typos included –



Staffing and Recruiting Dept,
Hiring Manager,

Unit 12, Scotswood Park
Forsyth Road .Woking, Surrey, UK.
GU21 5SU

We have a job opening for the position of Accounts Receivable/Payable
Clerk.Would you like to work from your home and get paid weekly? JIM KENT ART specialize in serving serve the entire United States and a growing export  market,particularly in the supplies of selected Paints including Paints and Arts decorating.

About Our Company,Our Vision, Values, Mission and Operating Principles have been developed to reflect not only our day-to-day work on our core business strategies, but also to guide us through the challenges and opportunities that
come with global expansion and rapidly changing markets.

Job Description
Your primary task for now , as a representative of the company is to Coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process.  You are not involved in any sales. Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to a customer.After this has been done the customer has to pay for the pr ducts but in most cases we make our clients prepay for orders or items they order for . About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through cashiers cheque or money orders based on the amount involved. We have decided to open
this new contract -to-hire job position for solving this problem.

Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments):
1. Payment will be sent to your address in form of cashiers cheque or money orders/Company cheque.
2.You will cash the cheque in your bank
3. Deduct 10 % which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to,

You’ll have a lot of free time doing another job, because this job is part time, you’ll get good income ($400 to $500
Per Week ) .But this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are considering your application because you satisfy our requirements and we are sure you will be an earnest assistant till we start running our branch office in your state. Get back to us with information below information, so that we can
add your mailing address to our Regional database and forward it to our
customers .

Zip Code:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Do you have a checking account?

I will be waiting to hear from you via email

It’s been a while

WAHM life is just like working mom life – we tend to be the ones who have to take care of everything at times.  Sick kids, appointments, scheduling repairs, etc., and all while trying to look like we’re holding it together.  Well, I tried to do too much too soon and am paying for it.  I’ve been scheduling things better since I fell and am getting back in control instead of letting the schedule control me.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled scam-busting posts.