Ross Stephenson: For all those reading this status now, please take a few minutes and read what I'm about to share below because I'm very interested to hear more thoughts on it.
So here's what happened. I've always wondered how all these FB posts that talk about 'earning money from home" or "data entry" etc. stuff function.
I always feel like it's a scam to get money out of people, yet they still flourish so much online. So I decided to give it a go.
Step 1: I noticed a post on FB along the lines of:
"Data entry from home, earn RM 30 for every email processed, very easy, work wherever there's internet, blah blah blah"
Step 2: I emailed the person (let's call them Person B) who posted the ad and asked for more info.
Step 3: I first noticed that Person B's reply email looked like it was copied and pasted as a standard reply to me.
- I was suspicious, but not overly so. Probably got a lot of emails to send out, so might as well Ctrl C & V.
Step 4: I replied saying that I was concerned about being scammed and asked Person B a few more questions to try and prove that this was a legitimate business. (E.g. what's the company website).
Step 5: Person B said the following:
"We only have an online system to facilitate the job. Everything is performed via email, including recruitment, training and payment. Attached herewith the proof of payment."
Person B also managed to attach a legit looking bank statement which showed money being paid.
Step 6: Person B said in order to join this 'home based data entry business' I had to pay RM 60 and all the remaining information and instructions would be sent to me.
Step 7: I decided to pay RM 60 (Yes, I did come to regret this decision).
Step 8: Detailed instructions were sent to me. Now I finally understood how this 'business' worked. Allow me to summarise:
There's another party involved here, let's call them Person A.
a) So Person A decided one day to post on FB asking people if they wanted to earn easy money online by just copying & posting job ad's to FB.
b) Person B responds to this and contacts person A.
c) Person B pays the RM 60. Receives instructions and copies & posts the Ad to Facebook.
d) Ross comes along and decides to take a risk. Ross pays RM 60 to Person A's account (which is required).
e) Ross shows proof of payment to Person B.
f) Person B forwards this proof to Person A
g) From the RM 60 in Person A's account, RM 30 is kept by Person A and the remainder RM 30 is paid to Person B.
*So basically, there is NOTHING being sold here. No product or service.
**There is only an exchange of money taking place on nothing more than a 'concept' online.
***Person A keeps 50% of everything that a 'new sign-up' pays, and the remainder is paid to the Person B who got you to sign up and pay.
NOW HERE'S THE ISSUE:
Somewhere in my heart, I feel this is wrong.
I've had about 2 days to think about it, and then I realized another problem: I can't really logically justify or explain 'why' it's wrong.
I genuinely assumed that this would be a job like a company outsourcing to people on FB who have free time to help with data entry.
But in actual fact, there's no company involved. There's no real 'business'. There's just this 'concept' that Person A came up with and people are paying towards, technically, 'nothing'.
I've basically paid RM 60, and I can never make it back, unless I make someone else pay RM 60 when I make a post on FB to get people to 'sign-up' for a non-existent data entry business.
I feel it's wrong. I feel it's not right to make people pay for something that doesn't exist.
BUT BUT BUT...
Logic has nothing to do with feelings.
I cannot for the life of me, construct a sound logical argument against someone doing a business like this.
And if anything, THAT ^ really frustrates me.
The ONLY thing I could possibly see, if Person A doesn't pay their taxes, then the money they earn is illegal. But if they do pay their taxes, then I can't think of any reason to see this 'business' as illegitimate >
As I discussed with a friend, I could easily post this ad a few times, just to earn back my RM 60. But I can't bring myself to make someone lose their RM 60 for my sake, and continue the cycle of people just paying towards 'nothing'.
So this is my question to all of you who made it thus far in this post:
1. What's your opinion on this 'business' I described above?
2. Could you possibly construct a logical argument for/against it?