Twitter money making schemes can make someone rich, just probably not you, warns the Better Business Bureau.
In a special news release, the non-profit, which advocates honest business behavior, reports that "Make Money With Twitter" schemes can sap unassuming job-seekers with hidden charges.
The BBB highlights one e-mail pitch. "Twitter Workers Needed ASAP. You're Hired! Make Extra Cash with Twitter," states the unsolicited e-mail that is making cyber-rounds. According to the BBB, the e-mail links to a site that promises home-based workers up to $873 a day, all that is required is registering for a seven-day free trial of an instructional CD-ROM that incurs a $1.95 shipping charge. No problem.
However, click through to the small print and you'll discover that unless you call the company to cancel, you're automatically charged $47 a month. According to BBB, a similar service charges a $1.99 shipping fee and then $99 a month, unless you cancel.
"Its only a matter of time before the complaints start coming in," said a BBB spokesperson who compared this trend to other work-from-home schemes only with a not-so-tweet twist.
How Job Hunters Can Protect Themselves
The following are red flags to look out for, according to the BBB:
1. Look out for claims that you can make lots of money with little effort and no experience.
2. Look out for "job" offers that are actually money making schemes, not actual employment.
3. Look out for requests to pay money upfront in order to be considered for the job or for more information.
4. Beware of any tweets from many Twitterers, that word-for-word hype the same program. The links in these tweets could lead to scam sites or install malware onto your computer.
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