I responded to an ad for a Part Time Admin Assist. Intereviewed in an office with the owner of the BAD Network, Joe Delfgauw and another man who I was told I was being hired to support administratively.
I was given a written job description that included placing ads on the internet, providing information to people who responded to the ads and tracking these people to get them to "attend" a conference call, during which Joe would explain the sales plan for Pre Paid Legal.
As a condition for my employment, I was told that I'd need to be not only a member, but an associate (code name for sales person). This was so I could access the "back office" functions of the website to help sales people who might be calling me for information.
I was told the Joe would pay the first month, (which was close to $100) and then I would be responsible for paying the subsequent months.
I was told I would be paid $10/hr by the BAD Network, but I would first be paid by Pre Paid Legal and if I didn't make the guaranteed $200/week for 20 hours of work, the BAD Network would make up the difference. I was also told that if what I was paid from Pre Paid Legal was in excess of $200-I could keep the difference.
This made no sense to me and when I asked why I'd be making money from Pre Paid Legal as an Admin person, I was told that I should get on the conference call to listen to Joe explain how the concept worked.
I made it clear at several points along the way that I was only interested in administrative work - not sales. Joe said he was happy to hear that, as most of his admin people were leaving to go in to sales and he really needed to get an admin person on board.
Well, during the conference call Joe announced that he'd just changed his mind and had decided that admin people were going to be "trained" by having to be sales people for the first two weeks.
Immediately following that call, I contacted John Hussey the person I was to be reporting to. He told me that the reason for working in sales for the first two weeks was to get my "six wide" - which to me is complete pyramid or multi-level marketing talk.
I spent the next several weeks trying to get answers from Pre Paid Legal, the BAD Network and Joe Delfgauw. When I finally threatened to got the Michigan Attorney General's office I got a response and a refund from Pre Paid Legal.
Of course, Joe Delfgauw said he was sorry to see me leave and hoped there were no hard feelings.