Let's Travel work at home ripoff Misleading work at home job posting Birmingham Alabama
I am reporting this company also, partly because of a report that has already been submitted about them. The report I am referring to is located at http://badbusinessbureau.com/reports/ripoff115612.htm
I have to TOTALLY agree with the report referred to above. This company posted an ad at Monster.com (http://jobsearch.monster.com/getjob.asp?JobID=25237423). The ad stated:
WORK AT HOME - Internet company needs support staff for accounting, customer service, clerical and sales support. Salary is $14.50 per hour and hours are flexible. No experience necessary. Must have internet connection.
Now this ad was posted on Sunday, Nov 14, 2004. I responded the SAME, EXACT day, Sunday Nov. 14, 2004. I emailed them. The response I received back, like 3 minutes after I initially emailed them were:
The customer service openings are filled.
We have one other available. Please let us know if interested.
My company is Let's Travel, Inc. We are a travel brokerage firm that sells discounted vacation packages via the internet.
We started selling on on Ebay 7 years ago and this has proved to be quite successful.
We are offering to pay you 10% of all cash collected from auctions placed on your ebay account and paid thru your Paypal account. The best part is, you get paid first. Customers will pay you thru paypal and you will send 90% of that amount to us so that we may send out the product. We pay the 2 day priority charge. YOU PAY NOTHING. WE PAY THE EBAY FEES AND THE ID VERIFY FEE.
We will place auctions on your ebay account 2-3 times a week, and we will email you when the auctions are over. The following day you will withdraw the money to your bank account and then send us a money order for 90% of that amount.
Your only responsibility after creating the Ebay and Paypal accounts is sending us a money order after the auctions have ended for 90% of the amount collected on the auctions. You will forward the notifications from paypal via email to us so we can ship out to the customers as you send the money order 2 day priority.
All we need is for you to spend about 15-25 minutes establishing your ebay and Paypal accounts and we will do the rest. Every other week we will pay 100% of all ebay fees to ebay. You pay nothing out of pocket.
Here is all we ask of you.
1. Establish an Ebay account, ( 10 minutes)
2. ID Verify that account, ( 5 minutes)
3. Establish a Paypal account, (10 minutes)
We will provide detailed help in the ebay account portion. To establish a Paypal account, simply goto www.paypal.com and follow the directions for an individual premiere account.
We do EVERYTHING ELSE!!!! THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INVESTMENT REQUIRED!!!! All you spend is the 25 minutes above.
Why are we doing this? Ebay will only allow 10 auctions of any one particular product at a time, and we have several vacation packages that we feature, thus the need for more than one account to market the packages. You can see our products at Fly4Nothing.com - free airfare, discount hotel deals, great vacation packages
Each time we list auctions, your account will receive $1,200-$2,500 in cash collected so your part would be $120-$250 per week. Most of our partners earn an average of $700 - $1,050 a month for partnering with us.
If this sounds interesting, please email me at LetsTravelCS@aol.com and I will send you complete steps to getting all set up.
Steve Rainey, CEO
Let's Travel, Inc.
Wow. What a coincident. So I took it a step further (just to let them know I was on to them) and replied back to them:
I guess this article was right about your company..
Anyway, in regards to the offer, NO THANKS!
They then replied back with 2 emails. One was:
The BBB is for retail businesses, not internet companies. We never even responded to the 3 complaints we have had in 7 years with them.
Then the next one right after that was:
Oh, I just read the article. That was a person that got mad because the job was filled.
When we run these ads, we only need one person and we get over 1000 resumes and emails so 999 are going to be mad or disappointed.
So I responded back with:
Ok whatever. I am not going to get into a discussion in regards to your work ethics. I just think the email response sent to me and that article is just TOO coincidental. The positions from your company was just posted on Monster today (Nov 14) and you already filled the positions? Right. Ok. Whatever. I am not mad AT ALL because I already have a full time and am a freelance web designer. I just thought this would be a nice little way to make even more extra money. Especially for the holiday season if the position had been as legit as it sounded. Maybe if you would be a little more honest in your ad people would not get mad at you. But your ad is VERY misleading. Maybe you should say that you only need 1 person instead of saying SUPPORT STAFF. The definition of staff is A specific group of workers. Notice workers is plural meaning more than one. But I don't need to go any further. You know exactly what you are doing and I know as well. I am a highly intelligent person who have come across businesses like yours plenty of times. Maybe if you post in Monster.com the actual email reply you sent me you would get a btter response. You need to be more honest with people instead of misleading. Anyway, best of luck in all your future endeavors and with your business practices. :)
Oh yeah.. One more thing.. You replied to me: The customer service openings are filled.
Notice openings is plural. You said that you only needed 1 person. So shouldn't you have said opening? I don't care how you conduct your business because it doesn't affect me. I am in no way associated with your company nor would I have any dealings with it. But it is ashame when companies/businesses are misleading. And that you are. Anyway, just had to make that point. :)
After sending those 2 emails to them I have yet to get another response from them. *laughing* I won't go so far as to say they are a rip off company, but I will say that they are VERY misleading. I don't know why they just don't be honest and state the REAL E-bay position they are lokking to fill. *shrugs*
But I just felt it my duty to post about this because companies and business ethics like this need to be reported. I have come across so many companies who practice business this way and it is really ashame. *shaking my head*
New York, New YorkU.S.A.
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