Why would anyone offer Rs15,500 ($256) a day to do basic typing work? Well, it appears to be a straight scam, without even pretending to run a business or create a pyramid. It simply asks people to register FREE, seeks credit card details, ostensibly as age-proof and begins by siphoning off money from members’ accounts.
An email scam called ‘Web Profits From Home’ has apparently managed to ensnare hundreds of Indians with the promise of extraordinary returns form some simple typing work. In fact, it offers a whopping $257(Rs15,500) per day for typing work. The catch is that although it offers a free registration on its website homewebprofit.com as a limited period offer which would otherwise cost $99 (approximately Rs6,200 today). However, it requires potential members to provide credit card details, ostensibly for age-proof and there are innumerable complaints that the company has immediately deducted anywhere between $99 to $119(Rs7,000) on these credit cards.
The online company homewebprofit.com is based in the US and claims to provide basic typing work to be done online. It further lures people by saying that the work does not require any special technical skills, intelligence and mastery and is persons across the world who are looking for easy income opportunities by working from home.
Apart from the extraordinary returns, another give-away for even slightly sensible investors should be the hard-selling tone of typical MLM’s & Get-Rich-Quick Schemes -- “Try it today, be your own boss, set your own hours! Join the thousands who already made Money using this system! Don’t miss the opportunity”. Had it indeed been such a mega opportunity, the company would have been flooded with more applicants than it could ever handle.
Naturally complaints are already piling up from Indians. These include young, unemployed and retired persons and housewives. The website scambook.com (http://www.scambook.com/search?search=home+web+profit&sort=date) shows 379 complaints filed so far, claiming losses of $1,36,382(Rs84,50,000) caused by homewebprofit.com
Balvinder shared how she got trapped by homewebprofit.com saying, “I received an email message to make Rs3,87,000 to Rs4,40,000 a month from home. I click on it and there is a pop up showing that it is free of cost. But the webisite asked my credit card details saying these were only required for age proof. When I filled details they deducted Rs1,254 from my account on 26 September 2013. I mailed them my complaint. Their site shows invalid numbers. On 29 September 2013, I got shocked after receiving message on my cell that Rs6,189 has been deducted by same company with different name Anchorage at Applied Training Online. I have no idea why this happened with me. I am very poor widow and the earning hand in my family”
Another member complains that $119 was deducted from his account although the company claims not to have deducted the money.
Interestingly, US based website is taking care not to dupe citizens of US and Canada. The website clearly states that “Sorry this offer is not available in US or Canada” . Yet, the website touts big American media names in a gimmicky fashion – it claims to have advertised on CNN, USAToday, ABC & MSNBC in order fool the very gullible.
It also has an Indian site ‘newsonlineweekly.com’ which published “success stories” to entrap people to join this site. One such story is about an Indian mother who reportedly managed to earn Rs4,09,386 per month after joining this site. The story has an image of the lady and her daughter with their first cheque of Rs8,795. Tellingly, it does not allow comment and the section is closed with a message: “Comments have been closed due to spam. Please check back later” . This website follows the same gimmick of touting its own advertisements on Lokmat, Dainik jagran as a credibility booster.
Moneylife has frequently warned that "If it looks too good to be true, it usually is." This is clearly another in the same category. To know more about such online scams read our other articles:
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Considering the importance of the financial sector, in general, and the crucial role of the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) in particular, Mr EAS Sarma, former union government secretary believes that MoF (Ministry of Finance) and RBI should jointly address the issues raised by Mr Ramesh Arunachalam in his article in Moneylife to ensure that the process of selection of applicants for new banking licenses remains credible in public perception.
You may read Arunachalam’s article here:
Mr Sarma has written a letter to RBI and Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), which drew attention to the Moneylife article by Ramesh Arunachalam on areas of conflict of interest that arise in the way RBI allows new private banks into the sector.
Mr Arunachalam's concerns, according to Mr Sarma, may be summarised as follows.
When the government eloquently argues for all kinds of “reforms”, Sarma wonders why the changes that he has referred to in his letter, which are well within the reach of the government, are never considered! Other issues raised by Sarma in his communication to DEA and RBI include: