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I recently responded to an ad for a home typist position, and although I can see how it would work-- is this even a legal way to make money? It said to place an ad for a home typist job (like the one I responded to) on any help wanted page. Then when people respond you tell them that if they are interested they need to send $20 to your paypal account and then you will send them the information on how to get started. Then once you recieve the payment you send them the information about how they should place an ad for a home typist job and get people to send them $20 for the information on how to get started. It's a pretty good idea if it's legal. Is it legal? the info on how to do this says: "ALSO NOTE: This concept is 100% legal, refer to US Postal and Lottery Laws, Title 18, Section 1302 and 1341, or Title 18, Section 3005 in the US code, also in the code of Federal Regulations, Volume 16, Sections 255 and 436,which state a product or service must be exchanged for money received."

Asked By: rebka brin - 4/7/2007
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You have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. Welcome to America!! By the way, scams are illegal.
Answered By: i♥sf - 4/7/2007
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Yeah, that doesn't sound very legal. You are stealing people's money, that makes you a thief. It sounds like one of those pyramid schemes. I would stay away from any of those "work from home" things, they're usually a scam.
Answered By: KB - 4/7/2007
 
You fell for a scam and they want you to make money by scamming others. It's illegal. They've not actually told you how to secure typing jobs, just how to place ads and take people's money under false pretences. Call the cops and report them.
Answered By: eric h - 4/7/2007
 
Scam,Scam,Scam got to Work at home moms.They have listings for real work at home jobs.Also lists scams.
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Answered By: billieleann78 - 4/7/2007
 
technically yes it is legal, however some states have different laws for stuff like that. Also different websites have rules against spam, which the advertisments could be seen as.
Answered By: Shannon A - 4/7/2007
 
it's a pyramid scam, they're usually not legal. This is textbook from the cult of the dead cow, an 80's cyber punk scam network, can't be traced, accounts are all fake. the great thing about a scam is that it appears to be professional.
Answered By: Painted Stick - 4/7/2007
 
It may be legal but it is not ethical.
Answered By: October - 4/7/2007
 
not sure sound sneaky to me like the one send me $5.00 and I'll give a beautiful engrave portrait of Abraham Lincoln, them you mail them a penny.....rip off to me
Answered By: wanzanna - 4/7/2007
 
Unfortunately, this sounds like a typical scam--more specifically, it's a pyramid scheme.
Answered By: BlackSea - 4/7/2007
 
You will just loose $20. They sell you infromation and that is legal. They do not have to make that infromation work for you. It will sound good but you need people to pay you for what you do... More
Answered By: Robin M - 4/7/2007
 
As a lot of people have pointed out, it is legal according to federal lottery and postal regulations, and probably even in most states, however, what no one has brought up is how much it will cost you to place the ad. According to what you wrote, you are to place the ad but you don't specify where, so I am assuming... More
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Answered By: Papadoc - 4/8/2007
 
Nothing claiming legally based on "Title 18, Section 1302" is ever legitimate. That piece of fake legalese is a major clue that what they are offering will make you commit crimes in order to make money. Usually felonies.
Answered By: Wolfman - 4/9/2007
 
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