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Kim’s Catch: American Printing Company

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Here’s the catch:  Amidst this global pandemic many have turned to work from home jobs to safely earn a living from home. Circumstances have forced several to seek other income sources, including envelope stuffing jobs. Some upset job seekers are looking for refunds after accepting a business opportunity offered by scammers, American Printing Company. The sham company promised to pay their “contractors” $10.00 per stuffed envelope. Unfortunately, the promises were never fulfilled and American Printing Company has left victims struggling to recover their losses.

Persons that responded to American Printing Company’s offer paid between $99-$199 for work from home materials and individual coaching programs to guide them to financial success. Tony started with American Printing Company after he received a letter stating that if he invested $99, he’d receive a coach, envelopes, stamps, and leads to make money from home. He ended up investing $500 and only has a list of names and addresses to show for it. His calls, emails, and letters to the company have been ignored. Tony’s only recourse has been filing complaints to warn others.

This is the story of several American Printing Company complainants. Just check out their F-rated report with Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) to read others’ experiences dealing with the company. What seemed like an easy and safe way to make a living from home turned into an expensive loss for all who paid these scammers.

Kim’s advice:  The truth is most—if not all—envelope stuffing work from home jobs are scams. Promises of big earnings by stuffing envelopes are false. You should never have to pay to receive a job. Once you send your money, you’re only likely to receive instructions on how to get friends, family, and acquaintances to buy the same “opportunity” you paid for.

Always exercise caution and do your due diligence when considering an employment offer. That starts with checking out the offer and the promoter. Stop by the BCA website and search for the company. Use the internet to search for information on the company and the offer. That could be your first sign that something is amiss. You can often find reviews from others that have explored the offer. It may save you time and money and avoid from falling victim to a scam.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Always be skeptical if you have to buy something or pay a fee to start working.
  • Beware of "no experience necessary" ads that promise attractive profits and part-time earn­ings, guaranteed markets, and a demand for your handiwork.
  • Don't be taken in by personal testimonials used by the promoter to convince you that the program is legitimate.
  • Realize that you may be participating in a fraudulent scheme and risk investigation by promoting the same program to others.

After you’ve done some research, contact the solicitor and ask questions to determine if the” job” is a legitimate employment offer. Some questions to ask may include:

  1. What tasks will I need to perform on the job? Make sure they detail the duties you will be required to complete.
  2. Will I be paid a salary or will I work on commission?
  3. Who will I report to?
  4. Who will pay me?
  5. When will I get my first check?
  6. What do you base your earnings on? Ask for references of individuals who have earned money using their program or documents to support the likely earnings.
  7. What is the total cost of the program, including supplies, materials, training, and membership fees? What will I get for my money and how can I get a refund if I choose not to continue with the program?

Get the offer, as well as all terms and guarantees, in writing.

What if you discover you’ve been scammed? Report it. Start with filing a complaint with BCA. Contact the administrator of the website where the offer was posted or the advertising manager of the publication that ran the ad to report your issues.  This may lead to them posting an alert about the ads or removing them from future publications. You should also file a fraud report with the Federal Trade Commission. If the matter is relating to envelope stuffing jobs or reshipping scams, contact your local US Postal Inspector to investigate mail fraud.

If you’re looking for employment, visit https://www.usa.gov/find-a-job to search for employment opportunities in your state, both federal and local positions. When it comes to a job opportunity, remember if you have to pay, walk away!

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About Business Consumer Alliance Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) is a non-profit company that started in 1928. The broad purpose of BCA is to promote business self-regulation. BCA's mission is achieved by assisting consumers in resolving complaints with businesses and using that complaint information, along with other relevant information such as customer reviews, to forecast business reliability. With community support, BCA can identify trustworthy and ethical businesses and warn the public to avoid unscrupulous businesses whose purpose is to defraud the marketplace. BCA also helps businesses promote themselves by providing services and tools to protect their business and reach out to their customers. BCA obtains its funding from member businesses who support the mission and purpose of the organization and who agree to abide by high standards of ethical business practices.