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Too Good To Be True

Q. I keep seeing ads online that offer a new way to make money while working from home, and they say they are also seen on CNN and CBS, so I am guessing they are true. They show a stay-at-home mom who is able to work all day and take care of her kids and that sounds very good to me. What are your thoughts?

Ans. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The ads are running online and in the media because the Home Employment Agency making this offer paid for them. They expect to get money back. It took ten minutes to carefully scroll through the entire Web site and go over all the details and promises before finding what wasn't mentioned before: It costs $97 upfront to participate. The job is placing links to small businesses all over the world on search engines "because the companies are too busy to do that themselves." It also promises to return your money if you are not satisfied with what they claim is a $2,000 value giving you consultation with a search engine advisor, membership in the site's Wealth Development Center and access to the Work Center for advice.  There may be people who make a lot of money through the program. But be warned, you might give them $97 and never see a penny in return. It's up to you to make the decision to take that risk.

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