Work-at-Home SCAMs…and how to avoid them!

Lies, Fakery, Greed and Tomfoolery

A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (2 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Dry-Tech Systems”

Please remember, the quotations below are from the SCAM letter of the “Dry-Tech Systems” _not_ by

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“First_Name, ‘For less than the cost of a cheap vacation I’ll make you a business owner with instant customers and everything you need to match the $5,000+ monthly income of other owners!’

“Dear First_Name,

“I have 3 important questions to ask you…

“1) checkbox Yes checkbox No..Do you know anyone who owns their own successful business?

“2) checkbox Yes checkbox No..Do you know anyone who works from home, and loves it?

“3) checkbox Yes checkbox No..Would you like to join these people you know, with a business of your own? If you do…

“Right now we are doing a nationwide search for 100 new business owners for our successful Dry-Tech Carpet Cleaning Business.

“Now, I realize you may not know much about this business. But that won’t matter. Red Flag  # 1  So in case you think you can’t do it, you owe it to yourself to know a few things about it, such as…

“✓ Hundreds of ordinary people have earned up to $8,000, $15,000, even $20,000 thousand dollars their very first month… just “testing” this simple business from home!

“✓ It’s been verified as one of the fastest growing industries in America.

“✓ This business is so easy to start, so easy to run, and is extremely profitable. It’s no wonder it’s making ordinary people with no special skills, talents or experience - very financially well off!

“✓ Our industry-leading training program is included. And it’s so good, so complete, that people rave about how well they were trained, and how quickly their personal coach helped them get up and running, and making money.

“✓ You can clear $60,000 to $70,000 a year without ever even lifting a finger yourself or leaving your home!

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of the “Dry-Tech Systems” _not_ by

“My name is Eric Levine, and Dry-Tech is my baby. I founded it over 14 years ago and what I love most about this business is helping people like you become self-employed, and literally “live the dream.”

“I don’t know what you’re doing now for income, but if you have a boss… have a fixed income (someone tells you how much money you’re allowed to make)… if you don’t have as much time off as you want… and if you don’t love your job… Then you HAVE to give this a look.

Like I said, for over 14 years, I have been giving people a business of their own… I’ve been giving them financial freedom, and freedom to do what they want with their life. And while I appreciate hard-working people with a strong work ethic, I can show you how to NOT make work merely making ends meet the sole focus of your life.

Red Flag  # 2 “First_Name, if this sounds good to you, all I’m asking is that you take a small baby step towards learning more by calling for a FREE Business Information Kit. It will explain everything in detail. You’ll learn about the high income you can expect… our proven marketing system to find you all the customers you want… why you don’t have to do ANY of the work yourself… the equipment you get… the training program… our continued help and support… and much more.

“Then, if you receive your Business Information Kit, and don’t like what you see, then you’ve lost nothing. If you love it, like most people do, then you can thank me later for handing you this opportunity!

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What is so magical about a carpet cleaning business?

Just think about it nearly every home, in every state, in the U.S. has carpets and/or upholstery that needs to be cleaned periodically. Any of our owners will tell you, all you have to do is clean for a customer once, and they’ll become customers for life. We show you how to “Wow” them! We show you how to make sure ALL your customers are repeat customers for life. When you’re done, they’ll never think of going to someone else. That’s what makes this business so enormously lucrative. We’ll show you how to tap into this unlimited number of potential customers that are all around you!

Please remember, the quotations above and below are from the SCAM letter of the “Dry-Tech Systems” _not_ by

“In fact, I guarantee you’ll find a HUGE source of steady business right in your own neighborhood. It’s the perfect place to start. It’s not like you’re selling them Avon or some bad-tasting MLM super drink they don’t need. These people are already getting their carpets cleaned by someone.

“As your friend and neighbor, you’ll become the “carpet guy” everyone knows and recommends to others. And don’t worry, we’ll show you how to get all these new accounts as regular customers in our training program. We’ll even give you a glimpse of it in your Free Business Information Kit.

“Because I’ll be honest, most people I talk with are very excited about this business. They clearly see the income potential. But the ONE thing that makes them a little nervous is, “How will I get new customers?“ Well, since I sat in that seat myself once upon time, I made sure that you’ll be provided with numerous tested and proven methods to attract all the business you can possibly handle. I made sure to make that the shining star of this program so it would be easy for anyone.

But here’s the best part… Don’t want to clean carpets yourself… No problem… You can run this business without lifting a finger yourself… ever!

OK, are you all excited? Here comes the most incredible part!

That’s right most of our business owners are TRUE business owners, not workers. I’ll show you First_Name, how to make $60,000 to $70,000 a year with just one machine and one service technician. You’ll make all this money without ever leaving your home. You don’t have to do the work yourself. And you won’t ever see or meet your customers either. Your technician does all the work while you pocket the lion’s share of the profits. Just look…

“If you supply your technician with just 2 jobs a day, 5 days a week - that’s just 10 jobs a week (which is very easy to do with our proven turn-key marketing system). In fact, I guarantee with the proven marketing tactics we teach you, you’ll be getting more jobs than one technician may be able to handle.”

Please remember, the quotations above are from the SCAM letter of the “Dry-Tech Systems” _not_ by

There’s more. Mr. Levine is going to wear you down if he can’t just win you over! There are seven pages in his “sales pitch” letter. Plus a page of “testimonials,” none of whom you can actually contact, of course. Finally, there is the “FREE BUSINESS INFORMATION KIT REPLY FORM.” Nine pages of reading material and not a single mention of the cost nor the equipment that will be required!

Red Flag  # 1  Go back and read those five check-marked items. As I read every one of them, the same question kept coming into my mind; where’s the proof? This is typical SCAM speech; make unverifiable statements and don’ offer any possible proof. (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  Not even a hint of the cost?! Do you think all the equipment, training, and “support” would be free? Sorry, this is just more of the standard SCAM method; no more information until the SCAMee takes the bait! (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

One thing you may notice that is different in this sales pitch, that is usually so prevalent in others, is the use of the word “guarantee.“ It is actually used only three times in the seven page letter. And even then, it is not followed by the usual “refund- your-money” offers. The word is used one more time on the form you must return. This time it’s preceded by “FULL SATISFACTION!” But here is the full text: “I guarantee you will be amazed by the quality and ease of this business. I personally guarantee it is one of the best, most effective and proven to - work turnkey businesses that you’ll find anywhere. If not, I hope you’ll let me know if you see any room for improvement. Let’s make some money!

How generous of Mr. Levine! Not only does he NOT offer to return any “investment” he will, no doubt, ask you to make, but he “hopes” you will even share your ideas for improving his scheme to make money off others! Not only is he persistent, verbose and overconfident but also unbelievably presumptuous! I suppose we now know where he developed his technique of not “lifting a finger?!”

By the way, I’ve noticed that the economy may be affecting Dry-Tech’s business plan even if they claim the carpet-cleaning business is recession-proof. Their latest mailing is not the usual nine pages! I’m betting they’ll be happy to send you the long sales pitch letter if you’ll simply call their toll free number. Save your dialing efforts!

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