Earn Money Working at Home—Become an Envelope Elf!

The consumer affairs office of the state of Massachusetts has created a series of phony websites designed to teach people how to avoid online scams. The sites advertise products such as work-at-home deals, weight-loss products, and free trips. If anyone tries to order something from these sites, they're directed to a page identifying it as a scam and telling them how they could have spotted the scam. My favorite one is the "Envelope Elf" site.


The SEC did something similar back in 2002. It created a hoax site for McWhortle Enterprises, Inc. The idea was to teach investors that just because a company has a website, that doesn't mean it's a legitimate business.

The SEC actually registered the domain name mcwhortle.com. The Massachusetts consumer affairs office, however, parked all its hoax sites at the same domain: http://topmassachusettsdeals.com. I think they should have paid the $20 and registered envelope-elf.com.

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Posted on Fri May 18, 2012


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Comments

Huh... Very interesting.

I'm glad to see the SEC taking action and helping people to learn how to spot scams.

Good stuff.
Posted by Steve Anderson  in  http://www.profitablepaidsurveys.com  on  Mon Jun 11, 2012  at  10:04 PM
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