On Your Side: Envelope Stuffing Scam

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News 12 at 6, August 31, 2007

South Carolina--if you're looking for a way to make a quick buck, you may want to be wary of jobs promising big bucks for envelope stuffing.

It sounds so easy, you stuff a bunch of envelopes and in return you get some extra cash to pay the bills.

But the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs says it may not be as good a deal as advertised.

It's a scam that's been around for a while, but it seems like its making a comeback.

Consumer Affairs says an Arkansas company is sending out mailings to South Carolina consumers promising cash to people who want to stuff envelopes.

It works like this, you mail a "registration" fee of sorts and in return, you get a bunch of company mailings and envelopes to stuff and seal.

Each envelope has to meet company standards to earn any money.

Not surprisingly, most envelopes do not meet standards, but are still mailed out and you don't get paid.

So that company gets you to work for free and pockets that initial fee.

The best thing to do is ignore any offers for this work and find other ways to make a few dollars.

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