Name: EPS Prosperity Hotline
Type of Business: Email Processing
Overall Rating: SCAM!
If you’re looking for something quick and easy that you can do from home to make a little cash on the side, chances are you’ve come across a shiny flashing internet banner with big bold letters that will read something like
“$20 AN EMAIL” or
“YOU CAN MAKE OVER 200,000 FROM HOME”.
If you are brave enough to seek these ads out, you’ll find that all training is included and provided for you to get you up and on your way. They will even step by step with legitimate numbers show you how you too can be making money with just a click of a button.
Why, all you have to do is sign up, pay a modest fee, and sit back and rake in the dough.
That is, of course, if someone else falls for essentially the exact same thing you just did, clicking YOUR shiny flashing internet banner with big bold letters saying “$20 AN EMAIL” or “YOU CAN MAKE OVER 200,000 FROM HOME” causing someone ELSE to do the same, and so on, and so on…
First things first, if something sounds too good to be true, there is no less than a 95% chance that it most likely is.
Signing up for EPS Prosperity Hotline can only be done through their referral program and there’s a reason for that. If you try and signup directly through their website, you’ll come across a little something like this.
If you do a bit of research, you’ll find that this system holds a steady “F” on the Better Business Bureau rating, has little to NO positive reviews, and is EXTREMELY likely to have attained said emails (which you have so graciously donated your own hard earned cash to acquire from them) from a less than reputable source.
In other words, thanks to the CAN-Spam act, even if you DO pay for the fancy “membership” fee, if the company seized the emails from a “do not contact list” you could be 50 shades of breaking the law without even knowing.
So, in 3 easy steps, how does this work, exactly?
Well, step one: you set up your website. This is where you will be directing all of those shiny buttons mentioned above in hopes that someone will click them and pay you to do what you are already doing.
Next, you want to set up how you’ll be getting said payment, if there IS such a payment to be made, usually via PayPal or Payza.
Finally, you just post your ads and it’s that easy. Most sources say that all you’ll have to do is post just 3 times a day and you’ll be on vacation in Belize before you know it.
Chances are, the company will even toss in some reference material and online tutorials showing you just how easy it is.
That is, of course, if anyone ever buys at all.
Unlike the “$$$ FOR EMAIL” promise you have received, the reality is not money on each email you SEND, but on how many people will actually purchase your specific add.
And, in case you’re bad with numbers, those odds are about 1 in “probably not never no”.
This is why they make it a point to slyly let you know that the money will be paid for each email processed (program sold) and not for each and every email you send.
Sounds pretty scammy, huh?
So if this is going on all day, every day, how is it legal? Is it really a same?
Well, the simple answer is…no, not legally.
Yes, if they have attained email from an illegal source, then, yes, THAT in and of itself is against the law, but, the promise of payment for each email purchased flies just under the radar enough to still be within the parameters of the law.
Does this make it legal?
Well, technically, yes, but here are a few facts to consider.
Here’s a little background
If you were to do extensive research on one such Email Processing company, you would likely pull up a name and number which is based out of Rhode Island, however, the company itself claims to be based out of the Texas.
Furthermore, if you were to search more on the name or number, you would pull up a long list of dead ends and blank web sites along with a comically long list of sub companies.
What does this mean, exactly?
Well, it’s doesn’t look good for anyone who wanted to complain and/or report said business. It’s hard to file a lawsuit on a person who doesn’t exist (or at the very least, can not be found).
Even if they DID offer some sort of refund (which, it should come as no surprise that they do not) there would be virtually no one or nothing to collect from.
Really, the main thing you want to keep in mind when looking at a so-called “opportunity” such as this one is, if you have to pay money to work for them, you are officially a customer and no longer an employee.
Just imagine for a moment being a teen looking for a job and someone saying to you “Welcome to the Clucky Chicken, you only get paid when someone buys the Big Bucket of Cluck-It. You start Monday, bring a photo ID and $25.”
It just isn’t logical.
Name: EPS Prosperity Hotline
Overall Rating: SCAM!
Unless you want to sell the same scam you just purchased, you will be wasting your time with this. Avoid this at all costs!
There are, however, plenty of ways to make an extra buck at home. And it’s not ENTIRELY impossible to make an extra buck or two here, it’s just HIGHLY improbable and that 25 you likely spent to sign up would have been better spent printing flyers to post around town about your new babysitting service (trust me, you’d make more money watching your neighbors kids).
But, if you’ve got the extra time, a little extra cash, and aren’t afraid to take a high risk with little reward, there is absolutely nothing stopping you.
Just remember: those people that call you during dinner trying to sell you time shares? That’s you now in email form.
So, take a little extra time, do a little extra research, trust your instincts, and above all…never forget that if it SOUND to good to be true…
…well…I’m sure you already know.