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Jun 03rd
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N.J. Work-at-Home Scams

typing_optBY BOB HOLT

Perhaps you’ve seen an advertisement that reads “Get Paid From Mailing Our Special Letters From Home! Potential Earnings Of Up To $5,000 Or More Weekly!”

I hope you haven’t, because the operative word in the ad is “potential.”

According to the Atlantic Highlands Herald, Attorney General John Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced a $130,000 settlement with Capital Enterprises, Inc. of Mendham for not living up to their ad. New Jersey recovered $130,000 as part of “Operation Empty Promises,” a nationwide effort against work-at-home scams.

NJ1015.com reported that the state’s investigation found that only 45 out of 13,000 customers made more than $100 from stuffing envelopes. The most anyone ever made was $520 over 10 months, and about 11,000 never made a cent, according to findings.

New Jersey sued company owner David Brookman, alleging violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, according to njconsumeraffairs.gov. The lawsuit said that after signing for the program, consumers were required to pay a registration fee, and more payments later.

Eric Kanefsky, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs said, according to njconsumeraffairs.gov, “Schemes like these prey on economically stressed consumers who are lured by the promise that they can make good money by working at home. Unfortunately, it is often those who can least afford to get ripped off, that are themselves victimized.”

Customers who believe they have been the victim of consumer abuse, can contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs through its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 or 973-504-6200.


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