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Topic # 113503 18-Jan-2013 20:23 Send private message

This is probably not the right section to put this.  Being about IT business and all that i thought you guys might of heard of this online business. 

I need help as my sister is pretty much naive when it comes to work from home online businesses with her big dreams of making quick easy money.  I tried to tell her its most likely a scam so be careful.  She wont tell me the name of the business only bits and pieces.  I mention to her do they ask for money up front is it like one of those pyramid  scams.  No,  more or less, but in the past failed online business she has taken on never were a success for her so im thinking she doesn't want her brother to tell her i told you so.

Anyhow what i do know is this

You have to be referred first before you can join once you join you are given a MasterCard. 

She has been trying it out for about a month now.

Money up front? Don't know.

So not much to go on and for all i know it could be genuine.  Google is no help.  all i get is  help sites about credit card fraud

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  Reply # 747125 18-Jan-2013 20:33 Send private message

I can't help you with the name but I don't get the feeling this is a legit business.

However your sister is an adult and able to make her own choices in life, and the best you can hope for is her success and the worst case she falls on her face and you DON'T say I told you so.

Take it from a brother who has watched his siblings ignore good advice for 15 years and end up in so much trouble.

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  Reply # 747140 18-Jan-2013 21:09 Send private message

Is she asked to buy things online with that card? Is the card in her name?

Someone getting syphoning money out of a bank account to that card, asking her to buy things, then asking the card company for a chargeback for some reason? Or is she asked to buy things then sell on Trade Me and send part of the money somewhere via Western Union?

There are lots of ways of laundering money... She better think well and get out before police knocks on her door.




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  Reply # 747147 18-Jan-2013 21:26 Send private message

freitasm: .... She better think well and get out before police knocks on her door.


I agree.

This does not sound legit at all. What type of business will give you MasterCard and make money out of it? 





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  Reply # 747149 18-Jan-2013 21:30 Send private message

none that I know of!




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  Reply # 747150 18-Jan-2013 21:31 Send private message

If the business was legit then surely your sister wouldn't mind telling you what it's called?



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  Reply # 747154 18-Jan-2013 21:39 Send private message

MurrayM: If the business was legit then surely your sister wouldn't mind telling you what it's called?


thats what i would of thought. I told her to tell me the name and i'll look into it, but she reckons you have to be invited first before i can even enter???

As far as i know  with the qustion about Western union & the MasterCard i wouldn't know she isn't telling me much. Maybe she needs to learn a hard lession here.

sound to dodgy for my liking.  Been trying to find some info of the net before with little luck not that i got much to go with






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  Reply # 747159 18-Jan-2013 21:46 Send private message

Agreed, you haven't got much to go on. It could be a stolen credit card and they get you to order products from places and when the product arrives at your place you then have to sell the products on Trade Me and then send them the payment less your commission.

Why don't you ask your sister to invite you? Then you'll get some more info. Or doesn't she want to share her fantastic home-based business with you?

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  Reply # 747161 18-Jan-2013 21:49 Send private message

MurrayM: Why don't you ask your sister to invite you? Then you'll get some more info. Or doesn't she want to share her fantastic home-based business with you?


Great advice. Just make sure that if it is something not legit, get the police involved early so that you don't get into trouble.







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  Reply # 747163 18-Jan-2013 21:52 Send private message

MurrayM: Agreed, you haven't got much to go on. It could be a stolen credit card and they get you to order products from places and when the product arrives at your place you then have to sell the products on Trade Me and then send them the payment less your commission.

Why don't you ask your sister to invite you? Then you'll get some more info. Or doesn't she want to share her fantastic home-based business with you?


Thats the first question i ask her i txt her last night and said invite me then email the link and i'll check it out.  But no email nothing.




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  Reply # 747164 18-Jan-2013 21:57 Send private message

She such a ignorant fool imho. I hope she loses her money and gets taught a lesson. This aint the first big get rich quick scheme she and her husband have taken on.

Anyway i txt her about the Mastercard & WU question ask before by freitasm waiting on a reply. I mention the police could come knocking at your door etc so that might wake themup




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  Reply # 747165 18-Jan-2013 22:00 Send private message

I think its one of these pyramid schemes sounds like one to me where only those few up top of the ladder make the real money and those below never do but they are tricked into thinking the more invites they make the further up the ladder they go. She was invited by a friend




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  Reply # 747167 18-Jan-2013 22:14 Send private message

If it's something illegal the "lesson" may be something you don't want for your sister. Don't let this get to the point where law gets involved.




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  Reply # 747168 18-Jan-2013 22:17 Send private message

Sounds bad. Here's a good list: http://www.cybercops.com. Look at the donation processing scam to start with. You should probably explain how some of those work so she gets the idea and can recognise them.

Maybe some warning signs you could tell her to look out for. If she is:

given anyone's credit card details and asked to use them for making a transaction of any kind.

asked to provide a bank account number and date of birth type identifier information and especially any access to her own internet banking.

asked to transfer funds from her account to a different account at any time.

asked to access someone else's bank details

- then she is being used as part of a fraud operation and may become a target herself even if it is just a few hundred dollars.



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  Reply # 747182 18-Jan-2013 22:41 Send private message

freitasm: If it's something illegal the "lesson" may be something you don't want for your sister. Don't let this get to the point where law gets involved.


Ive already txt her to tell her this could be serious but that all i can do,  the rest is up to her

Ok this the txt reply i got - nah all good ive already checked them out you get a life time mastercard.

A life time mastercard?




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From a readers' Q and A column in TV GUIDE: "If we get involved in a nuclear war, would the electromagnetic pulses from exploding bombs damage my videotapes?"





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  Reply # 747183 18-Jan-2013 22:42 Send private message

gzt: Sounds bad. Here's a good list: http://www.cybercops.com. Look at the donation processing scam to start with. You should probably explain how some of those work so she gets the idea and can recognise them.

Maybe some warning signs you could tell her to look out for. If she is:

given anyone's credit card details and asked to use them for making a transaction of any kind.

asked to provide a bank account number and date of birth type identifier information and especially any access to her own internet banking.

asked to transfer funds from her account to a different account at any time.

asked to access someone else's bank details

- then she is being used as part of a fraud operation and may become a target herself even if it is just a few hundred dollars.


thanks will check it out




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