It seems that someone using the name “writing jobs” is patrolling blogs looking for potential writers as he has posted on two of my blogs. He puts a small comment and a link to writing jobs which is a one page blog on blogspot.com, that page directs you to a page called RealWritingJobs.com. Sounds okay at first, then you realize they want you to pay them so you click exit. Now comes the fishy part…when you close out you get a pop-up that offers you a special deal that reduces the price to $24, you hit exit again and a new pop-up offers it for $12. This time you can actually leave.
Once I was out of there I went and looked them up and found several scam warnings…the best and most detailed was on http://www.businessopportunitywatch.com/review-real-writing-jobs.htm and I will repost part of it below. To see the whole thing check them out, I think they will be become a steady site for me now.
Extract from the Real Writing Jobs review:
You would think from their website that Real Writing Jobs is hiring people for writing assignments.
However, this isn’t the case. Real Writing Jobs are not employing anybody themselves at all. All that Real Writing Jobs is doing is putting you in touch with other companies who might be looking for people to carry out writing assignments.
Real Writing Jobs charges you $2.95 for what they call a “risk free trial” of ten days, after which they charge you a monthly fee of $47. For this, you receive links to other websites, unconnected to Real Writing Jobs, on which writing jobs are posted so that you can apply for them.
This really isn’t worth paying anything for, because you can find these sites for yourself simply by keying “freelance writing jobs” or “writing jobs” into Google.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB), the US business rating company, rates Real Writing Jobs at F, its lowest rating, because the BBB has received 3 complaints about refund or exchange issues and Real Writing Jobs did not answer when the Better Business Bureau contacted them to try to resolve these complaints.
So, who is behind this company which is charging you money for something you can easily find with a simple search on the Internet?
On its Support Centre page, the company tells you to contact Real Writing Jobs LLC at an address in Las Vegas, Nevada. This address belongs to a company called IncParadise at incparadise.net, who offer mail forwarding services, so this could be simply a mailing accommodation address.
Astonishingly, according to the website of the State of Nevada, there is no such company as Real Writing Jobs LLC.
However, even though their advertising is very deceptive, you can’t really say that Real Writing Jobs is a scam, because they do offer a service … even though it’s a service which is not worth paying for.
However, what’s interesting is that Real Writing Jobs seems to be linked to a number of other current and past websites offering “jobs”.
Some of these offers are aimed at the US market. However, in the UK, the company calls itself Email Service Centre, giving an address in York which offers a mailing address service. But Email Service Centre doesn’t even have an account with the company offering this mailing address service: in other words, Real Writing Jobs is “squatting” at the York address, and the company providing the mailing adddress service can’t forward any mail because they don’t have any details of the whereabouts of the company.