Problems with home business matching services

By Mr. Work @ Home, Publisher of WorkAtHomeTruth.com


Why using a home business "matching service" may be the worst decision you could ever make...

How the business opportunity "leads" companies set you up to fail while wasting your time and picking your pocket...A special report explaining the inner working of the business opportunity leads business.

Warning! You must read this report if you want to avoid spending hundreds of hours on telephone with people trying to get you to join "business opportunities" you have no interest in at all.

• You must read this report if you want to prevent your name and phone number from being passed on to every Tom, Dick, and Harry who claims to have the next "great" business idea
• You must read this report if you hate Network Marketing (MLM)
• You must read this report if you love Network Marketing (MLM)
• You must read this report if you want to know the truth about the shady, behind-the-scenes dealings of the business opportunity leads business and how the leads companies are setting you to fail while happily wasting your time and picking your pockets.

Part 1: How the business opportunity leads industry works and how it will completely waste your time

If you've been searching for a home business opportunity, I can almost guarantee that you've come across or even filled out a form that looks like this:

screenshot of the typical work at home registration form
Does this registration form look familiar? You might think twice about filling it out because it could lead to an endless parade of spam and scams (click the picture to enlarge it).

You figure that filling out just one form couldn't hurt - after all, the business looks just like what you're looking for - a work at home business that you can start with little or no money that has large income potential.

But read on. I promise you'll be surprised, frustrated, and angry when you find out what often happens after you fill out that one simple form.

After you fill out that form, you're information is sold to many different business opportunity "distributors" (people who want you to join their business - most often Network Marketing/MLM companies).

Maybe that doesn't surprise you. But what I think will surprise and anger you is the fact that your information is sold to as many as 15 different people within the first 30 to 60 days alone (and it doesn't end there - soon you'll learn how your information might end up as far away as Guatemala or Panama).

Do you want to know more about this?

Read on and I promise you that by thge end of this report you'll know:

Exactly what to look for before filling out a form like this.
• Clever ways to get information about a business opportunity without giving up your email address or phone number.
• How to cut out huge amounts of your business opportunity research time by avoiding certain types of online forms.

The four basic players in the business opportunity leads business

There are four basic players in the business opportunity leads business:

  1. The business opportunity leads supplier.
  2. The business opportunity leads reseller.
  3. The business opportunity distributor.
  4. The business opportunity seeker (also known as business opportunity prospect)

How the typical business opportunity leads selling operation works

Here's how the typical business opportunity leads selling scenario works and why when you fill out that simple form requesting home business information you're setting yourself up to potentially waste alot of time.

Step 1: The business opportunity leads supplier sets up the form and then promotes it to business opportunity seekers.

Step 2: The business opportunity seeker fills out the form.

Look at our sample form again and notice two things:

i) The fine print.
ii) What words are MISSING from the form (never rented, sold, or traded).

In fact, the biggest lesson for you is to use extreme caution before filling out a form that doesn't include these words (or some variation) of them - "your e-mail address is never rented, traded or sold". Make sure it includes ALL three - "rented", "traded", and "sold". Another acceptable variation of this would be "Your Personal Information is Never Shared or Sold".

Step 3: The business opportunity leads supplier sells the same leads to multiple leads resellers.

Step 4: The business opportunity leads reseller sells the leads to business opportunity distributors and asks them what business opportunity they will be using the leads for.

Step 5: The business opportunity leads reseller sells the same leads to multiple business opportunity distributors. This is why the business opportunity lead reseller identifies what company the leads are for.

The business opportuinty leads reseller will sell the same leads to various business opportunity distributors promoting different companies. Some resell the same leads immediately, and some after a week has gone by.

Step 6: All of the business opportunity distributors call or send email messages to the business opportunity leads they purchased.





Consequences of the business opportunity leads business on the work at home business seeker: why you're getting so much junk mail and annoying phone calls from people wanting you to join their business...


The consequences of the business opportunity leads business on the home business opportunity seeker are horrendous...

Let's just use some typical business opportunity leads industry numbers to understand why.

Let's say that the business opportunity leads supplier sells the same leads to just 3 leads reseller (a conservative number, by the way). And let's say that those each of those 3 leads resellers sell those leads to four distributors.

Now, suddenly your information has been sold to TWELVE business opportunity distributors (most likely Network Marketers, by the way). Now suddenly you're going to start getting called and emailed by twelve different people about their wonderful work at home business opportunity. And remember, I'm using very conservative numbers here.

I really want you to understand why this method of trying to find a home business is almost certainly doomed from the start. So, I've put together a visual example of how just filling out one form can lead to disrupting hours of your life.

One simple step to massive business opportunity confusion...

Take a look at what your email inbox is likely to look like as a result of filling out that one simple form requesting home business information:

Here's what the typical business opportunity seeker's inbox looks like after ALL the business opportunity distributors have emailed him or her about their opportunity (remember, often you'll receive all of these messages within days of each other because of how many times and how frequently your information is sold):

screenshot of full email inbox of spam

And remember, these message are the results of this person just filling out one form! In actually practice, this person has likely filled out more than one form requesting more information about working from home or starting a business.

So in many cases you could end up getting swamped by double or triple the amount of messages as I'm showing in the example above.

I'll even explain later how sometimes you might "accidently" request information on a business opportunity and suddenly get bombarded with emails and phone calls.

Do you think this is going to make it easier or harder to find a legitimate home business? Do you think this is going to waste your time? Do you think you might also get a parade of never-ending phone calls from people trying to convince you to join their "hot" business opportunity?

Imagine receiving all of the emails shown in the picture above and think about how you would feel. Would you be excited about the number of opportunities available? Or would you be completely overwhelmed, annoyed, and confused?!?

Now what do you think you're going to do with most of these messages? If your like most people you'll just delete or ignore most of them.

And even if there was the "golden" opportunity hidden within them, you're pretty unlikely to even bother to check it out.

Plus since "time" is probably your most valuable commodity you have every right to become angry and upset about this sudden bombardment of information.

Part 2: The truth about spam and business opportunity offers and how some business opportunity promoters use "hidden-spam" techniques to waste your time while making a fortune for themselves

So, the question many of you are probably asking right now is:

"Most of the time get emails for business opportunities that I never requested at all. How does that happen?"

Well, as you've seen from Part 1 of this report that may or may not be true.

There's at least 3 ways you might get emails or phone calls you never requested about business opportunities.

1. SPAM

Of course, some people will do anything to make a buck and many spammers will fill your inbox with business opportunity offers.

2. "Hidden-Spam". Technically this is spam, but it's a technique that many business opportunity promoters are very good at getting away with.

Some business opportunity promoters use very risky techniques to turn spam into semi-legitimate business opportunity "leads" (people seeking a home-based business).

Many of these business opportunity promoters will make phone calls or use automatic telephone dialing equipment.

What's more alarming, though, is how many of the most successful business opportunity promoters use very risky near-spam techniques to build a list of people they can mail to again and again.

Here is one of the ways this is done:

Step 1: The promoter buys "business opportunity leads" through one of the lead resellers described in Part 1 of this report. Remember, when they buy the lead they are supposed to only promote ONE company.

Instead, what they do is send a series of emails that have not been generally approved by the company or companies being promoted. Often this series of emails doesn't promote any particular opportunity, but instead just promotes the idea of making money from home.

Step 2: When an business opportunity lead clicks on a link within one of the emails sent in step 1, they are taken to a company-approved website and are offered the chance to sign-up ("opt-in") to a company-approved email sequence (a sequence of emails that gets delivered automatically).

Step 3: All of the leads that do not sign-up for the specific opportunity promoted in Step 2 are:

  1. Saved and sent the next opportunity that comes along.
  2. Swapped for leads from other business opportunity promoters.
  3. Both saved and sent the next opportunity that comes along and swapped for leads with other business opportunity promoters.
  4. Sold (often on eBay).

What makes this technique near-spam is Step 3. Technically these business opportunity leads are only supposed to receive information about one opportunity.

This is much different than, say, when you decide to sign up for a newsletter like "WorkAtHomeTruth".

In that case you're expecting to receive information on many different work at home opportunies and have given permission to do so (that's why I make sure you have to confirm that you really want to receive my newsletter).

Another thing business opportunity promoters will do is set up their own leads company as outlined in Part 1 above, and after a certain period (often 90 days), add those very same leads to their own email list to mail to over and over.

In fact, this practice has become so bad and pervasive that certain leads companies have become "blacklisted" (which is a good thing as it makes it harder for them to sell your information).

However, the very aggressive business opportunity promoters won't be stopped. Many of them are locating their servers (define this) in certain countries such as Panama and Guatemala where it is nearly impossible to prosecute them.

In fact, one man I met who does business out of Guatemala told me that the prosecuting attorney there often represents the defendants and claims that there's no conflict of interest!

The Economist Intelligence Unit characterizes the judicial system as "backlogged and often influenced by political machinations." According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, "Resolution of business disputes through Guatemala's judicial system is time-consuming and often unreliable. Civil cases can take as long as a decade to resolve.… Corruption in the judiciary is not uncommon."

Why do these business opportunity promoters go to all this trouble? Because many of them are generating $500,000/year net profit or more using these methods! So don't plan on this problem stopping anytime soon

3. "Co-Registration"

Tons of people receive business opportunity information they don't remember specifically requesting every day. Well, the truth is they probably didn't "specifically request it."

What happens is when they buy a product online, fill out a survey, or subscribe to an online newsletter, they check a "Yes box" next to a question that says "would you be interested in receiving information from our partners?" Sometimes this box is even already prefilled with a check mark so that if they forget to uncheck it they unwittingly agree to receive information from one of the "partners".

Well, sometimes the "partners" are people with business opportunities or companies that sell business opportunity leads (see Part 1).

What makes "Co-Registration" systems even more confusing is that often the "Yes" boxes are on sites that aren't related to business opportunities at all.

So, you might fill out a survey about "soap usage" in your house, accidently check the box (or forget to uncheck it) agreeing to receive information from "partners" and suddenly you're considered a business opportunity seeker without even knowing it!

Final Tips:

Things you must look for before filling out any form.

1. Must state that your information will never be "rented", "traded" or "sold" and MUST include ALL 3 of these words. Another acceptable variation of this would be "Your Personal Information is Never Shared or Sold".(Use mark's tip about using diff emails for each form?).

If you are unsure whether a site can be trusted, you can try the following to find out what information you'll be sent without entering your primary email address:

Use a free disposable email address service like Dodgeit.com

With services like Dodgeit.com you generally follow the steps below to use them:

  • First pick a "fake" address, say: [email protected] (It's best if you check to see if it's available first, although Dodgeit doesn't require you do so).
  • Next, enter your new made-up address into any form you're unsure about.
  • Finally, check what the website sends you at your made-up address at the home page of Dodgeit.com

Important Note: The basic email address service is not password protected, which means anyone is able to check your email and click on it.


Unfortunately, using Dodgeit.com isn't a perfect system, because many sites won't accept dodgeit email addresses. other similar systems are:

Again, none of these are a surefire way to get around the forms, because they are often blocked as well.

Use HotMail or Yahoo Address

Free Web mail services such as Hotmail and Yahoo are often used by spammers to send unsolicited emails. However, you can use these services to beat spammers at their own game (sort of).

If using a disposable email address didn't work for you, your next step would be to open a free Hotmail, MSN, or Yahoo email account to test whether or not filling out a form is safe.

Ideally you want the name of the account to reflect the form you're signing up for. And you should also make the email address difficult to guess and use both letters and numbers in it.

Important Note: If you go to this trouble to set up a specially named email address like this and then receive email from other companies, it's likely you're information has been rented, traded or sold.

Unfortunately, it's not absolute proof. You see, spammers are constantly inventing sophisticated and clever methods for extracting your email addresses, even when sophisticated spammer-detection systems like Captchas are in place.

Sometimes you just want to see what's after the form
If you just need to find out what page comes after the form, often you can get past the form by entering a ridiculous email address like [email protected]

Of course, the risk is you might enter somebody's real email address. To avoid that, you might want to use a free random letter sequence generator, such as the one at Random Letter Sequence GeneratorRandom Letter Sequence Generator

2. If you are giving your phone number, check to see if by submitting the form you are agreeing to wording such as this:

"Even though I am on a National or State DO NOT CALL List, by submitting my contact information which includes my telephone number, you are authorized to contact me by telephone at that number regarding the "y-company" products and business opportunity for the three (3) month period following date of this consent."

If you want to play it safe, you can set up a a free alternate phone number with a service like K7.net. NetZero also runs a service called PrivatePhone which allows you to have free voice-mail based private phone lines in most parts of the United States.

If you're not already on it, you can register your home and mobile phones at the national do not call registry here: donotcall.gov.

Unfortunately, getting on the Do Not Call list isn't a perfect solution. Especially now that there appears to be a huge increase in the use of automated dialer/voice-message programs. These are programs that...

I spoke with a marketer who makes heavy use of automated dialers and he told me that he doesn't really worry about potential fines arising from the violation of "Do Not Call" legislation.

He said the way he uses them is so profitable that any possible fines he incurs just don't matter. Pretty interesting, considering the Do Not Call Provisions of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule allow for fines of up to $11,000 per incident!

Of course the other major reason he doesn't worry about the fine is the fact that most people aren't going to pursue a claim against him for Do Not Call Violations.

Besides, there have been several loopholes in the Do Not Call legislation that are only recently starting to be closed.

3. Do you need to uncheck any box so that you don't agree to receive information from "Partners"?

4. If you do agree to receive information from partners, is it clear how you can request to stop receiving information from those partners?

Good: "If you want to receive information from our marketing partners, you may opt in during the registration process by checking the appropriate boxes on the registration page. If you do opt in, you can always change your mind and inform us that you no longer want to disclose your information to new marketing partners. Simply contact our customer services department by email at (email address) or call (phone number)".

Bad: "Yes, I would like to receive additional promotional offers and deals from other companies". Then, no explanation of how to stop those offers and deals.

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