Central Texas Work-At-Home Company Allegedly Misleads Consumers
Consumers Nationwide Tell BBB Opportunities Were Anything But “Scam Free”
Austin, TX - June 17, 2010 – BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas has issued an F rating to San Antonio-based Abili-Staff Ltd., due to a pending FTC government action against the company as well as unanswered consumer disputes received by BBB. Abili-Staff offers work-at-home opportunities to consumers nationwide through an online database consumers pay membership fees to access. Disputes received by BBB claim Abili-Staff did not deliver legitimate job opportunities and failed to process promised refunds. Click here to view Abili-Staff’s current BBB Reliability Report™.
Earlier this year, the FTC filed a temporary restraining order alleging Pamela Jean Barthuly and Jorg Wilhelm Becker sold supposed work-at-home opportunities online with websites such as “moneyfromhome.com,” “moneyfromhome.net,” and “jobsformoms.com.” Additionally, the FTC alleges Abili-Staff falsely claimed consumers could have unlimited access to more than 1,000 “scam free” job listings after paying fees ranging from $29.98 to $89.99. The FTC is seeking a permanent injunction and restitution for consumers and the matter is currently pending.
Identify Red Flags with Work-at-Home Opportunities:
1) Beware of Unsolicited Offers. Be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail, telephone call or letter promising vast earnings to work from home. Do not share personal information such as credit card or social security numbers with anyone you do not know.
2) Watch Out for Upfront Fees. Avoid any opportunity that requires upfront payments to apply or start work.
3) Don’t Fall for the “Perfect Offer.” Job listings offering short hours for substantial pay with limited experience should be carefully examined. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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Contact BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas at (512) 445-4748.