Website: My Home Job Search
This is another fake job search portal run by an anonymous affiliate. Even as a free member, when you join and buy anything on the website they recommend, they get a commission. The majority of programs linked to are NOT jobs and will cost you money.
The domain for this website was registered anonymously in April of this year and claims to offer people the chance to make $14 - $56 per hour as an employee. The first thing I want to establish is how that claim is absolute BS. These people are not a legitimate job search platform and they are not trying to help you. Why am I saying this?
Before I explain the nuts and bolts of what they actually are offering, let me point out some of the blatant lies they are telling people to set the record straight and show you the kind of people you're dealing with.
Fake News Endorsements
One of the biggest red flags I have come to learn amongst scam websites is their claim to have some kind of affiliation or endorsement with the news. Whenever you see a website doing this I highly recommend listening to that voice in your head telling you to be careful. You are right to be skeptical!
We are first greeted with a news clip talking about 'people who work from home'. The news clip is real as many of you know, but the story is NOT about them or anything they are offering. This video is a compilation of old news stories related to 'working from home', that is it! They also throw a bunch of news logos under the video to further make their story believable.
Why do they do this? Basically, potential customers (this is what you are to them) have a certain level of 'risk perception' when it comes to making purchases online. This is universal but is much higher within the home jobs space since there are so many scams out there. In other words, people naturally have their guard up.
What this website is doing is attempting to lower your risk perception and build trust with you. If they can lead you into thinking they have been featured on the news you are much more likely to trust them and buy from them as a result. Sounds crazy, but this is why so many scam sites are doing this. The screenshot below was taken from the fine print at the bottom of their site.
Rest assured, this is totally fake and they have never been featured on the news. Period.
Another common trick sites like this use is fake testimonials. Much like the previous example about gaining your trust, they use fake testimonials to 'prove' their system is working for others. Allow me to expose this crap real quick...
First we have the testimonial:
A quick bit of research (when you know how) reveals that this person is a stock photo they purchased and has never used this system:
Every one of the testimonials on that page is fake and they have used stock photography. The same goes for the so called owner named Michael Anderson, this is an alias.
This Is NOT a Job
None of the offers within the free membership were actual jobs, for a fact. According to the video though, they were. They did say you needed to upgrade to get the best jobs, but they did say they were jobs all the same. I went through them one by one, none of them are jobs.
The true purpose of a website like this is to get you to buy things through their affiliate links. They make money from you regardless of whether or not you upgrade to the $29 platinum membership. This is because they are affiliates. Affiliate marketing itself is a legit business model but it is often used by unethical marketers like this. Basically, an affiliate earns a commission when you buy something through one of their links. In this case, even if you join a free platform, they make a commission based on your earnings. It may only be a few cents, but over the span of 10,000's of referrals it soon adds up.
What They Are Offering
Let's take a look at some of the offers they are claiming are jobs.
The first tab is called 'Make Money' which lists several ways you can make money online. Some of these do have value, but the issue is they are not jobs and some require you to pay. For example, the website "PaidSocialMediaJobs.com" costs $27 to get started with and it provides a database of opportunities to earn that you can readily find online for free.
The next tab is 'Paid Surveys' which lists a bunch of survey websites you could join for free and maybe make a couple of dollars with. Without exaggeration, these sites pay around $2-$3 per hour at best. Pretty far stretch from $14-$56 per hour right? These are not scam sites but again, they are not jobs either.
The third tab is called 'Paid To Surf' which is pretty much the same as the surveys tab just explained. You complete simple tasks and make a few bucks. you can make money this way but it's nothing to write home about.
I'm not saying these sites are scams, but they are nothing like the guru in the video was making out and you do not have to join the MHJS website to access any of these. Anyone can sign up for these straight from the source!
The last tab I want to talk about is the 'Resources' tab which offers 4 ways to make money.
My Flex Job: This looks awfully sketchy and based on what I have seen online, it has all the tell tale signs of being sketchy. I haven't reviewed it yet but I do recommend being extremely careful with this one. This costs $25 to get started and after looking further I found many complaints from members claiming it didn't help them.
Fiverr.com: This is a freelance platform that allows you to offer your services for $5 or more and with the right training and deciation, you can make money this way as a business.
FlexJobs.com: This does actually look legitimate from what I can see. I haven't reviewed this but after doing some digging it does appear legit. The thing is, it costs $14.95 per month to access and that doesn't guarantee you get a job, they just help you find one. You can sign up with these guys directly.
UpWork.com: You may have heard of this, it's just a freelance website that allows you to start a business offering your services to folks on their platform.
Out of everything they are offering, the only one looking remotely like a job portal is FlexJobs.com. Other than that it is classified as business in various ways like completing simple tasks, taking surveys and freelancing. These are all ways to become self employed. As mentioned, if join any of the free platforms and make money, they get a cut. If you pay for any memberships to these platforms, they get a cut.
There is nothing wrong with that in itself, but when pretend they are helping people get a job when that is clearly not the case, it becomes an issue.
They Sell Your Information
One of the other ways they monetise your use of their site is by renting and selling your personal information to other marketers who will SPAM you with more and more details.
It is very common to receive annoying calls, text messages and emails daily from these websites after giving them your info. If it's just your email and cell number, it's just annoying. But if they ask for more info once you upgrade, not cool.
Should You Upgrade To Platinum? Nope.
After seeing all of the smoke and mirrors and the usual misleading hype I'm certain there is little value in upgrading my membership. If I have doubts I normally buy the product but in this case I really don't think it was worth it. Legitimate job search platforms do not behave in this way and I'm genuinely concerned about giving these people my credit card details and information. I'll pass!
What I Liked
- Most of the platforms being linked to are legitimate in themselves from what I have seen
- Possible to make a very small amount of money
What I Didn't Like
- Misleading nonsense about getting people a job
- Fake news endorsements
- Fake testimonials
- Intend on selling your personal information to other marketers
- They are not offering people any unique value and the $29 upgrade is almost certainly bogus
I won't call it a scam since you can sign up for free and find some reasonably good opportunities to become self employed, but this is clearly not as advertised and something I recommend being extremely cautious of. If they are willing to lie about so much just to get your money in their pocket then I honestly don't think they have your best interests at heart.
Either way, I hope this has given you some useful insight to help you make a more informed decision. There are legitimate ways to make money online, but as far as a 'job' is concerned, these guys are not trying to help you.