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Can you legitimately earn money stuffing envelopes?

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Although many businesses advertise lucrative envelope-stuffing jobs online and by physical mail, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warns that most, if not all, of these opportunities are scams. In fact, the FTC explains that these companies do not pay for envelope-stuffing at all, but rather for recruitment of new members.

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Despite claiming to pay a per-envelope commission, most companies pay only if an employee successfully brings in new employees, a set-up that is very similar to a pyramid scheme. Many envelope-stuffing companies even require employees to pay a starter fee to participate. The FTC recommends checking any envelope-stuffing opportunity with the Better Business Bureau before signing up. If the opportunity seems fraudulent, consumers should alert the BBB, their local postal inspector, the attorney general's office or the FTC.

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