scam heading, the home mailer exposed

Your Task:

Read the news article about an illegal home mailing scam.
Print the word list and write a short explanation for each word.
Use a dictionary if necessary.

Print the word list and write a simple explanation for the words in the list. Use a dictionary.

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home mailer
exposed
phenomenon
respond
transform
depression
economic gloom
executive
encourage
convenient
hassle
jostling
refute
method
strategy
image
aspects
professional
cultivation
stability
competence
achieve
publication
unlimited
income
hesitate
pamphlet
unconditional
guarantee
delight
opportunity
exciting
eagerly
secretly
scam
stock
junk mail
chain letters
telemarketing
inventory
employees
overheads
physical labour
real estate
loan broking
similar
potential
customers
approximately
circulation
calculation
profit
legal
illegal
pyramid scheme
punishable
to be engaged in
consequences
intriguing
hefty
invest

 

The Home Mailer Exposed !

 

© 2000 Teaching Treasures Publications

 

The biggest money making phenomenon since The Gold Rush is on now with many people responding to the home mailer ads placed in papers across the UK. A carefully worked out and tested plan, which could transform one from down-trodden depression of economic gloom, into a successful mail order executive.

It encourages people to hand over a small amount of money for a large return, if your cards are played right, or better said, if envelopes are stuffed correctly.

It is true that more and more people are buying by mail. Why? Because it is convenient, less hassle, petrol is expensive, jostling crowds and so forth.

The Home Mailer plays a game. A game they claim is no different from other forms of business activities. Something many honest, hard working business men and women would refute. A game that has rules which has method, strategy and a plan of action.

 

A good image is one of their most important aspects and they say this rule is often overlooked by beginners. They believe if you wish to be treated as a professional, you must behave like one. Which is as easy as pie according to them, as no one ever sees you, knows who you are, where you live, what you do, in fact knows nothing about you except what you show your customers on paper. The cultivation of a business image of stability and competence is part of their rules to achieve earning those big bucks.

So, how do you make those big bucks? Who buys and what do they get?

Firstly an advertisement is placed in a newspaper. The bigger the publication the better. The ad reading something like, "Unlimited home earnings filling envelopes - send SSAE (stamped self addressed envelope) to .... You could earn £1000 per 1000 stuffed envelopes."

Then people will respond to your ad. Most people who want to earn more income won't hesitate to send a SSAE. Letters will start pouring into the Home Mailer's postbox or letterbox. The Home Mailer will then send a pamphlet encouraging you to send £32 to receive the opportunity which is knocking at your door, with their unconditional guarantee that if you follow their rules you will be delighted with the money you make. After your £32 is sent away, you simply wait for the exciting opportunity to happen.

Eagerly you watch the postman drop off something, and there it is. A thin yellow envelope. Your nerves are shot by now as you have been secretly hoping this would not be another scam. The home mailer says it's, No buying of stock, no junk mail, no chain letters, no gambling, no telemarketing, no inventory to maintain, no employees, no overheads, no special training required, no physical labour, no writing, no telephone sales, no buying or selling real estate and no loan broking.

 

So, what can it be?

You have just paid £32 for 5 sheets of paper telling you to place an ad similar to theirs in a newspaper and wait for potential customers. Customers who will send you a SSAE which in turn you will stuff with a letter encouraging them to send you £32. If they do, you have started to earn your big bucks. You may expect to receive approximately 500 replies to your advertisement if placed in a publication with a circulation of one million. According to Home Mailer professionals you may expect 20% of these replies to place their order with you at a cost of £32. That is of course if you have followed their rules. A simple calculation and this tells you that a sweet profit of £2500 or more per 1000 envelopes per week has been reached. You have started earning those big bucks.

Hang-on, you'll say. What does the customer get for his £32, just five sheets of paper which explains how to place an ad, stuff envelopes and rake in the money?

Exactly!

 

So, is this legal?

No. It is illegal as it is a pyramid scheme and punishable by large fines. People who have responded to these ads and are engaged in these activities have to face the consequences, either carry on this intriguing plan and risk a hefty fine, a jail sentence or loose their money invested and seek an honest living elsewhere.

 

word list can be found here with other fun activities

 

 

Disclaimer: Please note that many home mailing businesses are reputable and the article above should not be construed with any reputable home mailing business. This is merely an educational lesson for students. © 2000 Teaching Treasures Publications


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