Career Planning by Spam

I get a lot of email, which means that I get a lot of spam. This morning, I got into work to a spam that made me smile. Sent by the Job Research Dept. in Ireland, the email featured the subject line "Top 10 Best Paying Online Jobs," and I thought it'd be a close parallel to an entry about growth industries earlier this month.

Not so. Here's the list:

  • Get Paid To Take Online Surveys GET PAID FOR YOUR OPINION! Join the #1 'Surveys' Program. Make $10 - $250 AN HOUR doing surveys!
  • Get Paid To Be A Mystery Shopper Get paid $10 to $40 an HOUR just to go to the mall to shop and eat at your favorite restaurants
  • Get Paid 2 Drive Your Car With An Ad On It Companies will pay you $3,000+ per month to drive your car with an advertisement on it, .......OR... they will give you a FREE (NEW) ad car to drive.
  • Get Paid To Work Online! Receive A Great Monthly Paycheck Just Using Your Home Computer! Get Paid To Read Email or Surf the net!
  • Make $150 A Day. Work At Home. Get paid $25 - $150 per hour working at home in your spare time, or $4,500 per month without leaving home
  • I Raked In $436,797 Online Last Year One woman, with no previous business experience, earns $435,000+ per year online. Now you can too!
  • Homejobstop Dedicated to helping home-based professionals find rewarding work quickly and easily. Updated Daily.
  • Google Cash You Can Earn Thousands Of Dollars By Writing Google AdWords Part-Time.
  • Get paid to shop to be a Mystery Shopper! Get paid for your opinion taking surveys! Great work at home jobs.
  • The Silent Sales Machine Hiding On eBay Get your own 'Silent Sales Machine' and automate your online auction income - a simple proven formula.

Now, Homejobstop is a telecommuting job resource, and Dollarfrog is indeed a mystery shopping and online survey company. But I'm curious: Is this the envelope-stuffing work-from-home opportunity of the 2K's? Is the email itself an example of the actual work — pay people to recruit other people to recruit other people, etc.?

Regardless, I do like the idea of getting paid $250 for taking a 25-minute survey — and getting a free (new) ad car to drive. Sign me up.

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  • sharon

    For all I know you can be a con artist. You're telling me all the low down on all of these companies but what you fail to realize is that some of them are registered with BBB. You can be the owner of this scam job and just wanting innocent people to lose all of their money.

  • Survey Scout

    Hey, some of this stuff actually works, I'm not too sure about the envelope stuffing but the surveys do work, but chances are at this point in time only for Americans.

  • Allison Johnson

    I too like the idea of making some extra income where possible!!!

    I have been mystery shopping for a company called National Shopping Service for years and have really enjoyed it.

    You can sign up online on their website. They have some really fun mystery shopping opportunities and the pay is pretty good. This would be a great company to get started with if you have never done it before, as they are very big and have a lot of clients.