Work-at-home schemes exposed

LOS ANGELES Countless work-at-home Web sites claim you can earn thousands of dollars. For instance, maybe you're handy and would like to assemble flies for fly-fishing or other products at home. Gone Fish'n Tackle Company promises to pay 50 cents per fly. But Consumer Reports' Greg Daugherty says there's the catch.

"After you pay for the materials from Gone Fish'n, you'd have to tie more than 30 flies an hour just to make minimum wage," said Daugherty.

Longtime fisherman Charles George says even with his experience, he couldn't tie that many good flies in an hour and certainly not all day long.

"I don't think it is easy money," said George.

Another site, MyEasyHomeJob.com, promises to teach you how to make as much as $350,000 a year stuffing envelopes and mailing company circulars.

"We paid $67 for access to a Web site that tells you how to place ads and ensnare other people in get-rich-quick schemes," said Daugherty.

Then there's Google Money Tree, which is not affiliated with the Google search engine. It claims its free CD will tell you an amazing secret of selling on the Internet.

"The information isn't very helpful, and if you don't cancel within a week, the company will charge your credit card $72 a month for access to its Web site," said Daugherty.

Consumer Reports says before you sign up for any offer, check with the Better Business Bureau. It gave all three of these companies a failing grade.

Consumer Reports contacted all three companies, but only Gone Fish'n responded. A spokesperson says dissatisfied customers can get a full refund on the Fly-Tying Kit within 45 days of purchase.

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