“Stuff Envelopes for Cash”
I fell for the scam.
I was a naïve, teenaged college student, working summer factory jobs to pay for expenses, looking for a way to earn cash that would not interrupt my classes (social life).
It seemed harmless enough. Send $2. cash and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to a post office box, and they would get you started.
Earn money in your own time, from the comfort of your dormitory room.
What I thought I would get is a box of ads, political material, charity solicitations, etc. with instructions on how to “stuff those envelopes”.
What I received was a multi-paged booklet that described how you could run your own ad, collect $2. from other willing victims. The only envelopes you would be stuffing were their self-addressed, stamped request for information.
I was annoyed, and embarrassed that I’d fallen for it, but I was only out $2. and the cost of postage, which was six cents at the time. I didn’t report them, didn’t file a complaint with the University, I just moved on.
It was true. I could have made money. There would have been envelope stuffing involved.
Years later, and a bit wiser, I would buy into a MLM…Multi Level Marketing program that some would declare a bit of a pyramid scheme. It didn’t last, but I was out a bit more than $2.06.
But that’s a story for another day.