In what seems to be an endless crusade to warn people about all the scams online, Work At Home University is another on the list of places you should avoid.
For better or worse, I’ve attained A LOT of knowledge on how to spot illegitimate companies and this place strikes me as one of those.
Yes I believe it’s a scam.
Work at Home University (WAH) in a nutshell:
Contrary to the name, this is NOT a university. Once you sign up for “free”, you are told by it’s creator, Michelle Withrow, that all you’re going to be doing is posting links for companies and enjoying the profits. You are also told that you are going to get 1 on 1 consultation from expert internet marketers. This for a price of $97.
I do a ton of research on companies before reviewing them & giving them a rating. When it comes to WAH, there’s way too many red flags. Typically the more there are, the bigger the scam. In WAH’s case, there are a lot so I’m going to go through each and everyone of them.
Breaking down the holes in WAH:
1. First of all the home page shows images of famous TV networks. This gives people the impression that the program is somehow endorsed or associated with them. This is absolutely false. Don’t ever fall for these “As seen on…” crap. It’s simply a trick.
2. You have to enter your phone number & email to get “free access”. Couple of problems with this:
A) By entering your email/phone as well as your name, you allow yourself to receive sale’s calls. If you’ve ever gotten them before, you know that most of the time it’s absolute BS and you just hang up on them.
B) The free access is nothing more than a visit to a sale’s page. The reason you sign up is so that the person who created the website can stay in touch with you and keep trying to hook you into buying the program.
3. Once you sign up, you are told there are only 3 positions left in “your area”. Oh boy is this BS at it’s finest. I never entered my real name, email or phone #. In fact I made them all up. Yet somehow, when I entered the sale’s page, I was told only 3 positions were available in my area. How could they possibly know where I’m from when I entered a random number?
So I ran an experiment, signed up again, through another name/phone/email and guess what? Again it said 3 positions available. This kind of stuff is automatically shown to you to give you the impression there’s limited spacing available to get you to act now. Don’t fall for this!
4. Unfortunately a lot of what is explained is on the sale’s page once you sign up is VERY vague to say the least. You’re given very little information on what it is you’re actually going to do. It is said you’ll be posting links for companies and getting money for this, but what exactly does that mean? For complete beginners, absolutely nothing, but unfortunately this type of sale’s tactic works because the idea of earning a lot for doing easy stuff is VERY alluring.
Besides that, the rest of what you’re told is how much you can potentially make, which is a great sales tactic that overshadows skepticism. That didn’t work on me however.
5. I don’t even think Michelle Withrow is a real person. Check out this image on the right. I originally though this was Michelle. But it isn’t. It’s actually an iStock photo. Basically people purchase pictures and have the rights to use them on the website.
Yes you are told that there are iStock images used on the website, but this is very disingenuous because people associate the picture to actually be real people, including those who post testimonials.
Not to mention if WAH was legit, why wouldn’t Michelle (if that’s her real name) be proud and post her picture?
Update: Found another program by this fake person, here it is.
6. The whole get rich quick idea. Time and time again people fall for this idea that you can make a lot of money doing little/nothing. This is how programs like WAH get you to buy their products/services. I have used the saying “If it’s too good to be true, it usually is” time and time again. It absolutely applies here. If you want to make money online, there are legitimate ways to do it, but it takes work. In fact, here’s my #1 recommendation for that.
7. Money back guarantee is written in a shady way. I took a look at their refund policy which they say is 60 days, no questions asked. But if you read into it, they do say you should give 48 hours for it to be processed and (this is IMPORTANT) customer service may contact you to ask for any additional details.
What does this mean? From my experience, it means customer service will basically “beat around the bush” and try to persuade you to stay or ask you to test the system further. This is very different from “No questions asked” isn’t it? A guarantee isn’t always a guarantee. Beware.
8. 1 on 1 consultation is a MAJOR red flag. If you look through the sale’s page, you are also told that for paying the $97, you’ll also get access to a team of internet marketing consultants who will help you out. Here’s the screenshot:
Sounds amazing right? Wrong.
I’ve seen this kind of offer used in other products and it usually means you’ll get sale’s calls with often times aggressive marketers who will try to sell you services for A LOT of money and ask for personal information, including CC numbers. Never give them this kind of information if you ever get this far. No matter how good it sounds, no matter how much they promise, hang up and block the number is my best advice.
9. I believe this is a copycat company. Recently I did a review on Online Profit Stream and noticed a lot of similarities. It uses the same business model, promotes itself as an easy opportunity, also tells you that you’ll build links and make easy money and is also supposedly promoted by a mom under a different name which I believe it fake.
Final Rating: Work At Home University
Red Flag (Scam)
0 out of 10 stars. Worst score possible. Total scam. Avoid it entirely. If you want to see legitimate ways to earn from home, try my #1 recommendation.
Final thoughts on WAH:
There isn’t much left to say that hasn’t already been said. Programs like these are spread across the internet like an epidemic. They use pretty much the same sale’s angles and people constantly keep falling for it, mainly because they don’t know any better. I have fallen for these sorts of things in the past and learned my lessons.
There are a lot of people who want to make money from the comfort of their own home for whatever reason. Places like WAH prey on this and use typical aggressive sale’s tactics such as:
- Limited availability
- Discounted price for a limited time.
- So easy anyone can do it.
- You don’t need any experience.
All of these promises are just illusions. Please don’t fall for this type of stuff. If you have been scammed before or are currently going through the process right now, here are a couple of things you can do to fix it.
As for if there are truly opportunities out there that are legit, like I said before, this is my only recommendation. It is basically a place which teaches people to create online businesses. It does require effort on your part, but most importantly what you get is proper guidance on what you REALLY need to do to succeed online.
I hope this review of WAH has not only helped you better understand this program, but has also helped you see how to spot online scams.