Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"

The Work-From-Home email message below is a fake. The email message claims that Melissa Johnson a mother, lost her job last year and started working online, after she was unable to find a job. This is a scam and there are hundreds of other websites with the same message, which are all fraudulent.

Work-From-Home Scam - Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job

The Fake Work-from-Home Email Message

Melissa Johnson from is a regular mum who lost her job last year, and after an unsuccessful job hunt, she started working online. I interviewed her about her amazing story and she revealed her steps for success.

Step 1
Go to Internet Money Path, and fill out the form to get instant activation.

Step 2
Follow the instructions at Internet Money Path and set up your account. Then they will show you what to do. Everything gets tracked.

Step 3
Deposit your earnings into your bank account! Enjoy Life!

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This scam is similar to other scams that we have reported on before. Here are a few of them:

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Do your research before registering with work-from-home websites. These scammers know that there are millions of persons seeking employment or looking for a quick way to get rich, so this is why they create these fraudulent websites to rob persons of their hard earned money.

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December 22, 2016 at 4:57 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It's ironic, because I actually knew the woman who was on the original version of the photo. The photo was taken by a professional photographer at our company and he left the business a few weeks later. This was about ten years ago, in 2005/2006'ish.

We both lived in Oakleigh, which is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.


August 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Well done. Seen the same picture using Leah Williams and Melissa Johnson. If you had a system that made you rich would have to sell it. Keep up good work.


February 22, 2016 at 3:10 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Thank you guys...I almost fell for it but I had doubts then googled Melissa Johnson ended up on this site.


February 4, 2016 at 2:29 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Schwarzach, Vorarlberg, Austria

I am from Austria, and live in the little village of Tschagguns. I know everyone here and when I saw the article about a women named "Melissa Johnson" from "Tschagguns" who make money through this online site, I immediatly doughted that it is a scam. I researched, to double check my dought,. And of course it is a scam. There is NO Melissa Johnson in Tschagguns!

In the internet, they just adapt the location of this " Melissa Johnson " to your own location, so people get interested!


December 17, 2015 at 6:28 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Lewes, England, United Kingdom

She now lives in Dover UK πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•


August 2, 2015 at 7:18 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Harare, Zimbabwe

To be honest, if it wasn't for the comments below, I would have registered with this is a scam.

There is no such Zimbabwean woman and even if she was there, how the h**l did she register Zimbabwe with no postal codes and is not even in the listed countries.

Thanks you guys you really helped me out.


July 26, 2015 at 10:29 PM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

Thank you for your warning, for I was about to fall for this, whilst my 6th sense was curious about how for doing nothing specified one would just earn that kind of money. Immediately I decided to search on who this Zimbabwean Mellisa woman is, only to discover that she is too listened in the same scam as a citizen of several other countries! It's all fake & once again thank you for making it easy for us to escape these thieves.


July 1, 2015 at 5:02 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Auckland, New Zealand

Whoops, got sucked in!

Was pressured into making two different transactions for so-called services and training despite me telling the guy that I am not well and would need time to look into it more.

He proceeded to tell me he was talking to a different person because I had changed my mind. I was caught off guard when he rang anyway and not being well, the brain functions even slower.

I've cancelled my account and are hoping to get the payments either stopped or refunded.

Wish me luck everyone


Anyone else been trapped and come out with their cash still intact? How did you go about it?


June 24, 2015 at 3:09 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Mellisa from Iran is impossible because there is no way to pay the $2 fee she states she paid.


May 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM by
Work-From-Home Scam - "Melissa Johnson From... is a Regular Mum Who Lost Her Job"
an anonymous user from: Kigali, Rwanda

guys,thanks for warning,I was about to register,fortunately I realised that I forget my VISA card in the car and again my country Rwanda is not on the list. Then started to Google the name. Thanks for the warnings.


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