Product: WAH EDU or Work at Home Edu
Overall Ranking: 0 out of 100 or 0/5 stars
Owner: Michelle Robinson (fictitious person)
Websites: https://www.wahedu.com/ https://www.wahedu.org/ https://www.wahedu.net/
WAH EDU which is also known as Work At Home Edu is similar to the earlier Work at Home University and other sites which were well-known scams. The preceding sites were supposedly owned by Michelle Withrow, who was another imaginary person.
In this WAH EDU review, I will highlight the scam warning signs and show you why you should not go near this program.
Update: December 2017
The FTC obtained a court order banning Work At Home Edu (and other websites promoted by the same owners) from selling business opportunities and business coaching services. You can read the Press Release here.
Who is Michelle Robinson?
Michelle Robinson is allegedly a single mom who tells you her inspiring “rags to riches” story, to try and convince you to buy the program. Her story comes complete with a stock photo to convince us she really does exist.
The reality is that Michelle Robinson is a name that appears on a list of fake names used to promote different businesses.
Red flag: Why use a fake name? A legitimate site would use a real person – someone who exists.
What is WAH EDU?
This site is meant to be a training site where they provide you with more than 100 hours of videos showing you how to start an online business. When you join the program you are given 3 months access to the site.
There are other websites that are exact replicas with slightly different names, here are three, there are probably others:
- WAH Ecademy – Work at Home Ecademy
Red flag: An authentic site would only have one version.
Who is this for?
In all honesty, you shouldn’t even think about joining this program. That said, there is some training that is intended for people looking to start an internet business. The WAH Edu program is alleged to be for individuals over 13 years old and can be performed anywhere.
WAH Edu aims to entice anyone who wants to start an internet marketing business into their scheme. The program sounds good and it’s easy to see why people sign up. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver on much of what they promise, hence the need to continuously change names.
You are told you need 60 minutes per day to “win” with your online business.
So what will you be doing to earn money?
You are not given many details of what you will need to do to earn money. You are just given a description of the training. To obtain more details you have to pay and that is what they expect you to do.
Red flag: Programs that can’t tell you clearly what you will be doing to earn money should be avoided.
However, by searching on Google I found another page from the site, where you have the full story from Michelle Robinson, with the usual hype saying how easy it is to make lots of money with very little work. Here you are told that you will get paid for posting links.
Red flag: Posting links (see below)
Further red flags on this page are:
- There are 3 positions in your city, this never changes and is just a pressure tactic
- Bogus earning reports
- Downsells – click to leave the site and the price comes down first to $77 and then to $47 but you only have 5 minutes to decide – another pressure tactic
- Badly produced video that was meant to be a report from a news company
- They tell you that WAH Edu has been seen on different networksWork at home opportunities, in general, might have been featured on these networks, but not WAH Edu. This is another common trick used by these scams to make them look legitimate.
- False testimonials
I think we have more than enough scam warnings to judge this program.
Another carrot they dangle in front of our noses is a free one-on-one consultation with an internet expert. This is really another chance for them to try and get some more of your money and nothing else. There are many reports of these so-called experts trying to sell “additional services”
When researching for this review I found one person who was cheated out of $4000. Therefore, I would say this is potentially the most dangerous part of the program.
What do they mean by posting links?
This is something that is often exploited by scammers, if it was really this easy to make money online we would all be doing this. To be perfectly sincere I don’t fully understand what they want you to do.
Posting links could be spamming a website with links that lead back to the company website that is paying you. These links, which could be included in blog comments, on a forum or on social media, are normally deleted by the moderators.
Spamming sites is clearly not a moral way to earn a living and you could end up getting banned from these sites.
So, it’s more likely that posting links, in most cases, means affiliate marketing. In Affiliate marketing, you place a link on a website for a particular product and when someone clicks on your link and follows through to make an acquisition, you make a commission from the sale.
However, you should be warned that earning money this way:
- is a lot of work
- takes a certain time – probably a few months before you earn anything
- will perhaps cost you some money, if you use some form of advertising
It is possible to earn money by creating an affiliate marketing business, although I strongly recommend obtaining some good step-by-step training before starting.
Consequently, you can see the promise of easy money is completely false and the training that is supplied will probably not be sufficient to enable you to earn any money.
Pros and Cons
- some of the training might be okay, but the price is too high
- the many scam warnings highlighted above
- complaints found online
- even though there is a “no question asked”guarantee it will be very hard to get your money back
- one-on-one training is another chance for them to swindle you out of some more money
- no support
How much does this cost?
As I mentioned above, the price they hope you pay is $97, although if you click to leave the site a couple of times the price comes down to $47.
You are told that the price 6 months ago was $197. The program was almost sold out, so they had to update their servers. Why would they reduce the price if the program is so popular and they had to invest money? Like most other things with this program, it doesn’t make much sense.
There is a 2 month “no questions asked” satisfaction guarantee, but don’t count on that either. Some people have managed to get their money back, although many complain it isn’t possible.
In their refund policy, they say they might request additional details, meaning this isn’t a “no questions asked” guarantee. Yet another misleading statement.
Along with the initial charge on your credit card to join the program, some people have reported having further charges, of small recurring amounts. These will eventually add up to a substantial sum.
There are numerous complaints about the Work at Home – Edu, University, Institute, Ecademy, etc.
Here are just a few.
After joining they ask for more money, unable to contact support.
The unlimited personal support they speak of clearly doesn’t exist. They are interested in one thing, getting, even more, money out of you however they can.
Very hard to get a refund.
This person has received a refund but wasn’t impressed with the information on the site.
My final opinion
As you have certainly understood, this is a very obvious scam and you should not even think of giving them your money, telephone number or email address. If you give them your personal details you will receive calls and emails not only from WAH Edu, but also from third party sites as they share your private information. As stated in their privacy statement.
<>I feel the persuasive phone calls are much more dangerous than the program itself. They will try to sell you worthless business coaching for thousands of dollars. Don’t get caught, keep your money and don’t let them have your phone number or email address. These people are after your money and they are ready to harass you until you give in.
A better alternative
If you want to start an online business don’t get caught up with these programs that promise you a great deal of money for very little work. Being successful online is like any other business, it takes a lot of work and time before you will start earning money.
You can join for free (you don’t even need your credit card) to have a look around. If you think it’s the program you are looking for, then you can sign up for the premium membership. If not you can either leave or stay a free member and keep the two free websites you are given when you sign up. Either way, there is no pressure, it’s up to you to decide. I hope you can see the difference compared to WAH Edu.
Below is a chart comparing the features of Wealthy Affiliate with WAH Edu.
If you have been unfortunate enough to be scammed by WAH Edu or one of their other mutations, I would really like to hear about your experience. Or if you have any comments or questions please leave them below.