I don't know if it's because I wrote about what I considered a MonaVie scam in the past, but yesterday I had a new scam knock on my door twice. It would be understandable if it was related to juice or multi-level marketing... but it's not. And sadly, I feel "victim" to it the first time.
What is the Google Work at Home Scam?
You may see an advertisement on a web-page that says, "Google Pays Me $264.71 a day." I did a search and found such an add at Bucaro tec Help. That site might be a responsible, but the site it leads to A Work From Home Site is not. Open it up in a new window. It looks pretty good, right? Nice information... no sales pitch... nice mother with her child "working" from home... Well, let's look at the story under that Jodi's Story. I didn't read the story too much, but now I see this, "That is the biggest hang up that men have, if they cannot see some tangible evidence then its not real or its a scam." This is a hint to say to the reader, "You may be thinking this is scam, but since I'm telling you it's not, it's not."
At the end of the article you see a "Get Google Money Master Kit Offer" link. Hmmm, that's odd, I know Google has a lot of services out there, but I haven't a Money Master Kit offered by them. Surely Google must offer this though, because otherwise this would be trademark infringement, right? If you click through that, you go to a page on Bskytracking.com - doesn't sound like Google to me. I encourage to give it a click in a new window. There's a form there were you can "check availability" of the program. Why would the program not be available, it's "work from home" after all. They aren't going to run out of classroom space. They can always print up more books. It's neither of these, they want you to think you are special when you fill out the form. For "shiggles", I filled out that form with fake data. For only $1.97 they'd enroll me in some program that's going to show me how to make money with Google. However, the fine print says they are then going to charge you $60/mo. unless you cancel. Do you think it's going to be easy to cancel? Oh and as a free gift, you get enrolled in another program that will charge you $20/mo. unless you cancel. I bet that one is not easy to get away from either.
How was I a "Victim" of the scam as I said in the opening paragraph? A legit-looking advertising company Itsperformance.com contacted me about putting an ad up on Lazy Man and Money to "A Work From Home Site." A couple of months back I took the money and put up the ad. I hadn't clicked into Jodi's story and saw that "A Work From Home Site" is just trying look legit to fool people. It certainly worked on me at the time. I took their money and put up the ad for a month. When they came back this time though, I changed my tune.
What tipped me off this time? I saw that the ad promised "$264.71 a Day from Google"... the "A Work From Home Site" doesn't mention anything about that. So I asked them and they came back with a "Work from Home $264.71 a Day." That's better, but I still didn't see where they were pulling this magic $264.71 a day from. I would expect to see some math or something. At this point, I'm really skeptical. The real clue was looking at their Terms of Service, which included a line of "Before starting any weight loss program, you should consult a physician." in the opening paragraph. Hmmm, is this work at home or weight loss?
In the opening, I said that the scam knocked on my door twice. Well, I received a Tweet from user "Okgblqk" (obviously computer generated), saying "Have you read about Google hiring people from the net now? I read it at www.ajobwithgoogle.com It's Very Interesting!" If you check out A Job with Google, you see that it looks like a legit news site. I can't decide if it looks more like USA Today or New York Times, but I feel I've seen the layout before. Give the site a read and see how obvious the lies are to you:
Google has now officially released their new "work from home" system out to the public. There will be thousand of spots available that are expected to go very soon in the next few days.
The way this works is very simple, Google says.
There's a lot more, but I don't want to spoil the fun.
Almost everyone who creates content on the Internet is afraid of Google. They can make or break businesses in many ways by just de-listing a site. It certainly takes some nerve to infringe on Google trademark like that. I suppose that if Google tries to come after them, they'll shut down the site at that domain and pop up another one.
Is it just me or is getting this twice in the same day a sign that it's going to surpass that Nigerian prince who keeps sending me e-mails about banking transactions?
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