If you’ve spent anytime on Facebook lately, you’ve seen these ads for the wonderful part time jobs they’re trying to fill over at peoplemakingmoney.net, moniestory.com, KevinHoeffer.com, Paulgetspaid.com makecashmonies.com, and emillionaireinstitute.com. Saw one today for NicksGreen.com They all lead to a similar looking site eventually. That should be the first indication it’s a scam.
Facebook Ads for $50-$90/hr Part Time Jobs With Google Cash Kits
Paid advertising for work at home $88 an hour part time jobs? Like every poor sap working full time for $10 an hour or even $20 an hour wouldn’t jump at the chance to make 4 times their current salary working from home? That should be the second indication something is wrong. If a make money online offer sounds too good to be true or requires you to pay a fee, be wary!
I’ve been hitting Facebook a lot lately, getting back in touch with old friends, doing research on using Facebook to make money by working from home, and in between the ads of the buff guy shaving his chest and the Fear No Man Martial Arts ads, these earn money quick with Google ads keep popping up over and over:
Looks great huh! Work From Home! Make Money Online! Get rich quick! $50-$100 an hour! Just enough to catch people’s interest but not too much to be totally outside of the realm of possibility ($300-1000 an hour!)
Why are these scams in my opinion? Read on!
Click on one of these ads and you’re brought to one of two sites:
This is a technique called “Split Testing” where you show different landing pages to different people in order to determine which is most effective.
The guys picture never changes on any of these sites, but his name does. Sometimes he’s Robert McCabe, sometimes he’s Stephen Williamson, sometimes he’s Ryan Craig, sometimes he’s Kevin Hoeffer, sometimes he’s Kevin Larsen, sometimes he’s Tom Williamson, sometimes he’s Nick Peters, now today he’s Paul Steinbach. The names change every couple of days to avoid people searching the internet to see if it’s a scam or not.
There are six “comments” on this “blog”, but if you look closly, there is no comment form where anyone could have actually commented. Scam Alert #3!
Google Money Tree, Earn Google Cash Kits or Google Kits Scam
Sometimes it’s for Google Kits, sometimes it’s for Google Cash, sometimes it’s for Google Money Tree. All claim to let you make tons of money working from home with almost no effort. If you search for those names, they all of seem to be old tired Clickbank type eBooks on how to make money putting ads for other Clickbank junk on Google Adwords from 4-6 years ago.
For absolutely totally FREE, you can have your own Google Kit for only $3.88 Shipping! Yesterday it was only $1 shipping and brought you to a different landing page after the initial “squeeze page”, but I’m guessing the guy learned something from his split testing and modified his offer.
Ok, enter in your details and you’re now asked for your credit card, which will be charged $3.88 shipping for something. Sounds like a deal huh! How could you possibly go wrong for $3.88? Read the fine print off to the side buried in the middle of a paragraph:
To get your free kit, just enter the information on the right, and I’ll get your kit shipped out fast. Also… for a limited time, not only will you get my entire GOOGLE MONEY TREE KIT, but you will also get a seven day trial to my private, members only website. People pay almost ninety bucks per month for access to this site, but during this seven day trial period, you can have unlimited, back stage private access, without any charge whatsoever. You can stay a member at the discounted price of seventy two dollars and twenty one cents per month for life. Of course, if your goals change, you can always call and cancel your subscription at any time. It really is the easiest thing you’ll ever do. If you can follow simple instructions, and will devote just a little time every day… you can be living the life of YOUR DREAMS TOO. I AM!
That’s my bold type in the middle. That’s right folks, after 7 days they’re going to whack your credit card for $72.21 every month for access to some marketing website! Good luck finding a phone number to call and cancel your “subscription”, I strongly suspect one doesn’t exist (certainly isn’t on this page). And since you won’t notice until they’ve charged your card and they don’t offer refunds, you’ve just been taken!
If you got taken by Google Cash or Google Money Tree or Google Kits, your best bet it to go straight to your credit card company and dispute the charges but be prepared for the credit card company to side with these sites, since they are currently following the letter of the law by disclosing the monthly reoccurring charges. They certainly aren’t following the spirit of the law by hiding it in the fine print.
Don’t ever give any site your credit card that you don’t trust. At the very least, make sure they have a legitimate business address and are selling something that isn’t too good to be true. You’ll get screwed. Any real legit work at home free money making offer won’t ask for your credit card.
Note to Facebook: Get your advertiser quality together or you’re going to seriously tarnish your ad image to your users. I’m sure these people are paying you quite a lot per click, seeing as how they stand to make $70+ a month of each poor unsuspecting person who types in their card info. The number of ads Facebook shows are limited to 50 or so it seems. Just assign a intern to scan each one for scams and save yourself a ton of “Face” by shutting down the scammers!
What Should I Do If I Get Taken?
- Don’t feel bad! Seems like hundreds if not thousands of people have been taken in by these sort of “negative option” offers that trick you by not clearly disclosing you are signing up for monthly charges. You were tricked, it happens to the best of us.
- Call the number provided on the website that took you in IMMEDIATELY. Have more than one witness listen when you call and/or record the conversation if possible. Unfortunately many people have complained that they can never get anyone to talk to when they call. Finding that number is up to you, they seem to keep changing.
- Call/write your credit card company and dispute the charges.
- Monitor your credit accounts! You just gave some shady characters your name, address, phone number, credit card and secret 3 digit card number. Click here to sign up for Experian ID Protection monitoring FREE for 30 days. Unlike the Google Biz Kits, Experian is a trusted real company with a real business address and contact information, has a clean history with the BBB, and clearly states that it’s actually free for 30 days, then only $9.95 a month to monitor your credit accounts for fraud and identity theft. I’d suggest signing up for at least the free month to make sure no one tries to change your address or open a new card using your current cards details.
I Didn’t Get Taken, But What Can I Do To Help?
It’s going to take the Feds months or years to track down and stop these people, and even if they do, once they take it, you’ll never see the money they took from you again. The only thing to do is warn everyone you can not to fall for it.
Here is what you can do to help:
- Click Here to Share this on Facebook! Hit “Post to Profile” to warn you friends and loved ones.
- Use the “Share This” link below to Digg or Twitter or Stumble or Reddit or whatever service you use to share this so that other people might see it before they get scammed too!
- File a Complaint to the ICCC (Internet Crime Complaint Center) at ic3.gov.