Kevins Road To Riches – Another Google Money Kit Scam

by El Plumber (admin) on May 12, 2009


Is kevinsmoneytree.org a scam?

These ads for fake blogs touting Google Money Kits just keep coming and coming across all major ad networks.  This time it’s kevinsmoneytree.org.  There must be people spending tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising these earn money with Google sites, each one with some variation trying to get you to believe that Kevin Hoeffer and The Google Money System Home Business Kit will solve all your financial problems with a work at home job miracle.

Well folks, there is no miracle at kevinsmoneytree.org, just another fake blog trying to convince you that they know the secret of how you can “post links for Google” and earn money to the tune of $500 to $1500 a week doing so, all for only $1.95 shipping!

There are so many of these work at home part time make money with Google blogs that we here at the Electron Plumber are having trouble keeping up.   I’m thinking of making a master list of all these sites that people can cross check before they give anyone their credit card.

Look closer at what makes us think this is too fishy for words:

  1. Comments disabled due to spam?  On a blog?  Oh wait a sec, look closer.
  2. This “blog” is only one single page, every link on it pointing to the secure1.profitcenterlearning.com site.
  3. The profitcenterlearning.com site telling us there at only 56 slots left!  Come back in an hour, still 56 slots left!
  4. Google AdSense is an actual program where Google puts ads on sites.  We use them on this site.  They DO NOT “pay out” in 48 hours.  It takes 30-60 days before you’ll see any money from it.
  5. Fill in your info and they ask you for $1.95 for “shipping”.


Note what they DON’T tell you on this page.  Go check out the “Terms and Conditions” and you’ll see this buried in there:

“Should You fail to cancel Your Subscription within the 7 day trial, You will be billed $1.95. Additionally, You will be billed $69.90 again 7 days from the Trial Start date  and every month thereafter for Your monthly Subscription unless canceled by You.”

There are some good work at home programs and money making online sites out there.  Your first indication that any given site is NOT one of them is if they feel the need to trick you into giving up your credit card by making you think you’re only paying $1.95.

Folks, if you haven’t been tricked already, stay away from this one!

Did You Get Taken By kevinsmoneytree.org?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Call/write your credit card company and dispute the charges.  They never clearly disclosed the charges you were signing up for, so you have a case here.
  4. Monitor your identity by clicking here to sign up for Experian ID Protection monitoring.  Sadly, you just gave some shady characters your name, address, phone number, credit card and secret 3 digit card number.  Unlike the Google Money Kit, Experian clearly states that it’s actually 100% free for a full 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 the current cards details you gave away.

I Didn’t Get Taken, But What Can I Do To Help?

What can you do to stop these guys from taking in more people? Warn everyone about it!
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DakotahSaige May 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I noticed to that the Kevin guy had the same accountant job at a pipe manufacturer just like the woman whom I first saw advertising the scam. They had everything the same even down to the check number. I knew it was a scam but I listened to the promotion to see what if any discrepancies there were from the written information that was provided. That is when I realized that the “blogs” were the same except for the gender and names of the people. They should come up with new material if they want to scam more people. LOL

Chuck T May 21, 2009 at 9:48 am

I found a site where the scammers are boasting each other how much money they made /stole /scamed from us:
warriorforum.com/ad-networks-cpa-cpm-cpl-millionaire-makers/83426-now-kebin-has-audio-still-makeing-5-000-week-posting-link-google.html :(

Chris May 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Times must be hard for these scammers…they’ve upped the monthly fee if you don’t cancel within the 7 day trial period.

“If you choose to sign up for this product and pay the recurring monthly charges using a debit card you hereby provide pre-authorization and consent that blazingkeywords.com may charge $72.21 on a monthly basis. “

Kevin June 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

All these guys are scams! They fool you with their elaborate terms and conditions! Don’t ever give a penny to someone promising to make you money with google, not even for shipping! Google adsense is a free program!

To learn more and watch videos axposing google kit scams such as the discussed in this thread visit

google-cash-scam.com

Tom June 14, 2009 at 5:51 am

Dear Electron plumber, i think i’ll give you some links to the ones i found to be suspicious.
(Thanks for your services, god bless you for your good services)

usajobjournal.com/job.php?arid=adw-money…&gclid=CLb0vprqgJsCFSMSagodLU17dg

in this, this is the same article as one labeled as the Seattle Chronicles on another website. Same pictures, a few sentences of change. Exact same comments, only one page, etc.

also, there’s kevinmakesdough.com/index.php?sub=MC-PU

plus it says “ADVERTISEMENT” at the top

there’s one more: yooglemoneywarning.com/

I almost fell for that yoogle money thing, it seemed like they were trying to save me with three options…

could you look into these?

Amber June 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

ok so i fell for this =/

but i don’t think this went all the way through. they asked for the car number but they never asked me for an address. so i don’t know if this went through an i fell for it or nothing happened.

Dwight June 23, 2009 at 1:22 am

Hi, I was checking out the yoogle money warning site and I am not sure if it is real or fake. The part that is tricky is the 7 day trial and after that they can charge your card if you don’t cancell. Can you give me a feed back. Thak you!!

El Plumber (admin) June 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Dwight, that site is 100% fake in our opinion. There are no stats or facts or references as to how the “10″ people that tested the system did so, how much they paid, etc.

Phil June 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I also got tricked into buying this. Thankfully I was able to cancel and get a refund but others weren’t so lucky.

The Google Cash Kit isn’t the only thing using this method. I found an “eBay kit” using the same method and even an Anti Aging Pill that offers a “free trial” but of course it’s another credit card subscription

You can see these other similar “kits” on my page (just scroll to the bottom for the links).

There’s even one guy’s google think named “Scott” who’s “hometown” changes to whereever you are (ie based on your IP). So if you are on the Moon, surprise surprise “Scott’s” hometown is the moon !!!

Cuong Dang July 4, 2009 at 3:09 am

Another SCAM site of this Kevin guys is googlemastermind dot com.
It is so funny to look at its comments time. 1:19, then 1:20, then 1:21 lol…

DenZel July 5, 2009 at 1:54 am

Not to sound like a dick or anything but these scams have scams written all over them. They stick out like a sore thumb. Is this not obvious to everyone or am I some sort of genius?

El Plumber (admin) July 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

DenZel, while you might be a genius, recognizing these scams are not the reason. ;)

Here is an analogy. Imagine a giant flea market with hundreds of thousands of antiques in it (read: The Internet). You’ve heard from friends and on TV that lots of people make money by going to this flea market, buying antiques, then going down the street to the antique store and selling them for more than they bought them for (read: Internet Marketing).

Now, it turns out that 99.9% of the antiques for sale at the flea market are scammers selling worthless knock offs as real and a tiny fraction are selling real items worth anything at all, let alone more than you would pay for them. If you had no experience buying antiques (read: the Average Person), would you be able to recognize the fakes and find the few truly valuable ones? Of course not. But hopefully you would have been warned by someone (read: The Electron Plumber) that the flea market is full of knock off scammers and how to recognize them.

Kevin July 8, 2009 at 6:31 pm

denzel, they may be scam written all over them to a informed consumer. But quite honestly not everyone is a savy shopper and in this time of economic turmoil people are turning to new ways to make money that are very foreign to them. This means that seeing some of the elaborate webistes that these guys create for someone becomes a source of new income that they desperately need. These guys are pure scum and taking advantage of people and it is getting out of hand.

Scot July 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I don’t know but I was shopping for a job and typed in NY Jobsin google and got a advertisement about a google money kit..which you pay $2 for shipping and a bunch of terms of use to sign. Although I figured it was legitimate because they where posting the ad on a job search site. Come to find out they are not. So it is not so easy to target these scams when legitimate sites are advertising them.

twitterer July 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

they’ve been sending out links on twitter now. they appear to be coming from a twitter contact, but the contact will deny sending that tweet out. don’t know how it is done, but it seems to be a spoofed contact name

DAN August 4, 2009 at 6:27 am

did anyone earn at least 50% of what they claim

BlabTalk August 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm

DenZel does have a point. When taken to the “Google Kit” page, it looked nothing like it had anything to do with Google. Immediately, “red flags started a flyin”! I found this scam through losangeles-tribunes.com/finance/

Is that a real ABC news website? If it isn’t , it sure looks “official”…..beware folks. PS….looking up if this was a scam is what brought me to this page. Thanks!

Danno August 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Check out http://www.howimakeinternetmoney.com. Its the same Kevin A**hole on the moenytree site. These guys should be kicked in their A**. The worlds got enough problems without these dirtbags rippen people off. F*ck Kevin!

Sean August 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

My wife just sent me a link to http://www.losangeles-tribunes.com/finance/ asking my how legit I thought this was. The first thing that I noticed was the text at the bottom of the page that reads “Google™ does not endorse or sponsor this site and is in no way affiliated with this offer” and so of course I knew it wasn’t the real deal right away, and upon doing a quick search of the end pages name and the word “scam” I found this blog entry. Total scam, total douchebag move. As you mentioned on the other site, every single link goes to their scam page and the page itself looks very legit, but once I removed the word finance from the URL it was obvious that the the so called “news site” was just a host page for fraud use.

Branden August 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm

are any of these sites ever real? It sounds like some people may actually get paid to click on ads but I have no idea where to even start. I see these on all kinds of websites (monster, careerbuilder) though they may come with different names. If there is a way to search internet ads or otherwise from home, I haven’t found it.

Nd August 31, 2009 at 7:41 pm

never thought Kevinsmoneytree was legit in any way, only reason i’m aware of it due to #ucking redirects to his annoying website(s). I hope this *uck-tard Kevin gets AIDS and dies…

Nd

Stefanie October 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

community-news.org check ou this site! Yet snother google money success story

Sven October 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

@Nd: Aids isn’t painful enough…

ned October 12, 2009 at 4:20 am

When I find Kevin, I’m going to beat him to a bloody pulp. I hope he gets head lice, the crabs, and a bad case of herpes that rots his eyes out

Phil October 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I too got sucked in by the Google kit. Not Kevin’s Money tree per say, but another one just like it.

However it isn’t Google’s name only that’s being cashed in on for these scams but eBay also has a “kit” outhere doing the same scam. Not only that but I also found some vitamins and health supplements playing the same scam offering a “free trial” and then billing you monthly for it.

You can see more of these scams here business-opportunities-reviewed.com/the-google-kit-and-other-kits-marketing-scam

Erika October 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

yourbizstart.com so this one is fake too???

nitin October 17, 2009 at 12:01 am

and most funny thing is the wbsite itself does not have any google ads on it.
he he… my friends profile spammed on facebook abt this and i was suspicious

Paul November 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

thank you this information was very usefull.saved me from being scammed from other scams to come.

ken November 6, 2009 at 12:19 am

please, do not give them your information !!!!
he will take money out of your acct…..
it is scammmm………………………………….

JimJones November 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

The fact that the site makes a fucking annoying popup on closing the page proves that it’s a scam. (Although I never even read anything on the site or this post, just trying to figure out how to block this page from popping up on mediafire etc.)

El Plumber (admin) November 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

JimJones: Download and install the FireFox browser, then add a plugin to it called AdBlock. No more popup ads.

Mike November 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Actually, I downloaded Yes Popups (Also a firefox plugin) for the very same reason..

Even if it was legit, its getting closed in 0.3 seconds flat if it auto plays annoying audio on my computer..

DARRYL November 27, 2009 at 2:54 am

There are some good work at home programs and money making online sites out there. where?????

franklin December 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

i wish there was more we can do besides promote that it is a scam… like sue the bastards! so annoying

joanne rinaldi August 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

If this Kevin Hoeffeer interfares with my computer one time I am calling 7 on your side & suing him…………..

joanne rinaldi August 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm

its harrasment…………he keeps getting on my computer & i cant get him off……..

JIMMY August 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

TAKE YOUR *beep* ADS OF MY COMPUTER YOU *beep* DICK.I GOING TO REPORT YOUR *beep* TO THE F.B.I. SITE . YOU *beep*

(post edited to reduce the profanity, FYI Jimmy, I don’t think the scammer who put the spam app on your computer reads this site)

Fishleg September 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm

i would so cock slap that guy….screw kevin hoeffer….and el plumber can you direct us to some sites that are legit?

zhen November 5, 2010 at 12:13 am

I felt really lucky to stop and check inwith El plumber first, otherwise i would’ve gave these ass**** my account number . I feel like if these work @ home programs sound too good to be true , then 99% at the time it’s a f-ing SCAM,THANKS A MILLION ELplumber man !!!

Lee November 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Look closely at these, and all scamming sites, especially when they have “As Seen on TV” and then show several networks’/cable channels’ logos. First off, most of the logos are NOT links to an article by, for example, Fox News or CBS. They’re just unlinked icons. If they to link somewhere, it’s always to an in-house written pseudo-news site where all the headlines and articles praise the company directly or indirectly e.g. “In This Economy, At-Home Internet Businesses Generate Billions!” None of the links, however, go to legitimate sources. Secondly, and definitely not least, is the fact that these so-called “Google-based” business opportunities want to appear to be Google endorsed or Google supported, but if they show a picture of the Google logo, it’s blurred somewhat to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit and/or unauthorized use complaint. That alone should speak volumes! The very companies they claim as endorsers/supporters want nothing to do with them!

Common-sense critical analysis should tell most any person that these sites are not legitimate, even if concrete evidence of a scam is lacking.

Rebecca Avery January 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I think this is terrible thing to do when people are down and out. What goes around comes around! May you be punished my the Lord who ever is doing this kind of crap!

jerry August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Convincing on the surface, always verify site before giving any money

shellie merchant October 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am in Direct Sales. I know my company is legit and I have to work hard. I get frustrated because I find myself clicking on these advertisements in the slightest hope that someday one might be real…hoping for easy money….

Spanner Swirlyflow III May 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

anyone who gets sucked in to a scam like the one mentioned deserves to lose their cash, I really don’t know what’s wrong with some people .. as for the comments like, ‘it’s easy for ordinary consumers to be sucked-in’ or, ‘maybe you are more savvy than other people’ are ludicrous. They all have Scam written all over them, anyone who falls for them should be arrested and jailed for being terminally and irresponsibly stupid and thus a danger to themselves and possibly others too…

sigh.

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