The Google Biz Kit Scams and Mary Steadman

by El Plumber (admin) on April 17, 2009

marymoneyblogscam The Google Biz Kit Scams and Mary Steadman

What Is A Google Biz Kit?

I keep seeing ads for one Mrs. Mary Steadman make money working at home “blog” pushing something called a Google Biz Kit.   The names keep changing on these Google Biz Kit work at home part time job sites, but the bad deals keep coming.  It’s almost like as soon as I post about one site offering this work from home on the internet for $1 deals, another pops up in it’s place.  Literally in the middle of writing this article the ad I found changed from linking to Mary’s Money Blog to Kevin Gets Green for Kevin Hoeffer and back again!

How do these earn at home working for Google blog sites work? Can you really make money online, and will it only cost $1 to find out how to make thousands of dollars a month working a couple of hours a day from home? And does Google really pay people to post links? Well, yes and no. For a detailed explanation of how the whole thing works, check out The Easy Google Profit Scam.

Why is this Google Biz Kit a scam in my opinion?  And how can you, gentle reader, spot these types of scams for yourself?

  1. Check out the Comments section.  There is no where to actually enter comments!  They’ve all very likely been faked.
  2. Google does actually pay people, but only through it’s Adsense program.  It’s what automatically puts context sensitive ads on websites and the most popular internet advertising program in the world.  They pay out 30-60 days AFTER a link has been clicked, NOT 72 hours. And then typically they only pay out a couple of CENTS per click.
  3. For the Google Biz Kit and Internet Biz Kit, you only need to spend $1 and $1.95 for shipping, which should raise some flags.  Shipping charge for an electronic delivery?  What?   What the blog fails to tell you is that likely before you figure it out, your “7 day trial” will be up and they’ll whack your credit card for $150 combined.

Check out the very very fine print at the bottom of the Google Start-up Kit page that Mary’s “blog” links to:

By submitting this form I authorize Fresh Keyword Ideas to immediately charge my credit card for instant access to the Instant Google kit. I hereby request that Fresh Keyword Ideas activate my account and authorize them to advance funds as indicated. Monthly Service fees will commence seven days from the date of this purchase, and will be billed monthly thereafter. After the seven day trial you will be billed seventy one dollars and twenty one cents USD monthly for the continued access to the software. No refunds will be given for failure to use the requested and provided services. You may cancel at anytime by writing to 51 W. Center St. #621, Orem UT, 84057 or calling 877-208-6571.

And hidden at the very very bottom of the www.my-internet-payday.com page:

* When you order the Risk Free Trial of My Internet Payday Program you will be charged only $1.00 (non-refundable) for access to the My Internet Payday training program. You will have a full 7 day risk free trial period from your original purchase date to decide if the My Internet Payday program is right for you. At the end of your 7 day trial period you will be charged $78.64 per month for access to the My Internet Payday training program.

Note, that is MY red highlighting above, certainly not the sites that you are giving your credit card to.

What do you likely get for your $150 combined?  A bunch of tired old eBooks on how you could have made money 5 years ago using Google Adsense and Adwords?  A pyramid scheme to sell other people the Google Biz Kits?  Probably.  I haven’t bought one so I don’t know.  One thing is for sure, no worthwhile make money program would EVER need to trick people into paying $150 for it like this.  That’s why it’s a scam in my opinion.

For more details on how the whole thing works, see our origimal article on Google Money Tree, Earn Google Cash, and Google Kits – Facebook Part Time Job Scams

In this case, here is the trail it seems to take you down:

www.marylifeblog.com takes you to Mary’s Money Blog, which has a link to a Google Biz Kit.   When you click it you go to www.securecartcenter.com.

What Should I Do If I Get Taken?

  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 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.  Unlike the Google Biz Kits, Experian clearly states that it’s actually 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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  2. Use the “Share This” links below to Digg or Twitter or Stumble or Reddit or Email or whatever service you use to share this so that other people might see it before they get scammed too!
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Ben April 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

MARYLIFEBLOG.COM is the same as JOSHMADECASH.COM and KENNYSMONEYBLOG.COM. The only difference between these 3 websites other than colors of the websites are the pictures of Mary, Josh, and Kenny. Josh and Kenny are the same person.

All 3 sites have the same exact comments from made up people and all are posted at the same exact order word to word and even have the same response from Mary, Josh, and Kenny. Notice that all comments do not include a timestamp so you have no idea when they were posted. What kind of website doesn’t include this simple feature? They could’ve at least changed the wordings on those 3 sites. These scumbags didn’t even try to be creative with their scam and it’s sad to know that there are people gullible enough to fall for it.

Ben April 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Well, the all comments are required to get approval feature on this site reminded of one thing that I forgot to mention about Josh and Kenny’s sites. The comments section on their sites both have the same line that reads, “Comments disabled due to spam.” Can they be anymore obvious?

admin April 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Ben, I think the people they are targeting are NOT internet savvy. My 75 year old grandmother certainly would not know the ins and outs of a typical blog layout, or that she might get scammed by paying $1 or $2 for a book online unless I warn her. The ads for these sites are pretty spread out across many ad networks, so most people will only see one of them. The really sad part is that the FTC, ICCC and major ad networks don’t step in and stop this sort of thing.

google biz kit April 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Did you ever go through the course on the provided CD and try to use the system? I did and it’s worked out pretty well though.

admin April 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I removed your affiliate site link Mr. “Google Biz Kit”, if that’s your real name. No, I have not gone through the course on the CD as it really doesn’t matter. It could be the best damn program ever, but the fact that they are tricking people into paying $75+ for it makes it a totally and complete scam in my opinion, and likely that of the FTC as well.

Take a close look at the site you link to Mr. GBK, note the lack of true cost disclosure on any page. Then read over:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/ecommerce/bus41.pdf
AND
http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/02/P064202negativeoptionreport.pdf

Note that as an affiliate of said site also breaking the rules, you are also liable to get a visit from the FTC as they investigate these people, and not necessarily a friendly visit either.

dingane April 27, 2009 at 3:36 am

thanx guys i almost fell for it!

dunky1 April 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

is there any thing out there that does work!!

wfw2009 April 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

thanx , i almost fell for it!

ZENDA April 29, 2009 at 7:36 am

THANKS, THIS IS NEARLY AS BAD AS HERBALIFE!
NOT TO MENTION THOSE TYPING SCAMS.
WHERE WILL I FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS?

astroblu April 29, 2009 at 11:50 am

thanks guys for that info…

Shahna April 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I did get taken with this scam. I went back to marylifeblog.com and checked out the site again.
When I ordered not but 30 minutes ago, there where 2
links to sign up, step 1 & 2. Now when I went back they
only have one link to myinternetpayday.com. The site where I went to pay for the Google Biz Kit is gone. I am going to contact my credit card company and have the charges stopped and then contact them and be sure they do not charge me any further. Any further advice on what to do?
Thank you for your info here…..

Joshua April 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm

pls i need a straight and forward website were i can get the forms to fill for my Biz Kit

Sam April 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Tbh, its pretty obvious cos the site uses obstrusive javascript to try and stop you leaving. Only malicious sites do that…not to mention they could add a back port to your computer in the code if your using windows and internet explorer (or at least could I think microsoft patched it, but not sure)

Sam April 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

also one more comment at Shahna, I would recommend destroying your credit card and closing the account, stopping one payment won’t be good enough, trust me I know how it’s done (from studying these ppl on my degree).

You might wake up with a huge bill one morning, when a card’s been compromised it’s best to close it and cut it up.

Chad May 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

So is mary’s money blog not worth it and does it cost more money than shipping fees

El Plumber (admin) May 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Chad, go back and reread either the article above or the Terms and Conditions on the offer that Mary’s Money Blog links. They’re trying to trick you into giving away your credit card number for a $1 shipping fee, then whack your card for $150 if you don’t cancel in 7 days. Many users have complained they attempted to cancel within the 7 days and either couldn’t get through or were charged anyway.

Brenda May 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

Thank you so much for the info. I clicked on this scam and it was on my Facebook page, listed as a Monster.com job opportunity. I live in Maryland but am visiting Sarasota, Florida at the moment. The Google package came up as a sad saga story of a young couple in Bradenton, Florida (where I am at the moment)! What a scam! It’s frustrating that Facebook allows this advertising to show up — it makes you wonder if anything is real out there! Thanks again for saving many of us! peace…Brenda

Sue May 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Thanks. Almost fell for it, but now I always google the business with the word “SCAM”. It works and showed me this page.

Sam May 5, 2009 at 6:10 pm

yo just checked this page again to see progress on this scam and I got an ad on your page for the next phase of the scam http://. I just got a sign up of like using swear words as username and email whilst masking my ip :P …but check the page it’s exactly the same concept just a little better thought out, though not awsomely cos it leads to ….got it from an ad on your page…you might wanna tell ppl if they see the “earn $500 a day by working from home” thang to ignore it. I might try downloading

El Plumber (admin) May 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Sam, you make an excellent point. As you probably noticed, I removed the URL and references to the program you thought you might “try”, but your point about the ads is well taken.

We use Google Adsense on this site, and we try to block shady or suspect ads when we see them, but Google doesn’t do as good a job as I would like weeding them out.

Mary C May 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

I came over from My-Internet-Payday.com It smelled fishy. I used to write and post warnings on writeing contests which re a huge scam market. But this I really don’t understand. With all the logos plastered on the site, it would be an easy take-down for CBS or google or New york Times just for trademark infringement. You can’t post a trademark legitimately without permission and these are used fraudulently. So very easy case to send uinto a court and stop.

Harrison May 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

Finally I found the real scoop on all this hog wash of making money with Google Biz Kit. It took a while before I came upon something honest and accurate. Sure you can make tons of money by scaming people with fine print charges that most people don’t read and they know that. Its out right thievery and these people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Google should also put a stop to this.

Mark R May 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Actually, I have almost completed the snipped course and have found it to have some killer information and great content of all kinds to help people make money on the internet. The other guys might be fakes but this guy knows his stuff…snipped are proven winners, why not get more of the insider information….I have gotten several profitable blogs up and running fast and now have time to work on bigger profitable sites….
There are always going to be copy-cats on the web, do your research before purchasing anything!!

El Plumber (admin) May 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Mark R, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The program you are touting (which I cleaned from your comments) is sold in a dishonest manner in my opinion. It could be the best program ever, but to trick people into thinking they are only paying $1 then charging them $78.23 a month after seven days is just wrong. Either the program stands on it’s merits and is worth $78 (in which case, tell people right off) or it’s not. If it was worth $78.23 a month, you wouldn’t need to downplay the “negative option” about auto charging them. Prove it’s worth it for $1, then they will willingly pony up for the rest.

No number of small font disclaimers makes this right or actually legal according to the FTC. Tell people right off the bat in plain English what they are getting into, for how much, give them an brain dead easy way to cancel or give them the choice to buy more, not trick them.

Trevor May 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Well said El Plumber well said.

Marjorie Davis May 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

what numbers do i call to cancel.
stupid me!
what numbers do i call to cancel
both the marylifeblog.com and http://www.my-internet-payday.com
thanks for the info!!

ilkn hzretleri May 11, 2009 at 6:26 am

haha!!!! people are stupid as hell! i just clicked their banner and laughed at their scam site. i cannot believe that people *really* fall in this trap.

El Plumber (admin) May 11, 2009 at 9:12 am

ilkn, thousands of people start using the internet for the very first time every day and have no idea how to tell a scam site from a site to trust.

Imagine someone sat you down in front of random sample of 500 bottles of wine, or 500 gold necklaces, or 500 antiques (or anything you don’t have experience with) and told you that you could have any one of them for $20. Some are worthless, some worth $5, some worth $10, and maybe one or two worth $500. How would you know which to pick?

They’re not stupid, they’re just inexperienced in this particular field and need people like us to inform and warn them.

Chuck Turner May 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Well said El Plumber! Just becasue people have a lack of knowledge or are not internet savvy does not justify scamming them, lying to them and defrauding them.

Scam and fraud.

I hink I found Kevin Hoeffer! :) At least that’s who he sasy he is on Twitter. twitter.com/KevinHoeffer

But look up the owner of this site on whois:
kevins-money-blog.info

Result:

address info snipped

From: whois.domaintools.com/kevins-money-blog.info

So David Martin owns the site – not Kevin Hoeffer after all and not from my town. What a lying scammer! :(

El Plumber (admin) May 12, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Chuck, thanks for the investigation! I snipped the address info you posted, as I don’t want to be responsible for what happens to this guy when an unsatisfied “customer” gets a hold of him. ;)

However it is public information that anyone that anyone can go see, and it is VERY likely that this is the guy. Google the email address that comes up associated with the domain and you’ll find him pitching a bunch of other get rich quick junk on various forums.

Frankly, I’m a little surprised that he didn’t bother to make his domain private, since you can get it free at GoDaddy where he registered when you register 5 or more domains. The guy owns 1400+ domains, probably just lazy.

Its Just Ellen May 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Thanks for keeping us all informed! I have encountered this scam twice in the past 3 weeks. A few weeks ago I was out with a friend when her credit card (Amex) was declined. She called and they told her their fraud watch department had put a hols on it due to charges to this group – for the $79. Then I saw this last night, surfing for information on how google adwords and adsense works (doing some research before I venture into the realm of blogs). I came across what appeared to be a legitimate article on a legitimate newspaper’s website. It was written like an article in the paper’s financial section.

Annie Moore (Fanackerpan) May 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm

El Plumber and all other contributors, thank you so much for all the comments and advice on this site. I have been out of work now for about 8 months (UK), and really need to make some money, and was almost tempted by this scam. Fortunately I do have the savvy to check things out before I get too involved, and wow, am I glad that I did. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and wealthy future.

Fanackerpan

Alex May 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm

****getscash.com seems to be a common name. I was about to sign up for one introduced by stevegetscash.com but decided to investigate further after reading the fine print. Glad I saw this blog.

silvia vughn May 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

yes Im a 59 year old women who is trying to cancel out of you website already contacted my bank and your customer service…….ritenow i cannot take advantage of your work because my momkjust passed and tommorrow is my little girls b-day $78.00 is qite aq bit of $ for me to be taking out it is pending rite now please donot take it out please i only get 200,oo a month. my account no. is private bank information deleted

silvia vaughn May 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm

okay so if i already saiod this then why was you cutomer servikce person rude to me and then hung the phone up on me.I want that 78.00′s bck on my card

El Plumber (admin) May 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Oh my. Silvia, we’re not related to the scams at all here at the Electron Plumber, we’re just trying to warn people about them. To all you “affiliate marketers” out there thinking they aren’t harming anyone by pushing these scams on people who can’t afford it, you are very very wrong.

The best you can do now is work with your bank to recover what is basically money stolen from you.

silvia vaughn May 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I demand my money back on my card asap u have how many hrs?

El Plumber (admin) May 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Silvia, you have the wrong website unfortunately. Your best bet is to contact your local district attorneys office and file charges. But please get the right website first. ;)

TULA May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

Please which one is not a scam. I dont want to fall victim of these sammers!!

EARN MONEY ONLINE SCAMMER May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am

Well said ;)

HELP ME May 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

Please which one is not a scam. I dont want to fall victim of these scammers. I am out of work and need something to sustain myself

Amogh Deshpande May 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I cant believer this! People falling for oldest trick in the book. If something is too good to be true it probably is.

Amogh Deshpande May 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm

LOOK HOW THEY COVER THEIR ASS

This publication provides the Author’s opinions and neither the Publisher nor the author intends to render legal, accounting, financial, business or other professional advice with this publication. With regards to licensing of a business enterprise, any legal accounting or tax matters. Author and publisher is an Affiliate of the company offering the business opportunity and are remunerated by advertiser. Author and publisher strongly suggest that the reader seek the services of appropriate licensed business, financial and or legal professionals before proceeding with any actions and comply with the local, state and federal licensing and guideline requirements which the reader resides or conducts business.

The Publisher and Author disclaim any personal liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application of the offer, either directly or indirectly, of any advice, information, or methods presented in this publication. Individual comments are unedited and not the opinion of Author or Publisher and not liable for their comments and opinions. Author or Publisher is not associated with Google Inc.

*INCOME CLAIM WARNING: Testimonials do not result typical result. Photographs or images are depiction of individuals and payment methods. These income examples are representative of some of the most successful participants in the program. Some individuals purchasing the program may make little or NO MONEY AT ALL. These claims are not a guarantee of your income, nor are they typical of average participants. Individual results will vary greatly and in accordance to your input, determination, hard work, and ability to follow directions. No person or company can guarantee profits or freedom from loss. By using this website you are agreeing to our Earnings and Income Disclaimers

�2005 All rights reserved. No duplication in whole or in part of this system s allowed without prior written authorization.
By using this site you are agreeing to our: Privacy Policy – Disclaimer – Terms of Use

Chris02 May 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

Contacted my credit card immediatley and they canceled my card.. So they can-not charge anything BiG SCAM! They are sending me another card in the mail! If you have applied for this SCAM call your credt card company right away.. before the 7 days so they can cancel your card and re-issue another one.

vin May 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm

thanks alot for these observations that you never hid from all.
God bless you sooooo much . i almost paid

leo May 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

here is the problem….

when people find a new “system” online there is no mention of the system on google or other search engines because it’s a new system with a new name (or old system with a new name)…

then by the time people write scam and fraud pages that appear on google’s search engine or other places it’s too late, a hand full of people had already been had.

so how can people research possible scams and frauds before they get suckered?

and here is another thing – the place which i saw the ad for the scam was on the sidebar of my yahoo email. i trusted it because yahoo is trustworthy. well at least that’s what i thought…now i know that you can’t trust ads from anywhere.

and here is yet another thing – sometimes the scam sites say that they are endorsed by trustworthy names, like cnn or aol or other companies, and that too is a lie.

so bottom line is you can’t trust anything from anywhere at anytime.

Maria May 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm

The ad I saw for ‘Mary Steadman’ was from a country town not far from my Wilkes Barre home. I was leary about the lack of correct information on the first link and backed off & researched the phone book, white pages, the supposed name of the newspaper…no such name, no such paper. Then I read the fine print on the bottom of the page and it isn’t even affiliated with Google. Then I found this site. Thank you!!! I guess we are all looking for something that REALLY works. Unfortunately, in this world ruled by the devil and his demons (Revelation 12:9 & 1 John 5:19), Honesty and Truthfulness are hard to find.

crimety! June 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Man, I can’t believe I fell for this! I was on jiji.com looking up PT work and came across this article about a Mary who lives the next town over. Probably the same article Maria seen. (in Bristol) I had a walmart re-loadable visa card that I received as a gift…It had a few dollars left so I said what the heck and ordered both the easy google profit for 1.00 shipping and the 1.95 for the my internet pay day crud. Me being so eager and in need on $, I jumped the horse and ordered without doing research. I immediately closed out the card! Not like they could take any more money out..it only had a dollar and change left. Is there anything else I should do?? Am I in the clear after closing the account on the card? Ugh, I feel so dumb! Thanks in advance guys!

Darlene Nagrodsky June 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Hi All,
I have to admit I was taken in by this scam. Desperate for work in a small NM town with no jobs avaliable, I thought just around $4.00 to invest (yes, at this time in our lives $4.00 is a lot for us) I thought I have internet access, why not make it work for me. I didn’t want to do sales, just something I could work from home with. Well, I saw Mary’s Blog about how she lives in California, had a dead end job, blah blah blah, ect. Well to make a long story short, after I ordered the programs (2) I was getting ready to really get with it. Then I came accross your site. What a Revelation!!! Then I came accross her Blog again at a different website and now she lives in Rio Rancho NM, what happened to Calif? Here is her new website with some great write up about her “success”.

usajobjournal.com/job.php?arid=6A099134&gclid=CPGHpqjY7poCFRYiagodNwOFCA

crimety! June 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Darlene,
That is the site that got me! I live in the next town over.

jap June 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Almost taken in by this scam. I’m already planning to get a credit card coz I don’t have one. Then something just lights up my mind. “Why don’t I scan scams at Google” after all it’s a search engine. That’s when I bump to your site. Lucky for me and at least 4 of my friends whom I wanna share my supposed newly found sideline.

jennifer June 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Oh look there it is I thought Mary was scamming me thanks for this article glad I didn’t get taken!

buerif udlkjdnde June 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm

b-i-t-c-t you are a really BIG C-A-M!!!!

Chuck Turner June 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm

marylifeblog.com is not owned by Mary – it is owned by a kid goes by the name of Jose Menendez and lives down Florida way:
hosts-file.net/?s=marylifeblog.com&wn=1

Think you got a bit confused with your name and gender there bro! :)

Same dude owns:
emilysskinblog.com
kevinmakesdough.com
marylifeblog.com
thebostontribune.com

So is it Emily or Kevin or Mary!??

John L June 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

WOW, I learn one thing, working for pipe manufacturing company or mortgage company is bad idea. I mean all these people lose their jobs, four to five accountants, at the same pipe company with that has the same story living hundreds of miles apart. that’s a bad company.. LOL.. even more ODD is most of them don’t live in the same town.. yet exactly same story about that bad company.. No more jobs search at pipe manf. LOL..

Kevin June 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm

This article tells nothing but the truth. These guys are taking money from people left right and center. I am shocked how many people actually complaining of losing money to these guys. With a little education and research one can learn how to make money with google in less than a few hours. Google adsense is a great service that is being exploited by these guys and people should be aware of what they are signing up for. Bottom line is don’t pay a penny to anyone offering you to make money with google and definitely do not pay for just the shipping cause they are going ot take you for a lot more.

dana June 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm

these guys make it inpossible to cancel they send u to voice mail then tell u that the voice mail box is is full and cant accept any messages

Suz June 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Okay so about a month or two back I got taken in by all this bull and have since been charged monthly. I haven’t really noticed until now because I forgot about it for awhile. It’s getting so bad that my account has been over drafted by hundreds… But the thing is, when I entered all of my information, card and name and address, I was ‘denied’ so I just shrugged it off. Was I really denied, because they’re obviously taking the money out of my account! I am so confused as to what really happened. Please help if you can.

El Plumber (admin) June 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Suz, that sucks. If you used a credit card, report it lost or stolen and dispute all their charges immediately. If you used a debit card, it’s a little harder. Also report the debit card lost or stolen so they can’t charge you anymore, and go speak to your bank about what your options are to get the money stolen from you back. In either event, I’d strongly suggest you sign up for the free month of Experian ID Protection listed above at the end of the article so you can check if they’ve done any more damage by opening up fake accounts in your name.

Suz June 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Let’s say I use the card after the charges they made from the scammers on gas or something and reported the card missing or stolen. Would it be even harder for me because it’s suspicious? My card is a debit. I don’t remember the last time I actually used it though because for awhile I felt something very wrong about my account. I’m afraid of having to pay the $ that has been over drafted because that’s money that I don’t have currently. If I reported it stolen, would it really be possible for the bank to exempt it?

El Plumber (admin) June 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

The bank won’t have any issues with you reporting the card stolen and then you used it later, as it happens all the time. People have their card number “skimmed” at a full serve gas station or have it stolen online all the time and don’t notice it until months later when they look at their statement. Point to those charges as evidence of the theft. You never authorized the charges. And if you don’t get a new card number by reporting it stolen, these people are going to keep trying to use your account forever.

For getting your money returned and overdraft fees refunded, that is certainly going to depend on your bank. Go find the nicest employee in there you can and cry in front of them.

Unfortunately, you’ve just experienced the equivalent of a mugging on the internet. I wouldn’t count on getting your money back from the muggers at all. Your best bet is to go to your bank first thing tomorrow and see what they can do about recovering stolen funds. If you really want to maximize your chance of getting the money back from the bank, don’t tell them the story about the card being declined, as the fact that you entered your card number at all indicates your willingness to be charged. The bank employee will likely not care that you thought you were only going to be charged $1.97.

If you’re really feeling feisty, call your local television news station and ask to talk to a reporter about doing a hard hitting internet scam story and how a local college student was taken.

Suz June 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Thank you so much El Plumber! So I just go to the bank and tell them that my card is being used without my consent by an unknown source? Or should I just say it’s stolen and being used? I’m so paranoid that they won’t do anything for me…

El Plumber (admin) June 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Just say the truth. There are charges on your account that you never authorized. You have no idea who the company is that’s charging you. You need them replace your debit card with a new number since it’s being used by someone else to make charges and help you get the money returned.

However, don’t get your hopes up too much, it’s much harder to dispute debit card charges than credit card charges. At the very least, it would be 45 days before you see your money back, if that. If these Easy Google Profit people decide to fight your dispute, the bank will very likely side with them.

Seriously, if you really want to get the money back, contact your local TV station news team. Action News 5 or Eye Witness 7 or 4 or 25 or whatever would love to chase these people down with a camera and put it on the air. A little publicity and the folks running these monthly charge sites usually flip right over.

jehzlau July 4, 2009 at 2:07 am

O crap. A lot of Google Biz Kit scam sites are rampant nowadays ~_~

Jellie Kellie July 31, 2009 at 10:47 am

is it actually working? i need to know ASAP!!!!

kitty smith September 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

There is NO MARY OR KEVIN STEADMAN LIVING IN DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA. These are ficticious people and they change the advertisement to suite every town that the ad shows in. How do I know because I live in the small town of Dahlonega, GA, and have been living here for years and NOONE HERE HAS EVER HEARD of these people.
check everything out before you decide to do it.
http://www.bbb.com

Anon September 9, 2009 at 12:58 pm

THE STORY DEPICTED ON THIS SITE AND THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE STORY ARE NOT REAL. RATHER, THIS STORY IS BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THESE PRODUCTS HAVE ACHIEVED. THE RESULTS PORTRAYED IN THE STORY AND IN THE COMMENTS ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, AND MAY NOT BE THE RESULTS THAT YOU ACHIEVE WITH THESE PRODUCTS. THIS PAGE RECEIVES COMPENSATION FOR CLICKS ON OR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS FEATURED ON THIS SITE.

This is straight from the Google Fast Scam article here ( philadelphiacitypost.com/index2.php?t202id=5133&t202kw=&OVRAW=NULL&OVKEY=NULL&OVMTC=content&OVADID=2062056023&OVKWID=0 ). This is nothing but a rip-off pyramid scheme.

Beth October 7, 2009 at 2:28 am

I can’t help but notice that the upper most google ad, below this article, is a link to “Mary steadman’s” fake news article page. Twisted.

El Plumber (admin) October 7, 2009 at 7:37 am

Thanks for catching that Mary! We use Google Adsense and a while ago Google did a Google Money Scam purge and removed all accounts and ads for these types of things from their system so I stopped looking for them. Looks like they are creeping back in. I’ll go report them to Google and they’ll get whacked.

KAY October 7, 2009 at 10:01 am

IS THIS FAKE ? SO NO 5,000 AND THE SITE IS A FAKE IS THAT WHAT YOUR TELLING ME ? PLEASE LET ME KNOW

Grow October 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Such a fake bs!!!

Even websites are fake!!!

newyorkgazettenews.com/default.aspx?l=0&aid=8157352&KW=Ad16

miss n black October 12, 2009 at 5:15 am

I have been conned by the google internet biz kit, as you have stated the phone numbers are aparently having some trouble connecting at the moment and i should keep trying!!!!
I have posted a letter to cancel the kit but im sure that will disapear rather quickly!! Feel so silly for doing this, never fell for anything like it before, not sure why i did now!!
It was the 8th october 2009, late at night.
If anyone knows of any EMAIL ADDRESSS i can also write to to cancel and warn them of my photo-copied cancel letter that they should be recieving, also the fact that i have took advice on this matter and informed my card provider of this con!! I would be very grateful. Any other comments welcomed too, otherthan – what i fool iv’e been!!!!!
Thanks

Rob Wier October 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I am inrterested in working for google but the link is unavailible to me can u email me with the details thanks, Rob

The rippper October 17, 2009 at 12:57 am

this is all Fake this ishow is all behind the scams
Domain Name: READNEWSONLINE.COM
Registrar: MONIKER

Registrant [1925232]:
GlobeWide Capital
89 Corporate Circle
Unit 1337
Manhattan
NY
10027
US

Administrative Contact [1925232]:
GlobeWide Capital
89 Corporate Circle
Unit 1337
Manhattan
NY
10027
US
Phone: +1.7188395404

Billing Contact [1925232]:
GlobeWide Capital
89 Corporate Circle
Unit 1337
Manhattan
NY
10027
US
Phone: +1.7188395404

Technical Contact [1925232]:
GlobeWide Capital
89 Corporate Circle
Unit 1337
Manhattan
NY
10027
US
Phone: +1.7188395404

Domain servers in listed order:

NS1.BLASTOTIKADE.COM 95.168.183.15
NS2.BLASTOTIKADE.COM 95.168.174.180
NS3.BLASTOTIKADE.COM 95.168.186.53

Record created on: 2009-08-25 17:44:50.0
Database last updated on: 2009-09-30 10:02:46.767
Domain Expires on: 2010-08-25 17:44:51.0

Dee October 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I have seen the Mary’s Money Blog before and just today saw a new one with a Marie Thompson, funny they are the same pictures and both for Google kits. I think you are right and this is all a scam.

Sammie October 24, 2009 at 11:02 pm

please help i need to cancle immediately

Akrido October 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I was wondering–is there a way to become a fan of your blog on Facebook? We really need to get the word out–these crooks use Facebook as a weapon to get the confidence of–literally–thousands of gullible college freshmen and high-school students, and in the process, giving them a wrong idea of how the job market works.

Electro Cop October 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

Isnt there some way we can return the favours to these scammers?I would like to tell them a piece of my mind,any ideas?

Ediguebisse November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Very Recently, there has been a great deal of litigation by the
FTC against bloggers and website owners
for not publishing advertising profits, or existing
relationships with advertising agencies.

What are your personal thoughts about how this could potentially hurt
the blogging community?

Nancy Hartley November 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I got taken by the Google Biz kit scam too. A $68.53 charge came out of my account. The phone # listed in my account with the charges is not a working #, so I dont even know where to begin to fight the charges or stop this from happening to my account again. I cancelled my debit card immediatley, but is that enough? I feel really stupid, I really thought it sounded like a good idea:(

ROY November 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

so…. if let say we pay $1+ for the shipping… and they charged us for about $70++ after afew days…..and for every link we have posted out…. will we still get payed by google kit?

Kendra Smith November 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm

is this a scam i am a dansville new york resident and was wondering how true this is

Dave November 9, 2009 at 12:49 am

Hm… Good info.

Don November 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

The intro page did it for me on this scam. At the very bottom of the intro page,
there is a disclaimer stating…”Goggle does not endorse, nor is it in any way
associated with this offer”. I had to go no further.

Caleb Williams November 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

pls try to do that for me

Nancy November 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

What a ripoff! I tried cancelling my account via the website 2 months ago & $79.90 is still being removed from my checking account & my bank is still taking that out of my checking account. The bank is no help at all!

Douglas Pearson November 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm

If i change my credit card, will this stop them being able to take my money as it will change all the account numbers?

Joe Ryder November 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

There are so many scams out there these days. With all the new people coming on the web in search of money making ideas, it’s just become a breeding ground for scam artists. You just need to be really careful.

Brian November 30, 2009 at 2:56 am

Here’s some other clues:

First, turn on your status bar, or whatever allows you to see where the link you’re going to click takes you. Then roll your mouse over it. You’ll see that the link ends in “.php” — which is a server-side file.

Here’s the clue: EVERY link on this page goes to the SAME PLACE. RED FLAG!

If you do click on it, watch the URL area go nuts as it jumps through all these different URLs before it ends up at the one with the sign up form. If it was REALLY Google, why would they have you jump through all those URLs, and not just go to something that Google actually owns? RED FLAG!

Amber November 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

TOTAL SCAM!!! CALL N CANCEL ASAP

Hotaru December 1, 2009 at 6:59 am

Just looking at the URL: net-news-daily.com

Even before reading the hokey hypocritical fine print or repeating URL directs, just looking at the image quality of the cheque throws all sorts of red flags. I don’t think it’s even photochopped but upon close inspection with a good eye, the print is so cut-and-paste while the rest of the cheque looks grainy as if the image was poorly edited with Microsoft Paint program.

That alone throws all sorts of bad chills down my spine and made me do more net searches on this fictitious Mary Steadman. Honestly, I feel sorry for the actual mother and daughter whose image is popping up on all these scam sites. My daughter owns the exact game dress as the little girl (in fact, it’s sitting on top of their dresser as I’m typing this) and I’d be mortified if I ever discovered a photo of myself or my daughter being used in online scams like these without permission. I question whether these people know their images have been heavily exploited or have been confronted by someone who ever told them, “Oh by the way, did you know…?”

Clare O'Reilly December 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Hi I agree, I feel I have been totally coneed by this biz K scam because it is advertised as a way of making money. I gave my account details because I thought they where going to pay me . If you paying for an item it should be made clear what you are paying for with an invoice you can print out.

I didn’t even look for the website it just turned up on my screen, how I don’t know and I thought it would help me because I am on jobseakerplus.

Lisa December 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm

If you are looking for biz with integrity… stay away from Google Biz & Google Profits = THIS IS A SCAM!!!! I ordered this back in October. You have 30 days to try it out and if you cancel you will not pay more than the 1.95. I CANCELED WITNIN 48 HOURS! Since then I have been billed $47.50 and $99.00 I called the same number that I canceled with originally and they said they had no record of my cancelation. When I found the cancellation # they originally gave me they said it really didn’t matter that I cancelled within the 30 day time as the $99.00 was a non-cancelable one time fee. They did say they would cancel me as of today but they would not be refunding my money. I do have my bank disputing this on my behalf and am contacting the Attorney Generals Office to inform them of this misrepresentation of the facts. DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN THIS SCAM!!! There are plenty of legitimate online business offers and ways to do business. INTEGRITY IS NOT PART OF THIS COMPANIES BUSINESS PRACTICE!

Angie December 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

That Experian link does not take me to the Experian site at all but some webfetti Graphics site!

El Plumber (admin) December 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Angie, I’ve checked that link and it goes to the Experian site. Unfortunately it’s for an Azoogle network offer that accepts US traffic only. Since your IP puts you in Canada, it’s redirecting you to some random advertising offer that Azoogle hosts.

Angie December 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

It only happens on your site thought .. which I thought was odd. Just to make sure I scanned with my antivirus as well as online (verified safe, not pretend ones .. for lack of the right words) scanners and I have no malware installed on my computer.

Angie December 19, 2009 at 6:08 am

Thank you El Plumber. Yeah that makes sense. That would explain why I didn’t know what Experian was in the first place. I clicked it because I was curious.

I just had to question. Curiosity doesn’t kill this cat! ;)

susan jorden December 20, 2009 at 2:52 am

i was thinking about doing this sounded like a good way to make some money. now im glad i read these coments you can forget it google your not gonna scam me. so why is this mary steadman saying all this crap that isnt true?

angie January 29, 2010 at 7:08 am

I was also scammed by this. I read and was told I would be charged the one time fee of $1.95 approx for shipping and handling. Yesterday I was looking at my Visa Bill and I see they had charged me $85.00 . I called the number that was provided to me by my Visa company and was I ever shocked at who I contacted! They were an American Pharmacare company and I am paying for someone else’s medications! NICE!! Not only is it a Scam but it is FRAUD!
I will be getting the details of how many months they have charged me for and will be cancelling my card and filing a police report. I can only hope that I am refunded the charges.

Marisol February 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

There are miserable and cruel people in this world, this is one of the horrible faces of the web, letting these scoundrels to cheat people that really need to work. That is the low of the lowest, the same these scoundrels will go down someday, I wish I could see that!

Joel April 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I fell for this. My checking account was charged $138 right away. Instead of just the $2.97 shipping charge. I called the number and cancelled the free (haaa) 3 day trial right away. It was credited back to my account no problem. I was given a confirmation # and everything. Still being worried though, I called my bank anyways to find out that ICM websites had set up a re-occurring monthly charge. Too Funny. They got me for $2.97, haha shame on me, but they wont get anymore. I cancelled that card number. Be sure you look into this with the fraud center at your bank, if you fell for it. Even though you might have been able to cancel that initial charge. They still might of set up a re-occurring monthly charge without your knowledge of it. You might see a surprise on your statement the next month if you don’t.

My bank suggested setting up a 2nd checking account strictly for on-line purchases, where you only transfer in the funds needed from your primary account to your 2nd account when you need to make a purchase online. I will definitely do that from now on when I need to make any purchase that doesn’t involve face to face contact.

Jack July 17, 2010 at 12:21 am

The first sign that this was a scam is the news article is based in the area you live in,I saw the same “Mary Steadman” article in Delaware on my friend’s computer and it was the same article but except it was in Newark Delaware,I even called a friend in Texas and they said the same story was based in Dallas Texas.The images aren’t even real,they’re just photoshopped pictures. If making money with little effort was this easy then everyone would be doing it,colleges wouldn’t be needed anymore.No legitimate company pays out that much money to people working from home.Making money from home is possible but it requires alot of effort and even the best companies don’t pay out as much as this one claims to do.

BENJIE May 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

HEY THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO FOLKS !!!
NOW CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE SOME REAL MONEY ON THE NET …WITHOUT RIPPING ANYONE OFF OF COURSE?

Trace September 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

@Benjie
There’s non.
Open an eBay store and sell something from China like the others do.

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