Online Jobs Journal and the Internet Biz Kit Scam

by El Plumber (admin) on August 4, 2009

onlinejobsjournal Online Jobs Journal and the Internet Biz Kit Scam

Is working at home online the next gold rush? Well, yes and no. In this case, it’s the next gold rush for the heartless affiliate running the fake Online Jobs Journal.  I like their tag line that you see about.  “Trusted Sources” with Trusted in bold.  I trust them because they told me so…

Boy does that Mary Steadman get around! She appears to have been doing interviews for every single fake news site on the planet.  Today she’s on http://server2.mediajmp.com, which is an awfully odd URL for a newspaper huh? Wait! Now her name is suddenly Nicole Johnson, since if you search for Mary Steadman you find about 100 articles about how that name is associated with these kinds of Google Biz Kit scams.

This time she is talking about the Internet Biz Kit on the fictitious Online Jobs Journal. Needless to say YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE YOU CREDIT CARD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If you already have, well, there is some advice for you at the bottom of the article here that might help a bit.

Want to know more about how these types of fake news scam sites that push work at home schemes work? Check out our article on the Easy Google Profit scam for how this all works.  Basically you will be tricked into giving up your credit card number to pay “ONLY $1 SHIPPING!” for a method to work at home for Google that very likely turns out to be a dried up old eBook about making a website and putting some Adsense ads on it.

Wait, The Online Jobs Journal Is A Scam?

In our opinion, yes, it is.  We’re going to go out on a limb and suggest that there is no Mary Steadman.  She did not work for a generic manufacturing firm.  And she did not start making $6000 a month in a few weeks by posting $25 links for Google.  Well, that is unless she uses the exact same technique this site does and tricks people out of their money.

So how does it work?  Go attempt to sign up for the “Google Biz Kit” on the secure.simplepaychecks.com website that every single link on the fake newspaper links to.  At no time during the order process do you think you’re paying more than $1.95 to rush your kit!  But scan the tiny tiny fine print down the bottom of the payment page and you’ll see this hidden in non-numeric language:

By submitting this form, I am activating the MyMoneyPlan three day trial. I also agree to the bonus trial of SearchProfitSystem for fourteen days. After the three day and fourteen day trial periods, I will be billed forty-nine dollars and eighty four cents for MyMoneyPlan and twenty eight dollars and seventy one cents for the SearchProfitSystem monthly thereafter until I choose to cancel either or both programs. I agree to the Terms and Conditions of this Web Site. Google does not sponsor or endorse, nor is it affiliated in any way with this site.

Woah, that $1.95 suddenly turns into 49.84 and 28.71 after my super long 3 day trial is up.  I can’t say for certain about this site, but many people have complained about similar sites continuing to charge their cards even after they called to cancel.

NOTE:  A reader pointed out that secure.simplepaychecks.com does now actually have that fine print you mentioned on the order page (it did NOT at the time this article was written).  HOWEVER the disclamer is written in 8 point font below the fold on my maximized browser window on an above average screen resolution, while the card entry form and giant RUSH MY KIT button are above the scroll line. The average user won’t see it or understand what they are signing up for, which in my opinion still goes against the FTC guidelines for clear disclosure.

I Didn’t Know I was Going To Be Charged Monthly By The Google Biz Kit People?  What Do I Do?!?

  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. In our opinion you should call/write your credit card company, report your card stolen, and dispute the charges.  Basically you’ve just been internet mugged and getting these types of sites to stop charging your card is reported to be very difficult.  Reporting the card stolen gets you a new card number immediately and disables the old one so they can’t charge you again.
  3. Monitor your credit accounts by clicking here for a free month of Experian ID Protection monitoring.  You just gave some  characters your name, address, phone number, credit card and secret 3 digit card number.  You think they’ll stop trying to take money from you just because you canceled your card number?  Experian is a respected company, one of the Big Three credit reporting agencies.  The ID Protection is free for 30 days and comes with a free credit report and free monitoring and a free fraud support hotline.  Then it’s only $9.95 a month if you don’t cancel before the 30 days are up. I’d strongly suggest signing up for the free month, call the hotline and ask for help, then check your credit report to make sure no one has tried to change your address or open a new card using your cards details.

Luckily I Didn’t Get Taken By These Guys, But What Can I Do To Help?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

no Scam August 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm

the information is not non-numeric and it is in the same area as the submit button, located directly below the security verification.

By submitting this form, I am activating the MyMoneyPlan three day trial for $1.95. If I do not cancel and keep my account active, I will be charged $49.84 a month thereafter until I cancel. I also agree to a bonus trial of SearchProfitSystem for 10 days at $28.71 per month thereafter should I choose not to cancel. I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions. For questions, call 1-888-673-3212 Mon-Sat, 7am-7pm, PST.

El Plumber (admin) August 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Unfortunately Mr “no Scam”, the Google Biz Kit offer linked today from the Online Jobs Journal at server2.mediajmp.com/donsplash.html is different from the one you mention above and different from the one this article was first written about. It no longer links to secure.simplepaychecks.com or whatever you commented on above, but now goes to something called googleworkstoday.com, which appears to be located in Nevis, a notorious tax and financial haven where the FTC has virtually no power.

While googleworkstoday.com does have the monthly price of the service after the 7 day trial in tiny numeric print BELOW THE FOLD line on my 1650×1200 screen so I can’t see it without scrolling (yet I can enter my credit card and submit it no problem without having to scroll), it also says “You will also be given a 14 day trial to for Alternative Funding, which will guide you to receive cash for starting a business, reveal industry secrets, and much more!” with absolutely NO indication what you’ll be charged automatically for in 14 days. Not so sure about you, but I’m not interested in finding out.

I checked and will add a note above that secure.simplepaychecks.com does now actually have that fine print you mentioned on the order page, HOWEVER, it’s still below the fold on my maximized browser window on an above average screen resolution, while the card entry form and giant RUSH MY KIT button are above the scroll line. The average user won’t see it, which in my opinion still goes against the FTC guidelines for clear disclosure.

Mark P. Howard August 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm

If it sounds too good to be true, believe me it is. The internet is away the world gets over on honest people. There aren’t to many honest people on this planet any more. You can’t trust nobody but God.

dave September 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

What about the story that ran on cnn,abc,usa today, and msnbc in sept 2009? Claims a college dropout names Sarah Wiilmingtom, from Sevierville, TN is making money , more than $150.00 daily with the Google Web Biz Kit. Claims she is making over $9,000.00 a month now. Wish their was some way to check on this, now!!

Dave C

melissa September 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I have been suckered into it… there is no way i can get my money back huh… this mess is crazy…why would someone do that to someone else???

Owen Lindsey October 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

wow the customer service is the same for 2 sites so far.

007 October 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Ewen Chia is scammer fo life like many bombin emails is what they do.

kim October 26, 2009 at 10:26 pm

This is crazy, did this scam happen to you? Do you know if there is something that isen’t a scam?

anita edwards November 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

i need your help. i just signed up for google today so please help me.

jeff November 7, 2009 at 2:39 am

I guarantee this IS a total scam. however, i have come across (spam link removed – El Admin) and im thinking about trying it out. it seems legit, anyone tried it? the guy is an acutal pro

Gerald November 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

Thank you. It sounded too good to be true, and I’m already stressing about finances. I’m glad I googled the name and found your blog before I gave my credit card.

Callum April 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

This is unbelievable. I’m gullable enough to think that I could make easy money online. Its so rubbish that only people desperate for money would get involved and stung badly when the small print leads to some serious credit card debt – £500 last month – didn’t look at my statement thoroughly since I’m busy working elsewhere to pay for my interest and overdrafts.

TOTAL SCAM, CLEVER SINCE ITS HARD TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM & CANCEL STANDING ORDER/ AT LEAST £50 MONTHLY

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