The Easy Google Profit Scam

by El Plumber (admin) on June 1, 2009

We’ve been reporting on many of the fake blog and fake news site scams here at the Electron Plumber over the past couple of months and they just keep coming and coming, changing their names every once in a while in an effort to appear new and different.  At first and sometimes second glance, they appear to be legitimate news or blogs sites describing how you can earn money at home posting links for Google part time.

Want to know exactly what the Easy Google Profit scheme is, how the people advertising it are making money off it, and what will hopefully eventually happen when the government finally catches up with them?  Read on!

First, go take look at our article on the Los Angeles Tribune News site by clicking here.  It gives you some background on some of the fake news sites that are used to promote Easy Google Profit.  Next take a look at our article on the earn easy money Google Biz Kit.  I’ll wait here for you until you get back…

A hallmark of these earn online with Google sites is lots of testimonials from people supposedly earning money online to the tune of $5000-$10,000 a month, all from working part time posting links for Google. Enough to entice most average Americans with dreams of quitting their job, earning more money working at home for themselves and spending more time with the loved ones, but not so much as too seem completely unrealistic.

Ok, now you understand that it’s certainly a scam in our opinion and that they trick you into thinking you’re only paying $1 until suddenly your credit card is whacked for $77.83 or some other odd amount?

So how does it work exactly and how the heck do they get away with this?

Easy Google Profit Ads

First, lets track it back a little.  Start at the beginning.  You likely ended up here because you saw an Ad somewhere which linked to a fake blog or fake news site (hopefully you noticed it was fake).  Hopefully you had to thought to do a quick search on the blog or Easy Google Profit scam to see if the offer was legit or not. The most common places we’ve seen and heard of these ads are Facebook, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, and Time.com.  Someone is spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising a month on this stuff, and tricking more and more people every day.  The advertiser likely isn’t the offer creator either…

The people doing the advertising are internet marketing affiliates who make a large commission for every person they can drive to the site who ends up giving up their credit card for a “free” trial.  There are many affiliate networks out there, some good and some not so good.  I belong to many of them, most to find offers to run.  There are the top names like Commission Junction and Amazon, a number of big networks like AzoogleAds, ShareASale and NeverBlue, and then lots smaller third tier programs like Direct Agents.  Funny story, we’re joined over 20 affiliate networks and so far only Direct Agents has “rejected” our application from The Electron Plumber with no explanation.  We can only guess that sketchy offers like Easy Google Cash and the like are mainstays of their revenue.

So the creator of blazingkeywords.com (which is basically what you are buying through Easy Google Profits) likely pays affiliates in the $30-40 range PER PERSON they drive to the securecartcenter.com site and get to enter in their credit card number.  So the affiliate pays the advertising cost, and the site owner pays the cost of hosting and the service to field all the angry customers who didn’t realize they were paying $75+ after 7 days rather than $1.97.  Oh, and the cost of lawyers when the FTC catches up with them…

Is blazingkeywords.com and Earn Google Profit Breaking the Law?

We aren’t lawyers here at The Electron Plumber, nor do we pretend to be.  However, the  FTC has the following to say on the matter:

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

Don’t have time to download and read them?  The main points:

  1. The same consumer protection laws that apply to commercial activities in other
    media apply online.
  2. Disclosures that are required to prevent an ad from being misleading, to ensure
    that consumers receive material information about the terms of a transaction or
    to further public policy goals, must be clear and conspicuous.
  3. Display disclosures prior to purchase, but recognize that placement limited
    only to the order page may not always work.
  4. It’s the advertiser’s responsibility to draw attention to the required disclosures.

There is certainly an argument here that none of the above four criteria are being met, both for the companies running the various Google Money offers and for the affiliates pushing them.

The likely outcome?  There have been similar types of cost hiding legal actions in the past, some notable ones:

  • Azoogle Ads “donating” $1 million to the Florida to settle a case regarding deceptive advertising of “free” ringtones that had similar monthly charges attached.
  • Think All Publishing settling for $2.1 million in similar charges regarding deceptive $1.99 shipping offers with high hidden monthly charges.  See http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/06/manay.shtm.

Note that something similar will go on here.  Eventually the FTC will get around to these guys and take them down, allow them to “settle” if they pay back what they took from people, and have them likely flee to their offshore tax haven with the money they snuck out.

How To Cancel Easy Google Profit and Blazingkeywords.com Monthly Charges?

Well, they do provide a phone number you can call.  The number to cancel is 1-888-258-9765.   HOWEVER, a number of people have suggested that calling their number is not the right thing to do.

If you call to cancel, they now have a record of you contacting them and if you later try to dispute the charge with your credit card company, they can show the record of your call to your credit card company as proof of the transaction.  Only go this route if you can’t afford to cancel the card in question.

Here is what we recommend:

  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/write your credit card company and report the card stolen. This will make sure they can’t charge you any more and that they can’t sell your credit card number to anyone else. If they tricked you once already, what makes you think they won’t try to squeeze every penny out of you they can?
  3. Start ID theft monitoring right away! Click here to sign up for Experian Protect My Id monitoring. You just gave some shady characters your name, address, phone number, credit card and secret 3 digit card number.  You can get Experian ID Protection for free for 30 days, then it’s $9.95 a month. I’d suggest signing up for AT LEAST the free month to check your credit report for free and 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?

Wh can you do to stop these guys from taking in more people? Warn everyone about it!

  1. Click Here to Share this on Facebook! Hit “Post to Profile” to warn your friends.
  2. Use the “Share This” link below to Digg 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!
  3. Click Here to ReTweet this article to warn all your faithful followers.

But I Wanted To Make Money Online, Not Get Scammed!  Is There Anything Real Out There?

Yes, there are many people who earn a living working at home sitting in front of their computer.  And you can actually be one of them!  Check out our article on The Best Way To Learn To Make Money Online

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jose morales June 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

They are a big scam. So good i want to become an affiliate of them. Just kidding but loads of dummies are falling for this scam. beware amigos…

jlm

El Plumber (admin) June 2, 2009 at 7:28 am

Jose, people that fall for this aren’t dummies, most of them have no way of knowing! There are thousands of people going online for the first time every day, how would they know the difference between a real link and an ad, or a scam “free” course like Easy Google Profit and a legit free one like Affilorama or Shoemoney Extreme?

Imagine we sat you down in front of 100 antiques and said you could have any one of them for $20 but you couldn’t actually pick them up or look closely at them. Some are worth nothing, some are worth $2, some are worth $5, some $10, and one that is worth $1,000. Would you be able to tell which one to pick? Of course not, since you are not an antiques experts. That doesn’t make you a dummy!

Tom June 14, 2009 at 6:19 am

Wondering if it’ll help, I’ll post links that I’ve seen that are most likely scams here:

seattlechroniclenews.com/

usajobjournal.com

(the two above are almost exactly the same)

kevinmakesdough.com

(a new kevin scam)

Antony June 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Please expose these scams at every opportunity.

Rather timely that you should mention the LA Tribune fake article. In a private forum for disabled people, I posted a link to a real news article about those legitimate companies that hire people to take calls at home to do Customer Service, Order Taking, etc.

Well like many big sites, this real article from CareerBuilders throws up pop-up windows when the page loads, usually to NetFlix or similar.

However, for this article it threw up the “LATribune” fake article — guess it was considered “contextual” based on the originating page’s content.

Even I had to do a double-take when I saw this “breaking news”.

I also took the opportunity to apologize to the forum I posted the legit CareerBuilders link in, dissected the “LA Tribune” page for members as a cautionary tale about “If it seems to be too good to be true….”. Reminded folks with often limited mobility that they won’t make $12,000.00 a day because some ad says so. Most of us will have to be content with making an honest $12.00 an hour taking orders for slicer/dicers ;)

Yes, big money can be made on the ‘net, but it takes hard work, an original idea and constant updating of original content. The moral of the story turned out to be for now, learn a skill in your spare time when your day is done telling people they’ll also receive a free potato peeler.

This can’t be said enough. In hard times, these schemes proliferate and it’s too easy to want to believe…..

Thank you for this site!

Antony

Suz June 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I commented on your other post before reading this one. I think I got scammed by the easy google profit site. As I was checking my account activity, it said that I was charged $72.21 from BlazingKeyWords. In my other post, I had stated that after putting in my info they had denied me, so I didn’t really pay much mind to it. It seems that I hadn’t been denied at all!!! I want to know what I should do in terms of canceling everything and possibly getting a refund. Also, I think they used my account info on other sites such as Grant Master because I had been charged for nearly $40 and have no recollection what so ever about this grant masters. I don’t think I can try the Experion ID… So I don’t know what to do… I’m a college student and can’t possibly afford this!

Caroline June 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I was just thisclose to being taken in by that ad, and in fact had filled out all of my personal information. I clicked the “disclosure” button, saw the details about the monthly fee, and decided not to hit “enter” to submit my info. It was a better site than all the fake ones I’ve seen before, and I got lucky. I should have known it was fake – I’m of the internet generation, I’m a lawyer, and I’m online all the time. Anyone can get taken in if they let their guard down for a a few minutes, even smart people.

Peggy July 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

This scam has caused me much aggrivation! We all need to call the FBI and even CIA. Since the “TREE” branches out to many companies and over seas also. I had multiple website addresses and phone numbers. They are lying and hang up when you ask for the person in charge. Our economy is hurting enough so we don’t need the reputable companies losing money over this. Could terrorists be participating? WE need to call the Feds!

Greg July 6, 2009 at 1:15 am

They are all scams and most of them originate out of Provo UT.
New ones are Twitter Cash Kit and Free Google Cash Kit.
This is just a new version of an old and ongoing scam,
like Google cash machine, Google money tree, and so many
more that I can not list them all. After you purchase
the trial you will be billed a monthly charge of $49.95-72.21
per month subscription fee. If you already gave them your
credit card information you have to get a charge back from
your credit card company by disputing the charges.
Next, you have to cancel your card because these people
are merciless and will charge you other amounts of monies
from other companies that you never heard of before. They
have even been known to sell your information to mailing
lists and lead farms.
They are crooks and reside primarily in Provo UT, where
they are protected, and the laws there allow them to get
away with internet fraud and theft. They also operate out
of Nevada, Colorado, and Idaho, but Provo Utah is their
stronghold.

Name: Prosper Inc
Phone: (800) 748-5199
Fax: (801) 437-5927
Address: 5072 North 300 West
Provo, UT 84604-5652
They also use a CO address but good luck in any cancellation
attempt or refund from them.
You may cancel your use of the Services and/or terminate this
Agreement with or without cause at any time by providing
notice at http://www.prosperuniversity.com/contact.html, or
by contacting Prosper University at 1-888-783-7260 or via
mail at 1560 Broadway Ste. 2090 Denver, CO 80202.

Good Luck with that!
You will not get a refund and you will be billed for at
least 2-3 other services that you were signed up for without
you approval or knowledge.
The crap that you receive, if you even receive it, is
worthless. It is all information that is free of charge on
the internet, or just plain common sense.

Mike July 6, 2009 at 8:41 am

I am only going by what ive read, i signed up then read all this stuff, i want to know if i caught it within an hour and cancelled my card will the only charge be for the $1.95? i am in the process of closing and reopening my Bank account today a day later. please someone answer me back i am not in the financial situation to spend more than $1.95

gary york July 15, 2009 at 10:06 am

I one of the “scammed” by Prosper, Inc. I am retired and was looking for a business that I could operate from home on my computer. The Prosper Learning site seemed to be legitimate and I talked to the rep. by phone…..it sounded good!! However, everything was “fast and furious”. These people are smooth. Their information is presented very smoothly…..you have a coach who will guide you and help you set up your own business. Very quickly they “help” you with a loan to get your business started. Sounds great, doesn’t it! Turns out the money is only for coaching….only! You have to bear the expenses of setting up your business!!!

I suppose your first thought would be Are You Stupid, Stupid! I did feel that way later on.
I began the program, had four coaching sessions($400. a pop). However, my daughter in law was dying of cancer and my wife and I had to be caretakers. It was a very emotional and stressful time….I didn’t have the time or fortitude to proceed with Prosper. I requested relief due to the extreme personal situation in my family….it fell on deaf ears. I sent a letter requesting that I be released from the debt…..no answer ever received.. I even requested a copy of the agreement…..ignored. I’m still paying!!!

My advise, BEWARE of Prosper,Inc. no matter what form it takes!

El Plumber (admin) July 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Sorry to hear that Gary. I’ve never been a customer of Prosper, Inc or tried using them or heard of them until now. However, the BBB reports them as having an A+ rating, with 225 of 229 complaints against them resolved satisfactorily to the end customer over the last four years.

If your complaints have been falling on deaf ears, I’d suggest contacting the BBB and filing a complaint. Their page is http://www.bbb.org/utah/business-reviews/business-coaching-companies/prosper-in-provo-ut-22005501.

Can you tell us more? How did you find them and get involved?

michael dudas July 23, 2009 at 3:39 am

as far as i can see it the los angelas tribune is a scam as well i cant find them anywhere i guess they are the the same as google money masters they make mony off us posting dont post here look for the los angelas times

James W. Lampman July 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

In my business I am never surprised at things you have posted. I always read what others have posted on the internet to pass along to my friends and family. Being better informed is the secret to making good judgements as they say “Buyer Beware and Be Safe”.

Ivant August 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I am curious what are the contents of the CD and what are the details for the program? They must be giving some instructions or how-tos?

Thanks

Shane September 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

This is interesting. You want everyone to share your link in emails, myspace, blogs.. where ever you can get it out at. Instead of advertising, you do the opposite. You create this site, draw people to it, and use them to post a link that alot of people will click on if successful. Are you getting paid cents per click? It would seem so if you are so passionate about getting this link out in all possible places and for no real benefit to you … or so you are trying to make it seem.

El Plumber (admin) September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the comment Shane. No, we get no cents per click if you click on a link a friend posted from Facebook or Myspace to this site. I have a couple of motivations for asking people to link to The Electron Plumber and this article:

1) To keep as many people as possible from getting scammed. Look at the comments above and on other articles about how people said that article saved them from getting taken in . I know, it sounds crazy that anyone would waste their time with a web site to actually help other people. ;)

2) To get more traffic to this site. What good is spending time running and building a web site if no one reads it? It’s like Public Radio, except we don’t ask for donations (probably should start actually…) It’s a simple thing really, we help people out with good quality information that makes their lives better in some way, and if we helped you out, all we ask in return is that you link to us from your favorite sites which brings more people to read our articles. We do have some small amount of advertising on the site using Google Adsense text blocks which helps cover some of the hosting costs, but as you’ve probably already noticed, there are no flashing giant banners or images everywhere.

It’s funny, we’ve had some people comment that out site looks odd to them since it’s not covered in ads. Eventually once our traffic gets higher we’ll probably start accepting more advertising to recoup more of the web hosting costs.

Garen October 17, 2009 at 12:33 am

I like your blog it is very interesting ;) . This is a scam no doubt. I get about 5-10 complaints a day from people that were ripped off from this phony site.

rachele October 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

jobsandnews.com Is this site a scam?

rachele October 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

http://www.partnerwithpaul.com
is this site a scam?
this one looks legit, but im not sure.
i looked up yahoo anwsers for finding a job online and this one looked good. but i dont know what they are supposed to look like. This one looks like it is to thought out to be a scam maybe?
El plumer, u made me look at sites in a whole other way. lol.

El Plumber (admin) October 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Rachele,
Glad we opened your eyes. ;)

jobsandnews.com is 100% a fake news site trying to push you to a Google Money site that makes you think it’s only $1.96 but instead whacks your credit card for something like $84.74 and $39.97 and $14.95 a month until you either manage to get through on three different phone numbers and cancel, or better yet you just cancel your card.

Well, partnetwithpaul.com is not a “scam” in the sense we use here to describe someone trying to trick you into thinking you are paying only $2 then they start whacking your credit card every month for $79.43 or whatever like jobsandnews.com. If you follow the links on partnerwithpaul.com all the way down you end up at theonlinebusiness.com, which appears to be a Herbalife multi level marketing offer. So if you want to pay $9.95 (then $39.95 14 days later) to learn how you need to invest a bunch of money so you can push supplements on your friends and drive them all away, feel free.

rachele October 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Well thank you. the site said we wouldn’t be selling things to our friends, but i take your word for it. I was wondering if you new any other sites that are similar or that take no money from you. I looked up online jobs on yahoo answers and places i found needed to much money or you had to built your stuff from scratch, which is to difficult for me. With all the time i spend online, going to school and just messing around on the computer, an online job would be perfect for me. I’m not lookin to make thousands a week or whatever, i know it’s imposible, but it’s a nice thought, but for something pretty simple to do. Any suggestions?

El Plumber (admin) October 17, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Rachele,
Yeah, well you don’t have to sell to you friends, but many people report having to pay a lot for a “startup kit” to sell and if they don’t sell it your family they get stuck with it.

Real “jobs” online are scarce and any that pay even close to as much as minimum wage require you to take phone calls and be available at very specific times for things like customer service calls. And many people report basically getting screwed over one way or another by those types of customer service calls. Now if you are willing to go into an “adult” type business, I had a friend that worked as a phone sex operator in her spare time for a couple of years, made around $10-15 an hour at it on average. But again, many people report getting a bad deal from those industries (even if you are willing to go into them). If you don’t mind making $1-$2 an hour, there are always tiny jobs on the Amazon Mechanical Turk that pay in the $0.05-$0.10 per job range. You could bang out 10-20 of them in a hour usually, making $1-$2 a hour…

See our article on Why It’s Hard To Make Decent Money Online for why jobs paying more than a few dollars an hour are not available.

What’s your budget? Everything worth doing is going to require some amount of investment, even if it’s just $5-$10 a month for basic website hosting. But that’s your best place to start. Start a blog (a real one, not a free site one) and work at it, eventually in a few years you might be able to pay all your bills with it every month. But you have to start first.

isaac October 19, 2009 at 6:42 am

pls,i need to create my blog.could anyone send the steps to take to create one.
i know creating a blog is easier than a website.
if u could be of help for d other,i dnt mind either.
thanks

rachele October 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm

are these scam sites?
myproductcenter.com
myonlineincomesystem.org/index.php

El Plumber (admin) October 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Wow rachele, you sure do know how to pick them! ;)

It’s possible that myonlineincomesystem.org is a scam. When you go to the checkout page, it uses a payment processor called ezsafepay.net, which does not instill me with a lot of confidence. The domain was registered in Aug 2009 (like two months ago) and is NOT a payment processor I’d feel confident giving my credit card. It’s also looks like someone has copied this site, which appears to be the original legit one. The real site uses Clickbank as a payment processor which has been around for 10+ years and is not going to steal your credit card. There are a bunch of reviews on some work at home forums where reputable people say it’s working for them, it’s worth the $47, and it’s not a scam, just takes work and time to get it to make you some money.

If you pick it up, let us know what you think!

————–

myprocductcenter.com appears to be someone trying to get you to pay for the privilege of promoting their eBooks online. Really not worth your time at all. The “site” they will create for you for free basically appears to promote a couple of eBooks on getting out of traffic tickets, which you then have to pay to advertise if you want anyone to see it. If you want to promote other of their eBooks, you need to cough up for the $49 sites, which are equally as worthless.

manish October 21, 2009 at 11:32 am

is it possible to get any part time job thro this??

rachele October 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

well a google place called me. and they are sending that start up kit package. …they said you get to try it out for seven days they teach you how to make a site and you have to advertize on it and you make money, if you like it blah lbah a small additional fee. but i’m not sure if i should go throuugth with it. idk, its all confusing.

El Plumber (admin) October 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Rachele, I would STRONGLY suggest you do not give anyone who calls you on the phone your credit card information. If you already have, I’d strongly suggest reporting that card stolen ASAP. How do you know who they are at all?

If they want you to go to a website, make sure you fully read all the terms and conditions and check that the business in question has a record at the Better Business Bureau. And even then, try to use a single use card or gift card that they can’t keep charging if they are frauds.

andhika November 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

1. thank’s for the information, cause i do really excited when get knowed about easy Google Profit, cause the information shown that maria and Kevin ae couple from my Country (Indonesia).but i start wondering about this a spam, when i saw that maria-Kevin are not indonesian people-straight fromthe picture.. (very stupid spaming ideas, have a profile pict that notmatch to the country). else.. How the site can’t open for indonesia when they are from Indonesia. thank’s Go, Can i follow this article to my blog.? and how to do that..?
2. I already joint the Spiderwebmarketing also joint with GDI, but strange is.. when my friend click my web.they don’t appear on my account info.( many times). i already givemy email that using paypal… and they took my money frompaypal 10US$/motnh .. How can i stop this?
3.I like your TAG CLOUD tool’s can i have like that, and how do i got that

thank you

fredrick kevin olulo November 2, 2009 at 7:56 am

Thank you for giving us jobs because in Kenya 80% who are youth most are very jobless and they are university graduates and their no other way of survival but with this hope lt will help us out.

ahmed megahed November 3, 2009 at 7:14 am

am not sure if it’s true, so am so ready 2 find that.. thanx 4 reply.

Yobbo November 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Just doing a chargeback on any major credit card will get your money back, along with alerting the most powerful army of lawyers on the face of the planet to a possible scam operation.

Raphael November 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm

WHY are you calling this a scam when you are promoting it YOURSELF with Adsense?

Your article contains adsense with:
Make $397 / Day
Posting links online while working from home. Easy risk free system.
consumer11news.com

El Plumber (admin) November 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Unfortunately Raphael, we have to rely on the Google filters as we have little control over which ads they decide are contextual to our pages, other than to ban individual ads. Sometimes one will use a sneaky redirect and slip through Google’s net until we report it to them. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. If you see any more Adsense ads for one of these fake sites, please let us know!

NYOMBI GERALD November 11, 2009 at 2:04 am

i would like to register and start an on line business with easy google profit. please avail me the neccessary requirements.

Meso November 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I got scammed by this too. I even got a supervisor on the phone and screamed my head off. I never authorized any additional charges to my card, and no where was it stated. If anyone wants to email the guy directly, here is his email address, (snipped, no way to verify this email address belongs to anyone at Easy Google Profit – ElPlumber) Pass it on to everyone you know. Someone needs to take these people down.

romy November 14, 2009 at 2:38 am

Messo , what are you telling we are confused . is it real or not can people do this and gain
money of nothing from internet and why take people down what do you mean by this. sorry to bother you but i am lost and i need to understand more about this.

El Plumber (admin) November 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

Romy, there appear to be language issues here. Go translate the article. We do not recommend signing up for Easy Google Profit, since they try to trick you out of your money.

Gina November 17, 2009 at 7:21 am

The irony is that ads for that very scam appear several times on this page. You really should block them; otherwise, it looks like you’re part of the scam!

Gina November 17, 2009 at 7:22 am

I meant, the ads for the scam appear in your Google AdSense blocks.

El Plumber (admin) November 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Yeah Gina, we rely on Google Adsense to filter these kinds of scam ads out, but sometimes some sneak through the Google net. If you see any on there, please just copy and paste the URL of the ad into a comment and we’ll report it to Google right away. They are very good about blocking them once they are reported.

Thanks!

Gina November 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

You don’t need to wait for Google to block them, just go to your AdSense Setup > Competitive Ad Filter and enter the offensive URL in the box.

Anyway, a friend of mine was a victim of those scammers, but not in the way you describe. They hacked into her Facebook account and sent fake messages to all her “friends”– including myself – presumably from her and with a link to a fake newspaper article praising this Google scam. She had to cancel her account and write everybody to tell them to ignore the message.

El Plumber (admin) November 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Oh, we’ve done that. The problem is the URLs change by the hour. We cannot keep up with them as fast as Google can. Plus as soon as we report them, their account is frozen or canceled, which makes us feel better. ;)

Bob November 21, 2009 at 7:36 pm

hey El Plumber since we are on the topic of scams can you make a post talking about Tycoon Cashflow? I want to know some things about it. Is it for real or a scam?

El Plumber (admin) November 22, 2009 at 12:32 am
Stanley C Simmons November 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Yesiree I was scammed. I’m still working on it. The link I got was from the Google home page. It seems Google doesn’t proof-read the ADS very well or they might have questioned the content of this AD. In any event I went for the $1.97 Postage and Handling route with a 14 day “free trial”. Subsequent to that I did some checking and found out that they were not affiliated with Google. I called the cancellation number and was assured I would be credited within 3-5 business days. I was debited $99.00 today 11/23. It will post tonight. “Google For Profit” hasn’t returned my phone call of course and I havent received my “product”.

Tomorrow I go to St. Paul Capital to file a complaint against an unknown perpetrator.
USBANK said they couldn’t help me until the charge went through.

Be warned. ALWAYS do your homework first before buying anything online from an unknown source. This is the first time I have been scammed and I was tricked by the Google name. Hope it won’t be the last time.

Imanze Jeffrey November 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

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K. November 28, 2009 at 5:39 am

Thank you for the useful information!

Damian November 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Looks like they are somehow hacking into Facebook accounts and sending out the following link: “www,ArticleGet,cn I heard some ppl in my family talkin about this during Thanxgiving. Check it out” (posted exactly as it appeared in a post from a friend on my Facebook). The URL doesn’t give any clues but googled Easy Google Profit (which is what the link is about) and found your comments and several others. Hopefully will be able to spread the awareness a bit more and stop people being caught by this type of scam

Greg November 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Another link making the rounds is “www,ArticleCar,cn” – It appears that the pages may even change based on your IP (I assuming) in an effort to make it more believable and legit. For example the URL I have posted takes me to a page called “The Ontario Financial Journal” and the girl in the article is apparently from “Hamilton, Ontario” and as you can imagine, I live in Hamilton, Ontario.

Of course it all sounded to good to be true. After a quick search to see what The Ontario Financial Journal actually was and not being able to find anything on the internet, I searched Easy Google Profit, found your site, this article and saw your comment about posting the URL, so here I am.

If nothing else, this scam brought me here. I’ve now bookmarked your site and I look forward to reading on. Thanks for the heads up.

Steve November 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I’ve seen the same link as Greg, articlecash.cn. I see this thing everywhere. I get it as a pop-up on streaming sites, I’ve seen the link everywhere, always with some attractive copy to drive you to it. It always has the same info as Greg’s. It’s tailored to your geographic area and it’s from The Ontario Financial Journal, which is even a copyright.

lisa December 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Wish I had seen this article before. I can tell you this…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 within 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!

Jonathan Rhodes December 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I think you guys are idiots, how can you guys not read the fine print. Its obvious there are only 2 of you stupid people who wrote this blog. Next time if you give out your credit card number i advise you to read everthing before you sign up. Basically what you guys have done was gave a person your credit card information without reading anything. Its like signing a contract without reading anything. Good Grief. I hope these stupid people may stop putting advertisement saying this is a “scam”, while there are advertising other online business opportunities and advertising there links to earn money from people. So lame hypocrites. Thank you and that is my 2 cent.

Gloria December 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm

One of my friends on fb had a friend post a recommendation to go to galewher.com to start earning money at home. I checked it out. It was a letter about a girl and her husband that are earning money at home in North Battleford, near where i earn my money and live. I couldn’t find this girl’s name in the local phone book, nor is there anyone with a name similar to hers in North Battleford, unless she doesn’t have a phone number. Then i followed links on the page, they didn’t work, so i did a google search for easy google profit which brought me to this page. Thank you for the information, you saved me lots of research! i am convinced once again, if something looks too good to be true, it likely is.

rania elmofty January 5, 2010 at 4:24 am

looking foreword to it :)

Gina February 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

So I was successful at getting Easy Google to refund the 129. I worked with my bank at first to file a claim and was refunded both the 129 and the 39.98. However, Easy Google told me they’d only refund the 129 if I’d fax them a letter promising not to go ahead with the claim for 39.98. Three months later, lo and behold, they recharged both…causing major overdraft fees on my account. I am working to go recapture both the 129 and the 39 now. SCAMMERS!!!

Gina February 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m Gina, but a different one. Has anyone ever sued this type of scammer? You’d be bound to win. Would Small Claims Court accept this kind of lawsuit?

El Plumber (admin) February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Hi Different Gina,
You are certainly free to try to sue them, and if you could both find them and get them to appear in court, you would very likely win. However, discovering who is actually behind these scams is likely extremely costly and futile. There is usually a shell company hiding behind a shell company that is located somewhere outside the US. You could easily spend $50,000 in lawyers fees to find out that there is no one to sue since the company simply closed down in the Cayman Islands.

Anyone shady enough to run this type of scam has either been shut down by the FTC already or has learned how to avoid them.

Lisa February 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Hello,

If there was some confusion about your subscription, we honestly didn’t mean to inconvenience you in any way. Our goal is not to inconvenience our customers .The terms and conditions of our offer are very visible on the order page, they are stated on the order page where you confirm your order, located directly to the top of where your credit card information was entered. There is also a link at the top of the home page that opens up the terms and conditions in a separate window. Customer service is our number one priority and we do everything we can to be open with all of our customers. Of course, mistakes can be made; and if you were not aware of our terms and conditions in our site.

You can talk to customer support seven days a week. Our U.S.-based help lines are also staffed each and every day of the week to respond to any questions you may have both before and after your order. Simply call us at (number removed) and we will be happy to walk you through the entire cancellation process.

Your satisfaction is our number one concern,

Thanks,

El Plumber (admin) February 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

Note – The comment from “Lisa” above says nothing about which site they are referring to. I have removed the number since it’s more likely someone trying to scam people.

Gianna March 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Hey there, I think that you’re right about that Direct Agents. I know someone that used to use them and they never got paid on time. CJ is a lot better anyway.

Bucky November 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

Great website. Very informative. I have fallen for several scams myself and is hesitant on anything I come across these days.

bill m February 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I tried a company called HERBALIFE it cost me for the sales kit around 300 dollars, i had my own online site and i could purchase nice catalouges and flyers and even sit in on the conference calls, some made money but you have to live it 24/7.
The one downfall is ordering products from the wahehouse and paying the shipping cost which eats up your profits. In order to make money from HERBALIFE you have to do VOULME sales.

Togo March 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I am resident in the UK and signed up to prosper in January of 2011. The testimonials sound so quick that one would imagine making money online very fast after making an initial payment. I am a student but took the risk of paying $2000 for the quick online business that can yield profit for a life time as was promised. It’s about three months now I am still going through coaching as to what I should do. Besides, I have been asked pay for website and a dropshiper which will part me with a whooping $1000 for a year.
I do not have any money to go on because I was told from the onset that the only thing left after I sign up is just start making at least £3000/month.
Please can anyone help out on what to do?

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