The Los Angeles Tribune News and Easy Google Profit – Is It Real?

by El Plumber (admin) on May 18, 2009

latribunenews The Los Angeles Tribune News and Easy Google Profit   Is It Real?

I keep seeing ads all over the place for a news article on making money at home from a paper called the Los Angeles Tribune.  Well, it’s just another day, another unheard of news site touting another part time work at home money making offer.  This time it’s losangeles-tribune.com advertising the Easy Google Profit earn money from home kit and stars our old friend Mary Steadman. Good old Mary Steadman must be making money online hand over fist using the Google Biz Kit with all the cash she must be spending on advertising.

You think you’re only paying $1.97 “shipping” to receive the secret to making money part time with a home based job working for Google, then BAM, in 7 days they hit you for $75+ and then $75+ a month every month until you manage to get through on their phone line to cancel the “subscription” you never agreed to.  If you do get someone on the phone, they’re likely the one with the real stay at home job taking calls. Or you cancel your account with your bank, which is likely the far easier route to go. How’s earning from home part time with Google feel? Are we making money yet?  Wait a sec, someone just took my money!


UPDATE: Looks like Mary Steadman became too famous. Now the same exact news page appears at moneysecretblog.com with the same exact picture, but this time the woman’s name is Louise Biggs. Sometimes it’s there as LouiseBiggs with no space. Plus the name of the site has changed to moneysecretblog.com. Seems once enough sites report on it, they change the names.

How Does The Los Angeles Tribune News Get People?

  • First they draw you in with the appearance of a real news site.  Think back about how you actually got to the site though and you’ll notice that you clicked on an advertisement somewhere.  That’s not usually the way newspapers work, advertising a story about making money online now is it?
  • Click on any of the links or ads on the page and you go to the site securecartcenter.com and the Easy Google Profit offer, a notorious bait and switch negative offer site.   Notice how every single link on the page brings you to this offer make money online at home offer.
  • In light text and in a small font, they  put the words “This publication is an article advertisement for Easy Google Profit.”

How these people think that the Feds will never catch up with them is a little shocking, and the sad thing is when they get theirs, you won’t get yours back if you’ve fallen for their scam.

Wait, Isn’t Easy Google Profit Only $1?

No!  It’s not only $1.  This is why it is a scam in our opinion Just look closer… Here is how they screw all those poor out of work folks into thinking they can work from home online!  If you sign up for their “program”, they are going to whack your account for $80 a month until you manage to call their Customer Service number and get it canceled.  That’s if you can get through that is.  My screen resolution is 1650×1080, which is pretty good sized and I can’t see any of the fine print on the purchase page.  If I scroll way past the order entry form, we see this in tiny tiny letters at the bottom:

By submitting this form I am ordering the Hot Business Market Pro trial membership. After the seven day trial I will be charged $81.32 a month thereafter if I do not cancel. I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Cancel any time by calling 1-800-235-1364.

And that’s the better one of the two offers they are pushing.  The other one has no mention of the monthly charge anywhere on the purchase page, only buried in the Terms and Conditions that you have to click through and find in a tiny popup window.

What do you get for the $1+$80 every month?  I don’t know for sure but most people have reported they don’t get anything, and by then their credit card is whacked for $80, leaving them in the lurch.

I Was Taken By The Los Angeles Tribune News! 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. Call the number provided on the website that took you in IMMEDIATELY.  Finding that number is up to you, they seem to keep changing. Have a 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.
  3. Call/write your credit card company and dispute the charges or better yet, report the card lost or stolen. They never clearly disclosed the charges you were signing up for, so you have a strong case here.
  4. Monitor your credit accounts! Click here to sign up for Experian ID Protection monitoring.  You just gave some shady characters your name, address, phone number, credit card and secret 3 digit card number.  It’s free for a full month, then it’s $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 and check your credit report to make sure no one has tried to change your address or open a new card using your cards details.

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!
  1. Click Here to Share this on Facebook! Hit “Post to Profile” to warn your friends.
  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!
  3. Email this link to your friends.

But I Really Wanted to Make Money With Google!

If you really want to learn how to earn money with Google, there is a pretty good training course called Google Snatch Ultimatum (I know, terrible name) that you can buy for $77 straight away with no hidden fees or charges.   Note, the “sales pitch” page it pretty cheesy in a get rich quick infomercial kind of way, but if you really want to know how to use Google Adwords and Adsense to make money, it’s a great way to learn the basics.  There are lots of videos and tutorials that will step you through exactly how it all works.

UPDATE: Note that this fake news site has just gotten FAR more brazen in their lies. Now it appears as if it’s a fake ABC News site reporting a story about something called Google AdWork, which is just downright false.

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Chaoskitty123 May 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm

http://www.marylifeblog.com/us.php?sub=vccpafdd

Rest assured it’s a scam as it goes by many names. Google doesn’t even have an option for contacting them about scams where they are involved either. I have seen this on Gmail in that header at the top with the random links. So Google is actually being paid by these people to promote a scam using their name.

Only way i found to report it was to list it as a trademark violation and send a complaint lol.

So there ya go…proof if you had any question. Notice how they hide their faces, she gives her name but blots it out on the check and the #5 commentor has the same check if you look at the check number on it.

Chuck Turner May 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

More scam fake newspaper sites:

http://www.nyguardian.com/
http://www.theatlantatribune.com/
http://www.detroittribunenews.com/myspace-jobs/
http://www.philadelphia-herald.com/2009/04/19/work.from.home.rush/

Wonder if the real local newspapers in these cities will be interested in a story about these scams?

Cliff May 24, 2009 at 8:33 am

You should also file a complaint with both the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. However, knowing the government, it will probably take forever to track down this company (assuming they ever do).

Chuck Turner May 25, 2009 at 6:09 pm
AF May 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

WARNING!!!! The link in this article to EXPERIAN’s FREE CREDIT protection is a scam. It does not go to EXPERIAN’s website at all. Check the URL!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!

El Plumber (admin) May 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm

AF, while we certainly appreciate your concern, rest assured that the Experian Free ID Protection link in the article is 100% genuine and not a scam. It does not go directly to the Experian site, but rather links first to the advertising network we use (Azoogle Ads). It’s to ensure we at the Electron Plumber receives advertising credit from Experian for bringing you their service.

We don’t accept donations and advertisers like Experian help us pay hosting and bandwidth costs that would otherwise shut us down. You may notice this site isn’t littered with blinking flashing ads trying to get you to click on them. However we do point out products that you’ll likely find valuable that we can stand behind and receive advertising credit when we can.

Please do a whois lookup online for the owner of the Protect-myid.com site and you’ll see. Or try entering a name into the linked page and see that you are at the official Experian site in a secure form long before you enter ANY credit card info.

It’s good to be concerned, but if you avoid signing up through our link, we’ll have trouble paying our web hosting bill. :(

Chuck Turner May 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Another one – looks like a dentist called David is behind this one – don’t dentists earn enough money without having to scam people!

The site: http://usajobjournal.com/job.php

Go to the contact us page:
http://usajobjournal.com/contact-us.html

Do a Google search for that email and you will find this Acai site:
http://acaiberryfastreview.com/
http://whois.atpedia.jp/domain/acaiberryfastreview.com

Do a Google search on the address and you get David’s dental practice address:
http://www.google.com/search?q=5820+Veterans+Parkway+Suite+307+Columbus%2C+GA+31904+US&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a

I wonder if he is behind the other fake newspaper sites or just copying them?

Chuck Turner May 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

These fake news sites keep poppin up like mushrooms!

This one : http://www.manchesternewsgazette.co.uk/business/2009/main.php

is registered to some dude called *snipped* in
*snipped*

http://webwhois.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=manchesternewsgazette.co.uk&WHOIS+Submit.x=24&WHOIS+Submit.y=8

This fella perhaps?
http://www.linkedin.com/in/snipped

El Plumber (admin) May 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for the info Chuck! I snipped all the personal info but the whois link since that is public info. If a dissatisfied customer decides to take matters into their own hands, we don’t want to be responsible. ;)

Note, the person behind the Manchester News Gazette site is VERY likely an affiliate marketer doing ads on commission and not the actual company behind this that is charging peoples credit card.

Chuck Turner May 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm

You can also sometimes see who is behind sites by doing a reverse ip search:

eg: http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/
Found 6 domains hosted on the same web server as marylifeblog.com (75.101.215.186).

emilysskinblog.com
kevinmakesdough.com
marylifeblog.com
thebostontribune.com
http://www.kevinmakesdough.com
http://www.thebostontribune.com

So chances are it’s the same person who owns / made all the above sites.

Chuck Turner June 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Fake US newspapers:
New York Guardian Scam
nyguardian.com/
The Atlanta Tribune Scam
theatlantatribune.com/
The Detroit Tribune News Scam
detroittribunenews.com/myspace-jobs/
The Philadelphia Herald Scam
philadelphia-herald.com
The New York Times Online Scam
thenewyorktimesonline.net/
The Miami Gazette News Scam
miamigazettenews.com/
The San Francisco Tribune Scam
thesanfranciscotribune.com/
The Miami Sun Sentinel News Scam:
miamisunsentinelnews.com/

Fake International Newspapers:
Manchester News Gazette Scam: (UK)
manchesternewsgazette.co.uk
Sydney Gazette News Scam: (Australia)
sydneynewsgazette.com/
and more:
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22John+B.+Guiseman%22&hl=en&filter=0

Chuck Turner June 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Another one – http://newyorkfinancenews.com/ this one even claims that ‘Mary Steadman’ has been featured on the TV news: http://newyorkfinancenews.com/images/news-anchor.jpg and on the front cover of a magazine called ‘Riches’ : http://newyorkfinancenews.com/images/mary-mag-cover.jpg – is their no end to the ridculous lies peddled by these sleazy cpa affiliates!

Josh Pinkham June 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

Everything about this is so deceitful and slimy. I like how they put the banner at the top that says “as seen on ABC, AOL, CNN,” etc… Heh.

Reen June 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Why can’t these people be tracked down and arrested for fraud and scamming? I hear in the news that law enforcement can locate people by ip addresses and other means. I don’t know a lot about it but with the technology today you’d think they could do better.
And why isn’t Google making it clear that they have no association with the scammers stating that Google will pay you.
The internet just keeps getting more and more out of control.
Reen

El Plumber (admin) June 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Well Reen, most of the people running these sites are not located in the US, and those that are do so in states with far less strict laws regarding such things. Most seem to have business addresses in Los Vegas. Plus, the authorities has far more serious internet crime to attend to such as Identity Theft and bank fraud.

For Google’s part, you CAN actually make money by advertising for Google through their Adsense program, so they aren’t breaking any Google policies by selling you info on how to use Adsense.

Call Me a Cynic June 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I encountered this scam (www.los-angeles-daily.com/finance/index.php?t202id=82311&t202kw=) when it came up as a new window on my computer (I don’t remember clicking on anything that would have prompted this supposed “article”). I looked at it, and it just screamed SCAM for anyone paying attention, but it would probably work for someone desperate or who wasn’t paying attention. It does look official, sort of like a real article, from a real newspaper (which is a time honored direct marketing strategy, write an ad that looks like an article, send mail that looks like a real certified mail or FedEx package, get ‘em to open and read it), but here are the signs its a scam:

1. There is not a newspaper by that name

2. In very small grey type: “This publication is an article advertisement for Easy Google Profit.” By its own admission (and probably to keep from getting shut down) this is an AD. If you’re paying attention, of course its an ad. No reporter short of the Fair and Balanced Network would be that unobjective, much less trying to sell a product, and if they were, their editor certainly wouldn’t allow them to hawk a money making scheme.

3. Notice that every link on the page has to do with a money making scheme and Easy Google profits.

4. Notice that almost every single comment is about one or two lines, the only one that’s longer the author was able to post a screen shot (on what legitimate site can the average person do THAT in the comments section?). But look at the comments, both in style and comment. Absolutely everything is positive. No hint of negativity. Everything looks like a testimonial. Everything is perfectly capitalized, perfectly typed, no spelling or typing errors, no contractions, perfect English. Come on! How is that likely anywhere if the comments are genuine?!?! And no new posts allowed because of “spam”, so no one can add their own comments. Very convenient.

Now, for those who say law enforcement won’t do anything about it, the government won’t do anything about it, there’s nowhere to report this to Google, not so fast. The FTC takes a very dim view on companies that don’t ship the promised goods within thirty days, and they take an even dimmer view on companies that refuse all refunds. If you’ve been a victim, contact the Federal Trade Commission. I’m not saying they act instantaneously, but the sooner and the more complaints they receive, the sooner action will be achieved. File a Better Business Bureau complaint, get the word out there.

And yes, you should absolutely report the site (easygoogleprofits.com) to Google’s trademark division. That’s actually probably the best place to report it, actually. In order to maintain their trademark rights, Google has to defend them, and keep others from using them, lest their trademarks be cancelled. If anyone puts the trademarks Google, Nike, Sony, Playstation, Toshiba, McDonalds in their website name, they are subject to losing those websites INVOLUNTARILY. In this case, Google can demand the website be shut down, or they can file a WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) complaint for trademark infringement and after submitting its brief and proof of its ownership of the mark, after the briefing is done, WIPO can order the domain registrar (network solutions, go daddy, whatever) to transfer ownership of the domain to Google. It has nothing to do with whether the website is a scam or not, although that helps, the fact that they are using Google’s trademark and making money off Google’s trademark in their URL is sufficient. Google has to defend and protect its intellectual property, and nothing is more important than the Google trademark.

Chuck Turner June 12, 2009 at 8:07 am

Here is the latest version of this fake news scam: News 5 Local
news5local.com/

They are advertising on Google adwords.

Site was only registered on June 8th 2009 (5 days ago) and the name of the owner is hidden by domainsbyproxy. whois.domaintools.com/news5local.com

Note how all the links [ Home | News | Weather | Health | Entertainment | Videos | Business | What's On | Traffic ] go to a CPA offer as those pages don’t actually exist on the fake news site (the make money link was on a sub page and went to the Google Money master / Google Revolution scam)

Chuck Turner June 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The scams just keep on coming…

The latest version: tribunenewsfirst.com

Tribune News First uses maxmind to identify your ip address so that the newspaper becomes the “Wherever you are from” Tribune News.

So if you are in Boston it will be the Boston Tribune News, if you (well, your ip) is in London it will be the London Tribune News etc.

If you go to:
tribunenewsfirst.com/ you just get their file index – the site is a fraud and the domain was only registered last week (7th June 09)

There are 3 different versions of the “news article” :
tribunenewsfirst.com/college-drop-out-makes-10000-a-month-from-home-ca/
tribunenewsfirst.com/college-drop-out-makes-10000-a-month-from-home/
tribunenewsfirst.com/college-drop-out-makes-over-10000-a-month-from-home/

Promoting the usual Easy Google Profit / Blazing Keywords bullpoo and some Twitter scam: scam.com/showthread.php?t=117916

Dan June 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

This scam is now hitting Facebook Ads using a college student named Mike Steadman:
nyc-gazette.com/business/college-drop-out-makes-10000-a-month-from-home/

Chuck Turner June 14, 2009 at 6:34 am

Another version of the fake news site: newsline46.com

Drew June 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

I found one of those tribune news scams too. I found it fishy and decided to do some digging.
The site I found was…
“http://www.los-angeles-daily.com/finance/index.php?t202id=82311&t202kw=”

Well I immediately went to http://www.coowhois.com and did a whois lookup of the domain and found the domain was created in 2009 by some weird name. If it was a real news site it would be years old. Anyways check it out yourself. Goto http://www.coolwhois.com and type in “los-angeles-daily.com” (without quotes) in the whois lookup section.

Chuck Turner June 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

Now they are using the template for teeth whitening scams:
momsteethtrick.com/article.html

Teeth Whitening scams:
wafflesatnoon.com/2009/01/24/scam-alert-part-4-teeth-whitening/

infamous June 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm

There are people even commenting on how well this program works to make everything look so legitimate.

I was trying to see if I could click on the The Los Angeles Tribune News logo and accidentally found the ‘This publication is an article advertisement for Easy Google Profit.’

If you look underneath the title ‘ Jobs: Is Working Online At Home The Next Gold Rush?’ there’s an avatar of a man wearing a hat by the name of Anthony. Then when you scroll all the way down to the comment section there’s the same hat wearing man by the name of Stephen, lol.

It’s so easy for anybody who’s down on their luck to fall for such deceptive websites or programs that make nothing but empty promises.

Chuck Turner June 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

More fake news /fake jobs scam websites:

Advertising on Overture with this ad:

$87/Hr Job – 132 Openings
Realistic $87 Per Hour Working From Home. No Schedule. Nice Pay.
seattlejournalnews.com/jobs/1244-are-online-jobs-the-next-big-thing/?cpascam

and on Overture with this ad:
$98/Hour Working At Home? We Investigate
The Local Dispatch Reports On The #1 Home Based Business Of 2009.
localdispatchnews.com/site1/

(Site owned by David M of Miami Beach, Florida:
whois.domaintools.com/localdispatchnews.com

and on Overture + Adwords with this ad:

$37/Hour Work At Home Job (37 Openings)
Quick Approval For Unemployed. Requirements: Just A Computer.
theorlandotribune.com/onlinejobs.html?cpascam

Chuck Turner June 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Another fake newspaper scam article from England:

birminghamtribune.co.uk/

There’s been a spree of Fake news sites popping up all over the Internet.
Such as the link to the one above.

These give the impression that a whole bunch of News articles is being written about these very same scams. Except these “news” sites merely have one single article.

And lo and behold it’s all about the latest easy google profit scam.

Totally bogus, avoid with a ten foot barge poll.

Anna July 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Wow, I am so glad I found this! I was very ready to get myself into a mess! Thank-You for the information :)

trent July 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

As mentioned, people trick online surfers by making a page look “official” and “real”. It’s sad that most people are stupid enough to fall for it, or not even investigate.

It looks like everyone here knows the trick into checking whether the sites are real or fake, but for those who don’t know yet, you can check right away by investigating the URL itself.
– If the site says it’s BBC NEWS but the URL says different (or not exactly the official BBC New’s URL, it’s obviously a fake.)
– For example, take the link this article addresses: los-angeles-daily.com/finance/index.php?t202id=82311&t202kw=. Take out the rest and leave los-angeles-daily.com/. If you go there you would see Apache 2 Test Page, powered by CentOS. You automatically know both the “Easy Google Profit” and the article itself is a scam and fake.
I just wanted to point out to those who don’t know yet, but it seems everyone here knows already.

I also want to point out what’s funny about the article. If you check what’s after the article, you’d see responses from “people”. There are three things I find suspicious about it.
– In Stephen’s comment, the date is typed incorrectly and is the only typo for the dates out of the other comments. It says “April11, 2009 at 5:52 pm”. It’s obviously typed out by a human, not script.
– Examine the screenshot Damo gave us. Does it look real?
– At the end, after Leave A Reply, it says “Comments Closed Due To Spam (back soon)”.

Those are all clues and hints that the article is all fake.

Kudos to those out who didn’t sign up!

El Plumber (admin) July 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Trent, if I showed you a picture of a $10,000 Chinese vase and proof that it was worth $10,000, then sat you down in front of 1000 Asian antique vases, 950 of which were $1 knockoffs 40 worth about $100, 9 worth $500, and 1 worth $10,000 would you be able to tell which was which? Of course not. That doesn’t make you stupid, you’re just not a subject matter expert on antiques.

The people who get caught by these scam artists aren’t “stupid”. I can certainly see my 70 year old mother falling for this (other than the fact that I’ve warned her about it), as she is one of the millions of people who use the internet every day who aren’t particularly computer literate. We can’t expect everyone to understand how URL’s work or how to investigate a fraudulent site. But we should try to educate them, and thanks for that writeup. Hopefully it will help teach some people how to recognize these scams more easily.

trent July 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I’m certainly sorry for using the word “stupid” and I should have referred in a different, nicer way.

But you’re right, we would learn from our mistakes if we did fall for these. I just don’t understand what these scammers try to accomplish.

El Plumber (admin) July 5, 2009 at 10:14 am

That’s ok Trent! I just don’t want to blame the victims here. Hopefully the stupid ones will be be the owners and promoters of these sites when the FTC and ICCC catch up with them. ;)

Moo July 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Found another one that looks almost the exact same a few hours after I saw this one: http://www.net-news-daily.com/?s=VC_Pop16n by the “Toronto Daily News”. The layout is the same, the idea is the same (2 bucks for a kit shipped to you), even the comments are the same. Only difference is switched around wording/names.

michael dudas July 14, 2009 at 12:54 am

i have names and numbers to help uncover this scam they tried it with me and i stopped them by simply asking them for a buisness licence number they thought i would hand over 5,380 dollars and i out smarted them contact me i can help

Sue Pear July 22, 2009 at 12:06 am

Here’s one I received when I placed an ad on CraigsList to sell a sink!! they are spamming everywhere! Same… Mary Steadman and wow, she’s from my own home town!! Oh Brother!
http://theonlinetimes.us/finances/?showStory=jobs982594&_r=1851&hp=a524

Eric Penner July 23, 2009 at 1:20 am

My god, when I first came across this ‘Los Angeles Tribune’ I nearly burst into laughter. It’s worded to make it look like the process is so straightforward and that chimpanzees are signing up rapidly. Not only is nothing functional, but there are fabricated comments! Whomever is responsible for this is a sick human being for preying on unwitting internet users such as the elderly or the technologically illiterate. God only knows how much money he or she has stolen already; this has been going on for months now! Thanks for posting!

michael dudas July 23, 2009 at 3:28 am

i am half american indian and have acess to geneology reports mary steadman does not exist trust me ive looked her up on every roll i can find anyone even found my girl friend who is not even close to american indian on the web mary is from everyones home town dont trust google money masters

michael dudas July 23, 2009 at 3:46 am

if the los angelas tribune is a real paper where are you on the web ive looked they cover a scam by saying they are a real news paper google it you wont find it they are google money masters

Justin July 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm

This also popped up while I was browsing totally unrelated sites (and nothing bad!). My first clue was the address was http://www.losangeles-tribunes.com. TribuneS? And although I don’t live in CA, I have heard of the Los Angeles Times, but never the Los Angeles Tribune. I also notice the guy the story is about lives in the next town over, which being in Ohio made me wonder why an LA paper would cover it. So I think a script makes up the town based on your IP address, which usually can give a relatively accurate idea of which city you’re in. So I click the link in the first step, and notice that it is not located on Google’s site (beginning with “http://www.google.com/…etc”) so there’s another red flag. So I Google’d the Los Angeles Tribune to see if there was even such a paper and all results were pages about this scam. So just wanted to give my two cents on how I figured, and ultimately learned, it was a scam… so maybe in the future someone reading this will be saved from a similar one. If it sounds too good to be true… it usually is!

Kevin July 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

This is why computers can never be secure. The people factor is always the main issue.
Here is the la tribune version…
And NO- DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS!
losangeles-tribunes.com/finance/

Kim July 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

I was browsing when this popped up. no Marry. it was Mike and it says he lives in , , just that 2 comma’s and no home town.what stood out for me though was the typo’s.

Ernest July 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Thank You:

I fell for it. I can not believe it. In 30 years of computer use this has never happened to me.

I signed up last weekend, but have had butterflies since then.

Finally today the same “article” popped up again so I googled it and found this pape , Electron Plumber, at the top.

I contacted my credit card company and read them the full contents as reported on Electron Plumber.

They have cancelled the account number and isolated the fraudulent charges.

As I said, I have never fallen for something like this in the past. What tricked me was the generous use of Google logos (I use firefox which uses google). Plus the fact that it just appeared as a seperate window which could have been requested by me for what ever reason while surfing through my normal sites of intrest. This may mean that some of my favorite news and blog sites have been compromised.

Scotian August 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I stumbled into one of these LA Tribunes add today. I was so impressed by the extent of these people’s perversity that I printed the page to keep it as a souvenir… One big flaw though : all “comments” have the same date and time… and they had been posted before the creation date of the “column”. I wonder why Google is not suing for the generous use of their company name.

NavyGirl August 4, 2009 at 10:47 am

I ran across the ad today. It looks deceptively credible, but I could tell its was a scam as the article did not list an author, and the presentation looked very similar to other bait and switch ads. I hope others will do a little Google research on this phony company before they sign up for the non-existent goods.

K August 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I didn’t read through all the comments here, but if you look again at the url, it is losangelestribunes.com Not losangelestribune…Anyway, if you type in losangelestribunes.com, you aren’t taken to a news site, anyway – instead you are taken here:

flatbellyblogger.com/easycleanseweightloss/

So yeah. Another flag. :)

El Plumber (admin) August 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm

K, note that there are multiple variants on this URL. Basically any time an affiliate marketer buys so much advertising, other affiliate marketers assume they are earning money and copy them pretty much exactly.

If they don’t get it exactly, they might miss the one small psychological trigger that tricks people into clicking and giving up their creadit card.

So yeah, there is losangeles-tribune.com and losangelestribunes.com and losangelestribune.com, all of them with similar flogs and fonews associated with them.

K August 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I just meant that if it were a legitimate news site, it probably wouldn’t have been plural. My sister sent me the link saying she was interested – then said I should try it first. I was like Yeah right! So I looked at the url again, and thought it was odd…googled Los Angeles Tribunes, and found this article right at the top. I sent her the link to this, and I hope she reads it.

El Plumber (admin) August 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Oh yeah! Excellent point.

I’ve seen these fake newspapers at sites like jimmysmoneyblog.com/sandiegotribune, but unfortunately there are tons of people out there that don’t know enough to look at the url.

K August 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Keep writing articles, and people will start! :)

Rob August 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

How do I block this annoying full-page pop-up??
It showed up on my new computer. I hate it.
My pop-up blocker is ON but isn’t working to keep this one out.
Help please & thanks.

El Plumber (admin) August 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Rob, if you are getting pop-up ads from this and you have a browser pop-up blocker on, there are two possibilities:

1) A web site that you visit frequently and click on is popping it up. When you click a link, popups in a new window can be opened most of the time without hitting your pop-up blocker. Figure out what site is doing it.
2) It’s also very possible that you have a virus or malware on your machine that is causing it. Download the free version of Adaware from Lavasoft (Google it) and give it a shot, it might find something.

Rob August 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

How do I BLOCK this scammer from the pop-ups?

El Plumber (admin) August 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Ummmm, like I said.
1) Figure out which site is serving the popups and stop going there.
2) If it’s every site, check your computer for malware or viruses, as you have something running on your computer that is causing it. Adaware is a good tool for getting rid of stuff like that.

Ken August 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Also found them on a slightly different URL:
http://www.losangeles-tribunes.com/finance/

If you go to the main URL (take off /finance/), you get an Apache Server test page.
Awesome.

deepesh chettri October 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I am yet another unemployed graduate sitting at home.
what i enjoy doing & i belive a flair for is reading & writing in the english language. So i hope these instructions help me to get employed stayin home workin online.
till then cheers
peace D

Gina April 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I fell for their scam too. I was on msn.com reading some news at work and I saw an “ad” for “The Boston Tribune” and a mom who saved a bunch of money on Teeth Whitening products buy just ordering a free trial offer and canceling within 2 weeks.

I’m a mom and I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Good thing I check my account every day online, because I caught the charges even before the trial period was over. And I’ve already called them 3 times. I usually get someone on the phone and they assure me that the order is cancelled and the money will be put back into my account. Once the money goes back in “3 to 5 business days” I’m reporting my credit card stolen and hopefully never have to deal with these people again. I can’t believe I fell fir this crap. I only researched it after I come accross so many complications.

Don’t do it!
It’s fake!
bostontribune.net/

Diane Miller July 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Hello, my name is Diane and I am from Brockville, Ontario Canada. And I am doing some research on a possible case there in LA the case has something to do with the a woman sueing her ex-husbands mistress the ex-husband died. Would you have any information that could help me?
Thank You very much.
Sincerely,
Diane Miller

El Plumber (admin) July 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

Wow Diane, you didn’t read any part of this article did you?

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