Someone sent me a link to tribunenewsfirst.com, which hosts a bunch of Easy Google Profit fake news blogs trying to convince you to input your credit card for only $1.97 and learn Mike Steadman’s secrets to making money at home working part time for Google. Wait, now it’s Ashley Steadman’s secrets. Wait! Now it’s Mike Steadman again, but with a different picture! And it’s always Your Town Tribune News First isn’t it?
Will the Real Mike Steadman Please Stand Up!
This set of sites has a great GeoIPTargeting feature that takes the information your computer sends EVERY time you go to a webpage (your IP address and your browser information) and translates it into a town name, typically a town near yours where your Internet host is located. It’s a marketing trick to make you feel like the site is more trustworthy because it’s close to you. Hell, if college dropout Mike Steadman from the next town over can make $10,500 working from home after losing his job at Burger King (can Burger King really afford to fire anyone?) then why the heck couldn’t I right?
These sites are fully of catchy headlines like:
“$10,000 a Month, isn’t that hard with Google” – Mike”
“College Drop-Out Shares The Secrets To Make Over $10,000/mo”
Is it really true? Can I start making $10,000 a month working from home posting links to Google right away? Of course not, they’re trying to take your hard earned money, money you likely can’t afford to lose on a scam like this.
Are These Easy Google Profit Fake Work At Home News Sites Scams?
We here at the Electron Plumber have been reporting on these fake work at home blog and fake earn money online news sites for a while now and they keep getting more professional and more devious every day. Why do we think these sites are scams in our opinion? Well, they don’t disclose the monthly charges you’ll be facing seven days after you give them your credit card.
Check out our article on The Easy Google Profit Scam for more details about how this whole thing works and what the FTC has to say on the matter.
Go to any of the Easy Google Profit sites or the new Twitter Profit House this one is pushing, sign up for all but giving them your credit card and look around the page. See anything to indicate you’re paying more than $1.97? Now look at the fine print that only appears in a popup window if you click the tiny Terms and Conditions link at the bottom. See it buried in there? They’ll whack your card $99 a month for the Twitter Money System and another $87.23 for the Easy Google Profit Fast Cash one, all without every disclosing that on the order page, which is VERY likely illegal according to FTC guidelines regarding negative option offers, that is ones with recurring monthly charges.
What do you get for $197 a month? Does it matter? These people are deliberately hiding their monthly charges and that you aren’t paying $1.97 but rather $197. I can’t imaging any info they are providing could be worth anywhere near that much if they have to trick you out of it.
I Was Taken By The Easy Google Profit Scam! What Do I Do?
- Don’t feel bad! Seems like thousands of people have been taken in by these sort of 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.
- Call the number on the website 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. You may want to skip this step and go right to #3.
- Call your credit card company and report the card stolen. They never clearly disclosed the charges you were signing up for and are going to start using your card for something you were not informed of. Treat it as if it was stolen.
- 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. They tricked you once, you think they’ll stop at just the $82 they squeezed out of your card before you canceled? Experian is a large company, one of the Big Three credit reporting agencies. They clearly state that the ID Protection it’s truly free for a full 30 days, then only $9.95 a month if you don’t cancel in 30 days. I’d strongly 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?
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