We’ve received some questions lately asking if sites called yourblogprofits.com and yoursearchprofits.com are scams. And the answer, in my opinion, is that they might be. They appear to trick you into thinking you are only paying $2.99 for a service when in fact there are hidden monthly charges in excess of $70 a month, all while advertising using fake blogs and fake news sites that you can make $900+ dollars a day. Other offers and sites that operate in this exact same manner are currently under investigation by the FTC.
For details on how these types of sites operate, check out the article on the Easy Google Profit Scam.
Yourblogprofits.com and Yoursearchprofits Look Darn Shady To Me
They appear to follow the exact same pattern as Google Money Tree and Google Treasure chest scams, both of which have legal action against them by the FTC. What they did was advertise all over they internet (or far more likely that they pay affiliates to do their advertising for them) using fake blogs and fake newspapers. Basically the companies behind these sites post commissions on affiliate advertiser networks that they will pay $40 to anyone who sends them a “customer” and then people create websites that promote those sites with fake testimonials and false location information that makes it look like the blogger or newspaper is in your town too.
Then you click on a link and boom, you’re overwhelmed with blinking timers that time is running out! And plastered all over these sites are trusted brands, “As Seen on Google, ABC, CNN, Fox”, etc. Which technically on some level is the truth, since they can pay to advertise their stuff on those sites for only a few dollars and claim that yes, they have been seen there.
They use all these methods to snooker you into entering in your debit card information on the promise that for only $1.97 shipping and handling you’ll get all the secrets to making money with Google. Will you? Maybe, maybe not.
Maybe you’ll get lucky (and smart) and read the terms and conditions or do a quick Google search before you hand over your account information and avoid any major trauma. If you still want to buy their service at that point for $74.97 or whatever it is, it’s your life, go for it.
Maybe you’ll give them your credit card and think about it after wards when you don’t get anything in the mail, or you get a bunch of eBooks with vague generalities about how you can place Adsense on a site or advertise affiliate programs on Adwords. Maybe you’ll cancel before the hidden seven day trial is up but little did you know that they’re going to start charging your credit card for 3 other programs at $29.97 each
The worst cases of these we’ve heard about so far is from people who get a message that their card was “declined” or a message that the transaction could not be processed, so they try another card, and another. Then find at the end of the month that *ALL* the cards you’ve used were hit by a $79.83 charge each month.
Many times the company charging the card is nothing like what you thought you signed up for, and you’ll get charges from Blazingfastmoney.com, or Easy Cash Pay Day Marketing and they’ll keep coming with a new one and a new charge every 7-14 days.
With many of these sites the only way to get those charges to stop is to report the card numbers stolen and get new ones. But wait! There’s more…
It’s like a nightmare that doesn’t end. A couple people have reported that they’ve received email from eBay or Amazon that someone tried to use the credit card tied to their account to open a new account with a different mailing address. One woman reported receiving an alert a few weeks later from the Experian ID protection monitoring service that someone tried to open a Citibank account in her name with an address somewhere in Nevada. Can’t be 100% sure these sites are responsible for that, but if they’re shady enough to trick you out of your money, what makes you think they won’t sell your identity information for a few more quick bucks?
Will this happen to you by signing up with Yourblogprofits.com or Yoursearchprofits.com? I can’t say for sure, but they appear to be following the exact same pattern as those sites that are currently under investigation by the FTC for this behavior. Offering you a quick money making fix for $2.99 when in fact they are signing you up for hidden monthly charges and not adequately disclosing them.
The FTC has started going after these people, recently taking action against the Google Money Tree company, but unfortunately many new ones have sprouted up with overseas mailing addresses and will not be able to be caught and stopped easily.
I Didn’t Know I was Going To Be Charged Monthly By Yoursearchprofits.com! What Do I Do?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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