I was browsing the Internet recently and must have mistakenly clicked on an advert because all of a sudden a website popped up on my screen. At first glance, it appeared to be a genuine local news (site) weblog and the headline read “Is Working Online At Home The Way to Financial Freedom?”
Wow, I thought it could be interesting and decided to take a closer look. The article did appear to have been well written and introduced a fantastic “new online opportunity that doesn’t give you an unrealistic pitch” like the others. It does a good job in trying to convince readers that it is not another “get rich” scheme or scam and contains several links to direct users to the “Easy Google Profits” website.
Visitors are then asked to pay $1.97 shipping cost to a certain “Google money master” for some miraculous state-of-the-art home package that will guarantee hundreds of dollars a month from Google.
Scam or No Scam?
Although the web site appears to be legitimate and well designed with adverts, videos, comments and trademark logos of well established organisations such as Google, CNN and CNBC, it contradicts itself with a footer which states the following;
“The trademarks in this image are owned by their respective owners who do not endorse this product. Google Revolution, LLC is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google.”
After given careful consideration to the above, the following questions confirmed my suspicion that Easy Google Profits is a scam.
- Does the newspaper website exist in my local area? No.
- Was the article written by a reputable journalist? No, it actually contains a disguised sub-title that confirms it is “an article advertisement”?
- Can I add comments to the article? No. Comments have been disabled due to a so-called spam attack.
- Does the page have a navigation bar and site map? No.
- Do I have to provide my credit card details for some kit that “guarantees 100% satisfaction” on an unsecured website? Yes.
- How can a $2.00 shipping fee guarantee hundreds of dollars a month and not be get rich quick scam?
The Easy Google Profits website was carefully designed to take advantage of unsuspecting web users particularly in the current economic crisis. This attempt is disguised in the form of a local news blog that uses the same template and articles across different domains. It uses an IP based script that would change the page title to match the IP address of whoever sees their web page according to his/her location.
For example, when I was in Livingston, the page title read “Livingston Daily News” and changed when I tried to view the site again while visiting a friend in Barnsley to “Barnsley Daily News”. Other examples include “The San Francisco Tribune”, Miami Herald, etc.
When readers register, they are told to pay a small shipping fee for a tool kit by credit card. However, there is no mention of a monthly subsciption and direct debit of $72 which the unlucky ones discovered after falling victim. The amount was removed on a monthly basis by Easy Google Profit’s parent company – Google Treasure Chest, without prior notification.
There are so many programs out there that are scams. Everyday more and more variations are created which promise to provide subscribers with tool kits. These so called google tool kits are just basic affiliate marketing training kits at best and will not provide any new information. It is therefore imperative that you maintain your composure and thoroughly research every single “opportunity” that comes your way on the Internet.