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Beware: Deceptive Work at Home Opportunities on the Loose

Deceptive Work at Home Opportunities on the LooseBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I was doing some online research, when I saw an ad that said, “I make $486 every day. Work from home and earn $13,745 a month”. Red warning flags immediately went off in my head, as this looked like many of the other deceptive work at home opportunities that have been promoted in the past.

Just like the Easy Google Profits promotion, when I clicked on the ad, I was directed to a site that looked like an online news publication, called the Online Career Journal. The article on the site, stated how Melissa Johnson of Austin, Texas (my hometown) made $8,000 a month just by using a work at home kit that cost less than $50.

Because I’m familiar with this type of deceptive advertising, I immediately went to the bottom of the page where it stated the following:

“As an advertorial, this page receives compensation for clicks on or purchase of products featured on this site. This program is not a job but an educational opportunity that can help individuals learn how to earn money through their entrepreneurial efforts. Anyone who decides to buy any program about making money will not necessarily make money simply by purchasing the program.”

So obviously, this was not true editorial content, but indeed an advertisement for a work at home kit called, Profit Web System.

But, what is Profit Web System?

Angela BussioWhen I clicked on the Profit Web System’s link, it brought me to a landing page with Angela Bussio’s image and name on it. Not being familiar with Angela Bussio, I decided to Google her. From what I could find, she appears to be a speaker, author and life coach, owning the following businesses: Attracting Joy, Design My Destiny, and Real Stress Solutions.

While I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary on her websites, I did find her Facebook Fan Page (Real Stress Solutions) of interest. Numerous individuals had left negative comments about one of her programs, Profit Master’s Academy.

I also performed a Google keyword search on “Angela Bussio + scams” and I got a lot of negative results. You can check out a few of the negative comments listed on the Ripoff Report. I decided to take my research one step further, by contacting Angela via email to see if she endorsed this program, and if she did, what exactly was it?

I never received a response back.

Basically, Profit Web Systems claims that individuals can make money by placing links for companies on various websites. They even claim, that you can make $15 per link placed. So, if you place 10 links an hour, you’ll make $150 an hour. To learn how to place these links, you need to purchase their program which is a hefty $97.

So would I ever recommend this program for individuals who want to work from home?

Absolutely not!

This type of scam has been circulating around since 2009 under various names like Easy Google Profit, Home Cash Kit, and Google Money Master.  In fact it’s become so popular, that Snopes.com wrote a scam alert about it.

So what red warning flags should you watch out for when looking for work at home opportunities?

  • Vague job descriptions
  • Lack of contact information
  • High payouts with little or no work
  • Poor ratings on the Better Business Bureau website
  • Deceptive marketing and advertising practices
  • Boasting fake affiliations and partnerships
  • Negative reviews
  • Too good to be true offers

If you’d like to see what this deceptive work at home opportunity looks like, you can check it out at the links below. I have also seen this type of opportunity being promoted with Kelly Nelson as the subject, and the product being called the Internet Biz Kit.

http://www.careerjournalonline.net/latest/workfromhome/trifu/00aoz3/us3/

http://profitwebsystem.com/pmaangela97/congratulations.aspx

http://profitwebsystem.com/pmaangela97/

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The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original author. 

Update 03-03-2014 – I received this email from Angela Bussio:

Holly – I saw your article reviewing a product with my name on it and I want you to know that whomever is using my name is committing FRAUD. I am currently in conversations with FBI and Google legal to get many of these listing de-indexed and to stop using MY NAME for Adwords campaigns! Unbelievable! These are fraudulent reports and sites using my name – and it has been difficult if not impossible to track down whomever is doing this – but I think it is important that you are reporting a SCAM that is actually a SCAM!

I did a Promo video for a “friend” a couple of years  ago, in exchange for them offering my newsletter “Real Stress Solutions” ( which is what I reaLLY DO) as a bonus when they signed up. They ended up Branding the product with my picture making it look like it was my product. I have been in legal entanglements with them since and just received  a settlement to start to clean up my reputation – just as they were endicted by the FTC and had all their assets frozen.

Since then – other people have actually branded me on their products with my pictures and even made fake videos of another woman with my name on them! They have all been reported to the FTC and now many of the sites are gone. I would just like your help in getting the word out that these scams are actually scamming ME as well as the consumer.

If you would like to talk to me about this issue, I am happy to have that conversation. These are NOT MY PRODUCTS and you are advocating for people like me that get scammed. I would love to let your audience know what happened to me and how they need to be so careful who they partner up with – even if it is a “friend”. In fact I have even spoken to audiences to warn them about the unintended reputation consequences of bad partnerships.

I have never done anything to hurt anyone – in fact I personally have an “A” rating with the BBB – so this whole situation has been so upsetting to me. I am a therapist that just thought I could help more if I took my products and frame worked my therapies for consumption online. I have NEVER had any product that has anything to do with Home Based Business. I was very naive – now I am cleaning up a big mess.

Please call me if you need any more clarification and I would appreciate you clarifying to your audience the situation if you have the heart to do that. These are the links to my REAL business:

  • http://www.attractingjoyu.com
  • http:www.angelabussio.com

Thanks Holly – this is really important to me that the truth gets out there.

Angela Bussio,

CEO/Founder Attracting Joy University
Editor/Publisher Real Stress Solutions

 

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79 Responses to “Beware: Deceptive Work at Home Opportunities on the Loose”

  1. 1
    scott says:

    hey holly can you tell me any jobs online that are not scamms i am despret for the money

  2. 2
    Paul says:

    Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine filed a lawsuit against one of the companies behind earlier versions of the Angela Bussio scams – most likely the same people are still behind these even though that lawsuit was filed back in November of 2012 as part of the FTC’s “Operation Lost Opportunity” business opportunity sweep.

  3. 3
    Edward says:

    Holly,
    I found your site by doing a search for Melissa Johnson.
    I came across an ad/link claiming she made $8K after just a short number of weeks. She supposedly is from my hometown in Washington. The thing is, despite the blurring of the address on the check, I could tell “Sunflower” was the street name. Of which we do not have. Your write up further convinced me of what I suspected. Thank you.

    • 3.1

      I can’t believe they are still promoting this junk. I’m glad you did some research and didn’t fall prey to this deceptive opportunity.

      • David says:

        Still promoting this junk, Melissa Johnson now lives in costa rica , san jose costa rica, hahaha

        • Alain says:

          Latest news about one Melissa Johnson. On her world tour she is now staying in Rose-Hill, Mauritius Island, my home base. What a coincidence, Is it not?
          I can’t say how long will be her visit but I am sure she will move to the country where live the next guy interested by easy gain from home work.

        • Alain says:

          The proof that Melissa Johnson is making a fortune from working home is that she ownes a residence in so many places in the world, in fact as much places as naive people beleving this scam advert.

    • 3.2
      NC says:

      That Melissa Johnson is a definite scam. When I came across her ad, she was from Flushing, Queens. Since then, I see she’s also from Texas and now DC. Pure deception.

    • 3.3
      Simon Tolley says:

      Everybody knows that Melissa Johnson lives in Manchester UK….doesn’t she?

  4. 4
    andrea says:

    This “Melissa Johnson” is from Cape Town. I am in Cape Town. So, they put that she lives here and everything.
    There is the article written by “Amanda Winston” etc http://www.careerjournalonline.com/newsupdate/workfromhome/trifu/0eu2lm77a2/za/

  5. 5
    Deva says:

    Found your site after doing a Google search for Angela Bussio and the online profit stream. Thank you for publishing this. You just saved me from spending $97 my family doesn’t have to toss around. Thank you!!!

  6. 6
    Amanda says:

    Turns out we have a ‘Melissa Johnson’ in Melbourne, Australia too.
    She’s one well travelled stay at home mum ; )

  7. 7
    Karen says:

    I am interested in finding legit work from home jobs. Can anyone help?

  8. 8
    Kiv says:

    Thanks for posting this Holly. Luckily I was a bit skeptical of the whole thing and found your site after doing some research.

  9. 9
    Beth MacNeil says:

    I too searched for Melissa Johnson. I saw the website that did the story and because it said she lived in Deer Lake, NL just 15 minutes from where I live I thought this is fantastic! But there is no Melissa Johnson that lives in the area. Facebook is a great tool when you want to find someone.

  10. 10
    Mareli Schwartz says:

    Wow, Melissa Johnson is quite the little jetsetter hey! This is the link I opened: http://plusnova.net/sak/breta.php?t202id=797&c1=to&c2=skob&t202kw=nr6
    Searched for her on FB and only found a page with no info on. I’m extremely wary of these work from home businesses as most of them are scams and not legit.
    Thanks for your informative article!

  11. 11

    Sure the records a little broken, but lets play it again…

    As per comments above, I too saw the article, and googled – the ads are always bogus, but for some reason I thought a real person might be behind MJ. I’m from England (UK) and apparently MJ also has a double living in London. I know it’s an american scam, because you guys assume English people think London is next door to everyone (we generally have a much smaller ‘range’ regarding home town).

    My fav bit is from the small print on the webpage (http://tinyurl.com/ofyz8wo) – “Consistent with the advertorial concept, the comments posted in the comment section are also representative of typical comments and experiences which have been compiled into a comment format to illustrate a dialogue, however, the comments are not actual posts to this webpage and have been compiled or generated for illustrative purposes only.” – Consistent with the idea of fabricating the truth to sell you a lie, everything you just read is something that could be true, we’ve made it up to help push our product.

    Seems you are legit, respect for doing the research and giving a voice to others.

  12. 12
    jb says:

    melissa johnson is in mariestad in sweden also so and then i looked her up at ratsit.se she was not real then i google her and find this page. She seems to live everyvere and then i use tor browser it wont even say were she lives hehe

  13. 13
    L says:

    Melissa Johnson is living in Singapore. Lol..

  14. 14
    Helen says:

    Melissa Johnson is now living in Perth, WA

  15. 15
    Helen says:

    I clicked when the terminology was used as Mom instead of Mum!

  16. 16
    Ergonomic says:

    I don’t know why Angela is a spokes person of such terrible scams. They all operate the same way and l have read other reviews at http://avertscams.com/ which recommends a free trial community which teaches affiliate marketing step-by-step.

  17. 17
    Rob says:

    Melissa Johnson is now “living” in Christchurch, N.Z.

    I have just told the Fame10 website that they are hosting it, and sent them a print screen image. I have also told Adblade that they are supporting a scam.

  18. 18
    danny says:

    Melissa Johnson is also living in Liverpool, UK.
    And guess what? She’s earning between £8000 – £9,500!

  19. 19
    rachael says:

    https://wahrev.com/?t202kw=b&sid=334143 is another scam site using angela bussio to legitimize their work at home kit

  20. 20
    milrose says:

    Melissa Johnson is also living in Vancouver. Clicked a sponsored link from Reader’s Digest saying “47/hr Part time in Canada”

  21. 21
    Challenger says:

    Yes,Melissa Johnson is also living in London,Ontario,Canada.Click on link to see advertisement.

    http://www.careerjournalonline.com/newsupdate/workfromhome/015nop/ca/?subid1=vc2bizca

  22. 22
    Stylez says:

    Hi Holly, I too came across Melissa Johnson living in Brisbane, Australia (surprise surprise it’s my hometown). After googling her name I across your article. Its thanks to people like you that people like me don’t fall into these scams. THANKYOU! keep up the great work :-) much love x

  23. 23
    sbonie says:

    I have registered at Internet fortune system is it legit? I see ppl recomending,? What to do if however it not legit? Should I block my card?

  24. 24
    Cyrille A. says:

    Melissa Johnson, a fake, a fake, a fake…

  25. 25
    Sheria Duncan says:

    I am so very grateful I found your site in time and read this article. I too, like so many others, was looking to work from home and ran across the Angela Bussio article. However, I wasn’t sure about and decided to dig a little more and man am I glad I did. I cant thank you enough; I was so curious about it that I spoke with my cousin on joining as well.

    Again thanks, As they say you can never do enough research – research your research..

  26. 26
    Lebohang says:

    Is it a coincidence that this Melissa Johnson woman now lives in Vanderbijlpark, in Gauteng Province of South Africa? This is a scam of the century.

  27. 27
    Lebohang says:

    Our Melissa earns between 60 000 Rand and 75 000 Rand monthly. Not R60 000 – R75 000. Mhhhh! Crooks will forever remain crooks. But hey, they will also get their day, one day. As they say, every dog has its day!

  28. 28
    Stephen says:

    Melissa Johnson is also now known as Mary Stevens. Beware these scams.

    http://www.businessnewspost.com/d/jc.php?subid=

    compare this link to the one posted by Challenger above. LOL

  29. 29
    Lyn says:

    Gosh she gets around…she’s now living in Christchurch!! lol

  30. 30
    nancy duran says:

    Melissa Johnson now lives in Calgary

  31. 31
    Bogdan says:

    Melissa Johnson lives where ever your IP address is from :)

  32. 32
    Katy says:

    Thank you for this I was just about to spend 97 dlls. That my family doesn’t have right now. I will continue to look for something legit. Thanks

  33. 33
    Marc says:

    Thanks a lot….. We seem to have one in Victoriaville, Québec, Canada

    BIG SCAM

    Have a great day
    Marc

  34. 34
    Dragana says:

    Hi people
    I’m student from Croatia and I saw this post about this pour mom lost her job last year bla bla bla
    Believe it or not Melissa Johnson is from Zagreb, Croatia
    You see…in Croatia, the average salary is around 500USD!!! And then appears Melissa who has greater salary than our prime minister and president of our country together!!! Whaaaaaaat???? And how many people in Croatia have American names?! I mean, it’s ridiculous!!!
    You have a link page where I found this “great-job-offer”.
    Be careful with these sites

    • 34.1
      Meta says:

      Same here … she lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, too :-).

      She is amazing. I envy her her ability to travel around the world all the time :-) :-)

  35. 35
    emmanuel says:

    I also saw this melissa johnson been a woman in Ghana where i am currently,and they stated she’s earning thousands of dollars at home every month.it baffled me a bit so i decided to google the name and i was directed here. Thanks. This’s a BIG SCAM

  36. 36
    Michelle says:

    Thank you so much Holly, my husband is unemployeed at the moment and he was about to pay 97.00 to get this get rich quick scam. I told him that it sounded to good to be true. So I googled Angela Bussio and it brought me to you Thank goodness. I will pray my husband finds a legit job. God Bless

  37. 37
    mummy says:

    Melissa Johnson now lives in Zimbabwe.seems she’s omnipresent.

  38. 38
    rose says:

    Now living in sydney…

  39. 39
    Amos says:

    The truth is Angela Bussio once owned or was employed by an advertising company which promoted such scams

  40. 40
    john akard says:

    In the ad they show a check with an enormous amount of money. The address is grayed out. Please note that the person in the ad is purported to be from your home town but the grayed out city and state of the address does not match up with the length or number of words in your city and state. This alone should queue a SCAM ALERT in your mind.

  41. 41
    rayneel singh says:

    Hahaha…melissa johnson is apparently from suva fiji…the people promoting this stupid scam shud realise the photo they have of melissa…the trees in the background…yeah…those trees dont grow in suva…let alone fiji…total scam

  42. 42
    Keith Savary says:

    Melissa Johnson now resides im Trinidad & Tobago, wha

  43. 43
    D P Marsh says:

    Melissa Johnson also resides in Harare, Zimbabwe. she makes between US$8,000 – US$15,000 per month. Thanks for sharing. This is really an eye opener

  44. 44
    MMerecwdes says:

    Now she leves in Guayaquil Ecuador.

  45. 45
    vitalis says:

    Melissa Johnson know lives in Kampala, Uganda.
    It was unbelievable when I first saw it considering average salary here is less than $200

  46. 46
    Charity says:

    Bhwa-hahahaha,Melissa now lives in Zim.i feel sory for the baby shez holding.

  47. 47
    Bob says:

    Mellisa johnson is in zambia and she is single. Unfortunately i gave out my personal details. Help how can prevent this “Melissa Johnson” from abusing my details i gave out ignorantly.?

  48. 48
    ivis says:

    Melissa johnson from Texas, now is Melissa Johnson from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

    Jajajajajaja.

  49. 49
    Bruce says:

    as from 12th day of july 2015, suppose to be living in palmerston north new Zealand ,, hahahaha

  50. 50
    Schocked1 says:

    LOL!!!
    You don’t know anything! Melissa Johnson lives in St Albert, Alberta Canada!!
    Unless you use my mom’s computer…then she lives in Edson, Alberta Canada!

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