By Holly Reisem Hanna
Yesterday, I was on Alexa.com looking at their “Hot URLs” according to the Alexa toolbar, when I came across an article titled, “Jobs: Is Working Online At Home The Next Gold Rush?” Of course, this caught my attention with my niche being the work at the home realm. I immediately clicked on the link and read the article.
The article looked authentic like it came from the Los Angeles Tribune News, which I assumed was a major publication in California. I read the amazing story of Mary Steadman, who recently lost her job as an account representative and started working from home with a system called Easy Google Profits. The article explained how she was able to make $5,500.00 a month with a trusted name like Google.
Wanting to know more I clicked on the link to Easy Google Profit where you are brought to a landing page boasting “As seen & trusted on Google, CNBC, USA Today, ABC, CNN, and Yahoo.” The page claims that there is a limited supply, so you need to give them your name, phone number, and email address now.
A couple of things jumped out at me immediately; one this site has nothing to do with Google. If you take the time to read the small print, it says, “Blazing Keywords is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google.” The second thing that caught my attention was the fact that you could not click on the, as seen & trusted on companies. Once again when you read the small print, it says, “The trademarks in this image are owned by their respective owners who do not endorse this product.”
Confused why a major publication like the Los Angeles Tribune News would feature such a story, I went back to the original article where I found some tiny print stating, “This publication is an article advertisement for Easy Google Profit.” Then for kicks, I searched for the terms “Mary Steadman” and “Easy Google Profit” where numerous negative reports came up.
So is there really a Mary Steadman and does she make $5,500 a month using Easy Google Profit? I highly doubt it. What I do know is I don't trust companies that purposely try to deceive me.
My advice – if a work at home opportunity sounds too good to be true it probably is! Secondly, please take the time to do your research on the company. By reading the small print, researching the company with the Better Business Bureau and by performing a Google keyword search you can help to avoid work at home scams.
Update: It appears this same sort of scam is floating around today in 2014, but the individual's name has changed, it's now Mary Stevens!
Update 2016: There appears to be a new variation of this deceptive opportunity, called Financial Health Reset. With this opportunity, they have a fake Forbes article which leads to a landing page where you enter your name, email address, and phone number. I decided to enter my information to see what it was all about — and it took me to a sales page for a work-at-home opportunity to post links online. But, to get the information you have to pay $97!
First, posting links online is a scam! You can read more about this type of scam on the Fox Business website.
Second, you always need to verify your sources. In fact, the real Forbes website put out an article about these fake articles that are being used to promote iffy products.
Third, you should never have to pay for a job.
Fourth, steer clear of outrageous money claims for entry-level work.
Make sure to check out our article on tips for avoiding work at home scams.
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