"Online jobs with Google." The email subject line caught my eye.
My first thought was, "Who wouldn't want an online job with Google, one of the biggest companies in the world?"
But after a few clicks, it was clear something was amiss. I quickly discovered that some scammer is trying to get $2.97 out of my pocket for shipping and handling of a work-at-home kit from Google so I can post links and make $5,500 a month, as one person claims on the fake news website the scammers put up.Google has nothing to do with this or other such schemes attempting to glom onto their success, a company official told Consumer Ally.
As someone who works from home, I can tell you that making money online is not as easy as Online Learning Solutions makes it out to be. After clicking on the offer to buy the kit, I was offered to "check availability now" for such jobs in my area because only a limited number of positions are available.
Clicking a link on the phony news site to "open a Google account" also take you to the page to sign up for the home business kit.
I filled out the form with some fake personal information, and was next asked for my credit card number. That's as far as I got. By signing up today, a $39.99 activation fee would be waived. When I tried to close the web page, an "exclusive" 99 cents offer appeared at the top of the page, but wasn't reflected in the amount that would be charged to my credit card. Still, I wasn't enticed.
As Consumer Ally reported last year, deep in the terms and conditions is the fact that after the small enrollment fee is paid, you'll then be charged $78 per month in a recurring credit card charge. I couldn't find that under any terms in the latest offer. The fake news site warns that the testimonials (such as $300 a day) are not typical but are from some of the most successful participants in the program.
A quick check of phone numbers posted to another make money fast on Google site showed one phone number was in India and another in Malaysia.
Work-from-home scams are nothing new, and WalletPop has reported on them extensively. The recession and people anxious to make money are fueling the scams, which regularly result in complaints to the Better Business Bureau.
The temptation from these ads can be extreme when you really need to make some money. Resist it or you'll be more likely to be helping someone else make money - yours.
My Google Work-At-Home Opportunity Turned Out to Be a Scam