While doing my routine search for scams the other day I came across another wonderful one while doing a Google search on â€œwork from homeâ€.
This one, Work-From-Home-Picks.com, appeared in the sponsors link section at the top of the Google search results and had an eye catching tag line that reminded me of Dannys-Scam-Review.com. The tag line read: â€œTop 10â€ â€“ Work at Home 2006 Top Selections â€“ â€œFair Reviewâ€ Earn $100 per hour â€“ again & again.
Just for starters, this is a scam. The whole website is a scam as well as most of the products they promote.
Lets start with the top of the website. At the very top, we see this convincing image:
When most people see this they think â€œwow this was reported in CNN, The New York Times, Forbes.com? This must really be an awesome and real money making list of products. Ok Iâ€™m gonna do this.â€
Ok first things first, whenever something is claimed to be seen on or reported on somewhere, in this case CNN or Forbes.com, a link must be provided to the actual article otherwise its an outright scam. In this case, no link was provided. No surprise.
So I decided to see for myself if this list of â€œ2006 picksâ€ comes up on either CNN or Forbes.com. I went to the search engines of each of these sites and couldnâ€™t find anything except for an ad for a similar site:
Here’s where the ad took me when I clicked on it:
Look familiar? It may be a different website but its the same idea.
So when it says â€œAs Seen Onâ€, I guess its referring to the ad that appeared on the search results. This way they can argue that theyâ€™re telling the truth when they say it was seen on CNN and Forbes.com.
Now, scrolling down the web page thereâ€™s an email form to receive an â€œupdatedâ€ â€œfair reviewâ€ of the best work at home programs.
Earn $10 to $75 per hour part time,
We offer a fair review of the best work at home programs.
Please Enter your Name and Email to request free up to date information.
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Interested at what they would send me I filled out the form and clicked on the subscribe button. The result of this click was a surprise. It seems that the subscribe button is a link to another â€œmoney makingâ€ website. In fact you donâ€™t even have to fill your name and email address to go to this link. Wow, thatâ€™s two scamming things already and I havenâ€™t even got to the products yet.
Now, the email that I received from them was nothing more than an advertisement for Survey products. Here is a screenshot of the email I received:
Mufad, or whatever his/her name is, emails me a list of Survey sites. So how do I know this is an ad/scam? The links arenâ€™t direct links to the survey sites rather they are Clickbank affiliate links. See the status bar at the bottom of the image. Thatâ€™s the link information that popped up after hovering my mouse pointer over the first item on the list. If I visit and purchase one of the survey products then Mufad gets a nice hefty commission as part of the Clickbank affiliate program. Here is the affiliate information from the Clickbank website:
ClickBank affiliates are Internet marketers who earn commissions by promoting ClickBank products. Once you sign up as an affiliate, your internet marketing skills can lead to additional income.
â€¢ Over 10,000 products to promote.
â€¢ Commissions as high as 75%.
Clickbank is a very popular affiliate system. Many websites are selling their products through them. It seems to be a happening way to make money these days. Maybe I should write about in a future post. I just donâ€™t know much about it. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against people using Clickbank affiliate links. Its just when they lie about it being an honest review when in reality they’re just advertising their own links to make money. In this case, the reason why Mufad recommends the Survey Income System has nothing to do with how good the product is, rather it has to do with the amount of his commission if I purchase the product.
Thatâ€™s scam three. They arenâ€™t doing too well.