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Article about the many get-rich-quick scams that claim you can get rich by posting links on Google.

Google Money Master (a.k.a Google Fortune a.k.a Google Easy Cash Kit a.k.a Google Money System a.k.a. Google Biz Kit a.k.a. Google Money Tree a.k.a other name involving Google and posting links)

Some images associated with Google Money Master.

With all the different Internet based scams circulating around, all promising a better life for those who venture it, there is none more prolific than the infamous "Get Rich Working At Home" schemes - and it seems to us that the most common of these schemes is the "Posting Links for Google" operations. These scams seem to take on a different name almost every month, a few of which are listed as the title of this article.

We take a look at one such product called Google Money Master, just to see how dodgy this product actually is...

First of all, what does it claim to be? Well from its own website it claims to be a money making process where the user can post links on websites and that Google will pay them with cheques every week, depending on how much time and effort was invested. (that or the scheme will send you a starter kit to make money through affiliate marketing, it really depends which of the scams mentioned above we're talking about - but we're talking about the Google Money Master) You don’t even have to be that computer literate. Most people hear about it initially due to websites detailing the success stories of other people (equipped with photos of cheques) and also through articles on the “San Francisco Daily News” equipped with positive replies on the comments section at the bottom of the article. On the Google Money Master homepage it states it is seen and trusted by ABC, CNN and CNBC.

That sounds okay right? Right then, reality check – first off, it’s not affiliated with Google Inc the popular search engine at all. Google does not endorse them, and certainly won’t be the ones paying you. Its also nothing to do with Google Adsense or Adwords, which is Googles legitimate advertising program for businesses and website owners alike. After searching we are unable to find any information on these people who wrote the success stories or why indeed they have websites detailing their success, leading us to believe they are phantom characters. The “San Francisco Daily News” article is fake. There was a paper with that name that from a little research looked like it operated in the early 1900s, but certainly do not have an online news service like the ones you see with SKY and CNN. (UPDATE: also the New York Tribune, Detroit Journal News and LA Tribune are also fictitious. You can see more about fake newspaper articles here.) The web server the article webpage sits on is owned by the same people who own the Google Money Master and the positive responses at the bottom are obviously under suspicion because of this (that and you cannot get ANY information on the people who posted the feedback) – also if you want to leave your own feedback you can’t – because comments are closed due to spam. From our experience, legitimate companies do not have to advertise with fake news articles...oh and ABC, CNN and CNBC have definitely not endorsed any product of this kind. In fact right below where it says they trust this product there is a disclaimer saying they DON’T endorse it. Strange.

Doesn’t sound that good now does it?

Okay digging a little further, the terms and conditions that are buried from sight in small print -
”The initial risk-free trial term is 7 days. If you do not choose to cancel your membership during the free trial period, you will be charged the monthly subscription fee of $73.83.”

“Membership automatically renews roughly every 30 days..." (Owned by Honshu Systems LLC)

Okay so you are being charged every month and finally we have a name of the people who actually own this business – Honshu Systems. The next step would be doing a little digging of their name – Googling the name does not really bring as much results as you would expect, and in fact, the majority of the websites that do come up are claiming this business to be a “bunch of scam artists”

Things are only looking worse…

Lets look at some other sites about the Google Money Master, see if we can find some positive testimonials other than the ones on websites belonging to the owners of the product….uh…nothing! Back to the home page. It’s the usual garble about how you can learn to make a fortune, though things get interesting when you try to leave. A popup box appears saying a LIVE agent wants to speak to you through chat. Okay, we though…let’s have a chat.

Jenny Says: Whenever you are ready, just type 'HI' or 'HELLO' and we can get started... Hi
Jenny Says: Hi and thanks for chatting with me... CLICK HERE to get this CHAT ONLY discount now!
Jenny Says: Then, use simple typing skills to fill out online forms.
Jenny Says: And then, just watch the money start rolling in! how much will it cost me?
Jenny Says: When you order right now, you will get your Risk Free Trial Kit and all you have to pay is the Chat Only Discount price of shipping of just $0.99! CLICK HERE to get yours now!
Jenny Says: This amazing offer is only available through this chat and for a limited time. CLICK HERE to take advantage of this deal. are you real?
Jenny Says: My name is Jenny and I'm a live virtual agent. where are you based?
Jenny Says: You will get REAL, LIVE support to answer any question and help you every step of the way! CLICK HERE now and get your kit for just $0.99 shipping! who owns the company?
Jenny Says: Our fine-tuned, Google Works Kit is 100% Guaranteed!

We stopped it there as it seemed we weren’t really going to get anything useful or truthful out of agent Jenny. In fact Jenny is a keyword bot that locates keywords and sentence structure and predicts what you are asking so the user is fooled into thinking they are speaking to a real person, something that is strongly implied when the site says a “live agent” wants to speak to you, conveniently leaving out its actually a “live virtual agent” – we don’t really understand what this means. Also note that even when this “helpful” agent was directly asked how much it costs they only mentioned the shipping costs, and not the monthly cost stated in small print on their T&C. Asking other questions we are just faced with links taking you to the sign up page. Clearly the live virtual agent was not to fond of speaking to us, attempting to ship us off via the signup link at every opportunity.

So the product? We tried to locate some people on the WWW that have actually had the product sent to them. Some claim they received nothing, others claim they were just sent links to articles on making money that are already readily available on the Internet for people who haven’t paid for anything.

We wanted a response, so presuming they are still operating under the name we heard about this is our letter to Honshu Systems LLC

“Dear Sir/Madam

We are writing to you in reference to your business practises that after even a small amount of research we have conducted we have found to be either fabricated or misleading. We would like to hear from you so you can have your say as we would prefer to get both sides of this story.

What would be even more appreciated is to give us the contact details of someone who has a genuine success story to tell about your product, because as you can understand, it is hard to ascertain the legitimacy of a comment feedback post.

We look forward to hearing from you.

We have had no reply.

So overall what do we think? Avoid at all costs. To begin with, the way it advertises its business, with fake "success stories" and fake newspapers, hardly screams reliable company! Its product appears to be fake, either people just not getting paid or just being sent basic marketing material, and it hides charges in the smallprint - a practise that is ethically dubious, and because of recent changes in (at least) UK law, legally dubious as well. It also uses unethical marketing practises, with popup windows coming up when closing down windows, a method of advertising that legitimate companies tend to stay away from, and lets not forget a customer service team thats hard to reach, and ultimately unhelpful.

Everything about it appears risky to some degree. These scams like many others that promise good money become especially popular during times of economic crisis, and those are the times people especially cannot afford to be scammed. The harsh truth is, whilst the Internet is a good place to make money, it is never as easy as just posting links if you're looking to make good money. Stay away from scams like this, which will have a different home and name in only a few months. If you want to make money online, buy some credible books on the subject, and NEVER pay for start up kits.

Also be aware of sites like these which are the same scam -
...and other similar sounding sites.

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