I’ve written about this Home Income System before, now being aggressively promoted over the internet. The reason I’m writing about it again is that when I wrote about a Google Cash Kit scam about a year ago, the con artists promoting the Home Income System are following the exact same modus operandi that the Google Cash Kit crooks used, even to the extent of using a photocopy of a fake check dated “October 25, 2008 for $5,000.”
In order to have a little fun with this, try clicking on the following link, http://www.dailynews7.com/jobs/internet-aiding-economy.php. I happen to live in the Manhattan, Kansas area, and the ad reads, “Kansas Stay at Home Mom Makes $6,875/Month Working From Home.” The ad then goes on to mention a “Lisa Marshall,” from “Manhattan,” taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. If you click on the link and you live in, let’s say, Chicago, Illinois, your ad will probably read, “Illinois Stay at Home Mom Makes $6,875/Month Working From Home,” and “Lisa Marshall” or “Jane Smith,” or whatever other name the scam artists decide to use, will all of a sudden, be from “Chicago,” instead of “Manhattan.” Thanks to what is called an RSS feed, con artists as well as legitimate advertisers can “personalize” their ad by making it look like someone who lives next door to you is taking advantage of their wonderful offer. RSS simply refers to “Really Simple Syndication,” mentioned near the top of the advertisement for this opportunity in the following quote: “Posted by Anthony D. Cataldo on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 and filed under Finance. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry from your site ” An RSS feed can allow anyone to syndicate content and unfortunately, in this case, fake testimonial support by publishing the same content each time someone clicks on a link, but have certain key words like the name of the location (Manhattan, KS.?) of the endorser change in accordance with the prospective home income seeker’s Internet Provider address. Thus “Lisa Marshall” could just as easily be “found” in Chicago, IL., as she could be “found” in Manhattan, KS.! The bottom line is that this person doesn’t exist.
In describing their own opportunity, there is a lot of conflicting information. For example, “Lisa” states that “I actually make about $4,000 to $5,000 online using Home Income System Kit,” and then in bolder type in the middle of a paragraph states, “I basically make $6,000 to $7,000 a month.” Later, when scrolling down to sign up for this wonderful opportunity, Step 1 says to pay “$2.97 for shipping,” when earlier in the advertisement it states “I filled out a short form and applied for a work at home kit….I got the kit and instant online access and within four weeks I was making over $5,000 a month.” Wait a minute. If you get instant online access to your Home Income System Kit, then why do you have to pay “$2.97 to have something shipped?” Not only do you pay $2.97 to have something “shipped” that you supposedly get “instant online access,” but under Step 1 you have to pay an activation fee, which isn’t disclosed anywhere, but is required in order to “allow them (the scam artists?) to screen for serious people!”
If you read the Terms and Conditions link that describes this “opportunity” in greater detail, it explains that “it takes up to two weeks for delivery” for your home income system kit, but for an extra “$29.95, you can pay a VIP upgrade activation,” in order to jumpstart your “business.” The trial period is explained at this T&C link and states that it only lasts “three days,” after which your credit card is charged “$93.67 every 32 days,” so that you can access something called Roadmap to “Success. You must cancel within three days to avoid this $93.67 charge from being assessed to your credit card. There are various promises of being able to sell e-books online and assistance with website development in order to market these items, but keep in mind that you have no phone number of anyone who will assist you with any of this, and only THREE days in which to evaluate the opportunity, to make sure it’s right for you.
The come-on for this opportunity states that you’ll be “posting links and that they’ll track everything for you.” Who are “they?” The identity of the group or individuals marketing this home income opportunity isn’t revealed anywhere and all you really have for testimonials are a fictitious work-at-home mom and a suspicious looking check for $5,000 dated 10/25/2008! The only ones making money off of this opportunity are the scam artists promoting it and the links that you’ll post will undoubtedly cost even more than the $93.67 you’ve consented to on a monthly basis. You’ll have to post links luring other people into this opportunity since you’ll have no one to follow up with on any of the website development or e-books or any of the other “fictitious” enterprises the scam artists have concocted. No telephone contact number of anyone is listed for you, the would-be home worker to contact. There isn’t even a phone number listed to cancel this deal if you decide this isn’t for you. You can, however, take legal action against them in the United Kingdom, according to the Terms and Conditions link if things don’t work out.
In summary, nothing about this opportunity makes any sense. They can’t keep their earnings promises straight. They want you to pay an “activation fee” of $29.95 to allow them to “screen for serious people?” Then you only get three days to make sure the opportunity is right for you? How can you make any money in that short of a time frame in order to properly evaluate an opportunity? Quoting directly from the Terms and Conditions link, it states: “If you have not cancelled the free trial within the free trial period (if offered on product purchasing), you are agreeing to purchase the material and/or service at a monthly reoccurring cost of $93.67 USD until cancelled for continuous website maintenance.” How are you going to cancel if you don’t have a customer service number provided for cancellation, an e-mail address to correspond with, or even a physical street or P.O. Box address listed? This is nothing but another credit card scam in which the $2.97 is charged to your credit card in order to get the number and then allow the scam artists to get another $93.67 from you in three days, assuming they didn’t get the activation fee of $29.95 from you as well. Google Cash Kit opportunities may have stopped being posted, but this type of online home income opportunity works the same way: get people to give out their credit card number for the small shipping and handling fee, then charge additional amounts to the same card before the cardholder has time to discover it and dispute it. The only way these scam artists are making any money is by getting the $93.67 from as many people as they can get to fall for this scam. You, as the would-be home entrepreneur, get stuck with credit card debt and no income from scammers who just change their names and website locations.