One scam - and I feel that I can call it that because it is so fucking obvious - is the "Work At Home Special Report" which you can see here.
The article talks about "Melissa Johnson" who "struggled for months to find a decent job but kept hitting dead ends". She supposedly lost her job when the recession hit (like a lot of people did) and didn't want to risk getting involved in a get rich quick scheme because they're pyramid schemes or she'd have to sell stuff to her family and friends.
Of course, this one is supposed to be different, right? After all, she lives in the same city I do: Honolulu and if she can do it, I can! Right?
You may be a bit confused right now if you've already clicked on the above link. When I did it, the title said
EXPOSED: Honolulu Mom Makes $8,000/Month From Home And You Won't Believe How She Does It!But, if you lived in Chicago, the title would read like this:
EXPOSED: Chicago Mom Makes $8,000/Month From Home And You Won't Believe How She Does It!You see, the link contains software that customizes the text to make it appear as if it is relating a story about something that happened to a person who lives in the same city you do. It's a good way to make people more comfortable with paying-into a scheme than they would be if the story was about a person who lived in a city far away from where you live. After all, if she lives in the same city as you, there's a good chance you may meet her one day. Right?
Even the name "Melissa Johnson" is generic enough to get people to let their guard down. This woman could be black or white, Jew or Gentile, middle class or poor, etc. There's just no way to tell. Aside from her sudden unemployment, all we know about her is that she has three children (appealing to our sense of empathy) and that she has a blog, the link for which we are not given.
Accessing the link through my Internet connection, the first paragraph reads like this:
Melissa Johnson from Honolulu, Hawaii never thought that she would work online, until curiosity got the best of her and she filled out a simple online form.Using a proxy to conceal my true location and make it appear that I am in Chicago, the text reads like this
Melissa Johnson from Chicago, Illinois never thought that she would work online, until curiosity got the best of her and she filled out a simple online form.Unless there are two women named Melissa Johnson, one living in Honolulu and the other in Chicago who were both rendered unemployed by the recession and who both have three children, I'd say this whole story looks like a great big, steaming pile of bullshit.
The same thing happens when you go to this link. The only difference is the name of the person who supposedly made eight grand a month. On this page, her name is "Mary Stevens" and a picture is included, which turns-out to simply be a stock photo that the scammers used. The domain is registered anonymously through Domains By Proxy. The course "Mary" supposedly took was called New Online Incomes, but that website is down and is not relevant for this post. I just mentioned it as a reference of past activities by these scum.
Both webpages are just an advertisement for what is now known as Profit Masters Academy whose website is registered anonymously through Namecheap and was only recently in June 2012. The IP address comes from Miami, Florida, which is the only thing about this site that I know for sure. Who really owns the website, who created it in the first place, who set-up Profit Masters Academy, etc are all questions which we have no way to answer.
They are using the image of Angela Bussio, an author and motivational speaker. I found no mention of Profit Masters Academy on her website. Attempting to email her via her website showed a pattern very much like the Profit Maters Academy ads: the email address given on her website is firstname.lastname@example.org but when you click on the link, it sends the email to email@example.com instead. A message sent to both address yielded a reply only from the mysupportagent.biz address, with the signature at the bottom given as "Internet Business Customer Care". not Ms Bussio.
Angela Bussio also advertises herself as a best-selling author, but a search for her name on Amazon returned no results. The only book where she claims some authorship is the one - count'em: one! - on her website, where she is one of over thirty people who contributed input. Yeah, she's some author, alright. I also found this link which talks about Ms Bussio and her relationship with Profit Masters Academy.
I'm not the only person to label this as a scam. You can find more information at the following links:
Profit Masters Academy - Scam Or Legit?
Profit Masters Academy Scam Analysis
ScamXposer – Profit Masters Academy a Scam?
and many more!
As far as the original link, which is made to appear as a legitimate news reporting agency, The Online Career Journal, which supposedly "investigates Work From Home Opportunities". But, clicking any of the links at the top simply redirects you to the Profit Masters Academy website. Not surprisingly, CareerOnline.biz is also registered anonymously.
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