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May
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Make money working from home – FRAUD!

Online Fraud

Online Fraud

As a blogger I often receive spam encouraging me to make money from my writing and “Work From Home”. A nice idea and, if I am to believe this stuff, then I could be making about £40,000 a month merely by giving my personal details to a bunch of sharks on The Internet.

I am amazed that these guys bother attempting such obvious scams but I guess they must get some takers. I have a couple of advantages that allow me to see through these web site scams: First I’ve worked in IT for years and secondly I am a cynic.

So, for the less web literate and the more trusting, I thought it might help here if I outlined some of the factors that identify such sites as obvious scams. I’ll pick the last one I came across to use as an example. The site seems to be entitled “ONLINE Career Journal” but the URL is webnewsweekly.com/uk/.

The layout of the site is reminiscent of a newspaper and the title suggests that it is some kind of online “journal” with a smattering of adverts and what appears to be an article written by an independent reporter on a system to make money online.

The first thing to remember is to trust NOTHING you see on The Internet. Any page on the Internet can be made to look like anything, The fact that this one looks like a journal means that someone has chosen to make it look like a journal not that it is a journal. Ignore claims such as “as seen on SKY TV, The Daily Telegraph, BBC”. These may be reputable organisations but anyone could write such claims. They mean NOTHING.

One suspicious indicator that this a dodgy site is that the article is very recent. The date on the article is just yesterday. What a coincidence! The site may even tell us that the offer closes the following day. Ignore such pressure and visit the same site the next day  and you will find that the date on the article and the closing date for the offer have increased by one day. In the example above even the dates on the comments advance by one day!

And that’s another suspicious thing. The site claims that “Comments have been closed due to spam” . Could be. On the other hand closing the article for comments prevents anyone who gets scammed from commenting on the fact.

Now let’s check out the links. The web site above appears to have twelve tabs for other content. The article is in the Finance tab but there are also tabs for “Tech”, “Economy”, “Media” and so on. If we click one of these tabs we are taken to another site named http://www.24hourcashconnection.com and this is the whole point of ONLINE Career Journal. To take us to 24hourcashconnetion and get us to fill in our personal details. If we try clicking on any of the links on webnewsweekly.com/uk/ and we are taken to the details collection form. There is NO other content.

So what happens if we fill in the form. Well first it requires personal data such as email address, address and phone number. If we fill in all the details then we are taken to another screen with a count down timer set at 5 minutes. We have five minutes to enter our credit card details. This is high pressure selling!

At this stage we known absolutely nothing about the product or service being sold other than the suggestion that it will allow us to make money online and that we have by some freak chance caught the offer with just five minutes to go.

The cost is only $1.95 but the blurb states that if we were to give them our credit card details then we would be charged $1.95 USD for 5 days access to their web site. After this “trial enrolment” expires we would be charged $29.95 per month for “hosting and maintenance”. It is claimed that we may cancel at any time by calling a toll free number (0808) 234-3469.

I dialled this in the UK and it was an illegal number. I dialled it in the U.S. and reached a recording machine which gave no identification and merely asked me to leave a message.

Let us assume that we have given them our personal data and credit card details. They are now taking money from our cards every month. So what have they given you? As I’m not willing to enter my credit card details I can’t say for certain but I think we can infer that they will give you access to some lame web site with lame hints on making money online. Hints and tips that can be found anywhere. e.g. Check your facts, check your spelling. That kind of stuff.

So what details do we have of the organisation or person from which we have bought this service? We don’t have the name of a person. We don’t have a company name. We don’t have an address! We don’t even have an Email address!

All we have is a telephone number in the United States which nobody answers.

Incidentally, don’t feel pressured for time with this site. If the 5 minutes expires they give us another five minutes. If that expires they give us another five minutes. And so on.

But wait, the web page includes a video of famous news anchor woman Tanya Rivero the host of Good Morning America Health who has filed reports for Good Morning America and anchored World News Now and America This Morning for ABC News.

Who? Well I dug those details on Ms. Rivero out of Wikipedia but the point about Wikipedia is that anyone can update it. Perhaps she is real and this is a real video on home-working but it’s very general and no mention is made of this web site.

Well the site has market tracker information. Does it? Maybe they’re just random numbers appearing there or maybe they do plumb into a financial feed service. Who cares. Any web site can do either of those things.

Now let’s look under the bonnet (hood if your American). Web pages are constructed in a computer “language” known as HTML. This is a series of “statements” which instruct our web browser to show information in various ways. Most browsers allow us to view this “source” HTML in it’s raw format. Different web browsers allow this in different ways. Here are two:

Chrome:     View – Developer – View Source
Safari:         View – View Source

It is beyond the scope of this article to teach HTML but if this were a legitimate site the comments by users could not be encoded in HTML. The comments would have to be stored and dug out as necessary.

If we view the source for webnewsweekly.com/uk/ we can see that the comments from supposed customers are “hard coded” meaning they were created by the web page author when the page itself was created not by web users later on. We can also see the date on the comments are derived from a variable named Now1string which is set to always be equal to today’s date minus one day.

The page is a scam. Don’t be drawn in by this rubbish.

To recap, here are some of the things which make this page suspicious.

  • Unrealistic claims.  £40,000 a month – yeh right Then why isn’t everyone doing it?
  • Lack of information. They give no details about themselves or the product or service which they are selling.
  • Fake links. All links take us to a page requesting personal information and there are No links to other content.
  • High Pressure selling. All dates are yesterday, today or tomorrow. Offer appears to close very soon.
  • Comments too positive. All comments are positive. When have you ever seen a list of comments without some idiot either complaining or being abusive?
  • No more comments possible. Nobody closes comments unless they want to avoid negative comments.
  • Picture of a cheque. Could they be any more blatant in tempting desperate people? An image of a cheque proves nothing.
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P.S. – Whoever runs this scam also runs other web sites which are more or less the same but with different names.

These are a few I’ve noticed:

http://webnewsweekly.com/uk

http://www.24hourcashconnection.com

http://theglobalexaminer.com/

http://www.meltdownmillionaire.com

http://mymoneyjournalsite.com/

http://webnewsweekly.com/african/

http://onlinecareerpackage.com/

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14 Responses to “Make money working from home – FRAUD!”


  1. 1 glenys
    May 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Did you fly all the way to america to make that phone call?!
    Useful stuff there and yes it can be tempting to believe all that bollocks when you are fed up of the hamster wheel of life and just want to get up at a civil hour in the morning. Brilliantly put bit of info ta

  2. 2 Don't Believe Everything you See!
    June 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thank you Jonesxxx, for this article about that scam. This is a total FRAUD. Any active button you press leads you to the signup even the Stock Market. Everything is FAKE.

    The footer conditions read: “THE STORY DEPICTED ON THIS SITE AND THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE STORY ARE NOT REAL. RATHER, THIS STORY IS BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THESE PRODUCTS HAVE ACHIEVED. THE RESULTS PORTRAYED IN THE STORY AND IN THE COMMENTS ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, AND MAY NOT BE THE RESULTS THAT YOU ACHIEVE WITH THESE PRODUCTS. THIS PAGE RECEIVES COMPENSATION FOR CLICKS ON OR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS FEATURED ON THIS SITE”.

    @ glenys: Do you need to go to America to make a phone call to that country? What do you understand by: “the story is not real and it is based on results…”?

  3. 3 glenys
    June 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It was just a quip, yes even I realise that you don’t have to go to America to make a phone call. Do i note a slight patronising tone?

  4. 4 Jonnyp68
    July 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for your report, my wife gave her details, but not her card details and is now called twice a day, I did some research and came across your blog. Cheers.

  5. September 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks, you make me escape from my bad dreams.

  6. 6 Tremaine
    October 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi Thanks so much for this info, i almost gave my credit card details…..but didnt. wanted to do some research first and thank god i stumbled over this website. coz i was finding it strange that whatever i clicked there took me to the sign up page.

  7. November 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Thank you for your info and insight. Much Appreciate your in depth research and sharing it with us!

  8. 8 Kristinn
    November 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    i almost felt for this, thanks for the adwice.

    greatings from Iceland

  9. 9 Chris
    February 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    There anyone who actualy signed up and lost money per month. As it seems like they just take money from people in need. So Wrong.

  10. 10 efrata
    February 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Im from indonesia and when i read the news about someone who makes money from home.. Her name is melisa johnson from semarang (indonesia).. I thought that she is a foreigner cause from her picture, she is not indonesian ppl .. And then when i open again from google about this web, i found a funny thing that the news was changed.. It was the same name melisa johnson but she stay at london.. Becarefull with web like this..

  11. 11 Sheila Dovey
    March 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    homecashpackage.com is another one! Same format. I googled Amanda Winston, the so-called journalist and found your blog…LOVE it, thanks. I did enter my card details, as it was a small amount, out of curiosity more than anything, I wanted to see where it would all lead. Absolutely nowhere is the answer….I’ll let you know if they take money from me, as I have tried to cancel my ‘membership’.

  12. 12 barbie besa
    February 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    the HOME INCOME STREAM as “reported” by this amanda winston is questionable. almost fraud. there is another same exact story like this but she named the “mum” as MARIE DE LANGE but it is the exact story with the Alina Cruz story from the Phils.

  13. 13 Rob
    March 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I entered my details just to see what happens and $159 was taken from my account immediatly, so yes…they take money. I did it today and there is no way of reaching these people at all. Love your blog….just saw it a little to late. I’m from South Africa and $159, when converted to our currency is a lot of money….especially if you are unemployed. They advertised a $1 deal….

  14. March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Maybe if you tell your credit card company they’ll return your money. All this online shopping stuff is supposed to be guaranteed.


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