Fake News Sites

Evaluating Work from Home Opportunities: The Work from Home Video

August 15th, 2012  |  Published in Fake News Sites

When evaluating websites that sell work at home opportunities, there are generally a few things that you can look for to tell whether or not that site is genuine and trustworthy. Here at Reviewopedia.com, we often reference these telltale signs in our reviews of websites and products.

Frequently, one of the things we look for is how a site is advertised. Often, if a site is advertised through unethical means, that is a sign that the website may not be trustworthy and possibly should be avoided.

One of the biggest warning signs is whether or not a product is advertised by a fake news site. A fake news site is an advertisement that is intended to fool people into thinking it is an honest, objective online news article advocating for a certain work at home job.

But there is another form of false site advertisement that you should look for.

“Working from Home is Big…”

Her name is Tracy Davidson, and she’s an actual news anchor for NBC 10 Philadelphia. A few years ago, she did a real story on work at home opportunities that were legitimate and had worked for people that she personally interviewed.

Unfortunately, Davidson’s story was taken by someone who edited out all the details of the actual job she was reviewing, and was remade to look as though it is advertising a variety of other work at home jobs, often from a news source called News Daily 7.

Now many websites are using this doctored version of the NBC 10 video, to fool their visitors into thinking their work at home opportunity has been investigated and is being endorsed by a legitimate news source.

Who is Responsible?

Tracy Davidson did a follow up investigation on the edited version of her video, and found that many of the work at home programs using this illegally altered video were products of ICM Websites, or Internet Cash Machine Websites.

Internet Cash Machine Websites is a company that produces many work at home programs, and according to the Davidson story, they have a failing rate with the California Better Business Bureau due to customer complaints of unknown charges to their accounts.

But ICM is not the only company using this video. Many others do as well, and while they may not be responsible for altering the content of the video, they are using it while knowing it does not represent their company or opportunity.

So if you see this video promoting a work at home program, pay close attention to their Terms & Conditions. You may not like what you find.

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Online Career Journal Reviews – Legit or Scam?

May 9th, 2012  |  Published in Fake News Sites

The Online Career Journal is a fake news website template used to promote a host of make money online opportunities. This site uses many deceptive tricks and sales tactics to convince unsuspecting customers to click through and purchase their recommended programs.

For starters the site is designed to mimic a real online news site like CNN or MSNBC, however if you actually take the time to explore it you’ll quickly realize that it’s nothing more than a one page advertorial.

There are no news stories, none of the links in the navigation work, and the “comments” section is completely fabricated. On top of that they use an IP reading script to customize the title of the article to fit your geographic location.

This is a very effective sales technique as the article profiles a young woman who’s making a fortune using their work at home kit. This sense of familiarity helps people believe that if someone from their town is doing it then they can too.

This template is very effective and for that reason it’s constantly being recycled and only slightly altered. In this case the title of the site is the online career journal found at www.careeronline.biz, but there are hundreds of different variation floating around under different names and urls.

So who is Melissa Johnson?

Again this is another fabrication that these marketers have come up with. Her story is not real and the name used changes just as often as the site itself. Melissa Johnson is not a real person and you should not fall for her “success” story.

The danger with these fake news sites is that they are constantly changing and promoting various dubious offers. They’re so easy to put together that it makes no sense for the owners to keep them around longer then they need to.

In this case the Online Career Journal is promoting some program called Online Home Careers. You can rest assured that as soon as this one stops making them money or generates enough bad press they’ll simply move on to the next hot get rich quick scheme.

The best thing that you can do to protect yourself is to stay away any product that is promoted through these deceptive measures. If the product was legitimate and produced honest results then they wouldn’t have to go through all the tricks to sell it.

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News Daily 7 Reviews – Legit or Scam?

June 17th, 2011  |  Published in Fake News Sites

News Daily 7News Daily 7 (NewsDaily7.com) is a web advertisement meant to look and seem like a legitimate news report. This fake news site, and other sites like it, are generally promoting a work at home business opportunity.

Sites like News Daily 7 usually tell the story of a work at home mother, often times named Kelly Richards, who was having trouble making ends meet until she came across a particular work at home opportunity. But this opportunity gave her the ability to work from home making just as much money, if not more, than she would have made at a traditional job.

These fake news sites often have an IP tracker which allows the site to tailor the story to your particular location. Sometimes the news site simply claims to be from your state, while other times it even changes the location of the story to your home town. They do this so the opportunity seems even more real and possible to you.

The Danger of Fake News Sites

The problem with fake news sites is that they are a particularly manipulative form of advertising. Nowhere on the site does it obviously reveal that it is an advertisement, and they claims being made by the article are simply company slogans and sales pitches, rather than fact.

Instead, you must scroll all the way to the bottom of the site, past the many fake comments to the fine print. Even then, the fine print only says that they aren’t actually affiliated with any of the logos on their page – it does not actually come out and say that they are an advertisement for a specific company.

In fact, the fake news site has become so problematic in the world of internet advertising, that the FTC recently announced a permanent ban on fake news sites that attempt to sell health and wellness products, on the grounds that it is actually dangerous for a product making health claims to promote itself using a platform that people rely on to be factual and researched.

Hopefully this ban will set a precedent for the FTC to ban fake news sites entirely. Especially with the current state of today’s economy and job market, it seems particularly unethical to allow companies to manipulate unemployed Americans looking for a way to make ends meet.

If you come across a company using this method to advertise themselves, regardless of what website the ad originally appeared on, the company it is promoting is nearly always a scam, and if not a downright scam, then at least unethical and probably not the company you really want to do business with.

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Kelly Richards Reviews – Legit or Scam?

November 11th, 2010  |  Published in Fake News Sites, Scams

Kelly RichardsFirst of all, my sympathies go out to anyone actually named Kelly Richards.  It is not your fault that your name has become entwined with a series of scams that have been sweeping the internet recently.

Kelly Richards is a fake persona being used in a variety of scams.  Possibly the most well known and often seen use of Kelly Richards is in the fake news articles.

I’ve tried to do my best at Reviewopedia to expose the use of fake news articles.  Fake news sites follow a basic template in which the site poses itself as a local online paper running a feature story on a successful work at home Mom or Dad.

The website owners use an IP tracking tool to make sure that the papers all have your local town in the heading.  So for instance if you live in Fresno, CA when you visit the site the heading would read “Fresno Times” and accordingly for anyone else who visits those sites.

While the fake news site will use a variety of names, Kelly Richards is one of the personas most often used.  Usually she’s a single mother, who has tried to make ends meet for a long time, and was at her wits’ end before she found whatever work at home kit that’s being advertised.

This work at home opportunity allowed her to quit her job, stay at home with her children, and earn a very hefty salary while working hardly ever.  This same work at home opportunity will not provide you with the same benefits, unfortunately.

In addition to fake news sites, it seems these days that Kelly Richards has actually begun her own blog to discuss all the different kits and internet work at home Biz Ops she’s used to earn money.

The Kelly Richards blog is a new tool being used by internet scammers.  The truth is that this name has been used so often in fake news sites, that it now receives a large volume of searches on a daily basis.  So scammers have set up a Kelly Richards blog that you will visit to read about how great Kelly is doing working with this new scam.

Hopefully Kelly Richards’ reign as the Queen of Scam will soon be over.  Now that her name is being used so often, undoubtedly more articles just like this one will be popping up to warn you of her.

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Home Cash Flow Solution Reviews – Legit or Scam?

November 8th, 2010  |  Published in Fake News Sites, Website Reviews

Home Cash Flow SolutionHomeCashFlowSolution.com is a new website by Jason Hall that claims to be able to give you the necessary tools and training to make money from home.  For a one time fee of $97.00, they promise you a set of ten pre-made, fully automated websites ready to go live and begin making you money within minutes of signing up.

While you will own the ten pre-made websites, Home Cash Flow Solution will set them up with ten different products to be promoted and sold from your individual sites.  These products will all be download ready – eBooks, Scripts, Software, ect – so there is no need for you to purchase, carry, or ship actual products.

Home Cash Flow Solution makes it clear that your job is simply to get traffic to your websites, and they will help you do just that, with their internet marketing training course.

So is Home Cash Flow Solution a Scam?

Well, the first problem is that Home Cash Flow Solution offers you pre-made websites, which will likely be the exact same pre-made websites they are offering everyone who comes to their website.  And, as anyone who works with internet marketing or internet sales will tell you, it is already difficult to make money online with a completely unique website, and using websites and products that are also being used by hundreds of other people will only make it incredibly more difficult.

Second, they say that all you have to do is get traffic to your website.  This happens to be the most difficult task for anyone working in internet marketing, including major corporations!  And while Home Cash Flow Solution claims to train you, remember that they are offering identical services to the hundreds of others who will have your identical websites and identical products.

They could also potentially offer to up sell you to a package that includes programs that will get you traffic to your website automatically.  These types of programs are notoriously worthless – most people even suspect that they are simply bots that make it appear as though people are visiting your website, but you will still never see sales.

And – since we’re on the subject of up selling – since Home Cash Flow Solution makes no mention on their sales page of charging you for hosting and site maintenance, there is a good chance that once you pay your $97.00 you will be enticed to pay more for that as well.  It seems highly unlikely that Home Cash Flow Solution would be giving hundreds of people free site hosting out of the goodness of their hearts.

Finally, Home Cash Flow system is being promoted by fake news sites.  You may have been directed to them from News 10 Reports or News 8 Reports, where you read a story about Jessica Holcomb from a town close to you… Yes.  The fake news site is a large warning to avoid a particular product, because if they are willing to use such dishonest tactics to get you to their website, it’s probably a bad indicator of what could happen once they get your credit card number.

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