November 10th, 2009 | Published in Google Kit Scams
The release of the Google Home Income Kit signifies one thing and that’s that new laws and regulations will do little to deter misleading and fraudulent business practices. These so called Google kits have been plaguing the internet for over a year now and it’s clear that they’re not slowing down.
Several months ago the FTC issued new guidelines for the internet marketing industry yet their affect seems minuscule. It does seem that proponents of these Google Kits are more careful these days, in the past they made outrageous claims like, “Make $500 – $1,000 a Day Posting links on Google.” Now their subdued pitch simply reads, “You Could Make a Lot of Money Working With Google,” sadly this seems to be the only evidence of increased legal compliance.
You See There are 2 Major Problems with How Google Home Income kit is Marketed…
First off, more likely than not you came across it through a misleading “newspaper” article, basically an ad that is made to look like an online newspaper featuring a story about a successful work at home Mom/Dad who’ve been using Google Home Income to make a fortune.
These fake sites use a host of tricks to make their cheap site look completely legitimate. They add weather reports, fake comments, advertisements, and most deceptively an IP reading script that customizes the newspaper based on your location.
Here’s an example of one of these fake sites…
The article is very misleading and does not explain with any accuracy what you’re really buying into. When you sign up for these kits you’ll get access to a website that features internet marketing information, specifically showing you how to use Google AdWords to sell products for a commission.
They never tell you that you need to have money to invest as Google’s ad system operates on a pay per click basis, and they don’t tell you that you can easily lose money with this system.
The second problem with Google Home Income is in their billing process. They advertise the kit for 1 dollar, but if you read the fine print you’ll see that it actually costs much more than that.
By submitting this form you are ordering Creative Synergy Training and the trial membership for $1.00 Instant Access. If you do not cancel within the 3-day trial period, you will be charged a one-time amount of $129.95. In addition, you will be provided access to an online Learning Center which will bill at $39.98, unless you cancel, 30-days from the date of enrollment and you will be re-billed every 30 days at $39.98 per month until cancelled. To cancel call 877-557-5473 M-F, 7am-5pm, MST within 3 days of the date you ordered. As special bonus gifts, you will also receive a Risk Free 14-day Trial membership to Home Source. You may cancel anytime during the trial period by calling 1-800-537-0984 M-F, 8am-5pm, MDT. If membership is continued you will automatically be charged $29.95 a month.
There’s nothing wrong with having a program that charges a monthly fee for its continual use but as you can see here, Google Home Income is simply out to rob their customers. If they really were sincere about offering a trial of their product they would allow you more than 3 days to do so. They also wouldn’t sign you up for all the additional monthly programs that you need to cancel.
If you ordered Google Home Income, without reading their terms and conditions, you can cancel buy calling the phone numbers above. Remember to call both numbers and cancel each program separately to avoid any extra charges.
So is Google Home Income a Scam?
I think it’s pretty clear that these are not people you want to do business with. I can’t think of any legitimate company on or offline that I’ve ever done business with that uses this type of misleading billing practice.
It’s clear that the way they make their money is by running up the bill on people who, in their desperate need for money and work, failed to read the fine print. I’d recommend staying far away from Google Home Income as they’ll leave you with nothing but a headache and an empty wallet.
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