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Beware of Automated Home Profits
Automated Home Profits (www.AutomatedHomeProfits.com) is the latest home business opportunity scam to be aware of. Unfortunately, too many people have been conned by this program because it keeps turning up on the internet under different names and websites.
Automated Home Profits used to be called the Quick Cash Kit and is using some of the same marketing pitches as the Home Income Cash System website.
Once you sign up to the program many have said that it has been difficult to get their money back from Click Bank or Paypal without continually pressing them to do something. Previously Automated Home Profits used to obtain payment on a continuous monthly plan. Always stay clear of continuous monthly payment plans they are notoriously difficult to reverse.
This program uses various underhand tactics, in particular they make claims that their program has been seen on reputable news programs, giving the impression that these recognisable news programs support the program.
They also use the present dire economic recession to give hope to people who want to genguinely work from home, or have recently lost their jobs or who are just desperately in need money. They will pull at your heart strings by advertising a story about a young single mom who recently lost her job and has a family to support making lots of money using the Automated Home Profits kit. It's a lie.
Now you should be asking yourself, why should I be paying someone to give me a job? In the real world you wouldn't give your interviewer any money for the job you are being interview for, would you? Any program that requests payment for programs that include data entry or home typing are a scam. All the big companies they refer to would not out source their work to such companies. For such things as typing up brochures, leaflets, envelopes, data entry etc the big companies,for example Google, CNBC and the BBC either have in house departments to cover such work or will outsource to a reputable company.
Is Automated Home Profits a Scam?
As a result of the number of complaints about this company, the fact what you receive for your money is a recycled course of unusable data, that they keep changing their name and websites and that the stories of making large amounts of money are all fake, I would not recommend that anyone buy this program.
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Avoid Auto Traffic Avalanche
Launched in a hype of glory Auto Traffic Avalanche proves to be nothing more than a scam and offers a fraudulent method to deceive Facebook.
It really does not give you any new information with regards to creating ads on FB, and if you already advertise on FB this section is a total waste of time. The Sales Letter claims automation but you have to create your own ads on FB. So where is this automation?
Apart from using FB and Plenty of Fish to advertise, the software is a URL cloaker which is used to dupe FB staff when they view the URL you, the advertiser, send them for approval. This is fraud.
To use FB ads you need to have the right offer and the right copy etc.... plus it can work out quite expensive. The same applies to Plenty of Fish, if you don't know what you are doing the costs can escalate.
The ATA Sales Letter is deceptive. I am sure if many people knew they were buying into a url cloaker and manually posting FB and POF ads they would not purchase the package. And even when you just try to buy the basic package you are hit with at least 5 upsells.
On the Warrior Forum one comment about the upsells reads
"I purchased and got one upsell for 47.00 recurring monthly fee. It turned out to be
AffiliateX which was also a upsell to Turbo Profir Sniper and sold for 67.00 recurring fee.
I requested a refund for the upsell as I do not trust the marketer behind AffiliateX."
I'm sure there will be many refund requests, and it seems suspicious that Affiliate X and Turbo Profit Sniper have the same people working on their programs. A Warning perhaps is to steer clear when you see the names:
Steven Lee Jones
& Definitely avoid Auto Traffic Avalanche, Turbo Profit Sniper and Affiliate X!
Turbo Profit Sniper Is A Scam
Don't Fall Prey To Turbo Profit Sniper
As far as scams go Turbo Profit Sniper falls into the category of 'too good to be true'.
Turbo Profit Sniper claims in its sales letter that all you have to do to make money is follow three simple steps and floods of money will flow into your Clickbank account. Needless to say this did not happen. In fact it is now 2 weeks since the launch and many people who joined have complained that they have not received one cent in their CB accounts. (see comments on the Warrior Forum).
TPS also offers a 60 Days money back guarantee with Ian Ross (the author of the program) adding " I GUARANTEE that if you have not made AT LEAST $1,000 in the first week, I will give you a 100% refund immediately"
However, Ian Ross sounding not too sure of his guarantee has been sending out apologetic emails for system errors and requesting patience and more time to get everything in order. That is really not good enough. If he knew he did not have an good operating system in place he should not have launched the program.
Upon purchase and login ot TPS you are taken to a central dashboard that has a collection of tools that are freely available on the internet. They are not anything unique and you are getting something that is completely different to what you paid for! Things were so bad that It was not until TPS was bombarded with emails about the software that they decided to launch an Instructional video series. Once again this should have been set up as part of the program in any event and not upon complaints from members.
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It seems that in this economic climate many of people who are looking at ways to make money become vulnerable and fall prey to the con man who doesn't care about circumstances or situations as long as he can make a quick buck.
My advice is to be wary of any program that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is.
At least there is some good news about Turbo Profit Sniper, you can get a full refund because it is a Click Bank program. So if you were a victim of this scam claim a refund right away.
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Writers Avoid Being Scammed By Bogus Writing Jobs
To be employed as a Freelance Writer is potentially a great career move. The perks are fantastic because you can choose your own hours, the type of work you want to undertake, and the hourly rate you wish to charge.
However, if you are just starting out and building your writing career, there are a number of pitfalls your need to be aware of. Unfortunately, in the online world there are many con artists who want to make money at any cost and will deliberately prey on aspiring writers and people who have a genuine need to earn money whilst working from home. So if you do not want to become a victim of the writing scams you need to know how to spot a scam and avoid it.
Everyday my junk mail box receives emails promising that I can make money writing articles, blogs, and short stories for numerous employers who are seeking my skills. Yeah right, I'm not fooled, especially when I read that they offer a 7 day Free Trial and thereafter require payment of $27 for admin and processing fees. Just that alone will starts the alert bells ringing!
The First Alert. Whenever you receive an email purporting to have writing job vacancies, or you come across a website offering writing jobs, your alert bells should start ringing, if they request any sort of payment. Don't ever pay anyone money for a freelance writing job. You're the one who should be paid, not you having to pay to get a job! Beware, if you have to pay to have your work printed in a book,magazine, or newspaper or even posted on a website, that is not freelance writing. It's a scam.
Also, be wary of companies that charge a membership fee with the promise to "send you jobs". These companies NEVER send you jobs, instead they send you listings of markets that accept work from freelance writers. To be honest you can research the markets yourself and it won't cost you a cent!
Second Alert. When you find a company that offers Freelance Writing jobs take a look at the company's history. Be cautious of companies that advertise on websites like Craigslist, Gumtree or Yahoo Groups for writers. They tend to be spamming sites with the intent of catching out writers. Always check out a businesses' creditionals with the Local Better Business Bureau.
Third Alert . Calculate the pay and ensure that it is worth your time and effort. Some writing jobs offer to pay $25 to write 50 articles. This could take you 2-4 hours to research the topics and a further 2-3 hours typing. For this input is it worth $25? I don't think so. Before accepting any offer, carry out a break down of the work to an hourly basis, and charge a figure that is reasonable for the work to be carried out. On average I would not accept less than $12 and hour to research, write and type an article. Don't accept any jobs at less than the hourly rate you have set.
Fourth Alert. Another give away sign that a writing job is a scam is where you have to reach a certain amount of earnings before you get paid. This angle is used to avoid paying writers. An example of this type of offer is that the company will pay you $5 per 500-word article (which is a rediculous offer anyway!) but they won't pay you until your earnings hit $250. Wow, you know this means you've got to write a lot of stuff before you make any money?
Fifth Alert. I'm sure you've heard the saying 'If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is' Well apply that saying to writing jobs, and if the offer of a writing job is too good to be true, avoid it. Remember you can't get anything for nothing, and someone is not going to give you money for doing nothing.
Use common sense and if something appears unrealistic avoid it because all you are going to do if you join these predatory companies is lose money!
Become Scam Wise & Don't Fall Prey To Scammers
From the beginning of time there have been scam artists. Those who would try and pull the wool over your eyes so that they can benefit in some way, and leave you a loser.
Scams come in all forms and disguises and affect individuals, corporations and small businesses alike. The scam artist is very cunning, and sly as a fox, and before you know it you've been scammed. However, in this hub I'm going to concentrate on online scams and hopefully arm you with sufficient information that you will be able to recognise a scam and avoid being conned out of your hard earned money!
Scammers really do not care who they target, and this was highlighted when the recent disasters in Haiti, Italy, China and Chili brought those vile critters out of the woodwork. They are only interested in making money no matter what the cost
They start by sending out charity relief scams. They know people are going to genuinely want to help the victims of these disasters, so what better way of getting some money than pretending to help those victims.
Charity scams are sometimes difficult to detect because the scam artists have become so clever at what they do that often it is hard to tell the real charity from the bogus one. They have the necessary logos, agency name and even charity number, which is obviously fraudulent.
So far as online charity scams are concerned you need to beware of emails requesting donations. The majority of legitimate charities do not use email to solicit donations, although some may send an email to people who have donated to them before or who subscribe. if that does not apply to you ignore and delete any suspicious emails from your inbox.
If you are searching online for a charity to donate to and you come across one you are not sure of, check their legal status at http://www.give.org/reports/index.asp first.
Apart from the Charity scam, the other main online scams involve:
- Working from home and earning thousands of dollars a week
- Getting paid to complete surveys
- Being a mystery shopper
- Schemes to pay off all your debts
- Making a claim for unclaimed inheritance or insurance
- A Lottery win
- Investment scam
- Phone scams and
I know there are many more types of online scams but the ones I mention above account for approximately 70:1 of programs advertised, in other words for every 70 advertisements for any of the above programs, only 1 is genuine!
I've already discussed the Charity scam, and will over the next few weeks cover each scam listed above, and write a piece on how you can protect yourself from being scammed, what you should look for and what should send your scam detecting antennas into hyper mode.
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