Website: Career Journal Online (located at: careerjournalonline.com/newsupdate/workfromhome/015/au/)
Review Summary: A fake news website featuring a fictitious “Melissa Johnson” leading to the get rich quick flavour of the month. In this case I couldn’t even access whatever they are currently promoting after several attempts. I was re-directed to a website known as ‘The Free Bucket’ which is a sketchy directory for some of the most sleazy programs online. The last time I came across this directory site they were promoting a program from a well known scammer named Jeff Paul, the same Jeff who’s been fined millions of dollars by the FTC for ripping people off, more on that here.
Price: $97 (depends on what they are pushing at the time though)
The Warning Signs
When I first started reviewing these news sites I never knew how deep it would run, there are literally hundreds of these websites in different variations.
As soon as they get exposed… they’re gone and a new one pops up!
New web address, website name, different struggling Mother striking rich and different news videos that have nothing to do with the program.
Here’s just one example of what I am talking about:
Notice how this website is nearly identical?
It’s called ‘Consumer Trends Online’ (located at: http://www.consumer-trends.net/) and contains the same content, comments, stock photos and the same fake alias Melissa Johnson. But they are promoting a different program, in this case an mlm scheme known as Le-Vel Thrive.
Ponder over that for a moment…
We have the same person apparently going from rags to riches using an entirely different program.
This is honestly just one of many examples of programs running under this alias, a lot of them are now defunct though since being exposed. I wouldn’t be surprised if these very websites are taken down and changed soon after this review either.
A Few Things To Watch For
There’s a few things that really stand out with these websites regardless of the current version they are using and I’ll quickly go througha few things to look out for.
Geo Targeting- It’s A Trick
One of the big tactics these guys use is using a special software known as ‘Geo Targeting’ which automatically changes the ‘opportunity’ to suite the visitors particular location , or very close to it.
This changes the headline, the content regarding how many ‘positions’ are still available and even which news logos are displayed, if you’re based in the US you’ll see well known networks such as CNN and CBS among others.
After blocking out my location and accessing the same site I learned that Melissa is actually from Faro… not really, that’s just where their system thought I was.
Basically they automate this process in an effort to make the whole thing more relevant to you and more convincing. The more they can relate to you the more likely you are to buy from them, plain and simple. It also makes the whole “limited positions available ” thing more believable.
In reality it’s all just geo targeting, there’s nothing real about it.
Look Everyone… The News Loves Us!
The truth is this is just another trick to gain your trust and get you whipping out your credit card. Try clicking on any link on the their so called website and you’ll soon notice that even the ‘weather’ tab links you to whatever they are promoting.
Unfortunately, nothing is ever going to be as easy and simple as they make out. The Internet is full of these kinds of false promises because people don’t know much about working online and it’s easy to rig up a misleading sales page and get people to buy.
The income claims are totally fake and unsubstantiated and no one is making money with these people I can assure you. The only ones making any money are the anonymous people behind it, the ones ripping you off.
Beware Of The Telemarketers- They’re Relentless
This is the real reason they’ve set this whole never ending scheme up in the first place. They always make sure to get a persons name, email address and phone number before even giving you access to the sales page in most cases.
Because they WILL rent, share and sell your personal information to whoever they can. This is big business as they are selling a ‘list’ of people interested in working from home. This is very targeted and profitable for marketers so they will pay for it.
But they don’t stop there, they employ their own team of telemarketers to sell you into higher ticket scams, sometimes into the $10,000’s. In fact getting your info was their main objective in this case since there was nothing to buy after filling in the details.
The bottom line is if you hate getting annoying calls from pushy salespeople, don’t give them your info.
What Can You Do Now?
I have created a list of these websites that I update as I find and review them. Given the rate that these guys change details and web addresses it is extremely difficult for authorities and even reviewers to keep up with them on a regular basis.
The best thing you can do is visit the link above and share it with those you know and care about as it may save them a lot of money, time and frustration.