Easy Google Income

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Here's an interesting piece of spam trying to cash in on the Google name that could wind up being quite costly for anyone willing to take a chance and see what it's all about. This was sent to one of my friends:

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Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the office is based in the West Indies and to unsubscribe your email goes to Romania? At any rate, they don't seem to want my patronage - unfortunately, I'm not particularly interested in free iPods or a Nintendo Wii so a few clicks later and I'm where I should be:

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At the bottom of the page, it says "Google does not sponsor, endorse, and is no way affiliated with Easy Net Income or this promotion."

Well, they could have fooled me what with all the Google material they've splashed across the site. The quote in the box is interesting, too: "Riches range from a few hundred dollars a month to $50,000 or more a year".

Go hunting on USA Today though, and the quote doesn't have anything to do with something called "Easy Google Income" - it's to do with Adsense. Bits missing have been reinserted and bolded:

"Tales of AdSense riches range from a few hundred dollars a month to $50,000 or more a year, though high-dollar paydays are rare. They require a Web site with tons of traffic and the ability to put in 18-hour days working the system.

I think the missing parts are kind of important, don't you? Of course, the CD title clearly makes you think you're going to get some mysterious money magnet, but stops short of telling you whether it would be a program, ebook or magical leprechaun.

In fact, what happens is you apparently sign up for the CD at the cost of subscribing yourself to some kind of "free trial" - at the end of which, you have to pay $39.90 a month for access to training courses to "Internet Wealth University" (I swear I'm not making this up). There's also an "activation fee" charged immediately to the card you subscribe with, though I'm guessing you only enter your details once you've entered your name / address and moved onto the second page (which I'm not about to do, in case you were wondering).

Internet Wealth University must have an awful lot of poor students, going by the problems people are having unsubscribing.

"When you try to call the company, you get an automated answering system that tells you all representatives are busy and then puts you on hold-forever, or they disconnect you after 5 minutes!"

Indeed, there's quite a lot of people wondering what this is all about, including the inevitable concern over billing issues.

Our advice? Steer well clear. There is a lot of money up for grabs here, but it's all being netted by the people running these websites. Their customers don't appear to be so lucky...

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Thanks for making this scam public. It's bound to save many.

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