Cashing In On The Obama Stimulus Program

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Here's an interesting website:

Obamastimulusprogram.com

Registered anonymously, the splashpage is particularly slick looking:

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"Immediate Action To Help You

Tax cuts are one means of providing economic relief to those in need and will be part of the recovery plan for America. However, Government Grants will also play a vital role as a means to swiftly provide assistance to those who could use financial assistance. Unlike a loan these Government Grants provide funds which do not need to be repaid and can be used for virtually any purpose including:

    * pay off many forms of debt
    * consolidate debt
    * provide mortgage assistance or prevent foreclosure
    * purchase a new home
    * start a new business or assist with an existing business
    * pay off student loans or assist new students with obtaining a degree

If there is a bill out there that needs to be paid there is most likely funding now available that will be able to cover it."


Scroll down, and you're told that "Demand is expected to be very high for these programs, so although billions have been set aside, unfortunately the funds will only last for a limited period of time."

The only thing left to do is hit the big red "Request free Government funds" button, and see....

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...an iPhone offer, which is the first indication the Obama Stimulus site isn't "official" but rather the product of an ad network. Sure enough, change your system settings to make them think you're in an area eligible for the offer and...

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You see yet another slick looking page entitled "Grant Danger" (with logos from CNN, CBS, Fox and Yahoo! at the top to make the site look more official - while Obamas stimulus program itself has been in the news, I doubt this website has), and beneath that, lots of pictures of people smiling in front of their grant paid homes, grant paid credit card debts and some guy who was given $175,000 to "invent a machine to glue fabric together" (never heard of Copydex? Oh well).

Also, note the entirely false "countdown timer" that only gives you ten minutes to fill in the form. Quick! Before it reaches zero, and....absolutely nothing happens.

Well, there's a surprise.

What they want you to do is send them $2.95 shipping & handling, for which they'll send you some "information" on how to obtain said Government loans. Now, I'm not massively up on American Government Loans, but if I really wanted one, couldn't I just contact a Government Loans Department for free rather than giving $2.95 to some random people on the Net without even knowing what I'm paying for upfront?

A tidy profit could be made in this area, especially with the whole "credit crunch / we're all doomed" scenario playing out at the moment. Throw in a useless countdown timer, splash phrases like "Grant Danger" and "millions in free grants will be lost" all over the place and you're probably onto a winner.

Oh, might want to check those T&Cs before you send off for this "offer".

Furthermore, any free trials that may or may not be offered with this product are only free during the said allotted time of the free trial period as outlined within the product sales page, confirmation of order page, and confirmation email. If you have not cancelled the free bonus within the 7 day trial period (if offered on product purchasing), you are agreeing to purchase the bonus material and/or service at a monthly reoccurring cost. The resource center is billed at $58.61 monthly.

Is that applicable here? I've no idea, but I don't intend to find out by trying to grab me some "free" money. I'm fine with my useless "free iPod" offers, thanks...

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