Is this really Google hiring people to work from home

by timpears 39 replies
I was on foxnews.com today and saw a story about Google hiring people to work from home, to post links on their site. I assumed that it was an ad, but there was a video and Google logos and a graphic of a check from Google. Evidently you have to pay Google $1.95 for your package to get started, to weed out the serious people. I don't know whether to believe this or not, but it looks like it is coming from Google, not an IM marketer.

Breaking News: Google Hiring Americans To Work From Home | News8Chicago: December 6, 2009

Is this legit?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #google #hiring #home #people #work
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  • Profile picture of the author The Dotcom Hippie
    Heh. Good question. I always get extremely skeptical when someone tells me to pay them (even if it's $1.95) to work for them. Sounds a little too much like MLM, I guess.
  • Profile picture of the author David James
    No it isn't. Definitely not
  • Profile picture of the author Nightowl
    No, this is a scam, with a nasty forced opt-in that many have found impossible to get out of, except by cancelling their credit cards and getting new ones.

    Did you really think Google needs to "hire" people to post links?

    - Nightowl

    P.S. This has been brought up here before. The sites are set up to look like "real" news sites, but they aren't.
  • Profile picture of the author shaddai
    Does this look legit?
    http://news8chicago.com/

    The blank screen I mean..

    Also, click the home link. It shoots off to some other site. It's a marketer.

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  • Profile picture of the author tj
    They make their $ with affiliate stuff and stuff you're describing. That site is also not a news site.
  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Hi guys

    yes its a dodgy site ive heard a lot about similar ones at the moment.

    If you are looking for real work that pays more than $1.95 check out odesk.com as this is where i go when i hire my outsourcers and its a great site for finding work.

    kind regards


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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    it is just a clever scam to lure in people, there are so many good opportunities to make money on the internet, try to stay away from anything promising online work opportunities.

    pick up something from frank kern or eben pagan and you will be fine
  • Profile picture of the author darrin_cooper
    If you were on FoxNews.com, you would have CLEARLY seen this in the Advertisement section as a LINK or a CONTEXTUAL AD that would bring you to a FAKE website.

    To be clear, it's not even a real news channel.
    Also, to be more clear, people don't PAY to get "HIRED" by any company (albeit, not being a recruiting firm that is actually doing you a service to get you hired).

    It's an obvious scam called the Google Wealth Kit. This is the type of sites, links & products that need to be reported to the FTC.
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  • Profile picture of the author psresearch
    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    I was on foxnews.com today and saw a story about Google hiring people to work from home, to post links on their site. I assumed that it was an ad, but there was a video and Google logos and a graphic of a check from Google. Evidently you have to pay Google $1.95 for your package to get started, to weed out the serious people. I don't know whether to believe this or not, but it looks like it is coming from Google, not an IM marketer.

    Breaking News: Google Hiring Americans To Work From Home | News8Chicago: December 6, 2009

    Is this legit?
    I did a post about this back in June of 2008 - you'll see hundreds of the fake news sites listed there:
    Are Fake News Sites the Next Gold Rush?
  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    Why are the CPA companies allowing this form of abuse. Surely they can see where the traffic is coming from etc.

    They should be held responsible for allowing scam artists to operate.
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    • Profile picture of the author psresearch
      Originally Posted by Shana_Adam View Post

      Why are the CPA companies allowing this form of abuse. Surely they can see where the traffic is coming from etc.

      They should be held responsible for allowing scam artists to operate.
      Shana, I talked to one of the FTC senior litigators about this. Reading between the lines of what she was saying to me, it seemed that she was concerned by the fact that legitimate companies also run their offers through the affiliate networks - but it was a fairly short conversation (15-20 mins maybe), so I may be reading too much into what she said.

      In fact, Commercial Litigation attorney Michael Webster recently wrote about the significance of the recent MoneyGram settlement with the FTC:
      MoneyGram Scam and Gate Keeper Liability

      Michael Webster concludes with this insight:
      "This is a fairly significant fraud case in which the FTC is using the breach of MoneyGram's statutory duty under the Bank Secrecy Act to adopt a Know Your Own Agent as the grounds for an action under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act to go after MoneyGram which enabled this fraud, instead having to sue the 131 Canadian agents and try to collect from them. (And the FTC alleges that 65 of these agents have already been sued by the FTC for Telemarketing Fraud.)

      Expect that the FTC will be looking at more enablers of fraud, and very closely at their compliance programs."

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