Is this really Google hiring people to work from home

Profile picture of the author timpears by timpears Posted: 12/06/2009
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?
#google #hiring #home #people #work

  • Profile picture of the author The Dotcom Hippie
    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
    David James
    No it isn't. Definitely not
  • Profile picture of the author Nightowl
    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
    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.

    todd
  • Profile picture of the author tj
    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 Hamida Harland
    Hamida Harland
    It's a flog, promoting one of those Google home kits - you get the kit 'free' (just pay shipping) but you'll be billed something like $60-$70 a month to learn how to use Google Adwords. It is VERY hard to cancel the continuous billing (a friend of mine got caught & all she could do was cancel her credit card).
  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    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


    sam
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    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
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author psresearch
    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
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author psresearch
    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."
  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    timpears
    You know what? I just realized that I was reading a story on foxnews.com and switched to another page I had open, and it was this one I gave the link to. It looked like a news story, and I had just been on foxnews.com so I thought I was still there. It looked like a bit of a scam, but I thought I was on foxnews.com, so it just didn't make sense. Now I realize that I was not on fox news, this was a pop up.

    They did have me going for a while though. I am surprised that the bit bad Google hasn't put them out of business though. They are using pretty similar logos.
  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    Shana_Adam
    Yes it is a big concern.

    From a consumer point of view when you see ad copy that looks so credible it seems a shame to pass up. Whip out your cc and the nightmare begins.

    The geo-targeting of these bogus ads makes it even more difficult for consumers to tell apart a genuine offer from a scam especially when they see that Emily Jones lives just down my road and she used to be a fatty - not anymore Acai Maquie berry treats got rid of her fat gut and cleansed her colon in one week.

    However lets not be mean to the consumer - as if one continuity program was not torture enough we will put them on 2 - double the bubble!

    If you take a look at the WF and the newbie members who often dont have a clue about IM or what anchor text, url redirect, affiliate links etc are now scale this out to the masses who will know even less IM jargon and the continuity programs being placed on their credit cards etc etc.

    Such a shame.

    Well the FTC should go after these companies to protect consumers.
  • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
    Hesaidblissfully
    I was reading a blog post about these "Google Pays Me $300 A Day!" type sites like this, and reading the comments section was just heartbreaking. So many of the people who'd signed up for the program thinking they could make some money were single mothers with kids, retirees living on a fixed income, people with medical conditions where they couldn't work, etc. Most of them weren't even looking to get rich, just to make enough money to make ends meet. Sadly the people who needed the money the most are probably also the least equipped to actually run a successful home business.

    On the one hand, yes, the customer bears some responsibility too. But that doesn't change the fact that a lot of these tactics are designed to be intentionally misleading.
  • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
    Taylor French
    I've seen these, and it is definitely a scam. The one I saw was promoting Google Cash or some such program.
  • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
    Eric Lorence
    Garbage - and there are hundreds of these pages out there ...

    I noticed the OP said the story was on FOX news, are you sure?

    Or was it just the ad?
  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Floyd Fisher
    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?
    Is this your site?

    Sorry, I have to ask.
  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    GeorgR.
    This looks like a scam, but Google actually once contacted me for a "real" job, it would have been reviewing German ads or something. The best thing is to apply for a job Jobs ? Google

    There are too many shady "3rd party" companies using their name and i wouldn't trust them.
  • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
    Success With Dany
    Google for "google money kit" and read the horror stories.

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