Financial Dream or Scheme?

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As I was browsing news article on Msnbc.com, I just so happened to look over to my right and some of the advertisements there. Now usually I don’t pay enough attention to them to actually want to click on them but this time I saw something that caught my eye which is pictured below:

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Notice the article titled “Danville Job Scam?” Well I clicked on the article expecting to read about the latest job scams in my area. This is a screen shot of the website that the link took me to:

 

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Looks like a legitimate website right? Well read on…

As I began reading this article it was quick to see that this wasn’t really an article about “Danville Job Scams” as it was an article about how a woman in Danville, VA by the name of Jessica Holcomb found an amazing new system for earning an income for herself and her three children. This article quotes her as saying, “I earn $6,000 – $7,000 a month online……….considering I work about 10-13 hours a week from home.” Are you serious? That’s a range of over $72,000 – 84,000 a year! What did she do and how can I do it too? The site goes on to tell about her story of how she had been laid off her job and had been looking for months to find a new one and how she wasn’t interested in any “get rich quick” schemes. Still I’m wondering, how on earth this young lady is making so much money working from home on her computer. Well what the article says she did was quite simple. Just visit a website link posted in the article, fill out a short form, sacrifice a little money and take advantage of their special offer of $100.00 rebate on their work at home program. They also throw in a 365 day money back guarantee! So, sounds promising right? Well read on…..

As I reach the bottom of this article FINALLY the name of this miracle program that will make me so much money. Automatic Profit System is the name. They even show you an example of an actual check someone earned through their program:

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I know you’re thinking, “WOW, I want a piece of that. Where do I go to get it?” Fear no more, they now give you the steps to follow to get a piece of what Ms. Holcomb is getting a month. Step 1:  Go to the Automatic Profit System website. Now they tell you to hurry before the 100.00 rebate offer expires. Step 2: Sign up so you can get instant access to the member’s area so you can begin the program. And last but not least, Step 3: Deposit your earnings into your bank account and Enjoy life! So easy right?

Well me being the inquisitive person I am, I start looking through the comment area to see what other people are saying about this Miracle Program. Here are a few examples of what I saw:

“The timing of this couldn’t be better, my wife and I are struggling too and this could be our answer.” – Mark (Saturday, October 30, 2010)

“Thanks for the info, just started this 3 weeks ago. I’ve gotten 2 checks for a total of $1900, pretty cool!” – Deb (Saturday, October 30, 2010)

There were a total of 19 comments with dates ranging from October 30 – November 3. Oddly, the comments were closed on this article now on November 4, 2010. Also as I ran back through those comments I noticed. Another person, Mike I think it was, had the same exact comment word for word as Mark shown above. While others may just see that as coincidence I smelled something a little fishy. That same rank smell I caught a whiff of when I started reading this but I decided to just go on and see exactly what was going on here. Well as any curious person would do I clicked on the link to this website:

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The first thing you hear is a man’s voice running a sales pitch, similar to the ones you here at those seminars I’m sure at least one of you have attended telling you that you can quit your current job tomorrow and start making double working from home. This further confirmed my suspicion as to exactly what they were doing here…..

As if that wasn’t enough to confirm it though, let me quiz you a little. Refer to the image I posted earlier about the website I went to thinking it was about Danville Job Scams. I asked the question, “Looks like a legitimate website right?” Well, let’s look deeper into this “website” shall we. I wanted to print a copy of this to let some other people read and get their opinion on what they were trying to pitch here. When I clicked on the print button shown on the right, above the innocent picture of mom and daughter earning money on their home computer, where do you think it took me? Back to the APS website! In fact those aren’t even buttons. It’s a JPEG image of buttons. And those links at the top labeled Home, U.S., World, etc…. well, you guessed it, aren’t buttons either. It’s all one picture probably made by some teenager with their stolen copy of Adobe Photoshop CS. It all a fake website designed to get you hooked up in this program. To further put the icing on the cake simply scroll down to the fine print on this site:

IMPORTANT CONSUMER DISCLOSURE

We are not affiliated in any way with any news organization. This is an advertisement for Automatic Profit System.

It is important to note that this site and the stories and even images (including check) depicted above is to be used as an illustrative example of what some individuals have achieved with this/these products. This website, and any page on the website, is based loosely off a true story, but has been modified in multiple ways including, but not limited to: the story, the photos, and the comments. Thus, this advertisement, and any page on this website, are not to be taken literally or as a non-fiction story. This advertisement, and the results mentioned on this advertisement, although achievable for some, are not to be construed as the results that you may achieve if you purchase the Automatic Profit System. I UNDERSTAND THIS WEBSITE IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE ACHIEVABLE FROM USING THIS/THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT THE STORY DEPICTED ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY. This page receives compensation for clicks on or purchase of products featured on this site.

 

Wow, all this from a link to an article about Danville Job Scams when in fact this is a scam all it’s own. All I could do was LOL at this one. Looks like they’re going every route these days with their new schemes. I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere though, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. And don’t think for a minute that just because it shows up on a legitimate website such as msnbc.com that it’s should be ok. It’s not! Most website can control the volume of advertisements that appear on their site. People are preying on the fact that there are so many jobless people out there just waiting for their opportunity at making a decent income and there are so many out there who fall into that trap. The struggle is hard I’m sure but please whatever you do, don’t believe the hype! Remember what they say, “If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.” No matter where you see the advertisement, how real the website may look it takes you too, or touching the sob story is you read, do NOT sign up for anything promising you any type of income from working at home. Continue with your job searches because patience is truly a virtue and good things do come to those who wait. Just hang in there a little longer and it will soon pay off!

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