Lately, a Google work at home scam has been plastering its way throughout the Internet.Â Â The scam site is designed to look like a convincing news paper article and is currently circulating heavily through social networks (hacked and spam accounts) and ad networks.Â Â
Example of the scam wall post on Facebook from a hacked account:
The scam site:
To “cash in on the opportunityâ€ all you have to do is fork up a measly $1.95 for the â€œEasy Google Profitâ€ kit.Â Unfortunately, if you fall for the scam, youâ€™re going to beÂ taken for more than what you bargained for. Ripoff Report shows one victims struggle with these scam artists. Aparently they automatically started charging the victim $39.98 per month on top of an additionalÂ $129.95 fee.Â On top of that, they enrolled him in a 14 day trial for another site, which charges $29.95 a month if not canceled in time.Â
A helpful tip for avoiding these types of scams would be to question all links before clicking on them, especially in Social Networks. Nothing should be outrightly trusted.Â Ask yourself,Â â€œWould my friend/parent/sibling really post this link?â€ The chances are that the link will stick out like a sore thumb and youâ€™ll be able to avoid a nasty situation.Â Â We also advise the use of safe browsing technology, such as the community driven browser plugin offered by our partners, Web of Trust.