Sunday, February 15, 2009

Beware of Facebook Ads That Are Scams

I have just logged on to Facebook and saw an ad that I just had to click on to learn a little bit more about it:

The ad said the following:

Mum makes $5000 online - See how I made $5000 online as a stay at home Mum.


Yes, I know, it sounds too good to be true, but a little more information can't hurt, right? So I clicked the ad and was taken to a page that looked like a blog called "Amy's Income Blog". The post read how a stay-at-home mum from Ireland made a monthly income of $5000 online with a programme that costs $1 and that is called Earn Google Cash. Since I am also in Ireland, I thought this might be worth a try and I clicked on the Earn Google Cash link to see what this programme was all about; I mean, it has the word google on it, and I'll find out soon enough if this is a legitimate new programme from Google or if it has one of those flashy "spammy" sales letters, in which case, I'll forget all about it. So on I clicked and I was taken to a page that said:
We're sorry! This offer is not available in your area, you will be redirected shortly.
(Oh, how I hate those!). Remember how I said this woman wrote she was in Ireland, like me? Well it seems she's just a big fat liar, and just by looking at her blog a little further, my opinion that this is a scam was confirmed: her page url http://www.amysincome.com/?t202id=24138&t202kw=
really looks like an affiliate link to me (the person who bothered putting up the ad on Facebook could have at least cloaked their affiliate link!), moreover, she spells "husband" "husand", not as bad as me spelling it "husbank" ($$$!), but still, this doesn't look very professional to me. Don't tell anyone, but I flagged this particular ad as a scam on Facebook (I feel like such a troll right now!).

A little more online research and here's all the praise I could find about this Earn Google Cash system. click the following links to learn more:
http://www.reviewopedia.com/www.earncashfastwithgoogle.com.htm
http://electronplumber.com/10-ways-to-spot-an-internet-scam-google-cash-too-good-to-be-true
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdWords/thread?tid=48061309f684ad4c&hl=en.

So, made you mind up yet? I just don't want to say to you later on : "I told you so!"


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3 comments:

AcmeSat Staff said...

You know, I was browsing facebook on the internet the other day and it seems as though those ads are beginning to pop up more and more. Its expected since everything comes down to money nowadays. Did you hear about how Facebook tried to quietly change the terms of agreement so that anything (including pictures and content) that is posted on facebook would be their property and for them to use at their leisure even when the user deletes their account? Its ridiculous!

Sophie LC said...

I have read an article about it; it would have been more ethical of them to post a message to all FB members to tell us about this and give us a chance to delete content and close our accounts before putting it into action. I know I won't be putting content on my FB account anytime soon, I don't even have photos on it, everything I do is use the share button which only posts a link to my content so FB doesn't "own" me!

zelot66 said...

Well, I haven't come across such scam on my FB. Btw, thanks for the early warning.