Arriving as spam in your email with subject lines like, “Love hanging out on facebook? Get paid for it,” this scam is claiming they can hook you up with a Facebook job… for a PRICE!
DO NOT purchase this product based on these FAKE endorsements.
They’re going by a variety of names, including Facebook Profit, Secret Facebook Cash System, Explosive Payday, and Facebook Bonanza, this scam hopes to leverage people’s familiarity with Facebook to rope them into buying their “system.”
The scammers have even created a FABRIQUOTE from Mark Zuckerberg – “With over 1.5 BILLION active users on Facebook every day, it’s hard for us to provide a lot of the content our users need. That’s why we need to recruit our users. We NEED Your Help!”
Of course, no scam is complete without some good TESTIPHONIALS and these con men were all over that – even including a photo of “Martin J. Peters” with his lovely children. They also included a quote from “Peters” – “I got paid a great deal of money just to work from home each day…and I get paid every Tuesday morning… I make around $14,000 a month right now. I receive the cash directly in my bank account by direct deposit but they offered check or Paypal too.”
Imagine my surprise (sarcasm) when I discovered that Peters and his children are actually just a stock art photo that can be purchased (or stolen as is more likely the case in this instance) by anyone.
In spite of all their efforts to deceive consumers into thinking this offer is from Facebook, if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, and strain your eyes to read the extremely small print, you’d find the following statement that basically says – “OK. We’re not really Facebook.”
“We are not affiliated in any way with Facebook © All trademarks on this web site whether registered or not, are the property of their respective owners. The authors of this web site are not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the third-party trade mark or third-party registered trade mark owners, and make no representations about them, their owners, their products or services.”
If you decide to plunge in for more deception, you’ll land on a page where they’ll ask for your name, email address, and country.
Supposedly, when you click the button on the form, it will check to see if there is “availability” in your area.
This will also take you to the next page where you will learn, of course, that there IS availability! (Scammer 101 – A good con means roping in as many people as possible, so there is ALWAYS availability.)
This page is also where they’ll put the SQUEEZE on you. Making bold claims like, “Want to Make$397 a Day?” and “All You Need is a Smartphone/Computer, Facebook Account and Internet Connection!”
Ultimately, comes the sales pitch – a $197 value for just $4.97. How generous.
THE REAL SCAM BEGINS WHEN THE SALE IS MADE
First, you’ll get a phone call telling you that “a few select people” (like you and anyone else who has money they’re willing to part with) are able to participate in their COACHING, MENTORING, TRAINING, or whatever the name du jour is. They’ll ask you some questions that will give them a sense of how much credit card debt you can take on, and will price your personalized coaching accordingly. That’s right – if you only have a low limit card, they might only charge you $5oo for the coaching. If you have more credit available, the same coaching might come with a price tag of $1,500.
But wait, there’s more. These people are like a damned cutlery commercial! If you buy into the coaching, they’ll try to sell you a website (using their vendor), encourage you to set up a business entity (using their vendor), and a bunch of other “great services” that are supposed to help you succeed.
At the end of the day, the only people making money are the people who are running this con.
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