Posing as the Forbes site, this scam leverages the popularity of the Shark Tank team to push their “Heather Smith’s Online Income” work from home scam. This scam could end up costing you thousands of dollars – BEWARE!
DO NOT purchase this product based on these FAKE endorsements!
This is an especially scary type of scam because I have personally spoken with people who have lost thousands of dollars once they opened the door to the so-called “opportunity.”
Many work from home scams follow the same template as this one – setting up what appears to be a well-known media site (in this case, Forbes), plugging in at least one well-known celebrity (the Shark Tank team), and creating an extravagant back story about how someone went from struggling to successful thanks to their program.
First, you can tell it’s not actually the Forbes site because (1) the real URL for Forbes is Forbes.com while this one is worldwidehomeincome.com and, (2) if you click on any link on that page (i.e., the “Recommended by Forbes” articles, the “From the Web” articles) they ALL lead to the purchase page for the product. Want to read about “Those ‘Broke’ Celebrities Are Worth More Than You Think”? No you don’t, you want to pay for our program so we’ve linked to that instead! Want to read about… well, you get the point.
It all leads to Heather Smith’s Online Income Program!
There are a bunch of FABRIQUOTES the scammers have created and attributed to the Shark Tank team. Here are just a few for your reading pleasure:
“There’s this great program called Online Income that will help you do that.”
“We literally have never seen anyone make money faster than we’ve seen them do it with Online Income. So if you don’t have at least $100,000 right now, and you don’t have another way to make it, then take advantage of Online Income right away.”
“Average, everyday people NEED to hear what we’re saying. If you don’t prepare yourself, you’re going to be in a world of hurt in just a few short months.”
If you do click on any of the aforementioned links, you’ll land on a page that requires your name, email address, and phone number to proceed.
This is really special because, even if you don’t go ahead with the purchase, they’ll have your email address to sell to other scammers. Make no mistake about it, your email address has value to con men.
If you fill this in and move on to “check for availability,” you’ll reach a page that is interminably long and, again, offers no real information about what the program is. Instead, you’ll see a bunch of testimonials (I call them “testi-phonials”), pictures of people living in luxury, sports cars, yachts, beautiful homes, and other trappings of the successful lifestyle they want you to believe you’re about to buy.
Let’s take a look at those TESTIPHONIALS. You see that picture of “Jason T.” from Pennsylvania looking thrilled with his success in this program. Well, he’s actually Christopher Cohen, an expert in the fields of theology, meditation and self-help. You can see his online profile here – where the scammers STOLE IT from.
It’s safe to assume that the glowing remarks are fabricated as well.
THE TIP OF THE SCAM ICEBERG
If you still haven’t bailed out, and if you do make a purchase, be prepared – this purchase kicks off a whole new set of scams.
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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