Google Cash Scam

7/25/2009 update: some people have started asking about a product called Blazing Keywords, so I’ve posted information about it from the BBB in the comments section in discussion that goes with this blog post.

5/13/2009 update about Google Cash – it looks like the original Google Cash may be trying to distance itself from the recent onslaught of Google Cash knockoffs. The original Google Cash now redirects to GCWorkAtHomeSystem.com instead of AffiliateJackPot.

Important 3/28/2009 update: A new product is calling itself Google Cash. That is NOT the Google Cash mentioned at WorkAtHomeTruth. The new product calling itself Google Cash:

IMPORTANT: The NEW product calling itself Google Cash  is promoted from a site called OnlineWizard.net and has a $1.99 “Instant Access Fee” and then will charge your credit card $49/month after 72 hours unless you follow the procedures outlined in their Terms and Conditions. I have NO idea what that product is. You can tell that it’s a different product because in the Terms of Service it’s called the Online Wizard Success Kit.

I think some websites may also be calling the NEW product Google Cash Kit. I’m not 100% sure about that yet.

The FOLLOWING is about the ORIGINAL Google Cash product reviewed HERE at WorkAtHomeTruth.

Is Google Cash a scam? Well, no. But something GoogleCash is doing now is quite scammy. They pulled MY testimonial from my review of Google Cash and posted it on their new sales letter. The took my testimonial COMPLETELY out of context. In fact if you read on you’ll see I don’t even recommend that you buy Google Cash anymore.

In fact what I say on the WorkAtHomeTruth site is that I do NOT recommend Chris Carpenter’s Google Cash to someone that is new to internet marketing. Instead of the Google Cash adwords method I suggest people click here to learn how to start with a method called Bootstrapping Your Business.

And if you DO want to learn Google Cash type methods I recommend you use Matt Levenhagen’s Campaign Blasts method instead.

I see that Google Cash is now falling back on the “magic money” claim that you can make money at the system by spending only a few hours a week which while might be somewhat true after you’ve studied and used such a system for a year or so. But about 1 in a MILLION people would be able to do that right off the bat at all. And almost always you DO need a website to be able to do that.

Plus they’re honing in on the dream of making money without a website. That’s certainly possible these days but now the Google Cash system is probably one of the WORST and hardest ways to go about it.

In fact, one of the easiest, newbie friendly ways to make money without a website now is the Kindle Profits Exposed system which leverages the traffic of the multi-billion dollar company Amazon.com.

So. Is Google Cash a scam? Well, no. But I do NOT recommend GoogleCash at ALL anymore and they are nowhere to even be found on our Top Ten Home Businesses list.

Note: In order to clear up the confusion about which Google Cash is reviewed at WorkAtHomeTruth, I’ve posted information below:

  • GoogleCashGenerator.info promotes something called Google Cash Kit and sends their visit to the Google Cash product at TheOnlineWizard site – which is NOT the Google Cash reviewed at WorkAtHomeTruth.

Also, the following products have NOTHING to do with the original Google Cash product from 2003/2004:

  • Easy GoogleCash
  • GoogleMoney – a.k.a. GoogleMoneySystem
  • Google FastCash
  • Google CashKit
  • Make GoogleCash
  • GoogleCash Starter Kit
  • GooglePayoutSystem
  • GoogleCash Center

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Comments

  1. David,

    I was hopeful when the FTC recently cracked down on some of the bigger ones and when Google banned a lot of advertisers from Adwords, but it seems like the scammers are unrelenting – I’m seeing new “Google kits” coming out still.

  2. Henry Tran says:

    Why can’t people actually GOOGLE and do research on all this crap before they go and give all their money away?

    The only free way to earn money from Google is with Adsense.

    If you ever log people’s IP, maybe you can crack down on Jame’s location. Or he could be a 12 year old depending on the way he types.

  3. What I want to know is why does Google allow these people to miss represent who they are by leting people believe that they are Google untill they get your credit card info. Then they tell you after they got info. and your money that they are not affiliated. I feel like such a sucker. Needless to say when Google does something legit I probably wont believe it. Had to cancel credit card of 10 yrs. sucks and hate these scammers. The only way to stop these thieves is to cancel credit.

  4. I finally got a letter from my bank (CHASE) that my refund of all monies charged by Google Treasure Chest including the foreign transaction fees is permanent-now I continue to put the pressure on anyone and everyone who continues to offer any support to this scam-YAHOO continues to carry their advertising as do some other ISPs-I understand why Google has nothing to say on this-there is a huge lawsuit perculating womewhere but these other companies that are involved should at least acknowledge communications and remove the scam from their paid advertising-everyone please start pushing this outfit out of business by boycotting anyone who carries their advertising!!!!

  5. Google did ban advertisers pushing these products misusing the Google name and they finally put in an Ad Review Center so that WebMasters can try to block any questionable ads, which I’ve been trying to keep up with, although it’s still not a perfect system – but it’s better than it was.

    I’ve also seen affiliate networks starting to ban affiliates using fake blogs and fake news sites.

    It was amazing to me how many credit card companies wouldn’t honor disputes against Google Money Tree – a.k.a. Google Treasure Chest even AFTER the National Consumers League had explicitly called it a scam.

  6. Debbie Morse says:

    yes i was scammed from this google thing and i would i to know if some thing could be done to them.

  7. maranatha says:

    “August 17, 2009
    james @ 6:10 am
    i help run the google kit scam i just want to say thank for the money losers btw i have made over 100,000 scaming idoits like u people”

    Where are you going from God … if you run away with this amount of money .. you will be seeing by God dear !!! if not here one day after you die… what is your benefit if you winning money and lossing your life there !! think about it james.. return the money to the people if not this money will cast you to the hell one day

  8. maranatha says:

    this website also needs to be sent to google so they can ban it
    http://www. joshmadecash. com/?s=VC_Pop9

    for your safety i just made it unclickable

  9. Today I was one of those college educated suckers who clicked the wrong thing and ordered it, but thanks to this site I was able to go ahead and cancel my card and called the number to cancel my subscription in time. I am so very pleased with being able to catch my mistakes. One of the things that I have discovered to make money is by using textbroker.com I love to write and even though the articles only pay about $5 at the most usually, if you are pretty quick and have decent grammar and spelling you can make an extra $100 or so in a couple of weeks. Plus it doesn’t cost anything and the money is transferred to your paypal account every two weeks.

  10. Amanda,

    If you like the kind of writing you’re doing for TextBrokers, you might want to check out this HubPage I put together that lists TextBrokers and similar sites where you can earn money:

    Make Money Writing for the Web

    You’ll want to scroll down to the section called “Freelance Writing Jobs Online” that lists TextBroker and similar sites.

    I’d definitely recommend that you try to get accepted into Demand Studios as they pay $15 per article and tend to have a LOT of work available for writers.

    I have a friend – the one who wrote the review of InYourPJs here that writes about 15-20 articles per week for Demand Studios.

  11. Thanks so much Paul, I have been trying to find other freelance writing sites that pay a little more. I will definitely check those out!

  12. You’re welcome, Amanda

    I haven’t updated that list in a while, but there’s still a good number of them on that page.

  13. WHY ISN’T GOOGLE GOING AFTER THESE SCAMS! IT WOULD SEEM IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO DO SO AS JUST USING THE WORD “GOOGLE” CARRIES A LOT OF TRUST AND SINCE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A OFFICAL NEW ARTICAL ON THE NETWORKS BY GOOGLE REPS EXPOSING THESE SCAMS IT SEEMS THEY ARE JUST LETTING IT SLIDE?????? A SCAM IS A SCAM IS A SCAM AND IF YOUR NAME IS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THESE, IT JUST SEEMS STRANGE THAT GOOGLE HAS NOT SENT A TEAM OF LAWYERS AFTER THESE PEOPLE… I WOULD SUE THE S*** OUT OF AN WEBSITE OWNER/S THAT A RIPPING PEOPLE OFF. I AM TAKING ABOUT THE TRUE SCAMS AND NOT THE HONEST GOOGEL PROGRAMS FOR GOOGLE AD-WORDS…..
    RICH (the Poor and unemployed due to IKE)

  14. aragon2235 says:

    glad to see that u didnt get the money scammed out of u… i’m only 16 years old and it even hapened to me… i saw it…thought it would pay for my college and bam sooner than i knew i had sighned up and was waiting for my package… thank god thouhg i found out exactly 1 day b4 they were gona charge me 67$…. i canclled my subscription which as i later learned wasnt enoufh so i also decided to freeze my debit card and get a new one those filthy losers need to get a real job and earn real money like everyone else in the world…all these scammers are is just a pestulance to this world… but there you have it… even a 16 year old can get suckered into these things.

  15. Hey, Paul,

    I’ve been doing some research on these “Google Cash” products because a “frined” of mine sent me a link. It was an article explaining how a woman from my area was making her money using this product. I, like so many others, lost my job months ago and have not found another job yet. Out of desparation, I decided to click on the links. Fortunately, I managed to read through the fine print, and it clearly stated that the product was not at all endorsed by Google, and also explained that they would be making monthly charges to my credit card, as a result, I did not give my credit card information.

    My question is; my friend told me that he had just recieved a $312 check from this company. I’m wondering if it’s at all possible that he may have created the page or if he is somehow getting paid for the money this company is making off of people he’s “tricking.”

    Here’s the page link (minus the “.” to avoid others from clicking: chan3news com.

  16. Britney,

    Bottom line is don’t do it. The woman in the story in that fake newspaper has been listed under various names, including Maria Summers, Mary Steadman, Maria Rodriquez, Mary Hayes, Eva Steadman, and now Nina Sinclair.

    Yes, your friend is likely getting paid for people to sign up for that if the message is in fact coming from your friend.

    There have been quite a few instances of people having their email compromised or facebook account hacked and messages promoting this kind of stuff going out from their accounts without them knowing it.

  17. Paul,

    This was actually sent through a “comment” on a MySpace status. I’m assuming that this was the handy work of my “friend” (some friend, right?).

    I never imagined that an old friend of mine from High School would try to “get rich quick” off of me. But I suppose there’s not much that I can’t expect with this nasty economy that we’ve got.

    Thanks for your time!

  18. I to was waiting for a kit to show up. Expecting it in the mail. Apparently that is not how it works they instead send everything via email. I missed the emails and apparently didn’t read the terms & conditions well enough as I was charged 59.95, 7.95 and 9.95 until I called the numbers on my CC statement to cancel. Of course they tell you how clear it was all disclosed to you etc. I received confirmation numbers for canceling and praying that this is it. I was duped.. lesson learned.

    Angel

  19. Angel, let us know what happens.

    If you feel like you were duped, you might consider filing complaints with the following:

  20. Angel, let us know what happens.

    If you feel like you were duped, you might consider filing complaints with the following:

  21. I was going to do this, but I thought I should do some reading on it first. Thank you Paul for putting the adresses on here, one of them was the one I was going to join. My teacher said there are really things I can do on the internet to get paid for, do you have any sugestions?

  22. Paul thank you for putting the websites on here. I was going to try this, but I wanted to read more about it. Turns out one of those website’s was the one I was looking at. My question is, do you know any site I can look at and make money off the internet? Thats not a scam. Once again thanks so much!

  23. I just realized the same thing happened to me. I looked into in and was going to sign up for the $1 info kit….and then closed the window when I realized they were asking permission to take $70. Now I have a VISA bill where they deducted both the $1 ans the $70…and I didn’t even click that I confirmed this amount. On top of that…I never received ANYTHING from them. I feel so ripped off. Did you ever get it cancelled or any money refunded????

  24. Oh wow there goes my money.

  25. Change your card number. That is the only answer I can come up with Grant. Anything else is to time consuming. You will have to pay the inital $1.97 you paid, but they will not get you for anything else. It is a really easy trap to fall into and I am sorry your wife was one of the victems. There is another linked to this and it is called On Line Cash Success Kit and it is only $1.00, but there are real charges goint with that too. Good luck

  26. D (Internet Expert) says:

    The best way to avoid another cash scam like “Google Cash”, is look at the URL of the site. If the URL doesn’t have “https”,(the “s” meaning secure server) when the site ask you to input your name, address, SS#, and/or credit card DON’T DO IT.

  27. For all those who have been taken in by this scam (as I was taken in three months ago),

    BEWARE:
    Once you cancel your debit cards AT THE BANK (which I did, one hour after ordering the 1.97 packet from Google Fortune,” which was advertised on Time.com, and after I received an email cancel confirmation from the scammer, citing that my account would not be charged- a week later I was STILL charged 1.97, which led me to cancel my debit cards through the bank), the scammer can still somehow manage to charge your CANCELED DEBIT CARDS AT THE BANK, for months after YOU STOPPED ALL TRANSACTIONS ON THAT CANCELED CARD with your bank. This scam is twofold; the only reason the scammer gets away with it is that the banks (for some scary reason) continue to permit monthly charges that were set up prior to cancellation to be stolen from your completely, non-existent, destroyed and deleted old debit card. I have filed 6 or seven monthly affidavits since the original fiasco, and the NON-EXISTENT debit card still manages to be charged, every month, now 69.97, each and every month. After calling several supervisors at Citizen’s Bank, I was told that there are FULL-TIME personnel dealing with this kind of fraudulent activity, which the banks promote, and which they assure you that, once you fill out the nineteenth affidavit, they will remove the fraudulent charges every month, but without doing anything to delete the old card from their system so it can’t be charged; this means that the bank allows canceled cards to be charged (because the revolving charges were set up by the scammer immediately upon the original transaction, and even before the consumer knew it would be a monthly charge).
    If consumers can no longer be assured that a canceled debit card is truly a canceled debit card, through their own banks, then this country is not only in big trouble, it’s already beyond salvaging. Even if you’ve already assumed that the bank has canceled your debit card off their system, or even if the bank sends you new ones after a large-scale fraud or breach has occurred, check your statements, EVERY DAY. Report ALL fraudulent charges right away, after the cancellation, (especially because the statement won’t tell you if the charges to your account are coming from a canceled card or a new one), fill out the affidavits, and prepare to have no choice but to call your bank every day for weeks, and to become very angry and aggressive. For some reason, the banks permit the scammers to set things up so that the consumer can be charged for months fraudulently, long after they have canceled their compromised card, and all the bank will tell you is to fill out monthly affidavits, until such time that the bank decides to stop the activity from within their own system. In addition, be prepared to receive multiple calls from the bank; some of these will be from the scammer. Call the bank ONLY using the number that is in the phone book, and report all other calls coming from automated bank calls to the Do Not Call List.
    In addition, when you call, the bank representatives will not only know that this happens all the time, but they will try to tell you that the only way to stop the problem is to call the scammer to stop charging your canceled debit card, and to file your affidavit, so that you get your money back, which the bank is legally required to do, but only if you notice the fraudulent activity, and only if you fill out the affidavits, and if you submit all the voluminous proof, each and every time. The bank won’t take responsibility for the canceled debit problem, unless you talk to multiple representatives supervisors repeatedly, and even after they assure you the card has been deleted off their system, the scammer will still keep on charging the canceled card. Even worse, one supervisor told me that many people try to cancel their checking accounts as a means of stopping the fraudulent activity the bank allowed. When this happens, the scammer still charges the deleted card, and you will get overdraft fees as well as the original charges! Until the banks decide that it is in their best financial interest to fix this problem at their end, these problems are unsolvable. This scam, and the bank’s utter stupidity, have added up to an unrelenting nightmare for months. I’m hoping that people will not assume that once they cancel their cards, that the scammer can’t still hurt them, with the bank’s full encouragement and permission. I was told that, not only DOES this happen, that many full-time people work only to replenish accounts with moneys taken from accounts fraudulently, and that the bank doesn’t do anything to stop it for months after the fact.

    Good luck!

    • @Diana:
      Yeah, when I signed up the Web site only stated it would cost $1.97 for shipping. There was never any fine print anywhere that stated there would be an ongiong charge of any kind (the first of which was $70 and change). I don’t recall how I got the refund for the $1.97 but I called my bank and requested (argued with them) to have the $70+ charge removed. They promptly took care of this as I stated that I didn’t approve the additional charge and reported it as fraudulent activity. I then had my card cancelled and re-issued and the only actual charge I was stuck with was an international transaction fee by my bank. I have not been charged anything since. The new OnLineCashSuccessKit for placing links on Google does state the ongoing charges, if you get out your magnifying glass you will see this, and I think I even recall reading on the site that the tesimonials were just examples (not real).

  28. dadwillguideyou says:

    WOW, wouldn’t it be great if we could makes thousands of $$$$ working from home? Everyone would be a millionare and our kids would be even more lazy then they already are (if that’s possible, this generation is awful). BEWARE of any “make money at home” offer. 99% of them are fake. Especially the Google “money maker”. Adsense is another one, not a scam really so much as YOU WONT be the one making the money as there ARE HEFTY fees associated with it (all in the fine print that you never read). Ordering accaberry online is another scam as you (I was) will be charged almost a $100 a bottle when you can go to a health store and get it much cheaper. Also NOONE can get ripped in 4 weeks, it just isn’t possible.

  29. Here is another fake guys they post it on Careerbulider
    http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?sc_extcmp=JS_JobAlert_Title&ipath=PSSKGT04U&psa=1&Job_DID=JN80DB6J02FMJZZPVPR
    and when you click on apply it will take you to their link …

  30. skatardrummer says:

    Aww thanks Paul. Really, just comes down to “read carefully” folks. There is no easy money system.

  31. wow i think i am lucky even that i dont have a real credit card (i have a prepaid one) if u know what i mean i almost give out all my info but thanks to this i know for sure how this work and all the links that try to make u rich,we should all kick their ass so u can get ur money back so they learn a lesson… uhh same thing over the phone dont let them trick u with all the phone calls u get selling u stuff. good luck next time.

  32. I fell for the 1.99 kit just three days ago but have seen or heard nothing else. How can I stop any charges to my charge card?

  33. At the top of this page you state that EasyGoogleCash has nothing to do with the GoogleCash, so is the EasyGoogleCash a scam?

    • @woodsman: There are so many products that sound the same now, it’s hard to tell which are which, but a good rule of thumb right now is to avoid any type of product that claims to be some sort of “Google Kit” or uses keywords like “Google Cash” or “Google Profits” AND is a “trial offer” or offer where you “just pay shipping”…as what will happen is you’ll end up hit with monthly charges.

  34. well, after reading this whole thing after coming across a google cash thing… and actively googling google’s cash scams… you might want to add this to your 900 site list of scams. www kevins-cash-tree info – Kevin Hoeffer. It’s funny how his little clip goes on about not having to pay for anything, when his site charges $1, then a one time fee of $129, then.. $40 a month from a different part… oh yes.. i’m not done yet.. $30 a month. Sure, you pay a dollar for the 3 day trial offer.. but in 72 hours you pay $200. and then 70 dollars a month after that. Sure if you are making 1500 a week posting links on google thats a mere drop in the bucket, but who’s to say you will make that? If Google pays for all of that, wouldn’t google be mentioned in their terms and conditions?

  35. so i’m not gonna read the whole post and i may have read the answer like 20 minutes earlier and forgot but is there actually a real google at home thing? or is it all a scam?

  36. wait i’m an idiot…. i’m gonna say its at the top of the page eh?

  37. I won’t even LOOK at mail that promises “Free money”, “Easy Money”, or uses the name “Google.” Why? Have you EVER really checked these websites? It’s the disclaimer at the end of the site, in the print so small you need a microscope to read it. “Google cash is not associated with Google.”
    How wonderful. They flat out imply that they are (At the start), but then deny it in the disclaimer. You REALLY need to ignore this crap.

    I have blocked hundreds, if not thousands, of these scammers. And the end is no reached. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY gets away scamming me.
    NO WAY. I don’t care if you claim you’re a soldier, bank president, or a guy who’s claiming to have cervical cancer. (Yes, I received one like that. What a crock!)

    As long as there is a sucker, somebody will find that sucker.

  38. Paul, I would like to say thank you for all your valuable assistance and expertise. There should be more people like you in this world…very kind and considerate.
    I have a concern….I saw a link regarding Google Cash and was curious to see what all the hype was about. I began reading and entering in my name, phone number and email address. I continued to read and they asked for my credit card information….I did NOT enter it and backed out of the page. Do I need to be concerned about the information I entered? This may sound like a silly question but do I need to be concerned about them hacking into my paypal account or credit infomation?
    Please assist.
    Thank you in advance,
    Janine

    • @Janine: Janine it’s very unlikely that you would run into an issue with your credit card information and paypal information being hacked based on giving ONLY that information.

      It is possible that you will get bombarded with annoying telemarketing calls that are difficult to stop (because the telemarketers are “spoofing” their originating number and showing it as something other than it is).

      And of course you could get hit with more spam.

  39. I got ripped off by “Rajeev Scaria” and “omspchannel”. If you need an Adesnse account, DO NOT trust these people or do business with them. Use someone else!

  40. I WAS SCAMMED BY MFPONLINE AND GCDETECTIVE.COM THESE TWO COMPANYS ARE THE SAME. THEY CHARGED MY ACCOUNT ELEVEN TIMES FOR $59.95. I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE CHECKED MY ACCOUT MORE CAREFUL. I AM CRAZY—–MY CREDIT UNION REVERSED FOUR ,BUT I AM OUT 11 TIMES $59.95 I THOUGHT THIS COMPANY WAS GOOGLE, I HAVE LEARNED MY LESION. DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM. THERE PHONE #188-909-8638 AND 877-829-7590

  41. THIS FIRM TOOK 3 PAYMENTS FOR NON LOANS DONT REPLY TO EMAILS DONT USE THEM THEY ARE A SCAM JUST WANT UP FRONT FEES AND GREENLEAF SAME THESE UP FRONT FEES ARE A DISGRACE I WOULD STOP THEM AND STOP LOAN BROKERS PAY LOANS SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOW30% INTEREST LOW PAYED ARE FORGOTTEN ABOUT AND AT RISK NEVER PAY A CASH UK VOUCHER SCAM COLD CALL NEVER GET LOAN FIRMS IN INDIA AND FIRM CITI FINANCIAL STOCKPORT DONT PAY UP FRONT FEE I WAS LUCKY I CHECK ECECPT MONEY GAGA PAST WORD AROUND YOURS FAITHFULLY TONY DAVIS

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