Home Profit Masters Scam Strikes…Forever!

Information in this post has been documented in multiple ways, including tracking codes, image screenshots, html files, and video recordings…

7/19/2012 Important Update:

I should have mentioned that some of the emails being used to send out emails may have been used without permission. Here’s a great example of a comment I got from Steve Winston of Winston Communications:

“Paul – Per your 6/13 comment about [email protected] I’m the President of Winston Communications, anpublic relations/marketing firm. And neither I nor anyone who works for me ever sent out those notices. I received several e-mails and phone calls that week asking about them. Apparently, my e-mail address was hacked by fraudsters. The issue has been addressed. I’m truly sorry for any problems caused by scammers using my contact information. – Steve Winston”

My note: The scammers actually appear to be using a variation of Mr. Winston’s domain. His official site ends in “communications” – not “communication”.

Home Profit Masters eMail Spamming – From Income Source Trainer to Prosper, Inc.

I recently set up a tracking email to check out the Home Profit Masters claims in their privacy policy. Here’s what the site claims:

Home Profit Masters Privacy Snippet

I believe the Home Profit Masters song goes something like “When your a scam, your a scam all the way, from your first boiler room, ’til your last dying day.” Anyhow, something like that.

So, let’s take a look at what this crazy company that uses fake testimonials from FTC Complaints sent after I put my information in the form on their front page. Keep in mind that I used a unique tracking email in order to discover this information.

Home Profit Masters Sent 73 Promotional Emails In 29 days!

That’s an average of 2.5 promotional emails a day. But it’s crazier and more annoying than that…especially if you used your real email address (I didn’t. I set up a special email to track their promotions).

Home Profit Masters Definitely SOLD Or Exchanged My Information With Other Companies

Here’s a sampling of products I got emails from and the dates the emails were sent:

6/10/2012:

“Natasha P” who lists the address: “Natosha P | 1918 south hamilton road | Nashville | TN | 37218″ sent an email promoting a scam called “Income Source Trainer”.

6/11/2012:

[email protected] told me I could make $75 per survey if I joined “Vindale Research”

6/12/2012:

The xyzdelivery guy sent me another email sending me to a site called Grant-Approval-Guide.com which included a pop-up suggesting that I enter my cell-phone number to get the information…luckily I scrolled down the page where nobody is likely to look and discovered that I would have soon seen $9.99/month charges on my phone bill if I had entered my cell phone number.

6/12/2012:

Kimberly Foster of “Real Consumer Solutions” using the address:  “PO Box 17598 #59851 | Baltimore |MD | 21297 |United Stated” suggested that I join the “BBB Accredited” Partner With Paul site – which I discovered wasn’t listed in the BBB at all.

6/13/2012:

Important: I have been advised by the president of Winston Communications their email was used by the scammers without their permission.

The emails start getting more bizarre. I received an email from [email protected] using the address: “1800 N Military Trail, Suite 140, Boca Raton, FL 33431″ trying to sell me an Extended Warranty for my automobile.

6/13/2012:

Kimberly Foster from “Real Consumer Solutions” strikes again with her Partner With Paul lies.

6/14/2012:

Kimberly Foster tells me about a “company still accepting applicants into their work at home training program”. But when I click on the link it takes me to a fake news site called The Consumer Review Journal which claims it’s an Advertisement, but then includes a fictional story that it claims was seen on “NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, New York Times”.

That made me suspicious of the fake news site’s recommendation of Auto Income Profits featuring the fake work at home spokesperson Jennifer Smith and using the usual fake “Karl Goodard” story about Jennifer being a “super-successful and outrageously highly paid person”.

6/15/2012:

Partner With Paul from Kimberly again (Yawn). Honestly, I don’t know how she expects me to get all this work done for all of these companies.

6/15/2012:

Epic Media Solutions using an address of “784 E. 1530 S. Lehi, UT 84043 United States” sends an email from [email protected] They wanted me to know that “There are a ton of SCAMS out there, but I’ve been searching high and low for something that pays REAL MONEY real quick.”

They were extremely interested intelling me about an “Exciting Website” which turned out to be another fake news site – this time called “Finance Reporting” at Finance-Reporting.org feature the omnipresent fake-spokesperson Kelly Richards. Fake-Kelly claimed to fictionally-advertorially-basically make “$6,000 – $8,000″ a month withsomething called “The Home Profit System”…which turned out just to be the Home Profit Masters scam that I started out with.

6/16/2012:

Kimberly Foster strikes again this time telling me to “Use your computer and basic typing skills to get paid!” Unfortunately the link sent me to an infinite redirect loop. :-(

6/17/2012:

The increasingly irritating workforce-tyrant Kimberly Foster tells me:

“…if you have access to an Internet connection and
a few hours per week you can work online helping big companies
process and make new orders over the Internet? “

Again she sends me to a fake online newspaper promoting Auto Income Profit.

6/18/2012:

Ken Walker using the address “356 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281″ sends an email from [email protected] excitedly telling me about “a “Set and Forget system on how to earn money on the internet.”

This time it sends me to a domain with an Indian extension at incomesourcetraining.in telling me that “At the end of this video you will be given access to POWERFUL money-making soft”.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to watch the video because I was too busy reading through all the spam from the companies Home Profit Masters sold or exchanged my address with.

6/18/2012:

John Peters using the same address as Ken Walker – “356 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281″ – sends me an email from [email protected] telling me that some guy wants to “hand  you $1,784 in the upcoming 30 minutes…”

I think it was supposed to be a late April Fools joke, because when I clicked on the link, the only thing that was “handed” to me was an error message saying “Website Not Found”.

6/18/2012:

Caryn Pindextor of WinstonCommunication.com was kind enough to tell me that their “free service matches you with real work-at-home opportunities” was sent for HomeBusinessConnection, 1595 S Mount Joy St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 by a 3rd party – even though the third party that sent it didn’t have permission to use my email address. Great.

6/18/2012:

Kimberly Foster still spamming me with Partner With Paul emails.

6/19/2012:

Ken Walker trying to get me to join the Income Source Training site hosted from the island of Martinique in the eastern Caribbean sea with the registrant located in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic.

6/19/2012:

“Subject: Adult Dating Gone Wild!” sent from a mysterious person named “List Mgr” with the address of 36181 East Lake Rd #175, Palm Harbor, FL 34685.

6/20/2012:

Kimberly Foster emailing from PlatformTrack.com tells me that a “company is looking to train stay at home workers to be paid associates and help major companies process orders online.” Apparently these “major companies” appreciate Kimberly sending me to the scammy fake news site The Consumer Review Journal again with a fake story about Theresa Andrews encouraging me to get the “Jennifer Smith Auto Income Profit Course and complete the attached Ad Placement Associate Certification.”

6/20/2012:

JustHookup emailing from [email protected] using the services of my old friend “List Mgr” at 36181 East Lake Rd #175, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 asks me if I want to “mess around”.

6/21/2012:

Kimberly Foster tells me “if you have any desire to work at home I strongly urge you to rush  over to the website right now and fill out your member application.”

The website?

Prosper180.com showing the following registration information:

Prosper, Inc. | 5252 N. Edgewood Drive  – Suite 150 | Provo | UT | 84604 | US

The site tells wants me to: “Imagine Your Life While Making Money Online” and does a nice job of presenting several testimonials that mention specific income figures without disclosing the typical customer experience. Kind of wacky for a company so “beloved” by the BBB.

Right now I’d just like to Imagine My Life without a company like the Home Profit Masters scam that violates their privacy policy and sells or exchanges my personal information.

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Home Profit Masters Scam Analysis

Note: All details of the Jane Simmons Home Profit Masters sales page, terms and conditions, privacy policy, etc. as outlined in this post have preserved in multiple ways, including video recording.

Update 5/17/2012 The testimonials on the sales page for this “product” have been changed. Of course all it’s already documented with html files, video, and .png image files. So why they even bothered to change the testimonials is a mystery, since they’ve already been busted…again.

MASSIVE FINANCIAL DANGER AHEAD…

I’ve probably warned people hundreds of times about the kind of coaching scams that are sold on the back end of work at home programs like Home Profit Masters. I’m talking about people who have lost, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000…even as much as $40,000. And it’s only then that they realize that they’ve been scammed. It’s only then that they realize that a simple search on Google for the so-called “business opportunity” could have saved them from massive financial loss and heartache.

And while getting a refund on the initial “lead product” can often be done by disputing the charge with the credit card company or bank, it’s MUCH harder for people to recover the significantly large amounts of money that they lose once they’ve been swindled out of their money by a “coaching floor” (a.k.a. boiler room operation).

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And also has a company called  Ship Development LLC which entered into a  Settlement Agreement with the Utah Division Of Consumer Protection as follows:

Pay careful attention to this requirement of the Government Action:

“a) comply with all requirements of the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act, Telephone and Facsimile Solicitations Act, and Telephone Fraud Prevention Act, and all other laws and rules administered by the Division that are applicable”. I’ve posted the full text below.”

…and keep that in mind when you read the following on the Home Profit Masters sales page:

“Your free one-on-one consultation with a success advisor”.

Almost always, that’s a ploy to get you to spend thousands of dollars on coaching or products of dubious value.

Scam Proof!

Wow. Proving that a site like Home Profit Masters is completely bogus is just getting way too easy. Let’s start with the testimonials. These testimonials can be found all over the net being used by all kinds of questionable websites. Not only that they are suspiciously similar to the ones used by a company called “Penbrook Productions” which the FTC shut down in 2009!

I remember Penbrook Productions well, because I helped abc’s 20/20 with quite a bit of research for it:

Anne-Varney-20-20So it was immediately obvious to me that Home Profit Masters was simply ripping off the old Penbrook Productions Sales Page. In facts there are tons of scammy sales pages using all of the same sales elements within the Penbrook Productions sales page – a page which the FTC HATED.

Penbrook Productions Vs. Home Profit Masters Testimonials

Take a look at the following testimonials – the one on the left is from the Penbrook Productions Scam. The one on the left is from Home Profit Masters. Notice anything strange about them…like that they are the SAME?

Testimonial 6 Side by SideOr how about these 2 Testimonials…
Testimonial - Got Me Fired Side By SideOr How About SEVEN Testimonials – All Nearly Identical In The EXACT SAME ORDER?

You Know One Thing The FTC REALLY Hated About The Penbrook Productions Scam?

This claim:

Penbrook Productions MathHmm…haven’t we seen that somewhere recently? Like on the Home Profit Masters site…

“More so, by posting 15 links in 60 minutes a day…5 days a week…you can put $58,500 year-after-year into your account, so the financial value you’re receiving is enormous! Think about it, you invest $97 once, and you receive back $58,500 over and over again!”

Promoted By Spam & Fake News Sites

As somebody in the comments section has already noted, this so-called “business opportunity” is being promoted by spam & fake news sites. In fact, I originally found this scam from a blog spam comment promoting the fake news site Financial-Reports.org which in turn promotes Home Profit Masters – as you can see in the following video:

It’s Also Being Promoted By The Nefarious Fake News Site NewsDaily7.com

If you’re not familiar with this fake news site, you can read my detailed analysis of it here.

Does Angela Bussio ReallyEndorse This Product??

The site uses a video of Angela Bussio which makes it looks like she endorses the program. Maybe she does – or maybe she doesn’t. Most likely she does as she has been used as a spokesperson for numerous products run by the same comments.

Fake Plimus Order Page

The order page for this scam uses what I believe to be a fake Plimus order page. Here’s a snapshot of part of the order page below:

Here’s the problem with that order page. Plimus stopped accepting business opportunity and Internet marketing products around June of 2011. Obviously, that means the page was faked. More importantly, it means that the McAfee SECURE security seals, VERIFIED by VISA, and MasterCard SecureCode have nothing to do with Home Profit msters either.

Watch Out For Phillip Gannuscia

Phillip Gannuscia is a full-time scammer behind some of todays biggest business opportunity scams, including the following:

  • Clicks To Cash – ClicksToCashSystem.com
  • Education Training Online – EducationTrainingOnline.com
  • Online Profit Masters System
  • Income Masters Institute
  • Income Cash Machine
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