Update: we’ve noticed these ads are now using Flash Video.
Anyone can setup a Google Adsense account and get paid for displaying advertising on their website. However, a rash of misleading ads are currently running on various social network websites with outrageous claims such as “I’m Happy I Lost My Job” – “Make $ 15,000/month” – “I got $ 11,668.05”.
Each one of these ads points you to a fake blog where rags to riches stories are told and huge checks displayed proudly. Fact is, they are clones and the proof can be gathered quickly.
Here are a few of the websites we found: j***makesmoney.com (name removed), googlek***.net, c***hasmoney.com. Each one of these websites features a “personal” story with the same backbone. Curiously, check 037324959 02200086 is shown over and over on each one of these sites.
Every single one of these splogs refers you back to a “Google Cash Kit” you have to PURCHASE, presumably a “kit” telling you what you can learn for free on thousands of sites out there: you’ll make decent money with (a) content (b) traffic and (c) tweaking. What you will not be doing, is making thousands of dollars overnight with a fake splog.
To add credibility, these splogs add fake comments that mimick a blog comment section, with avatars and all. The problem is, these fake comments appear on more than one site: eric***sthemoney.com, n***tsgreen.com, iw***youtoberich.com, ja***makesmoney.com, c***yhasmoney.com etc etc. And of course, “comments are closed because of spam”.
I guess Askimet is out of their price range.
The sad thing is most of the people who fall for this scam probably end up buying a kit on how to make another splog and then have to spend money on social networks trying to drum up traffic to their worthless sites.
If you want to make money online, try getting rich slowly. Seriously.