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Author Topic: BEWARE: Angela Bussio profit scam made to look like a real news article  (Read 26121 times)
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« on: October 06, 2012, 05:06:47 PM »
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About a year or two ago, I came across a scam known as Easy Google and Twitter Profit scams that so many people sadly fell for. Back then, the scams included websites that looked like they were real news sites with a posted article. It was a highly deceptive tactic that duped people into thinking they were viewing a legitimate news site. Well, it looks like the scammers have come back in force!

Here is the newest one being spammed all over YouTube. I actually found the scam by following a spam link from a YouTube comment that pointed to the website Green32.com. This is where it gets shady, and a tell-tale sign of a scam: The Green32.com site redirects to the following URL you see in the code below...


Code:
http://financial-reports.org/biz/us/?&t202id=300008&t202kw=bo0078&match=&c3=&ne=

This is a screen capture from the link above:


That looks pretty legit, right? Well, there are some major red flags. I've detailed them below:

1. Every single link on that page points directly to the scam "work at home" site allegedly setup by this Angela Bussio woman. If you click on any of the tabs on the top, guess what? You end up at the Profit Masters Academy scam page. The entire top menu bar of Home, Finance, Tech, Economy, Media, All Stories, Porfolios, Market News, Videos, Investing and More ALL point to the scam site.

2. The comments section has all awkwardly pre-written comments that are all positive. It has a form you can fill out to add a comment, but you'll never see it go live. These are no real testimonials from users of this program. These are all fake comments!

3. There is a video from NBC 10 on the page. It does look as if it is a real news clip. However, this Angela Bussio's program is not mentioned. All this scammer did was find some video footage of an interview with someone who works from home, and passed it off as if it was in regards to their scam.

4. Finally, the best part about this website. Are you ready? This so called financial-reports.org doesn't even have a main page. When you visit http://financial-reports.org, you get a blank screen. If you take a look at the source code, there is a single "1" and that's it. The site was purchased on April 25th 2012, and used solely to pander the scam. Below is the full WHOIS data on this website.


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Registrant Street1:11400 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 200
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Now on to the scam itself. After you click anywhere on that rather convincing looking "news site", you then find yourself being redirected to the site below:

Code:
http://profitmastersacademy.com/pmaangela97/?misc1=800-317-2807&caid=28972&misc3=638730341&caCode=GhpmAngBus&nopop=0&stid=363&cid2=9878

Screen capture of the initial page:



Here's another gem when it comes to "make money from home" online scams. Below are a couple of odd things this page that are damn near synonymous with scams like this:

1. The claims of being on the TV shows listed (CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, ABC, USA Today, etc.) are lies. I have thoroughly searched YouTube for this Angela Bussio woman where she claims to have appeared on these networks, and found nothing. Instead, I found dozens of YouTube videos of her just talking into the camera about, you guessed it, the scam! I'm considering emailing each organization she lists, so that they may decide to go after the scammers legally.

2. The page offers no initial details about such a program. It is setup specifically to get someone interested in dollar signs rather than any mention as to what the person would be doing. It also doesn't mention the cost of the program. No, you don't get to see those detail until after you input your first name, last name, and phone number. NOTE: If you plan on messing around on the site to see it for yourself, I'd suggest putting fake details into those three forms in order to move on to the next page.

3. The claims of being an "Author and T.V. Personality". Well, the latter of the two was already shown to be bullshit. I have yet to find any video evidence of her being on any network as she has claimed. So what about the "Author" portion? Surprise, surprise! A search through Amazon doesn't show up as anything under the name "Angela Bussio". However, from a Google search, I found that she has her own website, which is http://angelabussio.com. All it is, is a shitty blog that looks like it was setup over night. However, there is a "Buy my Book" tab.

But wait, when you click on the Buy my Book tab, you go the following Amazon listing that does not have her listed as an author of the book:



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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 06:05:55 PM »
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Now getting back to the main spam site. Let's say you added a fake name and phone number in order to advance as I had done. Below is the next page you will find the bulk of the scam that is spelled out in a great deal of promising words, but lacks substance as to exactly what you will be doing. Below are a couple of points I'd suggest you check out when looking over this page. Below is the site URL, and a screen cap of just the top:

Code:
http://profitmastersacademy.com/pmaangela97/congratulations.aspx


1. This page of the scam is extremely long winded, and doesn't explain what someone enrolled in the program would have to do in order to make the money. Instead, its centralized idea behind it is that you WILL MAKE MONEY! Tons of money! It's complete with screen shots of so-called "sales" in your inbox, and filled with an immense amount of bullshit regarding the how much you'd make over a certain amount of time.

2. The side bar starts off by naming off news stories of others who have made money working from home. The only problems is that there are no sources, or mention as to the programs those people used, if they were true. I'm assuming all of these stories are fabricated out of thin air.

3. Next down the list, you find an odd little banner claiming that the site is link partners with Google, Bing, Ask.com, and Yahoo! This is outright bullshit. What, do they think they can get away with saying that they are link partners because they have links on those sites?

4. Next, you see the so-called Testimonials. These are all outright bullshit. How do I know this? Well, a quick search of the images using TinEye.com of those individuals seen in the pictures turns out that they are traced back to websites like Getty Images that offer the use of stock pictures.

Check out this handsome guy who "wrote" a testimonial:


Oops... It turns out he's been used in many other places, and possibly originated from Getting Images. Click to view the TinEye.com analysis!

5. Finally, we work our way all the way down the page to her "Three Easy Steps" that include: (1) Watch her videos, (2) Spam advertisements, and (3) check your email box for all of those "sales" you get.  [/size]

So how is this a scam? Here is the breakdown below:

Before going to the final page, let's take a good look at two contradictions from the page stating your final price, and what little things are added to your bill that are inconspicuously hidden in the Terms Of Service you only find linked to once on each page, and all of the way at the bottom.

Here is a screen capture from the page explained above. It states that you will be only charged the amount of $97, and (as they put in bold) you will not see any recurring monthly charges.




The problem is that the Terms Of Service agreement seems to conflict with this notion that there are no monthly charges. Below is a snippet from the Terms of Service agreement:

You also, by purchasing access to the education area, agree to report violations of these Terms and Conditions by others to Profit Masters Academy. The price of registration is a one time fee of $97 dollars. The registration fee will grant you 30 days of access to the education area and materials. After registration an optional Web builder is available for $77 dollars. The Web builder is a tool that builds a customizable e-commerce website quickly and easily. An optional membership to DROPSHIP SUPPLY FLOOR is available for $47 dollars and it includes access to a database of dropshipping products that can easily be listed and sold. An optional Profit Masters Academy SEO Marketing Guide is available for a one time fee of $9.95 and is instantly available via download, (if download fails please contact customer service at support@profitmastersacademy.com or 877-387-1585).


So basically, you are charged $97 off the bat, but you are only granted access to their material for 30 days? Wait, what happened to the mention of lifetime membership to their VIP section? Then there is the introduction of another $77 website. There is no possible way that the service is some kind of lifetime service. To sustain that e-commerce site they give you, I'm sure that $77 is a monthly cost, which would be extremely overpriced. Finally, there is that $10 purchase of another product they are selling.

Finally, there is the checkout screen when you click to order the product. Now after you've seen the mentions of added purchases, the checkout screen doesn't offer options to purchase those other offers. There is no mention as to if those will be added onto your bill automatically.



Well, there you have it. Here is yet another scam that will likely bilk $100's out of people who think that the "news" site was legitimate, who will think this Angela Bussio woman is what she says she is, and more than likely will find that their initial payment doesn't give them everything unless the fork over more cash. I've covered many of scams similar to this. Many of these usually have numerous tiers where they ask for money. First they take your initial money. Once you log in, they will already be offering more offers. Sometimes they will say you can have a personal manager for $xxx amount. Then they offer some kind of Elite VIP Membership for $xxx amount. It never ends. Once you give up after spending hundreds of dollars after seeing no real return, you realize that the Money Back Guarantee already ended.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 09:01:48 PM »
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So true but sadly happens everyday,  Shocked
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