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BBB Warns of Google Name Used by Work at Home Offers
December 15, 2009
Raleigh business alleges consumers can make money by marketing on the Internet

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 5, 2009)— Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina warns consumers to beware of Internet work at home scams operating under the Raleigh-based company, Eco Venture Group, LLC. Eco Venture Group, LLC uses several different Web sites under various Google names including Google Profits Kit, as well as other sites named MyBloggingNews.com, and YourBlogProfits.com. BBB has received six complaints against this company within the last four weeks.

“Many consumers are looking for new ways to earn extra money for the holidays and the Google name leads consumers to believe they are getting a job with Google that will provide huge money-making opportunities to work from home,” said Beverly Baskin, President & CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “Unfortunately, consumers are taken in by another work at home opportunity that doesn’t deliver on what is promised and victims find that instead of making a few extra dollars, they lose hundreds.”

Nationally, BBB has received more than 1,500 complaints about many similar Web sites that are falsely operating under Google name to scam people who want to learn about making money from home.

While the schemes go by many different names and are found on many different Web sites, the complaints to BBB are all similar. Complainants for the various Google sites as well as the sites run by Eco Venture Group, LLC, state that they signed up online to receive a free trial of a CD or access to information that would show them how to make money from home using either Google or YourBlogProfits.com. Consumers had to provide a credit or debit card number to cover shipping costs ranging from a few cents to two dollars.

After providing their account number, consumers were billed before their trial ended, or never even received the CD. Even after they had cancelled their orders complainants continued to be billed. These consumers also found mystery charges from several other businesses including Grant Finder and Google Chest for services they didn’t realize they were signing up for with their “free” trial.

Two Web sites, Google Treasure Chest and Google Money Tree, quickly racked up 523 and 782 BBB complaints respectively before being called out by the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General for misleading consumers. The Web sites have been taken down, however, BBB has received complaints about many other work-at-home schemes using similar tactics, including Google Biz Kit, Google Cash, Google Money Profits, and Google Success Kit.

Google posts the work opportunities with their company on their website: http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/.

Before signing up for any work at home opportunity, BBB advises job hunters to:

  • Review the business’s BBB Reliability Report® at bbb.org to find out if BBB has received any complaints on the business or provides other information to consider.
  • Beware of any offer that guarantees a lot of money for little effort and no experience.
  • Thoroughly read the Web site’s terms and conditions, keeping in mind that a free trial could cost you in the end.
  • Be wary of work at home offers that use logos from Google, Twitter or other prominent online businesses. Just because Google is in the name, it doesn’t mean the business is affiliated with Google.
  • Research the Web site with Whois.net or a similar site for determining domain name ownership. If the site is anonymous or individually registered, beware.

For more advice on evaluating work at home companies and schemes, visit www.bbb.org.

About the BBB serving Eastern North Carolina: The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by membership dues from more than 2,900 local businesses and professional firms. The BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by the BBB include, reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, dispute resolution services, and consumer/business education programs. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.

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