Scam: Google Money System or Google Kit

Mar 16, 2009 • 8:11 am | comments (34) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

I have been seeing a strong wave of posts and discussion threads on the topic of the Google Money System or Google Kit. In short, there are emails going out telling people Google will pay you by using Google's services. I did not get into the details on how they work, but I can tell you, Google is not paying you for these services.

I see tons of threads, tons of them, in the various forums, asking why hasn't Google paid me for this yet. Or asking more questions about these services. Google has not yet responded officially because Google isn't offering any of these programs. I am sure their lawyers are on it, trying to crack down on these people using Google's name in part of this scam.

One thread at Google Web Search has a confirmation from a third party member, who responded to this claim. The person said:

Just because the Google name is mentioned does not mean that Google has anything to do with it. There is wide-spread use of the Google name in relation to money-making schemes. You will have to use your common sense as you evaluate anything like this (even when the Google name is not mentioned.) Read the fine print on the sites. Search the internet for other discussions about the specific offer that you are checking into. A search on this site for [ money ] [ cash ] [ scam ] should provide you with a variety of opinions about these types of schemes.

I assume Googlers can't officially respond until their lawyers look into it. But Google should do something, because it seems like this issue is getting worse. I guess an official blog post on the issue would do good. If that blog post ranked #1 in both the organic and paid listings, it might save some people from signing up to this possible scam.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search.

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Comments:

Ageanhawk

11/24/2009 06:00 am

Everyone, Google does have a program that pays people who "PUBLISH" links to "Advertiser" sites, promotions and or coupons on "THEIR" web site. However, in order to do this, you must apply to Google to be accepted as a member of the Google Google Affiliate Network program. Additionaly, you have to be approved by the advertiser(s). From what I understood, you acceptance by either party is dependant uppon the Web Page you run and wether they belive that it will generate desired web trafic. So if you currently run a web page that draws alot of trafic you may be a good candidate for the Google Affiliate Network program. However, keep in mind that Google has imposed alot of legal requirements, clauses, etc. that if you do not adhere to, they can shut your account off without notice, or withold future payments based on input from the applicable advertiser. Also you should know that in order to get any percentage of commision, the link that you post must be clicked by a person (not a robot)and a product must be purchased. Additionaly, the advertiser can withold commision if the merchandise is returned. How they determine this????? Anyway the intent is to prevent people from setting up a system of clicking on the link, making a purchase and then just returning the merchandise just to generate revenue. My main point for posting this blog is to point out the fact that there is a lagitimate way to make money from google for posting links, but it requires much more then just posting links. You must either have or develop your own web page that that is reviewed by Google and its advertisers and determined to be a trafic generating web page. Then you must coorinate with the advertisers to get and or maintain add links on your site. If the advertiser wants you to remove an add then you must do it immediately or risk being removed from the Google Affiliate Network program and once that happens you cannot reapply. If after all my blabbing you are still interested in making money from Google at home, then view the following web link to begin your own research. http://www.google.com/ads/affiliatenetwork/ Lastly, as most everyone else that has posted to this blog, I too was enticed by these SCAM News Reports that claim you can make $300 a day "as seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, CNBC, USA TODAY, Consumer Reports" but when I clicked on the link that I though would take me to a legitimate source (like Google.com) it took me to the same BS web site that said it would only cost me $1.49 for shipping and handeling for the program CD but right there at the bottom it stated "*Google™ does not endorse or sponsor this site and is in no way affiliated with Internet Profit House. *Earnings Disclaimer - Your level of success in attaining the results claimed in our materials depends on the time you devote to the program, ideas and techniques mentioned, your finances, knowledge and various skills". Clearly a SCAM, I did not persue further except to go to the source (Google) to see if there actualy was a business oportunity availible. There is, but you will most definately have to work for it not only in web management, but in tracking, maintenance and salesmanship with the advertisers. Good luck!

debra lewis

11/24/2009 01:28 pm

OMG I just did this, i don't normally fall for scams i can't believe i did this! If i ring up to cancel will it actually work or should i just cancel my credit card? Please help!!

newbie

11/24/2009 08:57 pm

Obviously Google does have this program called Google Adsense. And you can really make money using this. But its getting kind of hard to get their approval. As far as the money kit is concerned, you can see there are people making money using <a href="http://moneykitgoogle.com/">Google Money Kit</a></p>. Its all about how you apply yourself. Aboce example is a real one to see that money can be made. Rest is up to us.

roni

12/02/2009 09:14 pm

all i wanna say its a excellent scam wish to love to do that but don't know how

english

12/07/2009 01:47 pm

Why does it seem that half the people posting on here cant spell or avoid a ridiculous amount of typos. no wonder you all fell for scams

Ms.

12/08/2009 06:06 pm

Lol to the comment above!!! I almost did it, but Its a scam DONT DO IT!!!!

Adnan Ahmed

12/09/2009 10:20 am

I have received many such mails, but thanks to Almighty didn't invested.

shylee

12/15/2009 04:36 am

just cancel the visa or mastercard.. they got the dollar and 97 cents out of me i found out it was a scam and cancelled my card right away and they never got another dime.. fool i was and i am a nurse .. luckily i acted quickly and got out of it...

Jr R

12/16/2009 01:06 am

Everyone asking questions if its a scam or not here's your proof that google is doiing something about it http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/12/09/tsr.tatton.scam.artists.cnn?iref=allsearch

Sherri

12/16/2009 08:04 pm

I ordered a CD to learn how to sell on e-bay and to learn about Google which cost $1.95. The CD's were both blank and I was unknowingly automatically entered into other programs, such as SUP*SUCCESSSYSTE 866-3519154 OH, which charged my account $48.23 and SUP*GROWTHTOOLS 866-4514292 OH which has charged my account $79.17 and SUP*POWERPLATFOR 866-3519646 OH which charged my account $24.13, none of which are refundable. This is the biggest RIPOFF!!!!!!! Do not fall for the $1.95 like I did, you will greatly regret it. You can call and cancel, once you have been charged all of this money, but you CANNOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK ON THE THINGS YOU DID NOT ORDER!! There went my Christmas.

Karen

12/30/2009 07:42 pm

The best thing to do is cancel your credit card if you put any of your information in. I tried to cancel right after I put my information in and they say NO REFUNDS!!They will charge you $79.17 and $47.50 a month and I don't know how much more so I canceled my credit card to be safe. I would rather pay the $5.00 charge to my bank.Also ask your bank you can fill out a denial form for the charges. That's what I'll be doing tomorrow. HOPE THIS SAVES SOMEONE THE HEADACHE.......

Melissa Dietz

01/03/2010 06:35 pm

First off if you do this scam and you give them your credit card or debit Number they will withdrawk $30 to $70 every two weeks. I did this and demanded my money back which they refunded. CHANGE YOUR CREDIT NUMBER IMMEDIATELY

Torrian

01/07/2010 10:25 pm

hEY EVERYONE READ tHIS AND PASS IT ON Google Pro Kit is a Big Scam Posted by Alan Liew | 1:25 PM 175 comments Firstly, Google Pro Kit program has nothing to do with Google. The owner of this money making program just name it to make it interesting. The Google Pro Kit also called Internet Income Pro Kit. I signed up to promote Google Pro Kit program few days ago through a quality affiliate network called PepPerJam affiliate Network. The Google Pro Kit affiliate program is very attractive. It has become one of the top performers in PepPerJam which means a lot of web publishers and bloggers have joined it , promoted it widely on the Internet and made good money with it. The web publishers will get paid $22 for each qualified lead generated for Google Pro Kit. Getting a qualified lead from Google Pro Kit is pretty simple. Any US or Canada visitor who fill out their personal details in the Google Pro Kit lead page and pay $3.88 to have the free Google Pro Kit mail to them will be counted as a qualified lead. With this easy action, the web publishers will earn $22. So, What's the problem? Firstly they don't send the kit. A lot of people have complained about this. Secondly, they will charge you $72.21 after seven day and you will probably not aware of it. This is the terrible part. When you sign up for the free kit to mail to your address, you will also be entered into a free seven days trial membership which will charge $72.21 to your credit card after 7 days. The visitors have complained that nothing about the $72.21 membership fee was mentioned during the sign up process. But in the Google Pro Kit sign up page, they do placed a 'Term & Conditions' link at the bottom. The Term & Conditions page has loads of content and in a section of the content, they do have described about the $72.21 membership fee and clearly stated that it is not refundable after charged. So, this is how they trick people. You wouldn't know exactly what you are actually signing up for unless only if you click the Term & Conditions link that 'hide' at the bottom of the sign up page and carefully read it. As they are paying so well to the web publishers. Many publishers have widely promoted it, so stay away if you see this Google Pro Kit offer on the Internet. The owner of Google Pro Kit is very clever, he has made the web publishers thought that it is a legit program that they can promote to make money. So many has joined it. Me as a blogger has also joined and promoted this program for two days. I placed a Google pro kit ad on this blog for the past two days. But, after I find out the truth about this program few hours ago, I removed the Google Pro Kit ad completely on this blog. But, a bad news to me is that I have generated two leads for Google Pro Kit in past two days, earning me $44. I have no idea who has signed up through the ad on this blog. If you are the one, please call 1-888-657-8585 immediately to cancel the $72.21 membership they have entered for you. Hope you come back to visit my blog and read this post. I can pay you back the shipping if you request for. I can even pay you the $22 commission I have earned as a apology for promoting a problem program to you. But, please send some proofs to me when you like to claim the money. Google Pro Kit affiliate program no doubt is a great program for web publishers to make money online. I think I can make over one thousand dollar monthly if I continue to promote Google Pro Kit on this blog. But, unfortunately, it is a scam. Luckily I managed to find out the truth about this program after two days I promoted it and save me from becoming a blogger that put people into a big scam program.

Rogerio da Silva

01/08/2010 06:02 pm

I believed on the advert as they used the google name with tha story of having the basic account for £1.50 I believed and placed the order. Now, after 7 days £38.15 was taken plus on both transactions a fee.... Tried to contact them but no response. I contacted my Bank and I realised this is a know scamm and it is happening a lot lately, they are aware but can't do nothing as we have handed the card details to the company. I can open a case in 30 days but it is not guranted that I will be refunded. The only thing it was suggest is to cancel my card as stop them take any more money from it with out my concern. They must be doing with millions of people all over the world, if you see this message, contact your bank ASAP to cancel your card. If I hear anything at all I'll post here...

Kisses5

01/16/2010 12:57 am

YES! THAT GOOGLE CRAP IS A SCAM! I MYSELF WAS A VICTIM AND I BELIEVE IT WAS MY FAULT BECAUSE I WAS SO BUSY TRYING TO GETMONEY QUICK THAT I DID NOT READ THE FINE PRINT.... OH BUT U BEST BELIEVE WHO-EVER THEY ARE, GAVE ME MY MONEY BACK DOWN TO THE PENNY!

Silverstone

01/30/2010 05:05 am

Yep, they did it to me too. Cancel your credit card right away. Those bastards even had the nerve to send me emails...I sent them a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo back plus a few really bad words! I disputed both, yep, it was that $1.99 thingy..and I did not see anywhere where they nailed you on a continual basis. *uckers. STAY AWAY FROM THIS STUFF, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE!

bill

02/13/2010 02:55 pm

Google is crap the only thing they are interested in is taking your money per click. And if you do not pay they drop your PR. Every time my PR goes up they drop it down. Maybe it should have been called ripmeoff Google. I have not received not one customer from Google clicks the only one making money is Google….

Shehab

02/18/2010 07:34 pm

Google Adwords pay for traffic, thats true. However two things everyone needs to know: 1. Adwords does not pay as much as these scams "Google Kit",etc claim. In fact to make that kind of money you need to have Facebook like traffic. 2.Google has at multiple times stated that they do not endorse all these "Google" products/kits. Everything you need to know is online on Google's website. The metrics are clear on how much they will pay for traffic. I have never bought into the Google kit, altough there ads always look good.

cori

02/22/2010 09:51 pm

Google is fucking me hard right now in there affiliate program. They did not tell me when I signed up about any additional fees. As soon as I get my site up and running they shut it down without warning. It took them an entire week of “not knowing” how it happened, or who shut it down, to find out it was them because I didn’t pay them another hidden fee. Any time I ask a question nobody on the phone can answer it, it can only be answered by step 7 in the program guide. Or I have to call someone else and ask them, but you don’t get a person you get an answering machine. And of course it takes a few days to get back to you. I find a good niche and they tell me to go to a certain website, but I can’t use that sites search function until I create an account, but since I don’t have my website up I can’t create an account. Why the fuck did you send me there if you knew I couldn’t sign up in the first place you fucks. It’s a big fucking scam with a no money back go fuck you self guarantee. I need to find a way to press charges.

Courtney

03/12/2010 11:37 pm

I've been getting these emails through craigslist. I'm trying to sell something, and each time I get an email half of the time it's someone with a short response, such as 'i'll take it' or 'how much?' After my ad clearly states the price, well anyways, there will be a quick automated response with this googleandmoney thing. It's getting very annoying. I'm actually trying to sell things, and people are spamming me.

g.hunt

03/18/2010 05:36 am

common people get a brain. The only people who ever make money from these get rich fast online systems are the people who take you're money to sign you up. there are no online work at home jobs that will make you money. even if they advertise on tv only a very very very small percent will ever make any money. All these systems and scams are designed to do one thing. Take you're money as they laugh all the way to the bank. cha ching, another sucker born every minute. to those who thin this stuff is real because they show you a check. uumm you ever stop to think just maybe the check is fake as well. If you have to pay any money at all or provide C.C. or bank info to work it's a scam. as muh as we all would like to make money online, only dishonest scumbags make money off of what seems an endless supply of suckers.

Blake

06/03/2010 08:54 pm

I disagree....I personally know people that are getting paid twice a week by Google with an attached 1099 for taxes.....placing ads and links that are pop ups mostly on similar queries clicked.....not bad money either

kevin

09/12/2010 12:44 am

they took my money i want my money back or im sueingthem

Karl

09/19/2010 04:03 am

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Wally

11/22/2010 03:52 pm

You are right. I think that Google should do something to stop all of these scams out that claim to help others make money on Google or even pose at their representatives. Too many sincere people people lose their hard earned money in the scams.

Ohna98

12/06/2010 07:36 am

what i think is why would google or fake googlers be potentially be giving out money.

Derp

03/09/2011 12:04 pm

It's not google, man. It's someone using their name. the reason google doesn't sue their arses is because they're hard to trace and if you shut down one site a dozen more pop up in their wake. You didn't get scammed by google, you got scammed by a scammer.

Davidu41

03/21/2011 05:43 pm

has anyone heard of people getting scamed thru google collect. I was told I could buy something long distance and the money be set up in escrow til I recieve the item and it passes my inspect and then assuming it passes,I contact google and they release the funds. Item is cheap, and there is a great story but I have never heard of that type of google transaction.

Cris

04/08/2011 01:55 am

We have received this today: Google 12th Anniversary Awards, 94 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RY, United Kingdom. Congratulations !!! We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won you an Award in the Google 12th Year Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc, held on Feb 28th, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. The Anniversary Centre of Google Inc randomly selected 10 email Addresses through a computer ballot system to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (250,000.00 GBP) each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing (GOOGLE.ORG) promotion. Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 21 days from the day of notification. Award Reference code: GOOGLE09/294/M-3 File number: G12/1 Send your complete personal information with your Award Ref and File No to us to enable us process your claim. 1. Full Name: 2. Contact Address: 3. Country: 4. Telephone No: 5. Marital Status: 6. Occupation: 7. Sex: 8. Age: 9. Email: Director of Operations: Dr. Mike Williams Tel: +447010047115 Email: gplclondon1@live.co.uk Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address. Congratulations!! Yours Sincerely, Google Management ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------- After 12 years of establishment, Google Inc is worth over US$23 Billion with over 20,000 workers worldwide making it the best and most successful online search engine around the globe. Keep your Award information confidential.

Blargh

07/18/2011 07:42 pm

I am sure their lawyers are on it, trying to crack down on these people using Google's name in part of this scam. Well, they're not quick about it...those fake ads are still all over the place.

Daddylos200709

10/21/2011 01:27 am

how do you do it ?

Richardoworu

10/26/2011 05:46 pm

how do i join!

Earn Money Online

11/22/2011 11:51 am

The question i keep asking anyone who cares to discuss this issue is why is that adverts keeps running on high profile websites and everyone who get involved is complaining of no pay and all of that.

stega

02/04/2012 06:53 am

I have also received such an email on two occasions but just ignored them

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