Beware: Deceptive Work at Home Opportunities (UWCCorp) on the Loose

Source- http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/deceptive-work-at-home/#more-15489

By Holly Reisem Hanna

I was doing some online research, when I saw an ad that said, “I make $486 every day. Work from home and earn $13,745 a month”. Red warning flags immediately went off in my head, as this looked like many of the other deceptive work at home opportunities that have been promoted in the past.

Just like the Easy Google Profits promotion, when I clicked on the ad, I was directed to a site that looked like an online news publication, called the Online Career Journal. The article on the site, stated how Melissa Johnson of Austin, Texas (my hometown) made $8,000 a month just by using a work at home kit that cost less than $50.

Because I’m familiar with this type of deceptive advertising, I immediately went to the bottom of the page where it stated the following:

“As an advertorial, this page receives compensation for clicks on or purchase of products featured on this site. This program is not a job but an educational opportunity that can help individuals learn how to earn money through their entrepreneurial efforts. Anyone who decides to buy any program about making money will not necessarily make money simply by purchasing the program.”

So obviously, this was not true editorial content, but indeed an advertisement for a work at home kit called, Profit Web System.

But, what is Profit Web System?

When I clicked on the Profit Web System’s link, it brought me to a landing page with Angela Bussio’s image and name on it. Not being familiar with Angela Bussio, I decided to Google her. From what I could find, she appears to be a speaker, author and life coach, owning the following businesses: Attracting Joy, Design My Destiny, and Real Stress Solutions.

While I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary on her websites, I did find her Facebook Fan Page (Real Stress Solutions) of interest. Numerous individuals had left negative comments about one of her programs, Profit Master’s Academy.

I also performed a Google keyword search on “Angela Bussio + scams” and I got a lot of negative results. You can check out a few of the negative comments listed on the Ripoff Report. I decided to take my research one step further, by contacting Angela via email to see if she endorsed this program, and if she did, what exactly was it?

I never received a response back.

Basically, Profit Web Systems claims that individuals can make money by placing links for companies on various websites. They even claim, that you can make $15 per link placed. So, if you place 10 links an hour, you’ll make $150 an hour. To learn how to place these links, you need to purchase their program which is a hefty $97.

So would I ever recommend this program for individuals who want to work from home?

Absolutely not!

This type of scam has been circulating around since 2009 under various names like Easy Google Profit, Home Cash Kit, and Google Money Master.  In fact it’s become so popular, that Snopes.com wrote a scam alert about it.

So what red warning flags should you watch out for when looking for work at home opportunities?

  • Vague job descriptions
  • Lack of contact information
  • High payouts with little or no work
  • Poor ratings on the Better Business Bureau website
  • Deceptive marketing and advertising practices
  • Boasting fake affiliations and partnerships
  • Negative reviews
  • Too good to be true offers

If you’d like to see what this deceptive work at home opportunity looks like, you can check it out at the links below. I have also seen this type of opportunity being promoted with Kelly Nelson as the subject, and the product being called the Internet Biz Kit.

http://www.careerjournalonline.net/latest/workfromhome/trifu/00aoz3/us3/

http://profitwebsystem.com/pmaangela97/congratulations.aspx

http://profitwebsystem.com/pmaangela97/

Have you fallen prey to a work at home scam?

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The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original author. 

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Update 03-03-2014 – I received this email from Angela Bussio:

Holly – I saw your article reviewing a product with my name on it and I want you to know that whomever is using my name is committing FRAUD. I am currently in conversations with FBI and Google legal to get many of these listing de-indexed and to stop using MY NAME for Adwords campaigns! Unbelievable! These are fraudulent reports and sites using my name – and it has been difficult if not impossible to track down whomever is doing this – but I think it is important that you are reporting a SCAM that is actually a SCAM!

I did a Promo video for a “friend” a couple of years  ago, in exchange for them offering my newsletter “Real Stress Solutions” ( which is what I reaLLY DO) as a bonus when they signed up. They ended up Branding the product with my picture making it look like it was my product. I have been in legal entanglements with them since and just received  a settlement to start to clean up my reputation – just as they were endicted by the FTC and had all their assets frozen.

Since then – other people have actually branded me on their products with my pictures and even made fake videos of another woman with my name on them! They have all been reported to the FTC and now many of the sites are gone. I would just like your help in getting the word out that these scams are actually scamming ME as well as the consumer.

If you would like to talk to me about this issue, I am happy to have that conversation. These are NOT MY PRODUCTS and you are advocating for people like me that get scammed. I would love to let your audience know what happened to me and how they need to be so careful who they partner up with – even if it is a “friend”. In fact I have even spoken to audiences to warn them about the unintended reputation consequences of bad partnerships.

I have never done anything to hurt anyone – in fact I personally have an “A” rating with the BBB – so this whole situation has been so upsetting to me. I am a therapist that just thought I could help more if I took my products and frame worked my therapies for consumption online. I have NEVER had any product that has anything to do with Home Based Business. I was very naive – now I am cleaning up a big mess.

Please call me if you need any more clarification and I would appreciate you clarifying to your audience the situation if you have the heart to do that. These are the links to my REAL business:

Thanks Holly – this is really important to me that the truth gets out there.

Angela Bussio,

CEO/Founder Attracting Joy University
Editor/Publisher Real Stress Solutions

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Business as usual for UWCCorp

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Notice how the spam comments are identical despite advertising different URLs. These messages have been appearing all over the web such as on Youtube, social media and news sites etc.. I typed in the domain “job-files.com” and was led to this familiar page-

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Yes, Kelly Richards is back!

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Clicking on the link on this webpage I was taken to another familiar site-

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Note the text on the right on the screen copy saying “Next cheques go out on January 1st 2015”. There isn’t going to be any cheques going out!

Help stop those scam artists from getting their $10k+ Christmas presents and warn your friends on social media to avoid these bogus sites!

UWC Corp attempts to quash Scam “Myth”

Here is their article posted on talkbiznow.com

With countless testimonials from satisfied students, the UWCCorp Scam has been proven to be a myth. This company offers world-class solutions for online marketing. In today’s world of technology, it is imperative for businesses to have a strong line presence. The Internet gives businesses many platforms to capture a new audience and gain market share. The company’s web-based training gives businesses the knowledge and skills needed to develop effective websites and strategic marketing campaigns. UWC has become the premier name in digital marketing training. Because many college classes lack the up-to-date and practical knowledge needed for internet marketing, many business owners are turning to UWC to master the skills of internet marketing. From the comfort of their homes, business owners can take the company’s online training at their convenience. The bottom line is that the web-based training program at UWC is easy, effective and engaging. The Training at UWC UWC is a trusted name in the industry with an excellent training program. Here is a list of some of the features and highlights of the training program: -Professional: UWC is an authoritative company with a professional staff. The training program was developed from online experts who have years of hands-on experience. These experienced experts know all the online strategies that work. Students are given all the effective strategies for the latest online marketing trends, such as mobile marketing and Google+. -Business Oriented: The training program at UWC is geared specifically for businesses. Specific instruction is given on how businesses can develop brand and develop a customer base. Each venue of marketing is covered in detail, such as the creation of a Facebook business page. The program only presents strategies that have been proven to be effective for businesses. -Easy: The training program is comprised of a large learning collection of engaging videos. With audio and animation, the program is easy to follow. Students can quickly learn through step-by-step video instead of having to read long text. -Comprehensive: Every topic related to online marketing and website creation is covered. In addition, each topic details its relationship to business online subjects. Students learn how to effectively social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Pay-per-click advertising, search engine optimization and Google Ads are also covered. The UWCCorp Scam has been debunked. Businesses have come to realize that the UWCCorp Scam was just a tall tale and recognize the incredible value of the company’s training program.

Another similar article was posted on linkedin.com which you can read by clicking here. The article begins with the two sentences, “Word about the UWCCorp Scam has experienced a quick death. With so many rave reviews from students, it is clear that the web-based education training program at UWC is professional and effective.”

So then answer us this question, UWC; where can we see those “rave” reviews or those “countless” testimonials? You can search for those non-existent reviews on your search engine; type in “uwc corp reviews” or “uwc corp testimonials”, you will not get any luck. Instead, you will come across articles by some financial reporting websites, evidently paid by UWC Corp to post them, and on UWC’s own blogger site, UWCCorp Reviews, all promoting social media marketing as the next best thing; fitting too, since we are on the subject of “myths”!

Social media marketing doesn’t work. Users ignore the advertising put up on them, the same way as you vaguely close the banners on the Youtube video you are trying to watch, or skip the ads. Social media marketing benefits big companies because they pay social networking sites a fortune to promote them. For small businesses, social media marketing isn’t any better than Google adwords.
I did manage to find ONE positive review on UWC’s own weebly account

Q. What were you looking for before you signed up with Universal Web Consulting?
A. As a recent college graduate, I was excited to put my marketing skills to use in the real world. While I knew much about print and television advertising, I quickly realized that today’s marketing platform is all about the Internet, a medium I lacked comprehensive knowledge in. I needed a program that could teach me everything about online marketing from start to finish.

Q. As someone who completed the Universal Web Consulting training program, what would you say you gained?
A. Universal Web Consulting really helped me to learn the concrete skills necessary to handle online marketing from every angle. Knowing general marketing theory is great, but if you don’t have the know-how or the necessary tools to put them into action, that knowledge is of little use.

Q. As a student of the program, did you receive enough support?
A. Absolutely. Representatives were always available to help and willing to work through my issues as they arose. I felt that the entire team at Universal Web Consulting wanted me to succeed, so they did everything in their power to help me reach my goals.

Q. Specifically, what were some of the skills you acquired throughout the program?
A. One of my biggest fears was html code. Before I enrolled in the program, the thought of html was completely intimidating. However, after the first few sessions, I realized I had nothing to worry about. The program went at my pace and explained everything very well. Every question I had was answered and my fears were soon dissolved.

Who did they interview? Is it a real person? UWC Corp are no strangers to bogus comments when it comes to promoting their own business. Here are some of them posted on whocallsme.com

NICOLE replies to lillian

26 Oct 2010

THIS IS NOT SCAM…U CAN EARN INCOME BY POSTING @ PROMOTING A PRODUCT …I EARNED ALMOST 2K USD EVERYMONTH ..IT DEPENDS ON UR EFFORT ON HOW MANY PRODUCT U PROMOTE….TRY IT….

HUGH

26 Oct 2010

EARNING MONEY AS FAST AND EASY IN UNIVERSAL WEB CONSULTING! ITS REALLY FOR REAL.. I AM EARNING ADDITIONAL INCOME IN THIS BUSINESS NOT TO MENTION I HAVE A FURNITURE BUSINESS AS WELL.

CARL replies to NICOLE

26 Oct 2010

YESS..ITS REAL…

Fantasia Scott

26 Oct 2010

Universal web consulting is a real company.they are helping lot of people all over the globe. To all the pesrons who’s saying that it is scam i just wanna inform you guys that you are totally wrong.I’m really thankful because this company helped me to fulfill my financial needs. Now, I have enough money to support my study and to help my family as well.

KELLY replies to CARL

26 Oct 2010

YES I TRIED IT @ I LOVE DOIN THIS BUSSINESS…TENX FOR CALLING ME GUYS @ GIVING ME A CHANCE TO TRY IT….I EARN A LOT…

iamawinner

26 Oct 2010

check this out jewelries.com and see it for yourself.
you guys never tried it so dont complain !!!!

CHRIS replies to KELLY

26 Oct 2010

for only $ 1.95..then i already have my own bussiness…..i earn a lot everymonth @ $29.95 for mothly fee..is not even a fraction…

WANDA replies to CHRIS

26 Oct 2010

DONT THINK ALL D PEOPLE WHO CALLED YOU IS A SCAMMERS..THEY JUST WANT TO HELP US TO HAVE AN EXTRA INCOME…NW BCOZ OF THEM I EARN A LOT

JULIE MICHIGAN

26 Oct 2010

I RECEIVED A FON CALL ONCE FROM THIS COMPANY AND THE CONSULTANT EXPLAINED WELL THE PROCESS AND THE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW I COULD START EARNING ADDITIONAL INCOME. I WAS INTERESTED ON THE IDEA BUT I WAS SO HESITANT AND RELUCTANT TO START ON THIS KIND OF BUSINESS BECAUSE I AM NOT SO FAMILIAR HOW TO MANAGE A WEBSITE BUT I WAS SO SURPRISED BECAUSE WHEN I STARTED THE BUSINESS FOR ONLY JUST 1.29 THEY TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING AND UWC GAVE ME THE INCOME I WAS SUPPOSE TO GET! KUDOS TO UWC!

ikira replies to Tina

26 Oct 2010

got a call from this number too. And a guy told me everything about the online marketing. He was asking for $1.95 for the set up and i asked him to cll me back coz a friend of mine just started the same business but not sure if it was with the same company. So i went to my friend and ask if it was from uwc and i found out that it was the same company.She was so happy so far so im waiting for his call.

Andie

26 Oct 2010

i think this one is true cuz my fiance’ had this online business and now he’s earning money.. we really need the money for the wedding and uwc really helped us alot..

icon replies to nird

26 Oct 2010

this is not a scam, they are doing business globally that is how legitimate they are.. They are also registered from the BBB you can check it out yourself, Thousands of people already doing the business and earn income..

MICHAEL replies to nird

26 Oct 2010

yes its real..i tried it @ i earned a lot of money becoz of them..they are not scam…i already recommend it to my friend @ they also really like this bussiness..

ALEX replies to tats

26 Oct 2010

I THNK THEIR BISSINESS IS FROM ARIZONA @ THEY HELP PEOPLE 2 HAV AN ONLINE BUSSINESS…I HAV A FRIEND TRY IT @ ITS REAL..

icon replies to nird

26 Oct 2010

you should look first some information about their company on their website coz you can use that to search at BBB.. go to their website then click on contact us..

HUGH replies to Marlo

27 Oct 2010

I STARTED MY BUSINESS ALREADY WITH UWC AND I AM WITH THIS BUSINESS ALREADY FOR 2 MONTHS AND I LIKE HOW THE WAY THEY TOOK CARE OF ME AND MY BUSINESS. THE WEBSITE GAVE ME OPPORTUNITIES TO EARN AND TO LEARN AS WELL. I AM NOT THAT TECHY AND NOT AN ONLINE PERSON, BUT NOW I AM LEARNING THEY PROVIDED ME TECHNIQUES HOW TO ATTAIN MY FINANCIAL GOALS.YOU DO NOT NEED TO WORRY BECAUSE EVERYTHING TAKING CARE OF.GOOD LUCK! MAKE MORE MONEY MARLO!

VAN replies to Foxyknights

27 Oct 2010

NO ITS NoT A SCAM….OF COURSE THEY NEED YOUR BANK DETAILS FOR THE ACTIVATION OF UR WEBSITE SINCE THEY ONLY ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT…..@ I TRIED TO SIGN UP @ GIVE THEM MY BANK DETAILS @ SO FAR THEY CHARGE ME ONLY $1.95 FOR 5 DAYS TRIAL NO OTHER CHARGES….@ ITS UP TO ME IF I WANT TO CONTINUE THE BUSSINESS…THEN I CHOOSE TO CONTINUE THEN THEY CHARGE ME ONLY $29.95 FOR THE MONTHLY FEE BT ITS FINE COZ I EARNED A LOT MORE THAN THAT A MONTH…. IVE BEEN DOIN THIS BUSSINESS FOR ALMOST 8MTHS @ REALLY HELP ME FOR MY FINANCIAL NEEDS…GIRL PROVIDED HER PERSONAL INFO..I HAVE HER COMPANY ID # CUSTOMER SERVICES..THANX UWC….

I only posted the comments from the first two pages; in total, they have swamped the first three pages in an almost chain pattern. Notice what these comments have in common? Most of them have been written in block capitals, others display a poor level of grammar, most notably where the pronoun “I” is written in lower case. Incidently, jewelries.com is NOT a UWC website, nice try to the commentator who mentioned the domain.
So, UWC Corp, how about some positive reviews from REAL people?