Beware of This Phone Scam Mentioning Amazon

Source- http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/phone-scam/

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Just the other day a reader asked me if I had heard of the Amazon Phone Scam. Having an unpublished phone number, I rarely receive any unsolicited phone calls, so I wasn’t aware of it. So, I decided to do some research and see what I could find on it.

First let me preface this post with … Amazon is a legit company that offers individuals three different ways to make money from home. First is through their affiliate program, where publishers make an advertising fee off of items that are promoted and sold on their websites. The second way in which  you can make money on Amazon is through, Amazon Mechanical Turk which is a platform where individuals complete short tasks for money. The third way you can make money from Amazon is by using Amazon’s FBA Program. Basically, Amazon acts as a fulfillment center for your business. You sell stuff, then they pack and ship it for you. They take a 30% cut of the total sales and the rest is your profit. There are no fees to take part in any of these programs, they are free to join.

Now since I have not received this phone call it’s difficult for me to say what exactly it is … and I’m unable to find the landing page for the promotion of this work at home scam. All I have to go on is testimonials from other individuals on forums and blogs. But I think this is the gist of it …

There are work at home ads circulating online, when individuals click on the ad, they are brought to a landing page that requests their name and phone number for additional information. Then the scammers call the individuals with a hyped up pitch about how much money they can make with Amazon. They then ask for your credit card number for a startup fee and this is when they get you. Amazon has nothing to do with this fraudulent opportunity, these are just crooks using Amazon’s good name to promote their scam — the same sort of thing has happened with Google — you can read about it here.

While I was unable to listen or view the promotion for this opportunity, other individuals have mentioned these companies as being affiliated with it: Affiliate Business Group (which has an F rating on the Better Business Bureau website) and Ace Marketing Group, LLC.

Below you can view the various posts and threads on the Amazon Phone Scam.

So what warning flags should you look 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.
  • Having to pay a fee upfront.
  • Giving personal information over the phone, social security number, bank account info, or credit card information.

Have you received a phone call offering this scam? What else have you heard about it?

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UWC’s “Melissa Johnson” Fraudulence Exposed

She is Melissa Johnson. And Theresa Andrews. And Julie Hansen. And whatever other alias she uses.

Where does she live? She lives in a town near you, wherever you are in the world!

As if solid proof of such fraudulence by Universal Web Consulting is needed, I have just uncovered the source of UWC’s famous “jobless mother” photo-

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-4413753-mother-and-son.php

Yes, that photo of “Melissa Johnson” is from a third party source, iStock.

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And since we are on the subject have you met Melissa Johnson’s Asian counterpart, Melissa Jung?

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And then there is Krishna Karpal –

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And finally, Melicia Henry –

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Do you know of any other versions of Melissa Johnson? Post the link in the Comments section below.

 

UWCCorp at it again – Bogus News Site 2014

Universal Web Consulting (UWCCorp) have launched another bogus news page, the “Online Career Journal” featuring a bogus article about a jobless mum from Manchester, Melissa Johnson, making £4,000 – £5,000 a month “working” from home (sound familiar?).

I was redirected to the website after I typed in the domain homewealthsolution.com, which I got from another blog, into the server.

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Notice where it says “WARNING – Offer Expires On 29 April 2014” highlighted in yellow. That “expiry date” will simply be updated the next day you visit the bogus site.

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The “expiry date” shown again. The link listed under “Associated Link” will take you to the registration page, just like anywhere else you click on the webpage (Do NOT click anywhere on the page).

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The Terms & Conditions of the program, unusual to be featured on the webpage of any genuine news site.

Anyone who decides to buy any program about making money will not necessarily make money simply by purchasing the program. People who think “I bought these materials so I’m going to automatically make money” are wrong. As any type of education has so many variables, it is impossible to accurately state what you may expect to achieve, however, people who bought the program not only bought the program, but also undertook additional training and education, applied the principles to an area of the market that was growing, kept their commitments and continued to learn. If you do what the individuals depicted did, you may generally expect to achieve a great education in the area of your choice, but you should not expect to earn any specific amount of money. Typical users of the starter materials that don’t enroll in coaching, don’t keep their commitments and don’t implement what they learn, generally make no money.

You should not expect to make a penny at all by signing up to this scam. Notice the sentence, “people who bought the program not only bought the program, but also undertook additional training and education,”. The additional “training and education” are not purchased together with the program, they are sold seperately as a package “plan” by a representative who would later contact you to hard sell the additional package, usually for thousands of dollars (or hundreds if you negotiate hard enough). UWCCorp are lying through their teeth!

Consistent with the advertorial concept, the comments posted in the comment section are also representative of typical comments and experiences which have been compiled into a comment format to illustrate a dialogue, however, the comments are not actual posts to this webpage and have been compiled or generated for illustrative purposes only.

There you have it. UWCCorp have admitted the Comments on the webpage are all bogus.

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You will see the above page as you try to exit the webpage. It mentions the expiry date is “tomorrow”, however you will get the same message when you visit the next day, day after or the next week. It also mentions a “365 day money back guarantee”. That is a total lie, there is no money back guarantee.

UWCCorp will capture your IP number in order to make their bogus news seem local. This is illustrated by the comments on the blog, Money Making Sites Reviews

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On my server I have the additional “/UK7SS/” after the domain name, limitedtimeopportunity.com, as you can see on the screen copies posted here. As sneaky as UWCCorp are, I am directed to the page, shown below, whenever I delete the additional code from the domain name and hit Enter-

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In order to visit the bogus news page, you will need to type in homewealthsolution.com onto your server, from where you would be redirected to the site. You will get your own encrypted code after the domain name, and Melissa Johnson (or what ever other alias she uses) will suddenly be from a town or city near you, which I would highly appreciate if you could share in the Comments section below.

P.S. Here is another weblink I got from another blog

http://betterlivinginsider.com/biz/NZ/

Visit the site again, but with the URL shortened to http://betterlivinginsider.com/biz/

And then, once again, visit this further shortened URL http://betterlivinginsider.com/

Notice how you’re taken to a different webpage each time? Strange, isn’t it?

Do You know of any UWCCorp weblinks?

If you know of any links belonging to/associated with Universal Web Consulting, please post them in the Comments section here to help expose the scam. Anything you post will make a big difference. Here are two known links that belong to UWC-

*www.onlineincomesolution.com

*www.mymonthlywebfee.com

How can I get my money back from UWC?

Unfortunately, UWC will only refund you SOME of the money you gave them, if you’re successful enough in your pursuit for it.

If you paid by credit card, contact your credit card company immediately to cancel the payment (do not contact UWC Corp before you do this, as it will affect your chances of reclaiming your money).

Here is a consumer complaint posted on Complaints Board in February, 2014-

I bought training program from the company Universal Web Consulting. They promised good-quality and effective program, but instead I received the defective program, which was useless. I tried to replace it, but the provider refused and started to yell at me that it was my fault. Maybe someone has any ideas how to return money back, please contact me then or leave a comment. Thanks.

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I posted a comment suggesting he submits a detailed complaint to bbb.org which you can see by clicking on the picture above.

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Here is one resolved complaint submitted on 18/04/2013-

Complaint:  No promises that made have been kept. They told me that I would have a business up and running within a couple of months. I paid the initial 2000 dollars and after a period of time was told that now i needed to pay 4000 to continue or loose what id already put into the business adventure. I paid the money, but seem to get no place. And it seems that they don,t want me to get anywhere. None of the promises have been given to me. I did recieve some coaching for about 10 minutes at a time and when I asked questions was put off, or told to call in. My coaching sessions got me no-where. I am an RN who is retired due to disability so I am not unteachable .

Desired Settlement:  I would like my money back. I paid the money on my Mastercard and they will have copies of my transactions which show that I paid the amount of 6000.00 and I have e-mails from them also confirming this.

Business Response:                    BBB and ******* *******,
I have spoken to Mrs. ******* on 4-9-13 and we have come to a resolution  that she is comfortable with. UWC is going to refund $3,995 USD back to her credit card and it will be processed in the next 7-14 business days. She has asked us to close down her account as well. UWC appreciates the opportunity to respond to this matter and we are happy that we were able to resolve everything. Please feel free to contact me directly with any other questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Jim Arteca 632-385-8203

Consumer Response:

[A default letter is provided here which indicates your acceptance of the business’s response.  If you wish, you may update it before sending it.]

Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID 9490284, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to me.  I will wait until for the business to perform this action and, if it does, will consider this complaint resolved.

Alternatively, you may want to submit your complaint to Scambook as high volume complaints apparently give you a better chance of getting your money back. Here is a resolved complaint whose reported damages was $4,495.00-

They told in the beginning if you pay $1.95 ,its fine by using Amazon you can earn lot of money,Later they rang me after two days and they explained very intelligently and i got trapped in them they told in a month you can earn $3000 per month and i thought its nice deal can recover my money in 1 to 45 days and they told nothing you need to do pay from credit cards and you can get back and you will be financially well settled and from 7 months i didn’t earn even $1 from my website,Although they are giving training,They are saying still time is there and i am definite at the end of year they say year is finished,They are saying is 1 year training.My mail id:(Personal Information Removed)

Update: 04/17/2013

i am following up the complaint that i have made and if it’s successful i am ready to give some funds to scam book too for resolving the complaint and helping me to get out of this bad situation.

Update: 04/23/2013

Please update the status.

Update: 04/30/2013

please follow up about the complaint.

Update: 05/08/2013

please update if it’s successful or not.

Update: 06/28/2013

Issue is been resolved and accepted by me, they deposited 1000 dollars.

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Please note this is not guaranteed to get you your money back. Whether or not you’re successful in getting (a portion of) your money back is down to you, so make sure your complaint is as detailed as possible and clarify why you’re not happy. It’s such a shame they would only refund some of your money, but clearly the rogue salesmen and women employed at UWC still need their fat paychecks.
Their attitude is that it is YOUR fault for not following up with their program, but is it really worth investing your time on it? They will show you an example of how your website should look, such as www.soccer4nation.com . Does it look like the sort of website YOU would buy from? Does it really generate any profits? Let them provide the proof, such as a screenshot of the Amazon affiliate account linked to the website – if they can!
TIP – Be persistent, but polite. You would normally speak to the head of “Quality Management” Gary Minor first, but you would get a more generous “refund” from his superior, Jim Arteca. In my own experience, I was put through to Jim and got back $1400 from the total $3000 I paid them, had my monthly web hosting fee waived and he even threw in Ryan Murray’s oh-so-amazing (SI) “Ebay Super Seller” package free of charge.