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

UK to tighten law on Cold Calling (and what this means for UWC Corp)

Companies that make unsolicited calls to consumers are to be hit with heavy fines under new laws in the United Kingdom. (click here to read the article)

The proposals will focus on companies which offer financial products and utility companies which use third party lists to target consumers, says the Government.

Powers to impose hefty fines will be granted. Nuisance callers such as PPI firms which gather information from unsolicited calls or texts and make spurious claims over payment protection insurance face fines up to 20 per cent of turnover.

The Nuisance Calls Action Plan, launched by the Department of Culture, has been developed with the help of the Information Commissioner’s office, Ofcom and consumer rights champion Which?

 

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said last night: “Nuisance calls must stop. At best they are an irritation and an unwanted intrusion. At worst they cause real distress and fear, particularly to the elderly or housebound. People need to feel safe and secure in their homes. The rules are clear; people have the right to choose not to receive unsolicited marketing calls.”

Also if you’re in the US and you’ve registered under the National Do Not Call Registry, then UWC Corp are breaching certain laws by calling you. If that is the case, you can file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

Users register for a website with Universal Web Consulting through this site- http://apply.onlineincomesolution.com/index.php

Here is a disclaimer posted on the site-

*Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to accurately represent our product(s) and its potential. Any claims made or examples given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether or not to purchase. Any testimonials and examples used are exceptional results, don’t apply to the average purchaser and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her background, dedication, desire and motivation–as well as other factors not always known and sometimes out beyond your control. There is no guarantee you will duplicate the results stated here. You recognize any business endeavour has inherent risk for loss of capital. By ordering the Income Infuser membership package or any related products/services, you agree to all terms. Please read all agreements, notices and disclaimers before purchasing anything.

To quote, “Every effort has been made to accurately represent our product(s) and its potential. Any claims made or examples given are believed to be accurate,” So those fraudulent claims in their ads of people earning around $500 a day are “accurate”? Take note, you can use this in your complaint against them as they have blatantly lied to you.

This is the link to their Terms & Conditions-

http://apply.onlineincomesolution.com/terms/index.php

Nowhere does it say on their Terms & Conditions that you will receive phone calls by a UWC salesperson to hard sell their $1K+ “packages”, nor that you are agreeing to such calls by registering.

Incidently, the same website offers a 60 day money back Guarantee, providing you allow a minimum of two weeks for results, if the program isn’t working for you, in which case you would get a FULL REFUND.

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But, chances are, you HAVE tried to get that refund, and UWC Corp have refused it. By law, UWC Corp MUST honour their guarantee, however they would make up all sorts of excuses not to honour it, like how you didn’t follow up on their training or you never really gave them a chance.

More likely then not, they will claim the website through which you register is NOT owned by them and is a third-party entity, in which case they are admitting liability for breaching rules against cold calling.

Either way, file your complaint to the Financial Trade Commission. Or if you reside in the UK, complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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.