I thought it might be a good idea to keep a simple updated list of the sites I believe are scams or misleading in some way, most of which I have either seen advertising on sites such as Facebook or Myspace.com, or are sites that I have found related to or linked to from these sites. Most are promising earnings of $5000 a month or more on Google working part time at home, or government grants. You really need to be skeptical of such promises. If you were making $5000 a month, would you really want to peddle your “secret” to everyone, thus ruining your good thing? The only money being made in all of this is the selling of this phony “secret” to unsuspecting consumers.
The $5000 a month ads typically say you do it with Google links. Don’t be fooled by the friendly pictures and testimonials, typically something like, “I’m a married father of 3 and lost my job…” You’ll also see that these weight loss products were featured on Oprah, ABC News, etc… True or not, it doesn’t mean the news stories were positive and they certainly in no way referenced these particular scam websites.
Many of these sites are created by the same people, often using the same pictures of checks, phony comments, etc. Don’t just think, “Oh it’s only $1, so I’ll try it.” That dollar gets them your contact info, which they will hound to no end. Notice how all of the URL’s are so similar as well?
I have also heard that most of these sites are pulling a bait and switch, where you are actually signing up for something you cannot cancel easily, and will soon see a charge of nearly $100 on your credit card. Good luck with that.
So if you are considering giving any amount of money to the sites listed below, I believe you are being scammed and will truly regret it. Read this first-hand account of how much of a headache dealing with these scammers will be if you take the chance.
1/16/09 update: I will be adding additional notes about similarities seen on these sites as I have time. I am also adding how recently some of these sites were created. Many of them have fake comments dated BEFORE the site even existed.
Just look at how many of them use the EXACT same pictures of checks on their sites. They are all related, running the same scam, and heavily advertised. Do a Google search on “kellyboy596″ and see how often that one comment is repeated on these phony sites. Or “FrankXX5425″ for more.
See my new photo album of the fake Google-Grant guys for a good visual of the over-use of some photos.
List of the “$5000 a Month on Google” & “Government Grants” scams
2009stimuluschecks.org – Various subdirectories advertising on Facebook Feb 2009 (such as this one). I saw some based on the “Kevin Hoeffer” looks, while others were using the ryan-craig template. Either way, it’s all bogus still peddling the same products.
adamsmoney.com – Fake check pics, fake comments predating the 12/7/2008 site creation date. Uses the name “Adam Davis.”
adamsmoneyblog.com – $5000 check, $5300 check, Daniel W. Hynes check; site created 12/7/08.
akabeezy.com – They relied heavily on the rarely used cheddasblingblog.com template. Same Daniel W. Hynes check seen everywhere, new layout and photos, but same old products. Advertising on Facebook 2/3. This writer finds this site racist.
allenstrauss.com – Lots of reused elements, and same picture as “Jake Miller.” This one also sells Video Professor, along with the heavily peddled Google system. Fake check, story, and comments. Uses the name “Allen Strauss.”
amysincome.com – $5000 check, $5300 check, site created 12/8/08. Uses the name “Amy Blevins.”
andrewsblog.grantmoneyforyou.com – A typical green blog using the “Kevin Hoeffer” version 2 photo. Name used is “Andrew Hudson” in one place and “Andrew Jackson” in another!
andrewlowell.com – Saw this new look on Facebook 2/25/09. Problem is… same check, sends you to one of the same landing pages as many of the others here. Uses the name “Andrew Lowell.”
anthonyisgreen.com – “Anthony Hoeffer” same green layout, same check pictures, same text, same fake photos and comments. Says he’s married to Audrey.. wait I thought that was Kevin’s wife!
apply4grants.org – All the hallmarks of a suspicious grants page. It has three glowing reviews, all of products with a free CD that you only pay shipping. Advertised on Google 2/13/09.
beckysmoneyblog.com – A slightly updated look, but really still a generic fake blog with the same fake photos (such as the often-used Katie Couric pic), 2-part product scam, uses the name “Becky” mother of 2.
benbanksit.com – A “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, with a different picture and using the name “Ben Miller”
bethsmoney.com – Treasury check, $5300 check, fake comments, fake date on site predating actual site creation date of 12/13/08. Uses the name “Beth Fisher.” Popup on closing window makes it difficult to leave the page. By 3/5/09 site has been redesigned and advertised on Myspace. Now with a cross and says “Christian Mom Making Money At Home.” Despite the revamp, it’s still a phony blog.
bethsmoney.net – Mirrors bethsmoney.com
bethsmoney.org – Mirrors bethsmoney.com
billgetsmoney.com - $5000 check, check from Daniel W. Hynes, same layout, reused comments (such as user Kellyboy596, for ex.), uses the name “Bill Ledford.” Advertising on Myspace on 2/3/09.
bradmakesitrain.com – Almost exact copy of adamsmoneyblog.com but using the name “Brad.”
bradsbailout.com – Typical blog layout, same Google/Grant products. Clicking sends you to a cryptic page for Grant Access Club which will charge you $58.61 after a SEVEN day trial (read the terms people!).
bradsmoney.com – $5000 check, guy-with-dog picture, $5300 check, Daniel W. Hynes check; site created 12/7/08. Ads seen on Myspace 2/4/09.
bradsmoneyblog.com – Exact copy of bradsmoney.com; site created 12/17/08. 2/19/09 picture now changed to one of the Eiffel Tower Hoeffer pics.
briangetsmoney.com – $5000 check, Daniel W. Hynes check, reused comments (such as Kellyboy596); site created on 12/25/08. Uses the name “Brian Hoeffer.”
briansmoneyblog.com – Almost exact copy of anthonyisgreen.com but using the name “Brian Maslow.”
brians-money-blog.com – Slightly altered template, but same fake Google check, same Daniel W. Hynes check, same “just pay shipping” bait, uses the name “Brian.” Advertised on Google 2/4/09.
carlasmoney.com – $5000 check, $5300 check, Daniel W. Hynes check, fake comments predate site creation date of 12/18/08. Uses the name Carla Elthridge.
carlcreatescash.com – Typical “Eiffel Tower” Hoeffer clone blog with the name “Carl Erickson.”
cashfromgrants.info – Almost exact copy of ryan-craig.com and yet another site using that same Daniel W. Hynes check photo. Advertised on Facebook 2/3.
chadgetsgreen.com – $5000 check, phony comments; site created 12/13/08
cheddahustleblog.com – Copy of akabeezy.com, using the name Russel “Chedda.”
cheddasblingblog.com – Copy of akabeezy.com, using the name Russel “Chedda.”
conniesgrantstory.com – Closed by 2/19/09.
coreycash.com – Clone of billgetsmoney.com but using the name “Corey Hoeffer.”
coreyhasmoney.com – Typical fake blog template of the “Kevin Hoeffer” family. Reused text, photos, comments. Nothing original. Uses the name “Corey Sullivan.” Advertising on Facebook 2/4/09. By 2/19 name was changed to “Corey Matthews.”
coreysmoneyblog.com – Clone of all the “Kevin Hoeffer” blogs found here, using the name “Corey Donahue.” Advertised on FoxNews on 2/20/09. Includes a disclaimer that mentions the short trial period, but not the fact that the photo, testimonial, and comments are phony. Disclaimer indicates a connection to mygrantsite.net.
craigsblogsite.org – A mirror of Kevinblogsite.org. In fact, it says thanks for visiting my site “kevinblogsite.org” – so who is Craig??
craiggetscash.com – Yet another “Kevin Hoeffer” template, with the same photo and the name “Craig Davidson.” And yes, it’s all phony.
dangetsgreen.com – Copy of ericmakesmoney.com but uses the name “Dan Pellington.”
danielgetsgreen.com – Offline by Feb 17, 2009.
danielsmoneyblog.com – Same layout, same text, same offers. Uses the name “Daniel R.”
darrylgotpaid.com – Typical overused green blog template, reused and rehashed text and comments, uses the name “Darryl Collins.” Advertised on Myspace 2/4/09.
davegetsgreen.com – Exact “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site but using the name “Dave Williams.” They forgot to alter the phony check picture – which still says “Kevin Hoeffer” on it! haha.. I had to take a screenshot before they notice that one. Saw advertised on Facebook 2/12/09
davegetsmoney.com – $5700 check, reused comments (Kellyboy596, ex.), same layout; site created on 12/13/08. Uses the name “Dave Steinberg.”
davidscreditstory.com – Same fake check photos, typical Obama references, same layout, same offers.
davidsmoneyblog.com – Another “Hoeffer” clone site, using the name “David Scroeder.”
debt-free-dave.com – Typical fake blog layout, fake checks, fake bio, 2-part product scam, and phony comments. Uses the name “Dave Collins.” Funny note that it says “2 comments” but 10 comments follow. That is usually an automated process, so it shows more fakery. Same comments used in debt-free-debbie and the original debt-free-dante, which now forwards elsewhere.
debt-free-debbie.com – Almost exact copy of debt-free-dave, but with a female and the name “Debbie Collins.”
debtdownthedrain.com – Not working as of 2/17/09.
debtfreekelly.com – Same blog layout, same products. Fake family stock photo found elsewhere. Uses the name “Kelly” from a city near you. Advertised on Facebook 2/17/09.
downbutneverout.com – Typical fake blog using the name “Ryan Keagle.”
earncashfromgrants.com – This is a slightly different approach, somewhat more corporate rather than the “fake blogs” seen prevalent here. But complaints of the same bait-and-switch abound about this site. It’s also been advertising on Myspace with very similar ads to others on this list as well.
earnonlinesite.ch.tf – It’s an odd url, but saw advertising on Facebook 2/26/09. It is an exact copy of kevinsmoneytree.org.
easyincomeblog.com – Same Google and Daniel Hynes checks, same Google/Grant combo. Main page is blank, but a subdirectory was being advertised 02/18/09.
ericmakesmoney.com – Same Google offer, same fake Google check, advertising on Facebook on 2/6/09. Uses the name “Eric Pellington.” Phony wedding photo taken from iStockphoto.
ericsmoneyblog.com – Slightly updated template, but same Eiffel Tower picture, same offer, reused text, same check photos.
fastgooglecash.info – Yet another based on the original Kevin Hoeffer template but apparently “borrowed” a different family’s photo. Same text, offers, comments – all phony. Uses the name “Jon Gardner.”
freddysblog.com – Fake check pictures, fake comments; site created 12/25/2008. Uses the name “Freddy Hanes.”
get-money-online.com – Typical fake blog, using the name “Kevin Peters” from a town near you.
googlekits.com – $5000 check, fake comments; site created 12/15/2008
governments-grants-2009.com – This site is discussed in detail in this post. Site offline on 2/17/09.
governmentstimulusgrants.com – A new emerging blog look for late Feb 09, this one seen on Google ads… same bogus offers and fake stories, using the name “Jake Miller.”
govgrantcash.com – Almost exact copy of grantmecash.com. Saw advertised on Google 2/9/09.
govgrantscenter.com – Exact copy of the original “Kevin Hoeffer” site.
govtmoneygrants.com – At first glance, it has an updated look, not quite as blog-like, yet upon further inspection we find the same reused photos, and links to the same scams found everywhere here. Saw advertised on Google 3/6/09, using the name “Tom Anderson.”
grantnow.com – Linked to by dubious apply4grants.com, has the usual “As seen on” major networks (which is mostly likely wasn’t seen on), testimonials that look like models. You will be automatically signed up for a $60 service if you don’t cancel the trial.
grantsforyounow.com – A different site, appearance-wise, but has been linked in with the “Kevin Hoeffer” scams, and apparently also charges nearly $100 to unsuspecting customers. This site has the figurehead of “Lisa Fitzgerald”
grantmecash.com – Site created 12/25/08, has only one page which was posted on 12/28 and wants us to believe it was “seen on” 6 major news channels by early Feb 09. Three positive reviews, all free with shipping cost. Yeah right. Ads on Google 2/8/09.
grantreviewsonline.com – A deceptive “review” site, with misleading references to various news organizations. As with most “review” sites, we only see a couple positive reviews of similar products that only require shipping. Clicking the offers (2/8/09) takes us to a site that was parked less than 2 months earlier and immediately attempts to get your contact info.
greggetsgrants.com – Site offline 2/17/09.
internetearnonline.int.tf – Another copy of kevinsmoneytree.org, advertised on Facebook 2/26/09, with that odd .tf domain.
jakecutler.com – Familiar blog layout, text found on dozens of other sites, same check photo found everywhere, same comments found on dozens of others here (SallyM and Tywall, et al). Same Google/Grant products which lead to the same products many of the others here peddle. Uses the name “Jake Cutler.” and site created January 2009.
janetsdebtblog.com – A new scam, but added to this list for now, and almost the same as one of the wrinkle scam blogs.
jasonberinski.com – Usual green layout, one of the “Kevin Hoeffer” photos, same Google scam, same text and comments, using the name “Jason Berinski.” Thanks to the commenter who found this one.
jasongetsgrants.com – Same layout with a new picture. Same text, comments, fake checks, “just pay shipping” scam. Advertising on Google’s AdWords on 2/4/09. Uses the name “Jason Dodd.” Love the fake Google-looking ads at the top of the page! Fake family picture actually a stock photo along with Jason’s photo.
jasongetscash.com – Typical blog, same fake Google check, same promotions. Uses the name “Jason Moore.”
jasongrants.com – Another over-used template based on the original “Kevin Hoeffer” version, this time using the name “Jason Donahue.” Advertising on Facebook 2/3
jaygetsgreen.com – Standard green blog template, same offers, reused text, reused photos, reused comments. Uses the name “Jay Collins.”
jaygotmoney.com – Exact copy of jeffgetsgrants.com, including the name (which is odd to have the name “Jeff” on a url with the name “Jay.” By Feb 17, they fixed the name to be “Jay Williams” from a city near you.
jeffgetsgrants.com – A subdirectory of this site is currently being advertised (1/24/09), using the “Kevin Hoeffer” layout/fake photos, etc., but using the name “Jeff Donahue.” Pops up a window making it hard to navigate away. Fake Google ads on the side. The main page used to forward to earncashfromgrants.com, which itself could be a scam if it’s associated with these sites.
jeffgetsgreen.com – Similar to the “Kevin Hoeffer” pages, minus the photo. Same fake checks, text, comments, etc. Uses the name “Jeff Taylor.”
jeffreysgrantblog.com – “Kevin Hoeffer” clone grant site but uses the name “Jeff Donahue.” Saw advertising on Google 2/8/09 and again on 2/27/09.
jeffsgrant.net – Almost exact copy of the original Kevin Hoeffer template, with that same photo. Uses the name “Jeff Donhue.” Popups make it hard to navigate away. Advertising on Facebook on 2/3.
jennysathomejob.com – Standard reused layout, fake checks, text. Uses a photo of a woman and the name “Jenny Elthridge” who like so many others here is married with 3 kids. Was offline on 2/17/09.
jeremymadecash.com – A “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, using the same pictures, text, comments, and scam. This one uses the name “Jeremy Parker”
jessicasmoney.com – Same fake checks, same 2-part product scam, reused text and comments. Uses the name “Jessica.”
jessicasmoneyblog.domlander.com – Exact same text and comments, same fake Google checks, uses the name “Jessica Dawson.” 2/17/09, site not working properly.
jillsbusinessblog.com – Typical Grant/Google fake blog, using the name “Jill Pearce.”
jimgetspaid.com – Same over-used template with different pictures. Same text, same comments, same fake checks, same scam. Advertised on Google’s AdWords on 2/4/09. Name says it’s “Jim (Jeff Donahue).” But a different Jeff Donahue than other sites using that name.
jimgotmoney.com – Typical “Kevin Hoeffer” clone – appears incomplete on 2/4/09. Reused text, comments, photos. Uses the name “Jim Donahue.”
jimmygetscash.com – Check from Daniel W. Hynes, $5300 check, comments borrowed from other sites listed here; site created on 1/15/09.
johngotrich.com – Typical green blog template, same Google/Grant promotions, using the name “”John Albert.”
johnsavescash.com – Reused template, same offers, exact same comments found elsewhere. Uses the name “John Tucker” and another one married to Audrey.
johnsgrantsuccess.com – Typical fake blog, fake check photo, reused text and comments, uses the name “John Harris.” On 2/17/09 site was being parked.
johnsmoneyblog.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, using the name “John Hoeffer.” Interesting disclaimer says site is based on a true story but with the names changed. That doesn’t explain the deceptive checks, phony/reused comments (kellyboy596 strikes again), or auto signup scam. On 2/17/09 site was giving a 403 and 404 error.
jonsunemployment.com – Almost an EXACT copy of bradsmoney.com – same pictures, text, and comments (only the name and a few words changed); site created 1/3/09.
jordangetsgreen.com – Uses the same green blog template, same photo as “Kevin Hoeffer” #1, same check photos, same comments, nothing new. Uses the name “Jordan Thompson” from a city near you. Saw advertised on Facebook 3/4/09.
justingetsgreen.com – Same fake $5000 check, same layout (including exact comments and text) as many others on here, site created on 12/8/08. Uses the name “Justin Collins.” Ads seen on Myspace 2/3/09.
justinsmoneystory.com – A classic! This one has two completely different pictures of who “Justin” is. Otherwise, typical Google/Grant fake blog.
kellygetsgreen.com – Reused green blog format with the name “Kelly Greene.” The picture used is the wife of “Kevin Hoeffer” in some versions of his pages.
kevinblogsite.org – A typical “Kevin Hoeffer” site – but with yet a different picture. I’ve now seen three different pictures of who “Kevin” supposedly is. Same layout, same text, same comments, same scam. Advertised on Myspace 2/5/09.
kevingotcash.com – $5000 check, “Kevin Hoeffer”, same layout; site created on 1/3/09
kevingetsgrants.com – $5000 check, “Kevin Hoeffer”, same layout; site created 11/28/08. On 2/17/09 it was directing to a login page.
kevingetsgreen.com – On 2/17/09 it was directing to a login page.
kevingoesgreen.com – Typical “Kevin Hoeffer” template, but with one of the other pictures often used for these “Kevin” sites. A subdomain being advertised on 2/6/09 on Myspace is mylife.kevingoesgreen.com and has picture of a different person than the main url, but the text and offers are mostly the same.
kevingotgreen.com - Treasury check, “Kevin Hoeffer”; site created 11/27/08
kevingothisgreen.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” site with fake check, same story, Google promotion.
kevinhoeffer.com – Same fake $5000 check, fake comments; site created 12/13/08. He changed his photo by late Jan 2009.
kevinsbigmoneysecret.com – Clone of the original “Kevin Hoeffer” site. Looks incomplete as of 2/4/09. On 2/17 clicking on his grant offer takes the visitor to webfetti.com!
kevinsfatstacks.com – Yet another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone, this one using the “Eiffel Tower” version of Kevin.
kevinsgotgreen.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site. Advertised on Facebook 2/10/09. The guy in the ad on Facebook was different than the picture on the site!
kevinsbigmoneysecret.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” site. Fake pictures. Phony checks. Scam products.
kevinsgotgreen.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, with the original “Kevin” picture still in there. Advertised on Facebook 2/3.
kevinsmoneysecrets.com – Exact copy of kevinsmoneytree.org.
kevinsmoneytree.org – Generic green blog, same offer, same Google check, reused comments. Using the name “Kevin Collins” and advertised on Facebook 2/19/09.
kevinsnewlife.com – One of many “Kevin Hoeffer” sites, this one the “Eiffel” version of Kevin.
kevinsrich.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” site. Fake pictures. Phony checks. Scam products.
lisashomebiz.com – Offline on 2/17/09.
lorigetspaid.com – This is “Lori Hoeffer” – married to Jason. Apparently part of the larger “Hoeffer” clan. Luckily Kevin allowed her to use his template, text, comments, check photo, etc. Odd that she shows her with her husband – in the same photo that many Kevin Hoeffer sites claim is Kevin… yet she says it’s Jason. Hmm..
makecashmonies.com – Based on the ryan-craig.com template, same Daniel W. Hynes check, Google cash offer – nothing new. Advertised on Facebook 2/6/09. Feb 17, 09 now forwarding to EZ Grant Source. 2/22/09 back to a blog format, using the name “Tom Steinbach.”
makemoneyonline.ru.tf – Another exact copy of kevinsmoneytree.org, advertised on Facebook 2/26/09.
marksgotcash.com – Updated looking template, but still uses that same photo as the original “Kevin Hoeffer” – using the name “Mark Hoeffer.” Same fake story, fake photos, “free shipping” bait. Website didn’t exist until 1/19/09 yet the blog date shows 11/26/08. Fake! Noticed in Google AdWords on 2/4/09.
mattsgrants.com – Almost exact same site as the “Kevin Hoeffer” pages but using the name “Matt Perkins” with a different picture – same scam, same comments, same text.
mikegetsmoney.com – A “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, using the name “Mike Hoeffer” – yet both are married to Audrey. Awkward…
mikemakesmoney.com – Different layout. Uses the name “Mike Corrigan.” Same Google/Grants “only pay shipping” scam. Same fake check pictures.
mikemintsit.com – Standard reused blog template, photo, phony check, text, and Google cash scam. Advertised on Facebook 2/26/09.
mikesgmoney.com – Apparently a UK version. The main page has nothing on it but the subdirectory “/u” has a similar blog and text feel with the same “Google Kit” the others are all peddling. Uses the name “Mike Kingston.” Thanks to commenter Lee for pointing this one out.
mikesmoneymatters.com – Familiar blog feel, reused check photo and text, same “Just pay shipping” ploy. Uses the name “Mike Donahue.”
momonies.com – Standard green blog, much of the same text found on many of the other sites here. Uses the name “Dan Manachilli” with a fake family photo which is just a stock photo used all over (here and here for example).
mygovtbailout.com – Uses the stale green “Kevin Hoeffer” template, pushing grants, same Daniel W. Hynes check, reused text and comments, uses the name “Jim Stevens”
mygrantdollars.com – Appears to be related to the Lisa Fitzgerald crew, using the small “shipping” fee to get your credit card and tack on large hidden fees.
nickgetspaid.com – Over-used green “Hoeffer” template, but using the name “Nick Barrett.”
mygrantstory.com – Ads pointing to a subdirectory with the typical fake blog feel, using name “Sandy Marshall,” same Daniel W. Hynes check, etc. Long disclaimer at bottom, but doesn’t cover fake checks or persona.
mygrantstory.net – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, no disclaimer as of 1/31/09.
mylife.kevingoesgreen.com – See kevingoesgreen.com.
my-money-journey.com – Same overused fake green blog template. Same Google/Grant “only pay shipping” scam, reused text and comments. Uses the name “Robert Christian.” Advertised on Google’s AdWords on 2/4/09.
nicksbusiness.com – Main page looks like an incomplete “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, but advertisements are pointing to a subdirectory that is a ryan-craig.com clone site. On 2/17/09 main site only has “Hi mom” on it.
nicksgreen.com – Same fake Google check, same template, same 2 products. Advertised on Facebook 2/8/09. Uses the name “Nick Peters” though the 2/5/09 cached version on Google had the name “Nick Granger.”
nicksmoneyblog.com – Same template and photo as “Kevin Hoeffer” but with the name “Nick Finnerty.” By 2/22/09 the name was “Kevin” in one paragraph and “Nick” in another. Oops!
nirvanadance.com – $5000 check, “Nirvan Hoeffer”, same layout, some borrowed comments from other sites (Kellyboy596, ex.). Site displaying a directory 2/17/09. By 2/22/09 site is working again, but name is now “Nirvan Sandler.”
obamaseconomicstimulus.com – Advertised on Facebook 2/25/09, new look but same old tired phony offers. Uses the name “Jake Miller.”
onlinegoldfinder.com – Standard green blog template, using the name “Justin Collins.”
onlineincomeonlineonline.at.tf – Further proof that they are caring less and less about using memorable url’s. This was advertised on Facebook 2/26/09 and is an exact copy of kevinsmoneytree.org.
partnerwithpaul.com – Sent to this page when attempting to click away from tomscash.com on 2/6/09, which to me is a red flag about this site. I’ve read it is a Herbalife/MLM operation, and saw quite a few complaints about it. Only included in this list because it is tied into sites here.
paulgetspaid.com – Familiar blog with same Google cash promotion, using the name “Paul Steinbach.” Advertised on Facebook 2/25/09.
peoplemakingmoney.net – Main page is different than the Facebook-advertised subdirectory, (saw advertised 2/26/09) both of which resemble the original ryan-craig.com template. Subdirectory uses the name “Robert McCabe” while the main site uses the name “Josh.”
richgetsrich.com – Uses the Kevin Hoeffer template – phony checks, phony “Rich Tucker” persona, phony comments, 2-part product scam. By 2/22/09 the name is simple “Richard.”
richstudent.net – Slightly modified template, and a different picture of the “Kevin Hoeffer” persona. Same text, same reused comments (included our beloved kellyboy596 seen everywhere). No obvious disclaimer as of 1/31/09. By 2/6/09 it was back to the usual “Kevin” photo and advertising on Facebook.
rickysfastcash.com – Copy of freddysblog.com, but uses the name “Ricky Hanes”
robertscashblog.com – Same blog layout, reused text, same fake Google check. Uses the name “Robert Nelson.” 2/12 layout seems updated and being advertised on Foxnews. Family photo is actually a purchased stock photo.
robsgrants.com – Updated layout, but same fake checks, same Daniel W. Hynes check, same fake blog, same deceptive news references, two-step “trial” offers. Uses the name “Rob Johnston.” Advertised on Google’s AdWords on 2/4/09.
robsmoneyblog.com – Uses the picture of a firefighter, perhaps to play into the “honest guy” angle. Name is “Rob Anderson” from a city near you, same photos, same grant offer. Saw ad on FoxNews 3/2/09.
ryan-craig.com – A different-looking template, but same promises, same 2-part product “only pay shipping” bait and switch, same check from Daniel W. Hynes, same fake blog feel. No disclaimer as of 1/31/09.
ryansmoney.com – Phony Google/Grant blog using the name “Ryan Keagle.”
sarahsdebtblog.com – Exact same template as sarahswhiteteeth.com, but switched to pushing a Mastercard. Deception = scam.
sarahsgrantmoney.com – Typical greenish fake blog, from the Hoeffer family of templates, but using the name “Sarah Jameison.” Fake ads at the top, overused fake check photo with a really bad attempt to superimpose her name on it, same comments. Saw advertised on Google 2/27/09.
scottsjobhunt.com – Same overused fake blog template, same deceptive photos, reused text and comments. No disclaimer as of 1/31/09.
stevengetsgreen.com – Another “Kevin Hoeffer” clone site, but using the name “Steven Campbell.” Gotta love the fake Google ads on the right. Advertised on FoxNews on 2/13/09.
stimulus-grants.org – Typical green blog template, phony blog story, using a picture of a friendly lady and girl, using the name “Barb Lance.” Same check pictures used on dozens of fake blogs here. Ads seen on FoxNews 2/9/09. Typical 2-part grant offer with shipping only. Small disclaimer implies you only have a 7-day trial period.
success-diary.com – Yet another site with a green blog and “Kevin Hoeffer” peddling his Google scam.
tomscash.com – Exact copy of ryan-craig.com. By 2/6/09 it had that familiar “green blog” look and was being advertised on Facebook. Attempting to click away from the page forwarded to partnerwithpaul.com, which tells me that site is crooked too. Offline on 2/17/09. Back online, advertising on Google 2/27/09 with the “Kevin Hoeffer” template using the name “Tom Donahue” from a city near you.
tomsjournal.com – Exact copy of ryan-craig.com, but only a subdirectory is active. 2/20/09 page has changed to a more familiar fake blog, with the name “Tom Steinbach” and a subdirectory advertised on Facebook.
tonysgrants.com – Typical phony blog using the familiar “Kevin Hoeffer” photo, but with the name “Tony” from a city near you. Ads seen online 3/6/09.
usgrantguide.org – The fact that it’s using that same fake check in its ads, it has the same “just pay shipping” bait, has 3 glowing reviews, and has the same promises as the others – it must be considered a big ol’ scam like the rest of ‘em.
wealthresource.org – Standard green fake blog, using the name “Jim Stevens.”
Continue reading about this with the second part of my research into these websites.
I’ve added “Fake Diet Girl” and “Fake Google-Grant Guys” photo albums, which give a good perspective of the re-use of photos and personalities. I have also added two new scam alerts related to these sites – one for teeth whitening and one for anti-aging products.
Further reading on this can be found here. If you have more to add to this list, please comment!
Post on a related Craiglist scam here.
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