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 Post subject: Google Income email scam!!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:31 am 
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On January 15th of this year, I replied to an email from Google offering a "passive" income opportunity, so I decided to check it out! For $1.95 (shipping and handling charge), I was to receive a "starter kit" to examine "risk-free" for 14 days. I went ahead and had them charge my debit card for this and was also given immediate access to a "members only" site (so I wouldn't have to wait until receiving the "starter kit" to start checking things out. I finally went to the members only site yesterday (the 27th) and decided that this was not for me. I called them this morning (the 28th) to cancel my membership, and was told that I had already been charged $39.95 for the first month's fee (WTF???) and that it would not be refundable even if I cancelled. I adamantly informed them that I still wished to cancel and finally got my cancellation processed and was given a cancellation confirmation number. After successfully cancelling my membership (BTW, I still have not received the "starter kit"), I went to my online banking site and discovered that they had indeed charged me $39.95 on 01/27/2009 (12 days after I had signed up) as well as two "ISA" charges of two cents (in addition to the $1.95 S&H charge for the starter kit) and 32 cents (in addition to the premature first month's membership charge). I know Google is suffering in this recession along with the rest of us, but this sure seems like an underhanded way to help boost their sagging bottom line. Any thoughts or suggestions?


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I think you got scammed by someone who is not Google.

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methinks it wasn't google either. anytime that you have to pay for more information about unsolicited income opportunites, warning bells should go off.


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I got that same email from "Google" and promptly deleted it since Google doesn't engage in that type of shit. It was fraud from the get-go, and certainly NOT from Google, Inc.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:12 pm 
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You need to let your bank know you've been scammed. Some allow chargebacks on those things. Also, let them know your card number is compromised.


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Yes the company is not google. I filled in one my email addresses (the one I use for unsure inets sites) for more information and put my house phone # down.

I got a call from someone in a call center saying they got my email. I immediately told them I wasn't interested. If its a legitamate business they better not be calling me from what sounded like a telemarketing call center.


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