Is Google Money Tree A Scam?

Remember the old saying that moms and pops would preach anytime you would ask for some ridiculously priced toy or sneaker? "What do you think money grows on trees?" You already knew the answer was no. So it amazes me that I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding this whole Google Money Tree opportunity. The name alone should make you skeptical.

Here are the facts.

1. Yes Google is a great company that makes billions of dollars a year.
2. Google can make you money directly with their Adsense program or indirectly as an advertiser promoting other companies with their Adwords program or just because of search engine optimization (Preferred by yours truly).

By the way, you can research this on your own searching for these terms in Google.com or visit WealthyAffiliate.com.

Google Money Tree Claims:

You could be making $107,389 in just six months by filling out forms and doing searches on Google and Yahoo.  All you need to do is pay a shipping and handling fee of $3.88 for some kit that you can use for 7 days. If you’ve recently read my grant scam article, you already know this sounds very familiar & how it will to turn out in the end. But shhhh, don’t ruin it for the new people here.

Now back to the conclusion of our scam soap opera which is already in progress…  What the "kind" folks at Google Money Tree fail to make abundantly clear on their sign up page is the fact that immediately after the 7 days is up, you will be charged $72.21 per month for access to their Google Money Tree system if you fail to cancel.  Excuse you? I didn’t sign up for this. Oh yes you did! But you probably failed to realize it when you agreed to the terms and conditions. Unless you read it carefully, you’ll totally miss the mention of the fee. This is very easy to do because Google Money Tree mentions the fees in words rather than numbers. So your eye will probably glance right over it as just a block of usual text to be ignored. Sneaky right?

You’re almost guaranteed to be charged that exorbitant monthly fee because these shady folks start the clock right when you’ve ordered the kit not when you actually receive it. Or the kit is never sent.  Either way you can’t really evaluate it within the allocated 7 days. This is what they’re literally banking on.  When you call to cancel,  that’s when you discover that your credit card has already been charged this ridiculous fee. To make matters worst, you no longer qualify for a refund. Needless to say this is why folks are running around calling Google Money Tree a big fat scam!

How is Google.com Involved?

"They ain’t!" But it’s still tarnishing their "good" name to the unwitting victims. Many are under the false assumption that Google is behind this company because of the name. However this is far from the truth. If you actually look at the bottom of the Google Money Tree sign up page it states: "Internet Money Tree is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google." I guess that’s why Google has failed set it’s corporate pitbull lawyers on them.  But strangely they do provide you a way to report these companies. You can snitch on these companies by clicking here!

Ultimately these scam artist are offering to teach you about internet / affiliate marketing which are legitimate and great ways of making money. But when you have people duping you into learning about this opportunity you can’t help but conclude that it has to be shady since dishonest folks are promoting it.

But the fact of the matter is you can make money with internet marketing if you’re being taught by honest successful people (ie. Wealthy Affiliate). In fact these guys played of this & used the picture of a successful straight shooter Internet Marketer Jeremy Schoemaker (Owner of ShoeMoney.com ) who has a picture of himself holding a substantial paycheck from Google which he made with Adsense. Jeremy wasn’t having any of that and set his lawyers on the company and that stopped that nonsense! My kind of dude! (Totally in a straight way.)

Forced Continuity

Just so you know, the strategy of charging you a small shipping fee or nothing, then being slammed with recurring higher monthly fees is called "forced continuity". Sadly a lot of internet marketers do this with their products. Now there is a debate about the ethics of this practice. Personally I think it’s a bit shady when you bury the fact that you’re going to do this. Some marketers argue, it’s in the terms and conditions and you’re responsible for reading it. But seriously how many of us do that? (And they know this!) I think established companies like Netflix & Blockbuster do a great job of "transparent forced continuity" (Yeah I just made that up). They flat out tell you during the sign up process: "Hey we’re going to charge your credit card $14.95 after the 30 day trial period". They even send you an email to remind you of this just in case you missed it on the site. If more marketers followed suit, then I think people would be less likely to label them a scam. So keep this in mind when you run into these type of offers. If they’re transparent about it then I’d be more inclined to work with them. But if you see that they’re burying their forced continuity practices, then chances are they’ll probably make it really difficult for you to cancel and you’ll end up losing more money than you anticipated. If marketers don’t clean up their act I think forced continuity will be dead. There is already some recent talk that it is. Ultimately it’s going to be harder to use this tactic as people wise up. None of us want to feel like we’re being suckered.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, I don’t recommend Google Money Tree! Yes you can make money with Google using affiliate/internet marketing but you don’t want to learn it from people that are using shady marketing tactics to line their pockets.

Internet Marketing requires the proper training, guidance, support and unwavering dedication to succeed. It’s not as simple as just filling out forms as many of these products will have you believe. It’s not easy work!  But it does pay very handsomely if you’re willing to put in the time & effort into making it work for you. After all I was able to quit my full time job in Corporate America a year ago because of my affiliate marketing career. So I know you folks can become successful too.

So if you have been duped by these guys, don’t let it warp your opinion about Google or Internet marketing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the world that can taint things that were meant for good. For instance fertilizer can be used to grow crops that feed people. Or it can be used by a nut like Timothy McVeigh to make a bomb that kills people. So keep that in mind if you’ve concluded that Google or internet marketing isn’t something worth looking into. If you are still interested in embarking in this type of career then click here to read about my recommendation of how to get involved with honest people. If you want to learn about more scams to avoid, then just head over to our scam section by clicking here.

Good luck either way. What are your thoughts about Google Money Tree or "Forced Continuity"?

Update

GoogleMoneyTree.com has been busted & fined for their deceptive practices! Click here to read more.

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Comments

  1. says

    Although I have been to this site before, I was reminded  through a link from rebuildingtori.com. I think what you are doing here is great and it’s definitely something that is needed. I know so many people that want to work from home, including myself, but there’s so much junk to sift through that it gets irritating.

    Keep up the great work! :)

    • says

      Thanks Crystal! Tori is good people and I’m feel honored that she posted a little something about my efforts that lead you here. I’m confident as you read through more of the site you’ll continue to find value. I know the garbage out there and I try to be a breath of fresh air when it comes to this industry.

  2. says

    Eddy,

    I think more than 90 % of people reading this blog have been scammed before. The thing is – bad products/services all come from brilliant sales copy!

    Ouch!

    • says

      Maartin,

      I think it’s actually more like 98%. That being said I don’t care how brilliant the sales copy page of many of these scams are. If you already know to always do your research or go in with a skeptical eye, it’s pretty easy to spot their nonsense. A lot of times we all get scammed because we just ignore our instincts. At the very least if you follow that you avoid so much drama. This advice has helped me stay scam free for the last few years. So it works. But to your point you don’t get this knowledge until you’ve fallen victim. But sometimes that’s the best way to learn.

  3. Banker says

    I saw one such work from home link and happen to the image of a check, which “appears” to be issued from Google, Inc. THe image can be found at this link : http://news11nyc.com/finance/images/Google-Check.gif Well, i do this for a living and personally I wouldn’t deposit this check into my account even if it was made payable to me. There is more than one thing wrong with the check. The routing number for Citi Bank on the aforementioned check seems invalid. This seems like a classic example of check fraud.

    • says

      Hey Banker,

      Thanks for chiming in. I wouldn’t be surprised if the check is a fraud. It’s probably been digitally manipulated many times over to convince people to buy into this misleading product. That being said a check from Google would actually be legitimate assuming you could earn one following whatever this shady company is teaching. But that’s really the issue with this scam. They’re not being upfront that they’re teaching you about affiliate marketing where you can actually earn checks from Google. But the real scam for this particular product is the misrepresentation of the product and the hidden fees added on when you buy this nonsense.

      The scams that are designed to get you to cash fake checks which is what I think you’re referring to is described here:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2007/10/16/fake-checks-wire-transfer-scams-fakechecksorg-fights-back/

      It’s totally different than this Google Money Tree scam listed above. That being said, I still appreciate you chiming in. Because it goes to show the scam artist are even lazy in their own craft that they couldn’t even digital alter a fake Google check properly. How sad.

  4. says

    I checked my SPAM today for some reason and found a plain text email that contained 2 lines:
    I can show how to get rich using Google
    And here it had a referral URL
    I went to the site to report the SPAM (GCDetectivedotcom) and only found contact info for support, so I used that
    I received an email a few hours later from support@ that stated I had been unsubscribed. The email was signed with the same name as the spammer! I couldn’t believe it.

  5. Doug says

    technically then, Google AdSense can be called a SCAM because they do not pay you unless your AdSense account hits more than $100.00

    Keep in mind you have to make a website and then place ads on them and then PRAY you get $100 worth of hits and/or searches….

    • says

      Huh? Waiting for a minimum payout isn’t why a company is a scam. It’s a scam when they claim you’re going to get a product and then you never receive it. It’s a scam when you secretly charge people hidden fees or bury additional fees because you know your users will never find it. It’s also happens to be a scam when the FTC comes down on that ass. Last I checked Google Adsense has paid out billions of dollars to its affiliates. Adsense isn’t being labeled a scam by the feds or any other consumer protection agency. So there isn’t a comparison here.

      Making money with adsense has nothing to do with praying. It’s just good old fashion hard work and applying internet marketing skills to reach the audience that will click on those ads. They’re more inclined to do that if you provide some quality content. It’s just marketing 101. If you’re not good at that, then you won’t make money. It’s not a conspiracy. Like any profession, if you’re not properly equipped or trained you’re bound for failure. You can’t make money as a lawyer if you never went to law school and don’t know the laws of your jurisdiction. So let’s not make these generalizations because it basically like comparing apples to oranges.

      I’m gathering you may have struggled with adsense or just internet marketing in general. That’s normal, we all did. But trust me casting blame on everyone else isn’t really the answer. You just have to hunker down and keep pushing forward. Road blocks are part of the process but it’s how you handle the road blocks is what may lead to success or failure. I’m wishing you the best Doug. Take care.

  6. says

    Wow, now I’m mad. I just received a phone call from the Google Money Tree people because I signed up for the kit yesterday. They are trying to get me to pay $300 for what they call “an aggressive way to make money online”. They claim this to be something they only offer to people who are truly serious about making money online. I am one of those people, but I am also a part of an elite group of people who won’t go for anything jack! LOL

    Thanks to workathomenoscams.com I now have more insight about making money from home. I will not stop until I read every thing this site has to offer.:-) I am just trying to tap into this industry and carve my niche like you have Eddy. I am doing some research of my own and so far I have made money with a few sites.

    This is about the time I usually start my routine in making extra money for Christmas online… (Removed by admin.)

    I will not stop until I can successfully help people learn many free ways to make money online. Thanks for your help!

  7. James says

    YES!! Google Money Tree is, in fact, a scam.

    To Eddy: Hello Eddy, I recently found this site while doing research on this “google” scam to see if it was legit before actually doing anything with it. I am glad that you are one of the good people that help protect people from scams.

    I am one of the people lucky enough to know how to research on my own and to find out what are scams and what aren’t (like the e-mails saying you can get $1,000,000.00 USD if you send them money)

    I am also interested in fighting these kinds of sites, and helping to shut them down for good. I would like to figure out a way to do something like advertise on TVs and in advertisement areas to help protect people from these ads, or if that fails, to try to get a news team(s) to inform people of recent scams, as well as old scams, not only on the TV but on there respective websites, too. Maybe it is possible for you to help me in this goal, as well as other viewers to do this as well. Maybe it is possible to form an organization that provides these news teams of these scams. I’m sure everyone will be happier at this, and thank the news teams (and the organizations) of these discoveries and updates.

    I know these achievements are very hard to accomplish, but nonetheless are accomplishable if people decided to pitch in and help.

    I would like to know everyones opinion on this idea, not just Eddy’s.

  8. Javier says

    Is quite ironic that your adsense is showing ads of “make 5k in one week”, and if I am not wrong, you are making money indirectly at the end with all these scams. Even Google is making money with the scams!

    • says

      Hey Javier,

      I hear you point.
      However I don’t control Google’s advertisers. The code placed on this site automatically displays the ads based on the content. There are tools that Google provides us publishers to manage these ads. I have used it to remove certain advertisers. But honestly it’s too time consuming and energy intensive to be doing that every hour of the day. But Google has made efforts to clean up the advertisers listed on their site:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/2009/07/06/google-shuts-down-google-money-scams/
      So I’m sure many more of these questionable ads will be removed by them in the future. Google loses more money if their users aren’t happy and keep getting scammed by these advertisers. It results in less people using Google which means less eyeballs for their legit advertisers. So yes in the short run they make money on the scammers. But they know that’s short lived and you can’t build a long term business on that. So they will continue to get rid of these advertisers. It’s just a constant battle since scammers are always adjusting their efforts. But Google does act on these complaints.

      The other thing to keep in mind in terms of my site, is that I make it abundantly clear what links are sponsors and I have even added some additional text link under each sponsors area labeled “What’s This?” that further explains to the user that they should research any of the sponsors on this site. This is a common practice employed by other sites such as Careerbuilder.com, NYTimes, etc. TV networks that display questionable infomercials also have such warnings before or after these broadcasts so the public is very clear that their appearance on the network isn’t an endorsement.

      At the end of the day any medium that is free is supported by ads that the owners may not agree with. It’s a necessary evil or charge the user which I’m not willing to do. But I think making it very clear that these are advertisements, not personal endorsements and that folks should do their research is fair compromise. I provide enough content on this blog teaching people how to do their research and educating folks on common scams to avoid that if used they can avoid most of the schemes out there. Knowledge is power. But it’s only as good as the person that uses it and ultimately that is the responsibility of the individual at that point. People know cigarettes kill and warnings are all over the box telling you this. But it’s up to folks to read and heed that advice.

  9. Jack from New Orleans says

    I, a CPA, too got suckered into this, but was VERY LUCKY to have found this site and others like it.

    I cancelled my card and cancelled before the trial period was up.

    I then received a phone call from a friendly sounding woman at 866-311-7023; she, Roxi Minkkinen, said I wouldn’t be charged. When I called this number back, a foreign sounding man answered and when I complained about their devious practices, he laughed and told me that “you Americans are so stupid and think you can get something for nothing”. He then told me that my personal financial and identifying information was being sold to a group in NORTH KOREA!!! When I began to curse him out, he laughed as loud as possible and hung up.

    So the true purpose of these scams is to get information for ID theft from U.S. Citizens and sell it to NORTH KOREAN criminal organizations.

    Yes I guess we are pretty stupid…

    • says

      Hi Jack,

      I can’t believe how bold this scam artist is where he’d actually tell you what’s going on. I guess at that point he didn’t care because he got the information he wanted. This really sickens me. I really hope we see more action by the feds to crack down on these scam artists and any network allowing the promotion of such garbage. I can’t tell you how troubled I am Jack. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      That is the point! As stated above all these kits are nonsense as you’re experiencing firsthand. Here’s my advice read the article above and you better call your credit card company and get the charges reversed.

  10. MsJaxxee says

    Denise said: “The Easy Google Profits scam has now spread to 2 different sites built to look like respectable newspaper pages from The Los Angeles Tribune and The Miami Gazette News. These are NOT actual pages from REAL newspapers. They have been made purely to get people into thinking the opportunity is legitimate.”

    Hello everyone, and on that note, from Denise, I have another newspaper like article promoting google related “opportunities” Here is the link:

    http://usajobnewsdaily.com/index.php?arid=data-entry-jobs&gclid=CIeznMW2oZsCFQIwxwodfnjWLQ

    BEWARE!

    • says

      Hey MsJaxxee,

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. I think you and Denise are saying the same thing. She said these scam artist are building pages to LOOK LIKE respectable newspapers not that they are. So you’re both on the same page. Either way it’s great having such active participants protecting each other from scams. You may want to check out the following article where I pretty much cover this newspaper google money scam thing:
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/…/fake-news-site-work-at-home-scam

      These scam artists are a creative bunch. Too bad they don’t use their powers for good. lol

  11. Denise says

    The answer to your question would be yes. This is what i’ve researched…

    Easy Google Profits sounds alot better than the Google Money Tree because they make you believe that they are representing Google. They break down Googles history and how Google became so successful. That’s how they reel you in.

    They advertise the kit for only $1.97 in shipping and handling fees but there’s so much more to it.

    Now I have plenty of reasons to believe that this is a scam. The first one being is when I read the Terms and Conditions. They hide the monthly fee by spelling out the cost instead of using the numeric form. “After seven days, if you choose not to cancel, you will be billed your first monthly membership fee of seventy two dollars and twenty once cents for the membership fee fo the googletreasurechest.com membership.” The advertisement leads us to believe that the product only costs $1.97 which is the cost of the shipping and handling but fails to let us know upfront that there is a monthly subscription fee of $72.21 per month.

    Not only do they hide the monthly fee but they also hide the fact that when you sign up for this product you are also signing up for other services and will be charged for those services or sites as well. ” You have also unlocked a fourteen-day trial and twenty one-day trial to the Fraud SafeLockID and GrantSpring for just $38.84 and $24.87 a month thereafter (shows as “SafeLockID” and “GrantSpring”) should you choose not to cancel. Prior charges for all programs are non-refundable but bonuus subscriptions can be canceled and future charges stopped at any time by calling toll-free 866.951.1406 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.” All that information was in the Terms and Conditions and that was enough for me to stay away from it. But I decided to research a little more and this was something else I found:

    On April 23,2009 Case No. D-1-GV-09-000625 the State of Texas V. Infusion Media, Inc. d/b/a Googlemoneytree.com, d/b/a googletreasurechest.com, d/b/a internetincomeinitive.com, and Jonathan D. Eborn individually was filed, http;//www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/rel … ia_pop.pdf The texas Attorney General’s lawsuit against Infusion Media, Inc. and its principle Jonathan D. Eborn claims that the defendant refused consumers’ request for refunds, lied about what consumers were really signing up for and even failed to send the product.

    I’ve also read from various places that when you call the number that they provide 866.951.1406 you reach a voicemail. Even if you are calling Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. But i’ve also read that some people have gotten through. They just had to keep harassing and calling that number. If you are successful in calling the number they provide and cancelled be sure to cancel the two products you unlocked. If you don’t cancel those two they will charge you once their free trial is over even though you canceled with googletreasurechest or blazingkeywords whichever one it was when you signed up.

    SafeLockID: 866.879.1266
    GrantSprings: 888.247.2155 – this one may take awhile to get through

    These numbers are not listed in the terms and conditions and the numbers they give when they charge your card don’t work.

    These scam artists go by several different names such as googlecash, googlemoneytree, googlekit, and the list continues. The Easy Google Profits scam has now spread to 2 different sites built to look like respectable newspaper pages from The Los Angeles Tribune and The Miami Gazette News. These are NOT actual pages from REAL newspapers. They have been made purely to get people into thinking the opportunity is legitimate. So be on the lookout for:

    miamigazettenews.com/business/2009/main.php
    losangeles-tribune.com/finance/

    Google is not affiliated with these people at all!!

    I hope this helps you =)

    • says

      Perika,

      Google is aware of this company and all the ones that are riding on it’s brand. As I said in the article these companies seem to protect themselves legally from Google’s wrath because they have a disclaimer at the bottom of their pages that state they’re not associated with Google. I’m not sure if you also missed the update I added to this article where this company has been busted by the Attorney General of Texas. So they are being punished for their activities.

  12. Bill Slateritz says

    @Eddy Salomon:

    Eddy,

    You’re right. They don’t fit the criteria plus, our friends at I’ve Tried That concur to stay away
    from this site. I guess another scam artist.

    Thanks.

    Bill Slateritz

  13. Bill Slateritz says

    I came across a website too that states that they’re not affiliated with google, but use the
    name GOOGLE PROFITS . The guy who wrote this ” system/program ” says he researched
    over 2 years to get the program going and now he’s rich and will sell it for $ 19.95. Has

    Eddy, do you know of this, or does anyone have any comment on this.

    the author by the way is Wade M. Winger.

    Thanks.

    Bill Slateritz

    • says

      Hey Bill,

      I know you’re a long time follower so you know my comment is going to be…
      Have you followed the quick steps in our scam video to research this company?
      http://www.workathomenoscams.com/scams

      As you know that’s pretty much all we do when we research any company.
      You’re just as capable. Give it a shot & let me know what you find.
      If the data is inconclusive, I’ll be happy to chime in. But you have to start the leg work.
      Remember we’re teaching you guys how to fish so you can eat long after I’m gone. ;)

  14. says

    Beware of “Google Money System” as well, it’s the same type of program, but with a shipping fee of $1.95 for the kit.

    Ironically, on Monday I received the following email from a “Susan” who’s marketing Google Money System.

    Subject: Work From Home: Make Money

    Body: “Callie,

    It’s me Susan just wanting to check in and see if you’re making money from home on the internet yet. How much have you made so far?

    I just signed up a close friend of mine and at the end of her first week she got paid just over $1000 (I think she made around $1,075 – not bad!). She’s so happy and I’m extremely excited for her. She has newborn twins, a 2 year old, and her husband just got laid off so she really needs to stay home and work. It just goes to show what potential this kit has for anyone, even those of us that don’t have computer skills… The money is only going to increase.

    This kit makes it really easy: all you do is post links and run searches on search engines like Google and Yahoo – anyone can do this!

    If you haven’t signed up yet I highly recommend you do so, I don’t know how much longer this is going to be available. Here’s the link (remember, you only cover the shipping)

    http://www.susanworksfromhome.com/money.php

    Feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions,
    Thanks!
    ~Susan”

    I was curious (especially since she knew my name and spoke as if I was suppose to know her). I visited the link, did a bit of research and was not impressed. So I naturally deleted the email. Which I actually retrieved from the trash for this post. lol

    Just wanted to toss this info out there. Hopefully it will be helpful in preventing anyone from getting involved.

    • says

      Good looking out Callie! That was a very helpful comment. Because I’m sure someone is going to ask me well what about Google Coin Tree or Google Dollar System, etc, etc. My rule of thumb is if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, smells like a duck then guess what? it’s a duck. I don’t care how you dress it up. So folks should do what Callie did & do the math. The same goes for any of the data entry or typing products.

      Thanks again Callie. As always your comments are very insightful!

    • says

      Google is totally aware of this. After all they index nearly all content. Furthermore the owners of Google money tree & their affiliates advertise on Google. I think Google doesn’t go after them because they have a statement at the bottom of the website that states they’re not affiliated with Google. That usually saves you from trouble. I see a lot of other products that use Google in their name that use this tactic as well. So there must be some legal basis to it that protects them.

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