I was checking out my Facebook ads account today and came across a “work from home” program that appeared to be from Richard Branson.
As soon as I saw this I was sure I was looking at another Facebook scam. Turns out I was right, this is completely fake and it won’t help you make money online.
I knew this because I’ve seen these things a number of times before, it’s more common than you might think. For example, I recently reviewed a program called Facebook Bonanza which tried to convince people that Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates teamed up to bring out a new home biz op… yep.
Anyways, the sad part is that it works, many people fall into crap like this all the time. One of the key reasons is because the people behind it are very clever in how they do things. They make the whole thing as convincing as possible, it’s only when you do your homework and dig a little deeper the scam becomes more obvious. Much more obvious.
The Richard Branson Work From Home Gig Is Fake
There are actually two separate websites promoting different versions of this (maybe more) but both promote the same thing, a binary options software scam.
- Facebook News: fb-social-news.com/pages/latest/richard-branson-newest
- PiOP: piop.net/richard-branson-binary-options
It would not surprise me at all if these websites (or at least these pages) were taken down before too long. They run them until enough people catch on and enough reviews expose them, then they drop it and move onto the next one. Feel free to update me if you find a new page so I can warn others.
Update 1st March 2017: Both of these sites have been taken down. I am unaware of the location of the current websites running this scam, but they exist somewhere it seems.
Digging Deeper To Spot The Deception
There are many red flags with this but perhaps one of the most obvious is how almost every link on the page leads to what they are currently promoting. Even some of the so called Facebook comments that look identical to the real thing, point to the product promo page!
This time I noticed they are playing things a little bit smarter though…
They are actually linking some of the FB comments to a real persons FB profile, they use a real picture of the person and link to their real profile. BUT… they use a different name and a fake comment.
Note: You can verify this for yourself on the page links I listed above, I didn’t want to screenshot the persons real profile and name for privacy reasons but you can verify this on the page itself.
Anyway, the reason I know the comments are fake is because I’ve reviewed 100’s of programs on this site and I recognise them. For example, this one I see ALL the time across many scam sites:
I published a review of a fake news website called Career News Online back in April of 2016 which shows an identical comment:
This comment has been in use for years! Crazy but true.
Another crafty trick they use is ‘geo targeting’ and the use of fake stories to show how a person has gone from ‘rags to riches’. At first glance it may seem halfway real, but I can assure you it’s not. They have simply used a stock photo because real people aren’t making any real money with this crap.
The image shown below is apparently a picture of “Jack Williams” from Brisbane, Australia (near my location) who has apparently been seeing massive results…. righto. Our friend “Jack” is a stock photo, the same photo was used on a site called ‘Clutch’ over 3 years ago!
Also, if you visit the site through a different location Jack will magically change where he is located too! I decided to use a proxy which changes your IP address to show you what I mean. In this case, it made it appear as though I was from California. Check it out below:
Yep, now he’s from California! You can no doubt see the extent these losers will go to in order to cheat you out of your money at this point. It is nothing short of disgusting in my opinion.
What Are They Actually Promoting?
As of writing this, they are promoting a binary option scam called The Aussie Method. I’ve already reviewed this so I won’t elaborate, but in short, they use paid actors, fake income claims and all kinds of lies to trick people into funding their trading account.
You see, it is free to get their “software” but you must join their ‘recommended broker’ through their affiliate link to get it. When you join their broker and fund your account with $250 the anonymous affiliates behind this make a nice little commission.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with earning affiliate commissions in itself by recommending products, not at all. Many ethical marketers use affiliate marketing to monetise their website content. I do this myself, but I make damn sure of whatever I promote because my reputation is at stake.
My point being, the issue comes with what you are promoting and how you are promoting it. In this case, the promotional tactics are completely unethical and the product is a fake trading software.
No matter what they are promoting at the time you are reading this or what page they are using, I can assure you that Richard Branson has NOT released a work from home program. These scammers are trying to leverage Branson’s credibility and his respected name to trick as many people as possible.
What starts with a $250 deposit, actually gets much worse. You see, the people running the online brokerage are often located in loosely regulated countries overseas and employ a team of high pressure sales people to get as much money out of you as possible. This has happened to me so I know first hand that binary software scams are among the most prevalent and vicious there is, with many losing $1000’s and not being able to withdraw.
Trading binary options itself is absolutely legitimate, I think this goes without saying. But there is no ‘magic’ software as these people will have you believe. It takes real learning, testing and tweaking and a whole lot of risk to develop an income this way.
Anyway, I hope this saves you from losing your hard earned cash and hopefully this has given you some insight into how these scammers operate. Unfortunately, rubbish like this will continue being pushed for the foreseeable future, but the more you know the more you can avoid crap like this.
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