Update: This is NOT a review of Kevin Fahey’s “My Google Profit System” It is a review of Michelle Valdez’s Internet Income Pro/Google Profit System.
Two spam emails made it through my filter yesterday, both of them with the subject line, “Google Profit System.”
I was willing to let them be after the first one. But after the second, no way. You spam me, I call you out.
What Is “Internet Income Pro?”
So when I clicked on the link, I was taken to a sales page called “Internet Income Pro: A work from home guide with Michelle Valdez.”
It’s a typical presell page: the “as seen on” box with a bunch of media logos, rich on emotional appeal, generic pictures of cash, cars, mansions, vacations on the beach. And, of course, the “proof of earnings” in the form of a bar graph.
In reality, it’s another negative option marketing gimmick.That’s when you think you’re signing up for a free kit, but you are also getting a membership to some program for a monthly fee. At least “Michelle Valdez” is up front about it:
People pay almost ninety bucks per month for access to this site, but during this seven day trial period, you can have unlimited, back stage private access, without any charge whatsoever. You can stay a member at the discounted price of seventy two dollars and twenty one cents per month for life. Of course, if your goals change, you can always call and cancel your subscription at any time.
Other programs are less forthcoming and bury the hidden charges in their fine print, knowing most people don’t read them. So kudos to the babealicious Valdez for that bit of truthiness. But that’s where the honesty ends.
How Do You Return a Downloaded Kit?
What is buried in the Terms and Conditions is this little gem (emphasis added):
At any time during the first thirty days, if you are not fully satisfied with your purchase, you may call customer service at 888.657.8585 for a refund of your monthly subscription and the shipping fee. When you call, a customer representative will give you an RGA (Return Goods Authorization) number. The kit must then be returned with the RGA number. You must be able to confirm delivery to receive your refund. Please ship your kit with a delivery confirmation to our fulfillment center: 405 East 12450 South, Suite G, Draper, Utah 84020. Note: This address is for returns only. All other correspondence must be sent to the address on the website.
When you sign up, you’re supposed to receive a kit in the mail (a “free” kit plus $3.88 shipping and handling) and access to an exclusive Web site called internetincomeinitiative.com. The membership is just a free trial for 7 days. If you don’t cancel, you will be billed $72.21. Then, if you want a refund within 30 days, you first have to call customer service and then return the kit to that address in Utah.
The address is about 10 minutes away from my office, so I went there. It’s a telemarketing firm and I didn’t go in. See, my suspicion is that you only get downloadable information or Web site access, so there’s nothing to return to prove your purchase, meaning you have no way to get a refund. That’s just a suspicion, though.
If anyone has signed up for this, I’d love to hear if there really is a kit, and what it contains. I’d sign up myself, but I’m not about to give negative option marketers my credit card number.