Kelly Richards has in intriguing story that undoubtely tempts many people into falling for a scam. (Bruce Gadansky, BBB/Louiville Vice President/Operations, recently sent an e-mail about Kelly to the BBB system, noting that she has been found to live in various cities; his message alerted me to Kelly’s existence).
You can visit http://onlinenews6.com/FINANCE/Local-Report/?t202id=51602&t202kw to read Kelly's story for yourself.
Kelly makes $6,397 per month by working 10-15 hours a week from home. Really? And the wonderful thing about this “onlinenews6.com news story” is that Kelly lives in your hometown. Wherever you are, that’s where she lives. To test this theory, BBB managers Linda Chambers in Bowling Green and Cathy Williamson, who lives near Glendale, KY, used their computers to take a look at the Kelly Richards story. The attached file, “Where Does Kelly Richards Live.pdf,” shows the results. Not surprisingly, Kelly Richards lives in their hometowns, too.
How do these scammers place Kelly in your hometown, you may wonder? The scammers’ server uses the IP address of your computer, which is broadcast to any website you visit, to identify the geographical location of the IP address. Bingo, that’s where Kelly Richards lives and works.
Until I looked into the Kelly Richards story, I had no idea how big “fake news” has become as a tactic for promoting a multitude of scams, especially work-at-home offers and Acai Berry wonder cures for weight loss or anything else that might be a problem in your life. In researching the Kelly Richards story, I found that there are dozens of websites similar to “onlinenews6.com.” (By the way, you can’t go to that privately-registered website directly; you must have the routing within the site, as in the URL above, to access the site).
The other thing I’ve learned is that, while Kelly lives where you live, there are many other success stories similar to hers, involving men and women with numerous names. Their stories are being told on a multitude of “fake news” websites similar to “onlinenews6.com.” Maybe these people are Kelly Richards’ sisters and brothers – some of them look like her. Many of these “fake news” websites and the stories they tell are listed on the attached blog listing.
I thought that I’d heard and seen everything when it comes to scams. Little did I know, until now, how big “fake news” has become as a way of promoting scams.
These websites apparently feel that they can avoid prosecution for their deceptive behavior by having an “honest” disclosure at the bottom of the page. The disclosure is somewhat “buried,” presumably to make it unlikely that people will read it. In the case of the onlinenews6.com story about Kelly Richards, the fine-print, grayed-out disclosure includes wonderfully creative wording and excellent usage of a double negative: “Thus, this blog, and any page on this website, are not to be taken literally or as a non-fiction story.” In other words, this story is fiction.