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2010 April 8

KNKNews.comI’ve written about this subject before and didn’t think that I would be touching on it again but here we go one more time.

I got passed this link today on Facebook and I figured since it had something to do with the field I’m in, I should check it out to make sure my friends don’t get led astray.

So I did and I instantly recognized what was going on. How these links get passed around I have no idea.

Now that I think of it maybe someone on Facebook has a large group and pushed the link and it went viral, ending up in my network of friends. Nevertheless, everyone is checking it out and it has actually been generating a lot of buzz lately.

Anyway, back to this KNKNews site. It is a scam.  Not even Google wants to have anything to do with them.

The site is set up to look like a legitimate news site – CNBC – that everyone should know about.

However, it really isn’t CNBC and it doesn’t have anything to do with CNBC. is a fake news site designed to advertise a specific work at home opportunity with the hopes that people will sign up and pay to receive a cd filled with the information needed to get started.

To some it may not be that obvious that something is wrong because of location but to anyone living where I live – an island in the Caribbean – there are some dead giveaways.

The subject of the story, Ms Patricia Feeney, worked for NBC (not the local radio station) but *the* NBC – as in the network that CNBC is a part of. This is no doubt an American woman.

But the article says that she is from Kingstown which is where I’m from.

If you’re from somewhere other than Kingstown then its going to show your city instead because they’re using a script to pick up your location.

They use this tactic to reel you into the story. You’re more likely to want to find out more because you have something in common with the subject.

Read The FinePrint

The other clue, or proof that this isn’t what it’s made out to be is in the fine print right at the bottom of the page.

Author and publisher is an Affiliate of the company offering the business opportunity and are remunerated by advertiser.

They’re actually required to do this by the FTC but its still false advertising and they should still be reported.

Then there’s this statement which should really confuse the hell out of anyone reading it – enough so they realize that there’s something funky going on here.

Google/CNBC is in no way associated with this website.

And finally there’s


…which is like saying “OK, we lied about everything we said above.”

Luckily, from my location in the Caribbean, the offer is being geo-targeted which just means that only people in a certain region are allowed to see the offer and I’m guessing that its restricted to the United States and Canada only. So when you click on the link you won’t actually be taken to the intended page.

For others in the geo-targeted area of United States and Canada, I’ve heard reports about credit cards being charged without authorization for amounts that weren’t displayed. Like I said, I’ve written about this before – you can read the comment section of this article to see what others have said.

I’ve even tested one of these offers short of entering my credit card information and after entering my email I immediately started to receive spam messages in my inbox.

This is just the work of an unethical affiliate marketer who just wants to make some cash instead of genuinely helping people find solutions to their problems.

Like I wrote today on another blog, when you chase the money, the money is only going to run from you. When you help people you’ll be rewarded.

I hope you guys took the time to read the article. The only way to keep safe from these rogues is to do your research.

Working at home on the internet is real. I know because I do just that. Knowing who to trust is tough because there are so many phonies out there with an eye on your wallet/purse.

If you want to work from home then there is no better place to start than the same place that I train at – Wealthy Affiliate IMU.

Be sure to leave a comment in the section below if you have any questions or other concerns and be safe.

53 Responses leave one →
  1. john permalink
    April 9, 2010

    That spam message is all around facebook now, I appreciate you have taken the time to write worth infromation about it. As you say, money chasers end up being chased by the debts, a big hug from Colombia.

  2. April 9, 2010

    Thank you John for taking the time to read. If you like you can share the link with your Facebook friends by clicking on the bookmark button directly below the article and selecting the Facebook icon.

  3. Zsa-Zsa permalink
    June 17, 2010

    Hi thank you so much for putting up this add, I was about to join this site where “Patricia feeney” was reported on NBC to have made over 300$ a day. I found it too good to be true after all if that were the case then why isnt all of the world doing it, why are we all in finacial trouble.
    Had I not come across your site and many others relating to this scam I would have tried it out, they are actually trying to only charge 9.97$ canadian but then who knows if they would try to take all sorts of money after. Luckly enough i decided to do research about this and to be honest there was not a lot found when I entered anything for my search results until it dawned on me! WHO IS THIS PATRICIA FEENEY WOMAN. So I looked HER up and sure enough millions of people commented on this but yours stood out the most. Thank you for putting an eye out for this and most importantly your time … I will defiantly take a look at your website where you work from home, I am very much interested, it may take time but then ill know its legal :D thank you

  4. September 22, 2010

    I am grateful to you for pointing this out. In the high speed world we live in today, it is very easy to miss the ‘fine print’ and go for the images -- “if it looks good, it is good” type of thing -- thanks again.

  5. December 1, 2010

    I’ve seen this same scam all over the Internet and have also receive links to these types of sites via email.

    What amazes me is how the site know’s what city/state you’re in so the marketing message can be personalized to your location.

    I hope people aren’t getting duped by these sites.

  6. December 2, 2010

    They’re using a script that identifies your IP address’ location so they can insert it on the page.

  7. Barbara K. Feller permalink
    February 2, 2011

    I worked for SSA-28 yrs ending up as Senior service Rep. I first saw this advertisement on my home page which is I immediately became suspicious because if it ‘looks too good to be true then it probably is!’ I’ve seen too much fraud almost daily so u have to be extremely careful. I googled this Patricia Feeney that’s when I found your website. Most ‘work at home offers’ are bogus, at least in my experience.
    So often you may hear of bad experiences w/federal workers.
    I am one of the hardest working people you’d ever meet. I did everything I could w/in the scope of SSA’s regulations/laws to try and help the public. I know times are hard. All of us are very busy/hectic.
    But we should all take the time to care about others.
    A smile is the same in every language. Pollyanna? I think not. But anyway, I
    Thanks for your hard work. Have a nice day :)

  8. Mark permalink
    February 14, 2011

    If anybody goes to and signs up it is the biggest scam out there. It says that you get a 60 day money back guarantee which you will never get unless you do it the way i did. You pay Pay Pal for one thing and then you pay Click Bank for another. You have to go to those websites and file your claim and tell them why and that what they want you to sell is garbage. After you do that you will get a refund within 10 days ..I did and that is the only way to get your money back. Also if you have tried before through there customer support system just stop replying and sending emails to them and go through Pay Pal and ClickBank. Any questions email me i also have there phone number which they dont want you to have but they ended up calling me after 3 weeks when i told them i was going to track them down through the police. Go to PAY PAL and CLICKBANK WEBSITE TO GET A REFUND

  9. heather permalink
    March 13, 2011

    I almost got sucked in. Then I decided to google this Michelle Matthews woman. So many blogs and websites like yours about it being a scam. You want to talk about going to a LOT of trouble to seem believable? I know alot of people on here have said that they got the link off of FB but mine was in my e-mail. It said it was from a friend of mine. My friend was in a really bad accident a few yrs ago and has limitations as to what he can do since then, so he has become the stay at home parent. I thought to myself hmmmm maybe he has found something worth while. I was still a little sceptical so I e-mailed him back and I asked if he had tried it himself. I actually got a response saying yes he had and that it had helped out with the $$ situation since he cant work. So of course I thought to myself WOW!!! This could be the answer I have been looking for! I still dont know why I did it but I decided to go on FB and message him about it. I said “Listen, I need to know, did you send me an e-mail with a work from home job link included in it?” His reply later that day was NO not me hon. I told him he may want to change his passwords and let his other friends know he got hacked. The email says its from him and lists his address. Thats a pretty detailed ruse. Thank goodness there are still people out there like you that try to look out for other people. Thank you for being you!!!!

  10. Yhan permalink
    March 23, 2011

    Hi Jay. I really appreciate the gesture of putting these all into words in order for us to be aware of the situation. I personally felt disappointed in Cash Flow Solution because they are tricking so many people that are really looking for solutions in their financial problems. On the other hand, I also felt confused on what to believe in. What if your blog is just another marketing strategy to promote WAU? Can you please help me distinguish what is scam to not? How true that once they are asking/collecting fees is somewhat a bogus strategy? Thanks! God bless :)

    And I hope the next time people/company offers this kind of opportunity will have in their hearts the willingness to help others the way they achieve success, and not merely use them for their personal gain.

  11. March 24, 2011

    Hey Yhan, glad I could help.

    There’s no need to be confused. Once you understand that KKKNews is a scam then this post has done it’s job.

    There is nothing else left for you to do. You don’t need to get Wealthy Affiliate or even check out the rest of this blog. Once you know that you shouldn’t mess with KKKNews, you’ll be ok.

    Unless you are looking for the next logical step which is what a lot of people who read my blog want. They usually ask themselves, “so if this is a scam, how do I really make money.”

    And that is why I usually mention Wealthy Affiliate because I’ve been a paying member there since January 2007 and they’ve helped me quit my day job and taught me everything I needed to know to make a full time income online. I’ve had success with them and that is why I recommend them to other people.

    About the fees -- well, Wealthy Affiliate provides an education in online marketing so they’re providing a needed service. So you have to pay for the education, just like you would if you were to go to college to learn how to be an architect or a lawyer.

    The bogusness in asking for fees comes into play when you’re promised a job or home work. In a real life situation, you won’t be asked to pay a fee to get a job, they should be paying you AFTER you finish the job. So when companies promise you jobs and then ask you for a fee to join, that is usually where the shadiness comes in.

    Sometimes is tough to really know what is scam from what is real. You just gotta do your research. Google the name of the company and see what other people are saying about them especially on forums and blogs. Check multiple sources and look especially for comments from third parties.

    I hope this answers your questions and you feel a little more comfortable.

  12. Matt permalink
    March 26, 2011

    Hey Jay, like all the others who posted, thank you for posting such a descriptive review on the bogus KKKNews scam. I am interested in the Wealthy Affiliate though. Would you mind shooting me an email sometime so I could ask you some questions please?


  13. Ms. Phyllis Y. Nettles permalink
    May 1, 2011

    Thanks 4 saving me & if there R any legit Work at Homes Jobs, please send me a listing. Txs.

  14. May 17, 2011

    Thanks Jay for sharing this with us. I think this is an issue which is spreading its legs day by day. We can see several spam messages on social networking sites everyday. Many people sometimes get attracted towards these messages and put themselves in a vicious world of spamming.

  15. rebecca permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Someone please send me a real work at home job where you do not need to pay to get educated. If you start at Dunkin Donuts they train you for free. It should be like that for all blue collared work=including on the internet.

    Thankyou and god bless-Rebecca portlife2 at yahoo

  16. June 27, 2011

    Hello rebecca,

    What you are asking for does exist. I would like to address the statement you made about “work at home jobs where you do not need to pay to get educated”.

    I think this is a direct reference to where I said in the article that I worked from home and I trained at Wealthy Affiliate.

    There is a small difference though. Even though I work at home, I do not have a job nor am I doing a job (meaning I do not work for anyone). I work at home on my online business which is different from having a job that you work on from home.

    I agree that if you do get a job, you should be able to train for free. You shouldn’t have to pay to get a job. You can search google for “job boards” and “job directories” and see if there are any that have online work.

    When you’re looking to start a business that you can work on from home then you definitely in most cases have to pay to be trained -- the same way you would go to law school if you wanted to own your own law firm. Or the same way I paid for a course at a local college to get a typing certificate (which can enable you to get a job as a typist).


    Finally, I’ll leave you with this link where you can check out real work at home jobs that you “don’t have to pay for”.

  17. December 6, 2011

    I too almost got caught by Ms. Feeney when I decided to google the name and came across this . Thank You .

  18. December 8, 2011

    Wow, I am always skeptical about things like this. I am unemployed and newly married. I wanted to help with our expenses and thought this would be ideal. Thank you for the research you did. I Googled “Patricia Feeney work at home” and found your review. Thank you so much. You are a blessing.

  19. December 15, 2011

    It made it to my fans page iPod for car stereo in Facebook and
    and when i open the link i notice my town Kissimme so i check for 20 second and found your page good idea you are helping a lof of people i am still going to report this scammers to the netpolice

  20. Diane Claveau permalink
    January 3, 2012

    I fell for it because the featured CNBC article spoke about a Northwood ND woman who was working from home. After giving them my CC number and getting a call from a persistant coach an affiliate (ProAdvantage i.e Power Sellers College) which when googled came up with a nice review?? So then when wanting more money. I stated I needed time to think about it. He was very unhappy about that. Long story short, he is calling me back in a few short minutes. Glad I took the time to Goggle the woman from Northwoods name and found this site.

  21. Diane Claveau permalink
    January 4, 2012

    Why can’t I share the info. on KNN (CNBC) on facebook. It states Your URL is bizchoice is unsafe?

  22. January 8, 2012


    Hi. Thanks for your feedback. As far as I know my site is completely safe to share (no scams etc). I don’t know why you’re getting an error but thanks for letting me know.

    Edit: I just tried sharing the post and it looks like Facebook is working to protect users from this scam so kudos to them. The problem with the post is that I have in the title so Facebook thinks you’re trying to share that website. I’ll see if I could make some changes.

    Edit #2: You can try sharing the post now. I’ve fixed the problem.

  23. Pam permalink
    January 12, 2012

    My friend posted the link on facebook. I clicked on the link and it brings me to CNBC website. I find it too good to be true so i googled Patricia Feeney and i found your website. The news i saw this time was Patricia is from Perth, exactly where i am living now. After reading through your comment, i realised Patricia not only lives in Perth, she lives in the states too. Haha..what a joke!

  24. Ekene permalink
    January 15, 2012

    Thank you so much for being your brothers’ keeper, cos i have just been getting this link from friend’s facebook page this year[2012] and i got so intrested and was almost going to sign up for it but for the fact my husband said i shld take my time to check out this Paticia Feeney person on google.
    I did just that and saw your article and it was just like you said cause they claimed she is a Lagos mum and i happen to live in Lagos.
    I am just abt to go look up the link you suggested but will it work out for me as i live in Nigeria and is this for real as i am now sceptical about all yhis internet work.

  25. Lannie permalink
    January 31, 2012

    Thanks Jay, a friend recently sent me a link about the “work from home” story starring Patricia, and at this time in my life I almost fell for it (being those hard finanical times). After I put in my name, I thought to myself I should try to confirm the story through NBC, but couldn’t find anything, so I typed in Patricia Feeney and NBC and found your article. Saved me a lot of touble I don’t need right now, Thank You.

  26. February 2, 2012

    You’re welcomed, Lannie. Glad I could help.

  27. rose permalink
    April 1, 2012

    Hello Jay,
    Thank you so much, you saved me big time . I was about to purchase this on-line then i just Google since I could reached ANYONE AT NBC, WAS I SUPRISE . Can I message you sometimes let you know what I found. Yes I will check out the site you mention thank you so much

  28. May 28, 2012

    Hey rose,

    It would be great to hear what you found out about this scam. Do post it here so everyone can know what’s going on.


  29. Giinix permalink
    June 7, 2012

    This scam is already going all over Twitter… It get’s to you as a Direct message

  30. renee permalink
    July 17, 2012

    They post the scam again on msnbc. amazing, use the same name, different location this time.

    • October 14, 2012

      Interesting link. At first site it looks as if the scam is posted on msnbc’s website but if you look closely the domain is actually Not an actual dot com or legit site.

  31. Rosemary permalink
    July 21, 2012

    Thank you Jay for the heads up.
    Is there anyplace on the internet that we can actually find at homes jobs that are not scams? Some of us cannot afford to study at a university.

  32. Angela permalink
    July 24, 2012

    This scam has surfaced again only this time they have managed to do a test status update on my daughters FB page and then send emails with the link to people from her contacts list.
    It is very concerning how they can get into your FB and access information.
    I thought it sounded strange so googled Patricia feeney and my suspicions were confirmed.
    Thank you

  33. Yelena permalink
    September 3, 2012

    Can you imagine? Patricia Finney moved to another part of the world, living now in my city

    • October 14, 2012

      Haha. Yeah she lives in my city too. Weird.

  34. Roy permalink
    September 10, 2012

    Dear Jay,
    Today I received a link from a real good friend of mine in my mailbox, showing the article about this Patricia. I was already suspicious about the way onwhich “Real Online Income” was written, in bolt. At Google, I searched for both “ROI” and Patricia, and found this blog about it.
    I life in a small town near The Hague (Netherlands), and after reading the article it all seems too good to be true.
    I am really glad that my guardian angel told me not to click on that “ROI”-link. After reading this blog, I’m glad I’ve listen to her.
    Thank you so very much for this article, and lets hope that other people will / shall read this blog also before they will be so stupide to fall for the ‘charmes’ of “ROI”.

    Best wishes -- Roy

  35. Frank Martinez permalink
    September 15, 2012

    I have received a similar article via email , starting with “Patricia Feeney of Aguadulce” etc and her fortune making story. Should I report this email? if so where.

  36. Shane permalink
    September 18, 2012

    Thanks, I almost got sucked in. I have recently discovered severe health problems that may keep me from being able to work in my field anymore. As well I have a two year old and another baby due in November with my wife. We definitely cannot afford to be scammed right now. I am still looking for work from home jobs and will check out your link. Thanks again Jay.

  37. fra permalink
    September 24, 2012

    I am eager to know something more about this kind of scam. I am not an computer expert and I was wondering what would happen if someone left their e-mail address to a scam site like that.
    thank you

    • October 14, 2012

      Nothing nasty would happen really but you’ll start getting all types of spam in your email inbox from different companies who are only interested in your money.

  38. Rachael permalink
    September 24, 2012

    Thanks so much, was about to pay, but decided to find more about it. Thanks once again.

  39. Kris permalink
    October 6, 2012

    I actually never saw your add, but my gf saw this story on Facebook and emailed me the link to the story. So I decided I’d look up “Patricia Feeney” before I ever even went to the actual site and your story is what I found. In my link they said she was from Jackson, MS, that’s why I decided to look up her name. Thank you so much for your help.

  40. John permalink
    October 14, 2012

    How can you prove to me that Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. You sound just as convincing as the other sites do.

    • October 14, 2012

      They’ve been around since 2006 and you can prove it for yourself. Membership is now free so check it out and let me know what you think.

  41. November 27, 2012

    Definitely believe that that you stated. Your favourite justification seemed to be at the internet the simplest thing to take note of. I say to you, I certainly get irked even as folks consider issues that they plainly do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and also outlined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other people could take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  42. rob permalink
    November 27, 2012

    I know Patty and I have never known her to be involved in any thing like this. I think they just pulled her name out of the blue.

  43. rob permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Ok haven’t talked with Patty yet but looked for more on the net this is what I found. 1 article says she lives in Cleveland and I saw a video and that one said she lived in Cherry Hill and the person I saw wasn’t any Patty Feeney I know.

  44. nic permalink
    November 27, 2012

    Just rec’d this email link from my mom! Guess it’s making the rounds again

  45. February 1, 2013

    hey Jay, thanks a lot for writing this. i really wanted to sign up to the website that referes to that my friend sent me. I almost got to the trap but thanks God I googled and found this yours. I just got it and perhaps this kind of scam and fraudulent including some liable media such as USA today, CNN etc would always be exist if there’s no explicit act.
    once more thanks Jay. :)

  46. Helen permalink
    February 11, 2013

    THANK YOU! This scam has reached Sydney, Australia.
    I received a random email with a link from my best friend so I thought it was legitimate. Did some research and found your post. I knew it was too good to be true. Thank you for the advice!! Good to know there are still good people out there that has the time to warn others.

  47. February 25, 2013

    Guess what folks? Its still out there. Just got one feb 2013 from two people and I don’t use facebook

  48. Michael permalink
    March 12, 2013

    I’m thankful and grateful for you staying in the “loop” on these scams. Had i not searched this patricia feeney person and found this i probably would have fell for it.
    I received the scam link through a text. Jay how can i stop this from continuing? I’ve been getting tons of spam everyday. Can i simply change my email password, or do i have to change email all together?

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