The Green Millionaire : Buyer Beware!

* Update - 4/16/12 - FTC orders Green Millionaire founder has to pay 2 million in damages!
I recently had a friend and reader suggest I check out this great new free book he found called The Green Millionaire.  He said I could get a free copy at the website (I'm not even going to link to their site because it's too close to a scam for my taste).  When I went there, I saw something that looked very "scammish".  Anything promising "free" anything immediately sets off my alarm signals.  So I did a little digging (a.k.a. google) and found this article from Fibomercials and Scams.

Basically, you sign up for the "free" book and they need your credit card for the $1 "shipping and handling" charge.  But the devil is in the details!  The fine print says:

*Start your free trial today and we will also send you a free 14 day subscription to The Green Millionaire eMagazine. Just pay a $1.00 processing fee. You will have 14 days to try The Green Millionaire eMagazine and discover how to become wealthier while saving the planet. If you like the simple, powerful solutions presented in the program, do nothing. At the end of your free trial period you will be charged the discounted price of $29.95, and every 60 days thereafter.

And then gives you the number to call to cancel your  subscription.  I wonder how hard it is to get through to a live person?

After doing my research I asked my friend to check his credit card bill and guess what?  Here was his reply:

Argghh!!!  Looks like I’m in the scam wheel.  I didn’t even know it was from an infomercial (which I never watch).  I think I found the link through another referral.

Well I got the book, and it’s OK.  Nothing earth shattering, but some good ideas.  I’ll give you my copy if you want it… I’m too pissed to hold on to it.  They did charge me $29.95.  I will dispute with my CC company, and maybe cancel my card.

So, if you need some green tips then go ahead and get your "Green Millionaire" book,  pay $29.95 every 60 days or take the trouble to cancel your "subscription".  Or you can read this blog and the other great resources that are out there that cost you nothing.  I won't say it's free though because I do "force" you to glance at ads.  Hey, a guy has to eat (I just bough some nice grass-fed steaks) doesn't he?

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Thanks for the info. I typed all my info for the free book untill the page where it asked for my credit card info. That's when I checked here and am glad I did. Thanks Again!
anyone who has the book should find a means to scan and upload it as a torrent somewhere. Maybe we can get back at the scammers in this way. If you have the time upload your book for everyone to get without giving away their "green"
From their "Terms and Conditions": [quote] All sales after the free-trial period are final. The Green Millionaire eMagazine fees are non–refundable. All Green Millionaire eMagazine subscription fees after the free–trial period and any renewal date are final. [/quote]
Yea I fell for the green millionaire last year,I could not get thru to cancel my subscription.I ended up cancelling my card so the charges would stop. STAY AWAY FROM THE GREEN MILLIONAIRE,it is a SCAM SCAM SCAM,THE ONLY MILLIONAIRE IS NIGEL,they will get no more of my money. If you do your research you can find all kinds of info online for free.
Kewl, you all saved me from getting into this scam. I went online to sign up, but when i saw the charge to my CC every other month, I figured I'd check to see what others are saying about it. I like the idea of scanning it and sharing it online. I can do it, but there is no way I'm gonna sign up to get the book. If anybody wants to work with me on this, and they/you have the book, lets talk. Guy
I was taken for almost $90 just days after I received my copy of the green millionaire book. I was willing to pay the $1.95 they wanted for postage but it was never mentioned that there was a subscription of any kind.. this is not at all acceptable business. there should be a box where you initial acknowledging that you are paying X amount for an additional service of any kind. I plan to file a complaint with the BBB and Consumer Affairs. I have already filed a dispute through my credit union and I am going to see where the threat of legal action gets me with the Green Scam Artists tomorrow.. I have called 3 separate times 2 of which were during their "normal business hours of 6am-5:30pm" and I still received the "our office is currently closed" message... when will these companies stop with the games? I think public hangings should be reinstated for this sort of trickery.. Anyone with me?
thanks i just about bought this
I got my refund!!!!! Called 1(877)213-8238. I was only offered $40.00 of my $89.95 back. I asked to talk to a supervisor who also offered me the $40.00 until I said I would be going to the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General or whatever it takes to get my money back. Then he put me on hold and came back to offer me a full refund. Now I will have to wait and see if I get it. keeping my fingers crossed. Hope this info helps someone else.
@ GM Agent...I was just about to order the book & decided to do some research stumbled on this site and saw your comment.. "I take countless calls from customers like yourselves every day bitching of how they were charged and scammed."...Wow, you call yourself an agent for this company and use such unprofessional and vulgar language to talk about customers. Needless to say I will not be ordering anything from this company. Free means free, this book is not free and this is false advertising and should be illegal.
Just check my cc card and found out that the Green mollionaire company tried to bill my card $89.00 dollars.This is a shame that they do this to people that is honest.I am going to get touch with my Attorney General.This is a scam and they know it.


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