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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They got me too 89.95, I need a phone # to call.. would you please.. thanks
Ok. I've read a lot of posts on here. I think it is a HUGE scam! First off, why do we have to have the e-mag? Why in the hell can't we click to get it or reject it? If the book is as good as it's made out to be on the commercial why do we need to pay money every so often to get other info? Why was the other info left out of the book to begin with? Why only sell the book online and not at Barnes and Noble or Walmart? You can't sell it there because to many people would glance through it and realize its piece of garbage making promises about free stuff that you can't get. That GM Agent sounds like a moron too. He's trying to defend this garbage but everything like this needs to be banned. Be smart. If it sounds to good to be true it probably (and most likely it is) is. One more thing. Don't buy books off the internet. Download it off a warez site and print it out and put it everywhere you can and let your friends and family know that this IS A SCAM and to stay away. Green Millionaire? Yes, for the few dozen people that run this SCAM with nothing but a couple computers from a basement of one of their parents houses. STAY AWAY!!! THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What is the number to stop green millionaire?
Anything attached to Intellius is the same way. FOUGHT tooth and nail to get it taken care of...eventually they did pay me back, but only after I threatened a phone call to my attorney. I asked to speak to a supervisor and was told there was not one available, I asked for the supervisor of the super...and yet non available, so I asked who I could speak with, and they replied no one, so I asked if they were the owner of the company. I explained that I would call until I got someone on the phone who would help me. So after more threats and F bombs they repaid my account.
I just called my CC company and they did charge me 30 bucks. im calling the green millionare but their phone isnt working. How the hell do I get out of this now?! CC company that cancelling my card wont ensure that im still charged and affects my credit... is that true or what?
$89.95 was the charge in my account this morning for going over the 14 day limit to "csncel" the ebook I sigened up to. Beware, I believe it could be 14 days from the date it was shipped. I didn't catch the "catch" in the "free" book. I need to pay more attention.... next time. I called 877 213 823 8238. It takes about 13 mins to get the charge reversed (in 7-14 working days, that's like over three weeks, boy are they making money, hand over fist I'd say). I went in outraged and pushy, it was about 7 mins, after using the threat of the BBB and asking for their full address, before they put me on hold for 5 mins and 13 mins in I got a promise of a refund. Hang in there, get your money back. This guy is obviously the "Greenback Millionare".
This is one of the worst scams I have come in contact with in a long time. $29.95 every 60 days for an eMagazine. Seriously?? I had NO idea this charge was coming after I ordered my "free" book. Even after the charge, I have watched the commercial multiple times. I think you must have an 80 inch TV and watch it in super slow motion to catch the fine print. Really, I am embarrassed that I fell for this and paid for the extra charge. I think this company should be ashamed of using the "green earth" concept to simply make a TON of $$ through a scam. Truly shameless, from my point of view.
Thanks for this information. i 've been wondering about this since I see it on television constantly. I was about to look into what it was about when I came across your post. i assumed it was another scam but had to verify. Thanks again.
Same here!!!My bad I should have read the terms and conditions. Anyway I just call customer care today and they promised they will refund the $29.95 to my credit card.
I called today and spoke with one of their customer service representatives. Thanks to Micahel Orth above who found the number. It is nowhere to be found in the "free" book and their website doesn't seem to be working. The phone # for Green Millionare is 1-877-213-8238. What worked for me is the following (speak with authority-they took YOUR money and you want it BACK--remember, say what you mnean, mean what you say, BUT DON'T SAY IT MEAN. As soon as the rep says hello, disarm them with a very positive, cheerful statement like, "Hi ___________, how are you?? "Is you day going well?". Next tell them you're an attorney, or that you have consulted one. I need to cancel the subscription to The Green Millionaire e-newsletter and get a refund for my $____________ (my case was $29.95). They'll say "I'll see if I can help you out", at which point you'll say, "I appreciate it, _____________ (say his or her name throughout the call-people LOVE to hear the sound of their own name!). Next, say, "I'm really glad you're helping me ___________(name) because I started the paperwork for a lawsuit, but now I can throw it way--that is, if you refund my money" Politely end the call when he helps you. Unlike the fellow above, NO F-BOMBS. You catch more flies with honey. Best of luck.


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