- The link made it through all the spam filters on the way to my inbox, and looked like a mail from a friend (whose computer may be infested, or AOL's server is*).
- It looks and for a while sounds like a genuine news article, not advertising.
- Even the address looks like a genuine news site address. (But notice if you go to the home page, it's the same article.)
- It cleverly inserts your own town in the article! (I got suspicious since I'm in England, but the numbers were in dollars.)
- It warns against scams, which promise too much, thus implying it is different.
Of course, to me at least, at the moment when it linked to something called "Home Wealth Solutions", it was all blown to heck. From all I've seen and heard, the only people who make money on such concepts are the ones selling them! It's really amazing, all that talk about all the money one can make, without any mention of what one is supposed to be producing or selling! It's apparently magic money appearing out of thin air!
* Update: my friend wrote: "this has happened to my husband too, who works from a different computer and has an AOL account too. And all my contacts are on the AOL server not on my computer."
It is rather disturbing how many big companies have had their servers hacked recently, sometimes with millions of customers' personal data stolen. Sony, Gmail, AOL, etc etc. It really does not encourage a lot of trust.