One of Kathy's relatives who lives in the Midwest sent her an email containing a link to a site with an article about a Spokane mom who makes thousands of dollars a month using her computer. That right there is a clue that a scam is on the horizon. I downloaded the image of the Spokane mom named Theresa Andrews from the site and searched for it using the Google.
Notice the sites give the appearance they are news sites. A couple of them somewhat honestly display "Advertisement" or "Advertorial" at the top, but it's not that noticeable. It doesn't look like Kathy, or anybody else, is going to make thousands of dollars with her computer.
This scam has been around for a couple of years now. It appears to be a news report. You pay some money thinking you're going to get in on making riches, (which you might be if you were the one making the fake ads), and you get screwed.