As huge corporations go, Google’s a pretty cuddly one, but according to the search giant itself, everyone should be careful about offers of employment or wealth that involve its name. “Google Money” scammers represent a growing problem that the company is trying to combat.
|Google Goes After Impersonator Scammers|
A post on the Official Google Blog announced today, “[D]espite hundreds of consumer complaints and our own efforts to keep these sites from tricking people, some scams continue. To fight back, we’re working to stop various fraudulent ‘Google Money’ schemes, and this week filed suit against Pacific WebWorks and several other unnamed defendants.”
The post then added, “[W]e’re still working constantly to remove scammy URLs from our index, and we’ll permanently disable AdWords accounts that provide a poor or harmful user experience, whether or not they use Google’s trademarks illegally.”
The problem continues to exist, though.
So fair warning: The scams are known to operate under names like the Earn Google Cash Kit, Google Adwork, Google ATM, Google Biz Kit, Google Cash, Google Fortune, Google Marketing Kit, Google Profits, Google StartUp Kit, Google Works, and the Home Business Kit for Google. From there, they tend to be fairly standard make-money-from home affairs.
As always, stay sharp.