So it looks like the scammers have woken up a sleeping giant. or shall I say THE sleeping giant Months ago I reported how you should pretty much avoid ANY of these nonsensical Google Work At Home products or so called opportunities. But Google's finally said, enough is enough and has started suing these shady work at home companies. Yeah!!!
But for awhile Google was pretty quiet about these scams and let them advertise on their search engines & partner sites. But eventually the "poopy" hit the fan & the FTC went all medieval on one of the best known scammers Google Money Tree. At that point, Google made a smart decision and banned these type of Google work at home products from all their web properties.
However just like roaches scatter when the lights come on, most of these con artists just started advertising on Google's competitors and other sites that would have them. Some were smart enough and flipped up the scam a bit by changing the name or the shady product being pushed. But most kept to business as usual.
As a result of this, the damage to Google's reputation continued to forge on. I did my best to try to enlighten folks with my articles like the one that discussed Fake News Sites promoting these Google scams. But not everyone is as fortunate as you to read this blog. Consequently a lot of folks presumed that Google was in cahoots with these companies. Naturally, they concluded if Google wasn't down with the company, they would just sue the pants off these con artists and be done with them. But to our collective shock, they failed to do so initially. I've argued the biggest reason for this was because most of the con artists did include tiny itty bitty terms of conditions or disclaimers. They basically read as follows: "We're not down with Google even though we use their name in our product and their logo."
However I think what Google failed to see at the time was that these scammy sites were sending mixed signals. It's like a woman wearing a low cut top, with a push bra and "the girls" spilling out of them and then giving you a "stank" look because you can't keep your eyes on her face. Most guys would think, why wear the shirt? And most job seekers felt sort of the same way with the Google work at home scams. So the damage was already done and now Google has realized the error in their ways and trying to make it right by going to town with lawsuits against these con artists. Look, I know some folks are moaning that it's a bit late and after the fact. But I'm a big believer in better late than never.
Fighting scammy advertisers is always going to be an uphill battle for Google or any website for that matter in terms of resources and potential loss of revenue. Some folks seems to want to gang up on Google right now for their late action. But have any of you ever watched TV, read a magazine or newspaper? There are tons of questionable ads listed in all these mediums and have been for years. It's not a new phenomenon.
This begs the question, when do we as "grown ass" adults take responsibilities for our actions? When I got scammed a few times, I quickly learned that I should always do my research when considering any work at home option. I wasn't mad at the website that I found this ad on. I was mad at myself for not knowing better. We all learned this lesson early on as children usually with a painful experience such as touching a hot stove or iron. You pretty much learned never to do that again. So why as adults aren't we applying the same logic?
Getting scammed was a powerful lesson for me. It taught me the importance of research and taking responsibility for one's actions. It's a lesson I still practice to this very day and the advice I constantly share with all of you. I take the advice to heart so much that most of the time I won't answer questions like "Is company x a scam?". Instead I will direct you to visit my work at home scams page and watch my little scam video. Why? Because I feel it's a skill that you need to learn that will help you throughout your work at home career and other situations. If I fish for you, you'll never learn how to fend for yourself. What would happen if I died or the site disappears? By learning the researching skill you'll always be able to know the real. But more importantly you will probably share this skill with others. Eventually you make it very hard for these con-artists to make a living. And besides I'm all about empowering folks to make their own decisions not to be a flock of sheep that follow everything that Eddy the shepard says.
So that's my two cents about Google suing these work at home scammers. I applaud them and think it's a good thing. Because honestly their lack of action was really hurting them in terms of a brand perspective. Truth be told, I don't think lawsuits or even FTC regulations will stop scam artists. It will definitely hurt them and make them think twice. However in my humble opinion, the best way to stop scams is to empower us the users with knowledge and sharing of information. Because there are billions more of us as a collective internet community than there will ever be at the FTC, BBB or any law firm. For that matter we probably out number all the con-artists too.
With that said, do you part. Stop skimming through helpful articles from credible sources especially when they deal with scams. Were you just doing it? Ultimately your impatience can lead to a really bad situation and who will be to blame at that point? So do yourself a favor and visit my work at home scams page, watch the video, read the articles and comments. Then start doing your own research. Share your experiences there and other sites when it makes sense.
At the end of the day, save yourself, don't wait for others to save you. We already know that bailouts don't really work out all that well. So that's just my two cents. It's a philosphy that has kept me scam free for a number of years now. You do what you feel is best for you. But be prepared to live with the consequences.
In any event I've found some new work at home jobs. But before we get to them, let's get some housekeeping items out the way to prevent any confusion, hateful comments, threats, demands, etc… You know who you are.
– The leads have been screened to the best of my ability. But when in doubt, head over to our scam section by clicking here. Then proceed to follow the simple steps of our scam video & read some of the existing scams listed on that page. Within that vast information you should be able to easily determine if any company is scam. And remember scam artists don't always ask for fees. (See Package Forward, Check Cashing, & Cash4Gold Scams)
– Please keep in mind I CAN'T make jobs magically appear to fit your needs or locations. Although I wish I could. But what I find, is what I list! This will change from week to week. So as long as you're a loyal subscriber & stay faithful to me, you'll be the first to know. But if you decide to stray & leave me for a younger & hotter site, then you risk missing out on some good leads.
– It should be noted we're a U.S. based site, so most of our job leads will be in America. Look, It's nothing personal against you or your nation. I don't believe in drinking "hatorade". (Eddy loves all people.) So that's why I've created an international work at home job page for people that live outside the U.S. Click here to visit it now.
– I'm not personally affiliated with the employers or companies listed below unless otherwise noted. So any question or issues should be addressed with the companies directly.
– And finally, some of you may be visiting this page all after the fact. This may mean the jobs listed below are no longer available. Again, there isn't anything I can do about that. If you're subscriber, just patiently wait for my next job lead post. Or you can visit my other site www.WorkAtHomeCareers.com to see if we've posted similar jobs there or check out our work at home companies page.
Good luck either way! If you like what we're doing please show your love in the comment field below the jobs or share this page with others. By the way if you do land a job or start making money because of what you've learned on this site, then shout it out in the comment field so we know folks are succeeding. Hey, even I need a little encouragement sometimes too.
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8 thoughts on “Google Work At Home Lawsuit & Job Leads for 12.11.09”
The Hits 4 pay site is a scam.
And who do we need to notify that the hits 4 pay.com is scam?
And eddy how do we find legit sites?
From chris Woodford
Thanks for sharing your opinion but I beg to differ. I’ve been working with them for months and have been paid every month. I actually know several other people that have been paid as well. That being said, I know some folks don’t think being paid a few cents to read email is worth their time. In stead of just passing on the opportunity and sticking to traditional jobs like the ones listed above, they run around labeling a company like hits4pay a scam.
Unfortunately that seems to be common place in this industry. Someone doesn’t like a company’s given policy and now it’s a scam. So to each their own. But if you want to report them you can contact the BBB. But from my understanding you have to give them more than that you think it’s a scam.
This is such great news! I wrote about this work-at-home scam back in June 09 and it seems since then that Pacific Web Works has increased their scam ads. I’ve seen the ads on numerous blogs, websites and social networking sites like Twitter. I have actually turned down many advertising requests from people who are trying to promote this scam. While I believe people must do their due diligence when researching an opportunity, bloggers and website owners also need to help the efforts by promoting products in which they can legitimately support. This is the policy that I follow on my blog, The Work at Home Woman.
Wow Eddy – I started to send you an e-mail about it the minute it hit CNN and by the time I got around to it, you had already covered it! I agree – quite frankly, I think they could have easily stuck it to scammers a long time ago based on the “seemingly confusing” language of most proprietary laws. And if Google had been – or even now would – read your blog, it would give them a “heads up” on the type of things that could be impacting their business!
Great post, Eddy. It should do something to counteract the victim attitude that many people have. “Why is this happening to me?” If you take responsibility for your decisions, you can plot your future.
The reference to teaching someone to fish is right on the money:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The “girls” Eddy?
Lawd, you’re a mess and have seen the Hanes/Playtex commercial one too many times. lol
However, in your articles you do tend to be candid and always tell it like it is … so that analogy was no exception. 🙂
Moving right along … lol, I do give Google two thumbs way up and ALL their props for everything they have done and are continuing to do to put the scammers in their proper place. Google has my complete support in their efforts.
I totally agree that as adults and individuals it is ultimately our responsibility to do our part by conducting research to help keep ourselves and others as safe from scam as possible.
Be safe people … do your research! Routinely make it a part of your daily web activities.
Great info Eddy. Keep it coming! It will be interesting to see what analogy you will use next. lol
All I can say is, YAHHHOOOOO!! I hope Google has some really good lawyers. I wish them much success. But, like freedom, Google will have to maintain eternal vigilance on these thieves. I too have been burned a couple of times. So, to Google, I’d say, “Go get’em!”.
Trust me, Google has the best of everyone on their team. They’re not a billion dollar company by accident. They hire the best of the best in all areas. So these scam artists won’t have much of a chance. They better just settle out of court. I think Google has learned their lesson and will probably figure out a way to better police some of the shady advertisers. Trust me they’re constantly change things. As an internet marketer I’m constantly reading about the “Google Slaps” on advertiser’s Google adwords accounts. But a lot of times it’s because they’re doing shady things. So Google has always been fighting these folks privately. But now they’re doing it publicly and with lawyers because the scammers crossed a line. lol
You already know I’m a hot mess and just say what I feel. lol I did enough posturing in Corporate America and now that I’m free of them I can really be me. Fortunately most of you deal with my craziness in a favorable way. I’m sure I’ll have another “Eddyism” for your enjoyment next week. In any event, I’m glad you agree with me regarding folks talking responsibility for themselves by doing their research. I think if more people did this, it will really be hard for these con-artist to pull the nonsense they do. Thanks for chiming in as usual.
Glad you like the post. The victim mentality is something we all go through. But then you have to reach a point and need to make a change. If someone keeps punching your face, logic dictates you should probably move, block or punch back. I would argue most people do this instinctively. But when it comes to this work at home industry it seems like folks are more inclined to wait for someone else to step in. And that’s a recipe for two black eyes and some lost teeth. So hopefully this article will inspire people not to be the punching bag anymore. By the way I’m glad you picked up on my not so allusive reference to that chinese proverb. It’s one I really believe in and try to cram down the throats of my visitors. I know I’ve lost some people because of this action, but these are the folks that will ignore the advice and wonder why they got scammed. In any event, thanks for sharing your two cents. It was appreciated.
Thanks for thinking about me when you saw the article. Truth be told I’ve been reading all the articles since the new broke out but decided to wait to write about it so it coincided with the job leads posts. I totally agree with your comments. But Google knew about the issue for a while and had posts about it in their blogs way before the lawsuit. I just don’t think they realized the impact it was having on their brand. But even that is weird because they collect so much data about their user searches. They would easily see the jump in search references to their company name and work at home. After all they have a trends tool. So I don’t know what was going on behind the scenes. But at the end of the day they have reacted and it’s not going to be a good thing for these con artist. Thanks for chiming in.