Posted December 22, 2009 2:29 pm by with 13 comments

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Earlier this month, Google revealed it was filing suit against Pacific WebWorks (and other yet-to-be-named parties) for infringing on its trademark. Pacific WebWorks was among the companies running a “Google Work from Home” scam, advertising a way to make money off Google, to be learned through an inexpensive kit (and hidden, exorbitant recurring fee—which always enhances my learning experience).

Pacific WebWorks was also using Google’s logo and representing its kit and other services as endorsed by the search giant.

Pacific WebWorks issued a statement yesterday saying that they had reached an “agreement in principle” to settle and would be complying with Google’s request for expedited discovery. So either they think they’re innocent or they’re ready to sweep this all under the rug as fast as possible.

So, if they’re agreed and moving toward a settlement, why do we need discovery? Discovery is the phase of the trial where each of the parties share pertinent documents—so perhaps Google is demanding this to find the other companies it believes are running the scams. Google said earlier this month that, “upon information and belief,” the other scammers were materially connected with Pacific WebWorks.

Does this mean that the Google work from home scams will stop? Maybe in this iteration—but the whole thing is just a play on an old theme. Read any classifieds section and you’ll see more of the same. Hopefully scammers will think twice about using Google’s name and pretending to have its endorsement, but this scam will probably never go away completely.

What do you think? Will the case really be over that quickly?


  • I find it funny how these sites have been doing this for years yet Google has willingly ran their ads via Adwords. Now it’s a problem? Hmmm…
    .-= Mike Stenger´s last blog ..Why It’s Not Always Best To Go Against The Grain =-.

    • Good point mike. That is weird how they let it slip through the cracks for so long.

      I am glad this “make a MILLION dollars at home from google” scams are coming to an end. Those pop-ups were becoming super annoying.

      Wonder what will take its place? =P
      .-= David Wells´s last blog ..How to aggregate Social Media Photo Sharing with MobyPicture =-.

  • Whatever the case, Yahoo will be there to make their cut, just like in the Refund Rewards scam. Yahoo Jobs was the number one lister of these Google logo thieving scum. More will follow, with Yahoo leading the way online, taking their cut of the ill gotten booty fleeced from thousands of desperate unemployed suckers.
    .-= FedUp2´s last blog ..Social network exposes kids to porn and danger. =-.

  • when working from home meant clicking on google ads that made google money, why would they care that it was actually costing companies that advertised on google more money. They have made millions from these people, I wonder what has changed though.

    Maybe someone found a way to prove that google was brushing the issue aside before cause they were making money.

  • Thanks Jordan for this interesting post. It’s interesting to see another kind of scam out there. I was kinda gullible before. Am just glad those days are over. Am now simply entertained reading how scammers use new tricks.

    They will never run out of new tricks since “There’s a sucker born every minute” as P.T. Barnum says.

    .-= Jose Anajero´s last blog ..Merry Christmas To All =-.

  • I’ll be surprised if that’s the last we’ve heard of the case altogether. Like others have said, I’ve thought it odd that the scams went on for as long as they did before Google decided enough was enough, but when you consider that they were making money from the scams being in existence it gets a little more confusing.
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  • This is only one scam sites you have shown, I have seen many websites like this, who advertise on google adwords, they just take the people’s money and run away, there are tons of scams sites on internet who cheat users…. i still dont understand why people pay them.. and this will continue to happen, unless people themselves are aware…

  • Jordan,

    The original complaint was against Pacific Webworks and DOES 1-50, this probalby means that Pacific Webworks is co-operating in the discovery process to try to cover who Does 1-50 are – although as Michael Webster at pointed out there are certainly much easier ways to get this information (assuming it’s even possible to uncover) so it seems strange that Google is going about it this way.

  • Yes, I covered that in the previous article about the filing, linked above as well, and mentioned it in the article when I said, “so perhaps Google is demanding this to find the other companies it believes are running the scams. Google said earlier this month that, ‘upon information and belief,’ the other scammers were materially connected with Pacific WebWorks.”

  • Oh. Yep. Not sure how I missed that.

  • It amazed me how far this scam extended. I had both my father and my father-in-law ask me if it was legitimate. Neither bought into it, thank goodness.

    Like a lot of people, I’m just amazed that Google let it be fore so long. Seeing scams in general doesn’t surprise me anymore – people are so desperate to earn money from home that they will fall for what seem to me to be amazingly transparent scams.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..End of the Year Cleanup – Clean Your Desk =-.

  • This case will end quickly as a settlement will be reached soon but the proliferation of google scams will continue as long as we have the internet. The fear of people beating each other to quick money will always exist. With this fear comes dishonest business practices.
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..Work At Home: How To Move Into Efficient Action =-.