Google gets wrapped up in fake job scam

August 31, 2009 6:01:12 PM PDT
With so many unemployed these days, ads promoting "work at home" jobs with Google would be enticing.

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"So I clicked on the ad, and it said Google, so I thought, 'that's safe enough, it's Google,'" victim Laurie Roerink said.

For less than $4, Roerink was supposed to get a job kit. Instead she received a disk full of bogus materials for jobs that do not exist and a bill for $72 from company called Google Money Tree.

The ad ironically was placed through google's own automated ad service.

We have lots of automated systems in place to try to weed out any bad players; but really, it's a cat and mouse game," Google spokesperson James Morrison said.

The Federal Trade Commission has now taken action to shut down Google Money Tree and 14 other suspected job related schemes.

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