I was a victim of this scam!

I was a victim of the Google Treasure Chest Scam. I can tell you from experience that they are unscrupulous con artists and my advice is "Stay Away from them". Do be very wary of any offers that toot the "Google" name as part of their offer as they are not connected with the "Google" search engine.
Please read about my experience with "Google Treasure Chest" so you will be better informed about how these scams work.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Using the "Google" connection

All of these type scams are trading on the "Google" name as this places their ads and websites high on the search scale to be found, plus, most surfers trust that the "Google" connection means it is legitimate. What these scams have in common is that they bait you with some kind of "kit" which you think is your only cost. What they are really selling is membership in worthless websites filled with ads and software that can be found for free anywhere on the internet. What they are neglecting to do is inform the consumer that their intent is to enroll you in a monthly membership and pass your financial information on to other cohorts. Just having an obscure link of terms and conditions that is buried at the bottom of the page is not sufficient to fulfill FTC dot com law on showing what their intent is. The law requires that businesses must show disclosure (intent) in clear and conspicious easily read disclosure near where you submit your financial information if other terms or conditions are part of the transaction and should also have a place for you to check showing that you understand that further debits are going to be made when you submit the transaction and your financial information. All terms and conditions of a transaction should be disclosed before they have your financial information. These scammers are claiming you should have read the t/c before you signed up but they are the ones that are not complying with FTC law on clearly and conspiciously publishing their t/c along side where you submit financial information so you can make an informed decision.

If you are looking to make money on the internet and see ads for work, work at home, get rich, make money easy, etc,,all with a connection appearing like it is from "Google Search Inc." you can be sure that it is not being sponsored by "Google". The only type of things that I know of that "Google" sponsors for you to make money are the adsense and affiliate programs that they offer for free. If you run across any glowing ads where they make it appear like it is from "Google" you need to research that offer on the internet very thoroughly. You will probably find that it is being reported as a scam!

Another method that the con artists are using is creating websites that look like a newspaper article that "Toot" some particular scam and try to make it appear legitimate. Be wary of these and investigate them also. If they have lots of links to the scam website where you can sign up then you can be sure it is a "Bait" website to draw you into the scam. The newspaper does not exist because if the con artist used a real newspaper name for the scam they would be open for liable.
The same rule of caution applies to any other type of well known corporation such as TV networks, magazines, etc. that appears to recommend one of these type scams.

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Please go read this http://dailyartist.hyperphp.com/tan//042209infusionmedia_pop.pdf to see how Texas Attorney General views these scams.

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