Google Begins Banning Google AdWords Scams

Jul 6, 2009 • 9:01 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords
 

On June 29th we reported that the Google scams were getting worse. In short, people have been promoting fake Google payout systems, such as Google Money Kit or Money System, along with dozens of other names, to convince people that Google is giving people a way to earn quick bucks. Google does have publisher programs like AdSense and other programs, but not these get rich quick scams.

It has been going on for a long time and I was kind of getting sick of it recently. Now, I am seeing reports that Google is taking action against not just the Google scams but other potential scams advertised through the Google AdWords system.

A Google AdWords Help thread has several advertisers complaining they have been banned from AdWords. The email being sent to advertisers is:

It's come to our attention that you have submitted ads that promote Google Money Tree or ads that promote a misrepresented affiliation with Google. Due to multiple complaints from our users and publishers, we've made the decision not to accept these ads.

This is a notification that your account has been suspended due to the submission of these ads and your ads will no longer run on Google. Please note that future accounts you open will also be suspended.

These don't seem to be fake emails, so this seems like Google is finally enforcing their terms of service. Kim said Google began enforcing the policy on July 1st. About time!

I just hope that some innocent advertisers didn't get hit by friendly fire.

Forum discussion at Google AdWords Help.

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Comments:

No Name

07/06/2009 02:42 pm

Finally!..These ads are all over the internet on mainstream media sites like CNN, ESPN.com or Yahoo internal pages too.

Elliot

07/06/2009 04:51 pm

There are some Internet Marketing products out there that do seem a little shady, but these ones take the cake - if you read the fine print there are 3 different monthly subscriptions that get added to your credit card. Sure you get a 7 day trial for free, but what most people don't realize is the trial usually starts once you hit the submit button and not when your access starts (which you have to wait for in the mail!) Anyway, I'm glad to see someone finally stepping up and putting an end to these scams.

No Name

07/06/2009 06:53 pm

We had a someone contact us offering to pay $1000's a month if we could just start up his adwords account for him....he obviously wanted to run it for a few days and then claim fraud! I told him I could not make any changes in his account unless I had it in writing and he paid his first month. He of course got mad and hung up on me :-)

J Hooper

07/06/2009 09:55 pm

Going after adwords advertisers promoting these scams is great - but to make a real dent in this onslaught of online “business opportunity” / “work at home” scams - the FTC needs to go after the affiliates creating the fake blogs /fake news sites and the CPA affiliate networks which act as middlemen. It is these two groups which give the scams the oxygen they need to spread like wildfire across the internet. If you visit wickedfire.com you will find these 'guys' (they are predominantly male and aged 16 to 24) discussing their promotion of said offers with charming comments like "f**k ethics and morals, I just care about making bank" and if you visit findaffiliateoffers.com or offervault.com and enter google into the search box you will find a list of some of the CPA affiliate networks promoting these so called "bizopp offers" on behalf of their clients. (Affiliates get a bounty of around $40 for each “free trial” sign-up they recruit). So, there are actually three guilty parties involved in the deception - affiliates (responsible for some of the worst examples of misleading advertising - fake news sites, ads offering jobs, fake blogs etc), CPA affiliate networks (middlemen) and the company with the offer. Same thing and same people behind Acai offers, Govt Grants, resveratrol, teeth whitening, work from home offers, etc. Until Attorney Generals and the FTC crack down on the affiliates and the CPA networks, rather than just the original companies or individuals behind the offers, these fraudulent deceptive and misleading ads and websites will continue - as CPA affiliates and networks just shift their focus to the next offer… Many CPA affiliate networks often encourage their affiliates to use fake blogs (flogs) /news sites, use fake testimonials etc - so it’s not just a case of a few rogue affiliates but rather widespread acceptance of unethical and illegal methods within this sector of the affiliate marketing industry as “the norm”. So - best way to shut down these scams is legal action by the FTC /AG's etc against affiliates, cpa networks AND the scammers as well as coordinated action by all the major ad networks (Google Adwords, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, agencies handling media buys) [which is how the ads end up on CNN, ESPN.com etc] to prohibit fraudulent and deceptive advertising on their networks. These scams damage the efforts of anyone doing legitimate online advertising and they damage the brand perception (and consumer 'trust) not only of Google but that of online advertising and marketing in general.

damen

07/07/2009 05:49 pm

Speaking of google Adwords!! I have a blog that needs a clickn'...lol any takers?

Dean

07/10/2009 08:57 pm

Well, several advertisers have been banned by google, despite never having promoted any of these google cash scams. Unfortunately, the problem with google is their adwords-support team who appear to be clueless, powerless wonders when it comes to looking into claims that google erred.

Randy

07/13/2009 02:54 pm

Are there any truely good ways to make some honest money on the internet? Does Google have a "Google Payout System"? Thanks

Sean

07/24/2009 03:09 am

I also saw the "Google Payout System" ad and almost fell for it. I decided to investigate first before submitting my "purchase" for the kit, and found THIS page.....so I'm guessing that it IS just another of these scams?????

shaggyrandy808

08/22/2009 09:33 am

What I want to know is why does Google allow these people to miss represent who they are by leting people believe that they are Google untill they get your credit card info. Then they tell you after they got info. and your money that they are not affiliated. I feel like such a sucker. Needless to say when Google does something legit I probably wont believe it. Had to cancel credit card of 10 yrs. sucks and hate these scammers. The only way to stop these thieves is to cancel credit card. By the way you can link post by useing adverse gadgets in bloggers don't be fooled like me. Please people don't become like these evil people. It's wrong to make money this way. If you want to get these people back watch utube google scam videos. Ha Ha you'll luv it.

janet berend

01/01/2010 10:33 pm

Where's my comment I took so long to write? It had valuable information in it for anyone caught up in this scam. I am certain that I posted it at least 15 minutes ago..........

janet berend

01/01/2010 11:31 pm

Write the Attorney General of the state of Colorado regarding these Google scams. Also THe Better Business Bureau. I'll never know why it took GOOGLE so long to act in their behalf as well as that of their many subscribers. We are the ones holding the bag. It says above that they started to act in July, if I read that correctly. My credit card was chargegd on July 6th and 7th,'09. Even if one cancels their credit card with these charges, they can still turn you over to the credit giants.

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