Google Keeps Money For Illegal Olympics Ads

Jan 12, 2012 • 8:16 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google News & Finances

London OlympicsThe BBC reports Google admitted to profiting from selling ads to scammers selling illegal and fake Olympics tickets for the summer 2012 Olympics.

The report says that Google "keeps any money it might make from companies advertising illegal services before such adverts are removed."

Google did remove the ads after the BBC reported them to Google. But that money stays in Google's pockets.

In short, the scammers pay Google to place the ads on the Google search results or Google content network. Google takes a per click fee on each ad click. Google then was notified the ads were a scam and removed them. Google is not returning that money back to the scammers.

The question is, should they?

Selling fake tickets to the Olympics is a criminal offense, but was Google selling them? If they were not, should they give money back to the criminals? It would be nice if they gave some of those funds to those who were scammed but honestly, I wouldn't expect that from them.

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Sell My Mobile

01/12/2012 01:33 pm

Or use the money as a donation to a charity.

Michael J. Kovis

01/12/2012 04:06 pm

Indeed, it would be nice to see them give back the money to those scammed...  But this is all kind of a double-edged sword.  Those that were scammed could have been a little more careful about what they were purchasing online.


01/13/2012 12:46 pm

"Google did remove the ads after the BBC reported them to Google. But that money stays in Google's pockets." WAT!?? i think you need to check your grammar and story, also please link to your source of the BBC outing Google.

Barry Schwartz

01/13/2012 12:47 pm

There is a link to BBC.


01/13/2012 01:10 pm

Oh, strange situation, I've never thought that Google can provide criminal things. Anyway, such situation before the Olympic Games is not good at all. 


01/17/2012 11:26 am

Fair enough if you ask me. Most of it will be from Google Adwords vouchers anyway I bet.

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