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.