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Google Sues Online Company

April 05, 2010
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An online company, who Google is suing for offering fraudulent work offers, reported an increase in revenues this year. Pacific WebWorks announced that corporate revenues and profits went up in 2009 on the back of their success in the Web hosting business.

Google accused Pacific WebWorks of putting out deceptive work ads on the Internet and using Google's brand name without permission. Pacific WebWorks advertised lucrative and easy work at home schemes on the Internet. A lot of people were easily enticed since the programs were marketed as free. However, once they signed up they will be informed that they would have to pay for an instructional DVD. Because of ingenious tactics, most customers would not be aware that upon enrolment, they will be obligated to pay monthly fees in the range of $50 to $80.

A lot of customers reported not receiving the DVD and not getting online jobs or work as promised by Pacific WebWorks. This caused a surge of complaints against the company with a lot of people demanding for refunds and threatening legal action. However, it would be difficult for these people to get their money back since Pacific WebWorks cleverly inserted enrolment guidelines in fine print.

Another draw to this fraudulent program is that the company promotes it under the Google brand. However, Google denies any ties or links with Pacific WebWorks. The company also posted "success" stories from people to further lend credibility to their scheme. However, it was established later that the names and characters used by Pacific WebWorks in their campaign were spurious and fictitious.

Authorities reported that deceptive work at home campaigns have been on the rise lately, employing clever tactics that snag a lot of unsuspecting consumers. One company that currently advertises "sneaky" online work campaigns is One Web Site. The company sells business kits that on the surface look to be inexpensive and cheap. However, if one fails to cancel his subscription after the trial period, he will be charged monthly fees by the company. This provision is cleverly incorporated in fine print which a lot of customers find too tedious to examine. Authorities said that the company can be charged with disclosure violations if found that their subscription guidelines are not clearly presented and explained.

Pacific WebWorks could be in for more trouble as credit card companies like Visa penalize merchants who receive a lot of refund requests. Lately the company's dedicated call center, which is based in the Philippines have been receiving a deluge of customer complaints. A lot of the calls involve a demand for refund and complaints regarding deceptive marketing practices.

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  • Larry
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  • Deborah Ellsworth
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  • Miss Edna
    there is a huge problem with the RFIP chip: it is easily compromised. There are already 'readers' in the form of what looks like a cellphone in a case, that scans all the info in the chip by merely walking near a person -- this 'reader' penetrates leather, cloth, spandex, etc. The only thing it will NOT penetrate is METAL. Perhaps one has seen commercials touting metal credit card cases. Here is my hint for a free fix: cut a piece of aluminum foil or use the foil that is used to keep foods fresh, like coffee. Cut it so that when folded once, it forms a sleeve for your credit card. place the credit card in the sleeve, then place the sleeve in your wallet.
  • Robin Parks
    I am looking to apply for the AARP Visa signature card from Chase that offers $100 after spend $500 in first 3 months, no annual fee and 0% interest first year; I don't want to mail in offer because of having to write in Social security #. Can you direct me to the proper on-line site?
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  • CreditLandCom
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  • SavingStar
    Thank you for posting about SavingStar. Just to clarify one sentence in your article, we have over 5 million members (not 500). Thanks, Josh
  • CreditLandCom
    Sorry for the misprint. We’ve corrected the sentence. Thank you for noticing that.
  • Eric
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