Google is starting to take those to court who use the Google name to scam money from unsuspecting consumers. Google is fighting back in the hopes of closing down the websites that use its name or logo to trick people. Consumers need to be aware that sites that offer the following information are scams and should be avoided. Google describes the sites as:

“Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!” You may have seen offers like these using Google’s name or logo that sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are, and, despite hundreds of consumer complaints and our own efforts to keep these sites from tricking people, some scams continue. To fight back, we’re working to stop various fraudulent “Google Money” schemes, and this week filed suit against Pacific WebWorks and several other unnamed defendants.

We can solve only part of the problem — the rest is up to you. Just as you should be careful about giving out financial information in the real world, you should be skeptical and review any offers online before sending any information, and always be on guard when presented with an offer that seems too good to be true. Below is a significantly abridged list of some names that we know are suspect. For more tips on how to spot a scam online or what to do if you think you or someone you know has been tricked.

Be careful out there in Internet land. Don’t fall for any of these scams. If it is too good to be true, it most likely is.

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