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“Google Cash” Scammers Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million

Google wins lawsuit

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Google’s lawyers have done it again. Yesterday, the company won a lawsuit against a number of disreputable firms, getting a judge to more or less agree that they’re scammers and award Google a $1.6 million settlement.

The conflict started more than a year ago when different SEO professionals pointed out the existence of “Google Cash” scams. Organizations pretending to be affiliated with Google would promote expensive get-rich-quick schemes using Google’s own ads.

That caused Google to file a lawsuit, and the company didn’t hold back when pursuing Bloosky Interactive, Crush, Hyper Interactive Media, Just Think Media, Pacific Webworks, Search 4 Profit, Viable Marketing, and some other entities. Google accused them of trademark infringement, federal unfair competition, violating the Lanham Act, violating the Utah Unfair Competition Act, and violating the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Now Judge Bruce S. Jenkins of the United States District Court has “permanently enjoined and restrained” all of the defendants from pretending to be associated with Google. They seem to be barred from even using the word “Google” in any fashion, for that matter.

The defendants are supposed to pay Google’s legal costs, and, as mentioned earlier, give it $1.6 million, as well.

Google may not ever see that money, of course, given how scammers, spammers, and crooks of all kind have a habit of not forking over what’s due. But the company’s at least taken definitive action to protects its users, which should earn it some goodwill.

A hat tip goes to Jason Kincaid, who supplied the relevant court document.

“Google Cash” Scammers Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million
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  • Gina

    If I turn in an address with @gmail can I get what was scammed out of
    me since google is collecting on scammers who scammed us?

    I was scammed out of $6,000.00 and I reported it to the FBI when it happen.

    So, my question is, how do I get my money back? What is the procedure???

    Thanks
    Gina

    • http://www.dollarcounts.com/ TPJaveton

      Hey Gina;

      I’m with you in the sense that there ought to be a way for the little guy/gal victim of scammers to get some justice by getting back what was scammed out of us; But you gotta believe that Google’s deep, deep, deep pockets, as well as it’s position as Web search “king”, helped in bringing the scammers in its case to justice. And, as Doug said, Google may not ever see any of that $1.6 Million anyway. It’s tough; But like anything else, you need some bucks to get your bucks back. Unfortunately!

      TPJ-

  • http://www.dollarcounts.com/ TPJaveton

    This is clearly one for the good guys! Not that I am sucking up to Google in any way; But, for everyone who is trying to conduct business on the Web the right way (sometimes at the expense of eating dirt), this ruling provides a little fuel with which to continue striving to accomplish our objectives in a manner acceptable to the online community as a whole. Bravo to that judge! Thanks.

    TPJ-

  • http://www.whoisbid.com whoisbid

    I wonder how many millions they made with the scam (if we added them all together).. Does anyone think it will be more than 10 mil?