Google Money Tree

In July 2009, the FTC took action against the online marketers behind "Google Money Tree,"  which also operated under names like "Google Pro" and "Google Treasure Chest." The FTC alleged that the defendants had charged hidden fees to people's credit card and bank accounts. According to the FTC, the defendents deceptively used the name and logo of the Internet search company Google Inc. and falsely promised that people could earn $100,000 in six months to lure people into divulging their financial account information. The charge was supposed to pay a modest shipping fee for a work-at-home kit, but many people were unaware that the fee for the kit would trigger recurring monthly charges of $72.21. Moreover, the defendants were not affiliated with Google Inc., and their work-at-home product did not provide a method for earning the income promised, the FTC alleged.

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