‘Jobs with Google’: Search engine giant sues alleged scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to reports, Google has filed a law suit against a US firm alleged to have used their trademark to advertise “working from home” kits.

Salt Lake City-based Pacific WebWorks is in the firing line because of allegations that it directed job applicants to pay shipping and handling costs for a “free” kit that would show them how to make money from home with Google. However, credit cards are said to have been stung repeatedly with ongoing fees of between $50 and $79.90, while job seekers were left with no hope of the promised income.

It’s possible that a number of people will have fallen for bogus “working from home schemes” as the recession hit hard, and we’ve seen evidence of the scams being distributed widely via spam and social networks like Twitter:

By presenting the “working from home” scheme as a real news story, some users may…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.