GoogAd / Bait and switch, nonperformance, unauthorized charges
Googad is the current name of an ongoing Internet fraud scam. The methodology is to mooch off the good name of a successful company (ebay, Wal-Mart, and Google so far), use that company's logo on an authentic-looking Web site (and some favorable quotes about the company they are exploiting). They want a small charge ($3.87 in my case, the OLD price for Priority Mail) to send an information packet, and of course we authorize such a small charge to an account that they can then tap at will until you stop them. The packet (or cd or dvd or whatever else they claim will tell you the whole wonderful story) is never mailed. Call the offshore boiler room and try to translate what the poor operators are scripted to tell you. Request that the packet be sent. They'll promise to do so, but won't.
Meanwhile, you are waiting for something in the mail before you make any decisions about their program of making money while you sleep so you can party and vacation instead of working. They e-mail a password and tell you down in the body that you have a seven-day free trial, after which they will start billing. I do not trust an outfit that offers to mail information but then switches to an e-mail deal that requires a login. Who knows what they do or claim once they get you to appear to have signed up for the service by logging in?
I responded to their ad because a friend of mine had told me that he was starting to make a nice little income from using the keyword searching pay-per-click potential of the Internet. He didn't explain how it worked very clearly, so I thought I'd spend the four bucks for some information on the point. Bad decision.
Their "terms and conditions" agreement is a fraud. It's a classic "adhesion" contract with "illusory" promises. I'm a lawyer, and this stuff is beyond belief. They retain the right to change the terms and conditions at will at any time by simply changing the wording of their "agreement" on the Web site; no notice to you of the changes, and no effort to gain your consent to modifying the "contract". This means that whatever they promise to do for you is illusory, because they can get out of anything they don't like unilaterally without even telling you that they've changed the deal behind your back. That's not a contract because it's not an enforceable agreement. They also assert that you waive any claim for damages arising from anything having to do with them, including (take a deep breath here) A BREACH OF THE AGREEMENT. Any contract that requires one party to waive action on a breach of the agreement by the other party is not a contract at all.
This criminal enterprise has, according to what I've found so far, pulled this same scam under the following names:
and something under godaddy.
The boiler room toadies say the company is a Utah corporation named MSERV. The Utah Attorney General's office has an open investigation going into e-pro auctions and welcomes any information anyone has about this scam. Find the AG's office at www.consumerpro.utah.gov.