Google’s changes lately have been quite thorough. They’ve made changes for AdWords, they’re changing the way the search engine itself operates, and now they’re coming out to take a stand against online scams.
In particular, the schemes for how to “work-at-home” to use Google and make a ton of money are starting to get shut down by Google. Google is starting to file lawsuits against these companies to bring them down.
For most people, these are familiar schemes – you see them in banner ads, with text like “Use Google to make 1000s of Dollars!”. They generally operate by having a kit you send out for and then have you set up for automatic billing once a month (and many people don’t realize there’s automatic billing).
CNN has a bit more detail in this story. I did find it rather amusing that under this story in their sponsored links, one of the ads said “I’m glad I lost my job! Jobless Dad makes $6493/month working online from home. Read how he…”