$2 Million Refunded From "Google Money Tree" Scam by Chris Trayhorn, Publisher of mThink Blue Book, September 20, 2012 The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 93,086 refund checks totaling nearly $2.3 million to consumers who allegedly were charged hidden fees tied to a bogus work-at-home product. By deceptively using the name and logo of the Internet search company Google Inc. and falsely promising that consumers could earn $100,000 in six months, the FTC charged, defendants lured consumers into divulging their financial account information to pay a modest shipping fee for a work-at-home kit. Many consumers were unaware, however, that the fee for the kit would trigger recurring monthly charges of $72.21, because the defendants did not adequately disclose the charges, according to the FTC’s lawsuit. Filed under: Capital Management, Regulation and Compliance Tagged under: Fraud, Home, Industry About the Author Chris Trayhorn, Publisher of mThink Blue Book Chris Trayhorn is the Chairman of the Performance Marketing Industry Blue Ribbon Panel and the CEO of mThink.com, a leading online and content marketing agency. He has founded four successful marketing companies in London and San Francisco in the last 15 years, and is currently the founder and publisher of Revenue+Performance magazine, the magazine of the performance marketing industry since 2002.