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Windows 7 - possible scam - John C. Kirk
Feb. 26th, 2010
03:26 pm -
Windows 7 - possible scam
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February 27th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Various people there claim that they've complained to Google. In particular,
provides links to the complaint forms. I would hope that they've sent along copies of the letter from Microsoft, although nobody's explicitly said that. (Nobody's posted a scanned copy of the letter, but it would be pretty easy to fake one, so that wouldn't really prove anything anyway.)
Basically, I agree with what you're saying: Google can't do detailed background checks on everyone who places an ad, so it's only fair to criticise them if they've actually been sent proof that the company is acting illegally but continue to run the advert. I don't have any real facts here, and it's possible that the company is in fact completely legit, so on reflection I may have been a bit harsh towards Google when I wrote the post earlier.
This is probably irrational, but sponsored links feel different to other search results. In this case, I wasn't actually looking for a place to buy Windows 7, so I only went to that website because Google "suggested" it, so it seemed more trustworthy. I now know that I need to be more suspicious of those links, which is a useful tip for the future.