Dear Department of Justice:
We kindly and respectfully ask for you to launch an investigation into Google, Inc.
Google stole $38,000.00 from us in a deceptive and underhanded manner, and we can prove it. They have committed the same crimes against other people too. We can prove it.
Our complaint is being submitted per the powerful and meaningful words contained within your Financial Crimes Report to the Public, Fiscal Years 2010-2011:
The mission of the FCS is to oversee the investigation of financial fraud… The ECU is responsible for significant frauds targeted against individuals… to include corporate fraud… investment fraud schemes… and mass marketing fraud.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates matters relating to fraud, theft… characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust... committed by individuals and organizations to obtain personal or business advantage. The FBI focuses its financial crimes investigations on such criminal activities as corporate fraud… financial institution fraud… mass marketing fraud... mass-communication media… and the Internet.
"The FBI continues to coordinate with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the SEC, and other U.S. law enforcement and regulatory agencies to identify and address possible corporate fraud."
A virtually invisible and undetectable case of "Financial Crimes" and "Corporate Fraud" is being perpetrated against many people by Google, Inc. It is subtle. It is brilliant. It may have been undetected by your Department because of its subtlety and brilliance. Lack of government oversight and regulations may have also played a role in its existence. Thus, we have included our own suggested and recommended solution to the problem at the end of our complaint. This financial crime is one of Fraud, Deception, Manipulation, Anti-Business Practices, and Theft. It has been perpetrated against us. And it is being perpetrated against numerous other victims. We kindly and respectfully ask for you to identify, assimilate, and remedy the following:
Google disables AdSense accounts that generate substantial amounts of revenue so they can avoid paying out large amounts of money to end users and confiscate - - STEAL - - their money in order to increase their own financial gains. They will defend themselves by claiming they only disable AdSense accounts for "Policy Violations." And they will feign BOGUS reasons, which are nothing more than smokescreens and convenient "scapegoat" excuses that enable them to get away with it. It is a subtle, brilliant, and profitable scheme.
Significantly, determining "inappropriate" content is a "subjective" task that requires management on the part of Google. The task of making "subjective" determinations about what is "inappropriate" content demands that Google review AND communicate their "subjective" views clearly and precisely so they will not hinder the efforts of Online Internet Website Business Entrepreneurs, not to mention squandering their time and STEALING their money. It is noteworthy that this task may cause Google to violate 1st Amendment Constitutional Rights. And it provides Google with "opportunity" to cry "foul" with ulterior "motives." Money has always been a strong motivator for crimes and underhanded business practices.
Our Particular Case - Further Evidence
Google claims they disabled our AdSense accounts for "Policy Violations." But an abundance of evidence indicates that Google disabled our AdSense accounts for no other reason than to avoid paying us $29,347.00 in AdSense revenue and to ensure that $8,000.00 we spent to market our websites would be a 100% gain for them. With no AdSense revenue coming back to us from ANY of the websites we spent $8,000.00 to market, Google was guaranteed a 100% gain of $8,000.00 in addition to the AdSense revenues our websites earned for them. And Google gave three different reasons on three separate occasions for why they disabled our AdSense accounts. Why would they do that? They provided no specific Policy Violations or examples - - NONE.
Even IF that was the reason, they did not have to disable our AdSense accounts all together and discontinue Ads from running on ALL of our many various websites. The ONLY reason they had to disable our AdSense accounts all together is because that was the only way for them to confiscate ALL of our AdSense revenue. Without disabling our AdSense accounts, they could not take the revenue. Actually, that is not entirely true. They could have held back the revenue that they deemed to be from websites that were subjects of their alleged "Policy Violations." Hence, there is further evidence of their motivation to STEAL $38,000.00. The ONLY way for them to pocket $38,000.00 was to disable ALL of our AdSense accounts.
There is a tremendous amount of "subjectivity" involved with determining what might be considered "provocative," "sexually gratifying," and/or "Family Safe." Therefore, Google has an obligation and responsibility to provide clear distinctions and/or a review process that will facilitate and assist Online Internet Website Business Entrepreneurs, as opposed to limiting, minimizing, restricting, and/or disabling them. A failure to do so can only be interpreted as a fault within Google's management and operating system (mismanagement), which leaves them open to liabilities. Or it is an intentional loophole that enables Google to make unilateral and discriminatory decisions about which AdSense accounts they can disable and at what point in time they can decide to disable them. In our case they decided to disable them at a point in time when there was $38,000.00 up for grabs. What level of motivation might that prompt?
Google claims they disabled our AdSense accounts for "Policy Violations." Yet, they provided no specific reasons. They did not identify what the alleged policy violations were. And they provided no specific examples - - NONE. Two (2) of our AdSense accounts (my wife's and mine) were up and running uninterrupted for nearly three years prior to being disabled. And they both had AdSense Ads running on a variety of websites with a variety of content. Surely Google isn't claiming that ALL of our websites are in violation? We MUST have some websites that Google would deem to be fine. So why didn't they simply provide us with advanced notice as to which websites were subjects of Policy Violations so we could fix the alleged violations, rather than disabling our AdSense accounts all together? It was so they could confiscate - - STEAL - - the AdSense revenue from ALL of our websites and ensure the money we spent marketing our websites was a 100% gain for them.
Google disabled our AdSense accounts without providing us with ANY fair and proper advanced notice. No notice was provided to us prior to Google disabling our AdSense accounts. No prior warning. No prior communication WHATSOEVER. No opportunity was afforded for us to fix the alleged violations. No specific violations were ever made known to us. Just a unilateral, discriminatory, decision made by Google to disable our AdSense accounts and confiscate - - STEAL - - $38,000.00.
All of our AdSense accounts were "reviewed" and "approved" by Google. Even though Google reserves the right to periodically re-review AdSense accounts to ensure they remain compliant, two of them were running uninterrupted without ANY problems for nearly three years. Then they were suddenly shut down and ALL of our AdSense revenue was confiscated. Three accounts were "reviewed" and "approved" only to be disabled within one month. NO CHANGES were EVER made to ANY of the websites subsequent to their initial review and approval. Think about it: Three brand new AdSense accounts were reviewed… they were approved… they were earning a lot of AdSense revenue… they were re-reviewed and discovered to be generating substantial AdSense revenue only one month later and NO CHANGES had been made to the websites subsequent to their initial "review" and "approval"… but they were abruptly disabled and Google confiscated all of our AdSense revenue.
Google disabled all five (5) of our AdSense accounts on the exact same day (my wife's, my son's, my best friend's, my business associate's, and mine). What a coincidence, huh? Why would Google do that? They did it because all of the websites we were spending money to market were earning more AdSense revenue than Google wanted to pay out. And because our websites were earning an amount of money that enticed Google to confiscate it: $38,000.00. To know why our websites were earning so much AdSense revenue, read: The Reason For Our Success.
Google made no effort WHATSOEVER to notify us about any alleged concerns and failed to give us a fair and reasonable opportunity to fix any alleged violations prior to disabling our AdSense accounts. Why would they not communicate with us? Why would they not notify us? Why would they NOT give us a fair opportunity to fix any alleged concerns or violations? The answer is: $38,000.00.
Our AdSense accounts were only disabled AFTER they began generating substantial and ever-increasing AdSense revenue. Two of our accounts were active for nearly three years WITHOUT EARNING VERY MUCH ADSENSE REVENUE and they were NEVER disabled for ANY reason. Why the sudden need to disable ALL of them only ATFER they began earning substantial and ever-increasing AdSense revenue? Oh, yeah. That's right. It was so Google could confiscate - - STEAL - - $38,000.00.
The websites that were earning Adense revenue for us were ALL determined by "Google Specialists" to be "Complaint" (COMPLIANT). Hence, ALL of our AdSense revenue was legitimately and rightfully earned. Yet, ALL of our AdSense revenue AND the money we spent marketing our "Compliant" (COMPLIANT) websites was confiscated - - STOLEN - - by Google.
All of the FACTS above further support the notion that Google disables AdSense accounts for no other reason than to confiscate - - STEAL - - AdSense revenue and to ensure that money being spent to market websites is a 100% gain for them. What better way is there to do such a thing and get away with it other than to claim it is for Policy Violations?
Online Internet Website Business Entrepreneurs (Webmasters and Website Publishers) spend an enormous amount of their time, energy, creativity, efforts, and money creating, building, and publishing websites and striving to maximize their earnings through their implementation and use of Google's products and services: AdWords and AdSense. Google must NOT be permitted to negatively interfere with and hinder such efforts. Google must be responsible to provide a reasonable and comprehensive review process to maintain their "subjective" ideas and commitment to being "Family Safe." They should provide advance notice and/or warning prior to disabling a person's AdSense account. And they should provide specifics along with a fair opportunity to rectify whatever "subjective" objection they might have concerning a particular website. This is especially true when a person is spending thousands of dollars to market their website(s), and when he or she is earning and expecting to receive substantial AdSense revenue. You don't just shut down a person's business unexpectedly without any prior notice, and confiscate - - STEAL - - their money. That is basic common sense and good business ethics, 101. Mandating such measures will ensure Google avoids negatively impacting, hindering, or halting the entirety of one's business efforts. And it will steer Google away from misleading people and/or committing acts of Fraud, Deception, Manipulation, Anti-Business Practices, and Theft. Google should be held accountable and liable if they fail in this regard. And they have.
What value might be placed upon the time, energy, creativity, efforts, and money that a person has exhausted over two or three years time building websites and implementing Google's AdWords and AdSense Programs to the extent that they began generating more than $1,000.00 per day in AdSense revenue? Should it all be for naught at the indiscretion of Google and their misleading, deceptive, manipulative, and unethical business practices?
Mike Singer/Google Internet Business Protection Act (2012-13)
The Federal Government and/or each State needs to mandate the following:
Google (BING and all other such companies) MUST communicate with AdSense publishers and ALL similar Advertising Code Publishers in a thorough, reasonable, and comprehensive manner providing advanced notice and/or warning with "Specific Reasons" for alleged "Policy Violations" prior to disabling AdWords and/or AdSense accounts. And they MUST provide users of their products and services with an opportunity and reasonable amount of time to fix ANY and ALL alleged "Policy Violations" after they have been "Specifically" delineated.
If Google has done, and continues to do, enough times to enough people what they have done to us it might amount to millions of ill-gotten and stolen dollars in Google's pocketbook over the years. That is why we are imploring the States, Federal Government, and Media to get involved.
Michael Van Schaick (Mike Singer, Pseudonym)
19800 S.W. 180th Avenue, Lot 446
Miami, Florida 33187