The last thing we need is more scummy scammers and following on from Google’s legal action against Pacific Webworks (PWW) one would naively have thought that the “business” folk would be more circumspect. (See previous article and comments, http://strangelyperfect.tv/5146/more-on-google-profits-and-pacific-webworks/ )
At the beginning of June, it appeared that the Google case against PWW had fallen flat and that PWW had gotten away with it. This certainly appears so from yesterday’s press announcement by the odious PWW management, such as here. It says,
SALT LAKE CITY, Jun 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Pacific WebWorks, Inc. today announced that a Stipulated Final Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction was entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in the Google, Inc. vs. Pacific WebWorks, Inc. matter.
CEO Ken Bell commented, “We are very pleased to have this behind us. We have devoted a great deal of time and energy to resolving this situation and are anxious to return to the business of growing our company responsibly and profitably through our new marketing program. We appreciate our shareholders’ patience and understanding as we deal with the many details involved in the development and marketing of our products to small business users.”
This looks quite bad until you realise that the PWW share price and dealing volumes have both fallen!
So what does the market know about the “settlement” that we don’t, eh?
Bloosky.com and The lawyer
PWW and Bloosky, were both named by Google, and Bloosky were (and still are) represented by Blair Jackson, who is a lawyer and on the company payroll of Bloosky in various positions. (See at the bottom of here).
On checking out Mr Jackson, he’s part of:
CHRISTIANSEN & JACKSON, P.C.
10421 S. Jordan Gateway, Suite 600
South Jordan, Utah 84095
Attorneys for Defendant Bloosky Interactive, LLC
You can see this on some delaying action in the Google case by Jackson for Bloosky, documents here and here. But it gets better… In this document, you’ll see that Bloosky are suing someone called Daniel L. Balsam for not adhering to an earlier agreement not to disclose what was said… or something. (I’ve yet to check this through! But it looks a bit like pot-kettle-black to me…)
Yes. Whatever. A bit more fishing on Jackson took me to the website(s) of one Vernon Howard.
He was scammed by socialtoolkit.com, in exactly the same way as thousands of others were by Google Treasure Chest – promoted, run, designed and financed by Pacific Webworks. It’s a scammers paradise with copious bad-web references and complaints. The “business” says on it’s website,
Each day, more and more individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies across the globe are realizing the value of SocialToolKit.com and choosing to increase their Social Networking efficiency, productivity and profits. (Note to self: “I must increase my Social Networking efficiency” – SP)
Here’s Vernon’s extremely well written story:
It’s an incredibly detailed tale, complete with copious screenshots, of his dealings with the various parties involved. And he’s no shrinking violet. He’s taking the buggers on!
There’s only one trouble.
He’s using Blair Jackson of Christiansen & Jackson, PC – Attorneys at Law, to take on socialtoolkit.com !!
How is this Weird?
Weird? It’s positively scary!
Because if you read Vernon Howard’s account, you’ll see that he was billed by YourProfitGateway.com
YourProfitGateway.com, when you check it’s (now freely accessible) WHOIS, unsurprisingly redirects to http://www.visualwebtools.com/site/
If you’ve been following this, you’ll know from a while back that Visual WebTools is owned and run by…….. (trumpet fanfare)
Latest News from The Visual WebTools Camp
Pacific WebWorks Updates Marketing Efforts
Thursday June 24, 2010 11:52:01 EDT SALT LAKE CITY, Jun 24, 2010
Last Thursday, this is what the odious CEO Ken Bell of PWW said about his company, their marketing and their product, Visual WebTools.
Pacific WebWorks, Inc., www.pacificwebworks.com, (OTCBB:PWEB) announced today that the company continues to perfect their new marketing program which offers prospective customers the opportunity to receive a tutorial on the product and interact with the company during the buying process.
CEO Ken Bell stated,
“Visual WebTools continues to be one of the premier online software products for small businesses in the marketplace. We expect our new, more interactive marketing approach to result in a more informed buyer who will be better equipped to employ our technologies into their online business. As a result, we expect future revenues to be more stable. We anticipate revenues to accelerate during the second half of the year with continued profitability.”
“During the first six months of 2010 (i.e. since Google sued them – SP) the company has focused on stabilizing profitability, servicing current customers and developing our new multi-tiered marketing program. We expect new customer acquisition in the future to be derived largely from our new direct contact marketing program. With our strong balance sheet, a current ratio in excess of 10x, tangible book value of nearly double our current market capitalization and strong historical earnings, we are positioned to continue to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.”
What are Google Doing?
The emphasis above, is mine. From it, you can clearly see that Bell claims that his company is responsible for all the things that lead up to the nefarious practices that then lead to people being scammed.
So is the Google thing over with yet? Why haven’t the Salt Lake Tribune said anything about it yet?
I still think there’s more to come out with this. Remember the falling share price of PWW? The markets know, you know.