Last updated on November 21st, 2015
Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.
This is a follow up to my post the other day, google-treasure-chest-its-a-scam-and-a-half. In that post I mentioned that one of the image servers had left indexing open. This is at The folders on my website, strangely perfect dot teevee, if I’ve done it right, cannot be viewed in the ‘explorer’ view. It’s a simple switch in the .htaccess file and is used to stop people (easily) browsing your folder structure on the web server.
Fortunately for me, they haven’t done it, and because I now have links pointing back to that site, I thought I’d collate a list of websites and businesses that are visible there before they (probably) close this porthole. The list is very revealing as it’s shows a commonality of source for the images used in the various scams mentioned by myself in the above post and all the other commenter’s and other sites’ work that I’ve linked back with.
It means that if you see a website here, it’s from the same scam source as GoogleMoneyTree in all it’s various incarnations. However, and in a sentence cunningly designed to protect myself just like the GoogleTreasureChest one, I’d like to take the opportunity to say:
This list is posted to make people aware that any person or business on the list may be doing business practices similar to, but in no way necessarily connected to, those of the various operations of dubious merit mentioned in google-treasure-chest-its-a-scam-and-a-half and related comments. To be removed from the list please use the contact form or phone 911 in the USA or 999 in the UK and say ‘Okay guv. It’s a fair cop’, leaving your name, address and bank account details containing customer monies to the person who answers the phone.
I’ve written it with very small font to keep in the true spirit of the Google Treasure Chest!
So here is the list of main folders with a few sub-ones included to show you the breadth of the scheme.
idWatchDogs (I kid ye not!!)
ObamaGrants (ha ha – nice one!!!)
PestControl (yes really!!)
SecurityFirst (yes really again!!!)
This is the bulk that I’ve found. Obviously if you are decent company or person and believe in the axiom that “a man is judged by the friends he keeps” – I should pull your files out pronto.
Each folder usually contain lots of sub-businesses and extra images and sub-campaigns, either planned or defunct. That I can’t tell. However, most of this stuff is clearly related and in the old days I’d class them as fairground amusements. That is, it’s almost wholly a bunch of card sharps and snake oil sellers – but under the modern guise of slimming aids, other dubious medicaments, and get-rich-quick schemes.