Alphabet’s Google on Monday sued an alleged puppy scammer who used its services to sell counterfeit pets, the company said, adding that there would be a growing number of lawsuits targeting blatant abuse by its users.
Elder Advocacy Group AARP leaked the scandal to Google last September after a South Carolina resident complained that it sent বেস 700 (approximately 53 53,1110) in digital gift cards to an online retailer for a Beset Hound puppy, which never arrived. Google sues US District Court in San Jose
Google is seeking financial compensation and a court order to ban the accused user, Enche Noel from Cameroon. A number of puppies named in Noel’s case did not respond to requests for comment through one of the websites, and court records did not immediately list an attorney for Noel.
Noel used dozens of Gmail emails and Google Voice accounts to “make false promises to victims, register fraudulent websites with US Internet hosting companies and solicit and accept payments,” the lawsuit alleges.
In addition to Bassett Hounds, Noel’s affiliate websites have offered Multipu puppies and cannabis and prescription opiate cough syrups, according to the lawsuit.
Google’s policies prohibit the use of its services in illegal activities The lawsuit alleges that the puppy scandal damaged Google’s reputation and cost $ 75,000 (approximately 56 56.9 million) to investigate and remedy.
The company said Noel was less likely to appear in court, adding that the order against Noel could disrupt the alleged scandal and prevent copycats.
Earlier, Google reported similar cases to the U.S. Department of Justice. That Cameroonian puppy was convicted by the scammer last year.
Google has previously sued Russia-based hackers and disguised marketing companies in its name. But the company says this is the first time it has filed a direct consumer protection lawsuit.
Google has time to file in line with National Pet Day.
Thomson Reuters 2022