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Can people sue if you make them sign up under false pretences?

Discussion in 'CPA' started by kimkils, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. kimkils

    kimkils Power Member

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    If i have a blackhat method, whereby people sign up to my offer thinking it is part of a questionnaire to get a job, and they realise it isn't genuine. What's the worst that can happen? Can they do anything? Can we get in trouble? I know its BHW and the majority couldn't give a shit but just curious as to what could happen.
     
  2. kimkils

    kimkils Power Member

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    It would be cloaked/iframed on a .tk domain so to the visitor would not look like "my wh site" but from the referrers point of view it would be.

    If i am just advertising on classifieds can you image anybody would chase it up?

    With cookie stuffing the worst thing that can really happen is you get banned from your affiliate... maybe im just being paranoid :p
     
  3. donutking

    donutking Registered Member

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    oh really? they could sue you for stuffing to. I hope they dont sue any of us is all i have to say.
     
  4. spudsmcz

    spudsmcz Newbie

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    All I have to say is some lady sued mcD's for hot coffee.

    Isn't coffee supposed to be hot? It wasn't their fault she spilled it.
     
  5. Hanuka

    Hanuka Registered Member

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    hide your WhoIs details.
     
  6. davetheave

    davetheave Newbie

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    put in 1px font-size: *This really isn't a job offer, we're gonna steal your life savings.
     
  7. Hanuka

    Hanuka Registered Member

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    lol! xD
     
  8. 100KisEZ

    100KisEZ Newbie

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    I'm not a lawyer, but my 2 cents is that the chances are of this are just too remote. Who has the time and money to sue you over being duped into filling out a fake job questionaire? I can only see maybe if you are requesting personal data like SS#'s and such where the authorities might be notified, otherwise I just highly doubt it.
     
  9. lurnme

    lurnme Regular Member

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    Can you be sued? Of course, is it likely, of course not.

    Do you see all the dumb label on all your appliances? Hair Dryer - "Do not use while sleeping"

    Those people actually won the case so yes if you live in the US it's not hard to get sued and lose. The real question is do you have enough money to make it worth them suing you.
     
  10. dvdcowboy

    dvdcowboy Junior Member

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    Been there,
    Would not worried about getting sued unless they are charged.
    You will probably have issues with conversions if it is a product a affiliate company is promoting.
     
  11. misterajc

    misterajc Registered Member

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    You can get sued for anything at all. The question is, are you likely to get sued, and if you are, is the suit likely to be successful. There are two sets of people who might want to sue you - the people who waste time filling out your form, and the people who are paying you to get people to fill out their form. The first group will be annoyed, but nobody is going to sue over a few minutes wasted filling out a form. They might report you to the second group however. The second group - the people who are (presumably) paying you for this, and are not really getting what they are paying you have more motivation to sue. Realistically they won't bother if the cost of the law suit is more then the money that you have made from them. They are likely to just ban you. Law suits are quite expensive, so unless you get very, very greedy you won't get sued. Remember, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.
     
  12. lurnme

    lurnme Regular Member

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    lol like that quote, never heard that one before.
     
  13. poiboy1964

    poiboy1964 Registered Member

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    I wouldn't worry. They may get pissed but they are looking for a job?
     
  14. Profit

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    The thing is someone can initiate a lawsuit agaisnt you for anything. The real question is will they actually do so. Keep in mind that attorney fees are generally very expensive and this usually detours most people from actually filing a lawsuit unless it is worth their time and money to do so.
     
  15. buzzword

    buzzword Newbie

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    Typically a lawsuit will not be initiated. However, a report to you webmaster, hosting account, affiliate network, or ISP, may result. In which case... it may be more damaging than the lawsuit. Good rule of thumb: if you're doing BH and WH, you may want to keep them separated as much as possible. And, back-up your work frequently. If you get shut down, banned, or dumped, you can pick up your efforts and continue elsewhere.