A while back I exclusively reported about ValueClick’s shady web sites/companies and took some pretty heavy criticism for it. Well today news is breaking the FTC is investigating these offers and while they have now updated all these sites to be compliant a insider tells me the right people have all the “shady versions” of the websites cached.

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32 thoughts on “Valueclick (VCLK) Being Investigated By The FTC For Fraud Web Offers”
  1. It must have been your reporting that tipped them off. I hear the feds are big fans of your work.

  2. It was probably the person that sent the editorial to shoemoney in the first place that also reported this to the feds.

  3. I would be surprised if anything came of this with VCLK. They are well lawyered up and the FTC would likely allow them to just change what they view as non compliant or maybe just issue a slap on the wrist fine, if anything.

  4. I dunno, they’re all about making examples out of people so they might go full tilt against a web company… make a big stink, then maybe settle it and get the message across.

  5. Shoe, no wonder you’re always ahead of the game, you can see the future. First the Shoestradamus stuff, and now this. Care to let me in on who will win the World Series this year? 😉

  6. VCLK stock is back over $30. The market sure is not worried. Its not unusual for promo offer companies to get letters like these. The government and AGs usually start with the low hanging fruit that cant fight back for making examples from what I have seen. I think the FTC will start going after people, but I bet its the idiots that REALLY don’t comply and there are lots of them running reg paths and selling free trial BS.

  7. This is odd, I just wrote a post on my own site, Misleading Advertising Law, about how scammy I thought this way – only to be scooped by Shoemoney.

  8. Move over Geraldo, make room for Shoemoney.

    Nice dirt uncovered. But we’d like to know your sources….and would you go to jail rather than give them up…lol…remember, you’re not a blogger, your a journalist!

  9. I doubt anything will come of it. I wish they would get smacked down by the law but its unlikely.

  10. Customers dont have to worry, big companies knows how to deal with such problems and customers knows that VCLK is big comapany.

  11. I’d so love to be on a jury for something like this… but it probably won’t make it to trial. My wife laughs every time I mention being on a jury… because my normal reaction for anything is “Hang ’em”. Not exactly unbiased. 😉

  12. I dropped them a long time ago because of their shady practices after they bought WebSponsors.com.

    I hope they get theirs.

  13. My prediction is nothing will happen. It’s just more publicity, and all publicity is good!

  14. Shoemoney.com is the default start page on all FBI web browsers.

  15. Not sure who it will be, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the Montreal Expos. Or the Washington Senators (and I can guarantee it won’t be the Ottawa Senators).

  16. I don’t believe in too much outcome as well. This could be a landslide for a lot of online-marketing companies though.

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