Work From Home With Google? Not So Fast

She also reached out to Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz, a New York law firm considering a class action lawsuit against companies perpetuating apparent work-from-home scams using the Google name.

Lawyer Jerome Noll said the companies have been hard to track down.

"If you try to hunt them down, they've got P.O. boxes, their phone numbers are disconnected," he said. "Unfortunately, there really isn't a defendant worth suing. ... They're fly-by-night operations that just are there to scam as many consumers as possible out of their money and then disappear."

The Whack-a-Mole Dilemma

Even finding and stopping one company may not do much about the larger problem. Experts say that trying to shut down such Web sites is like playing a game of "whack-a-mole" -- as soon as you hit one, another pops up.

A consumer's best bet, Women For Hire's Johnson said, is to watch out for themselves.

"I think especially given the economy, with more pressure than ever to find a way to generate income, more and more people are suspending the average common sense," she said.

"This is the time you have to be even more critical -- you have to be more vigilant than ever before."

ABC News' Becky Worley contributed to this report.

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