Mike Ward, PR Director for Ancestry.com and parent, the Generations Network, warned the public today of websites targeted to the genealogical community with alleged fraudulent intentions. Said Ward, "from what we can tell, these sites are nothing more than a series of web pages with links to other services. These sites, in our opinion, are clearly fraudulent."
According to Ward, "it appears the site colors, fonts, and pictures on at least one site are designed to mislead people into believing the site is related to Ancestry.com."
Judge for yourself. Below you can see the SearchYourGenealogy.com and Ancestry.co.uk websites side-by-side.
SearchYourGenealogy.com Home Page
Notice colors, flags, trees with free family tree offer, photos and more.
The names of the other two websites mentioned, Ancestry-search.com and Australian-Ancestry.com could possibly cause confusion among consumers.
The full text of the announcement can be read on the Ancestry Blog.