PRWeb finally takes down fake Google press release

The company releases a statement on the posting of an inaccurate news release regarding a nonexistent Google acquisition.

PRWeb, the public relations company that transmitted a fake press release about Google acquiring Wi-Fi technology provider ICOA , said it has taken down the release and "turned the matter over to the proper authorities."

Marketing company Vocus owns the PRWeb site. Vocus Director of Public Relations Frank Strong posted a statement to the company's Web site, saying that it was a matter of identity theft.

PRWeb transmitted a press release for ICOA that we have since learned was fraudulent. The release was not issued or authorized by ICOA. Vocus reviews all press releases and follows an internal process designed to maintain the integrity of the releases we send out every day. Even with reasonable safeguards identity theft occurs, on occasion, across all of the major wire services. We have removed the fraudulent release and turned the matter over to the proper authorities for further investigation.

The fraudulent press release was sent out this morning, but ICOA debunked the document in an e-mail to CNET . The company's chief executive said the company has "never had any discussions with any potential acquirers."



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