A UK service helps fund-raising groups by giving them an Ask search box for their website. Their site looks above board and a few sites have placed the search box with nothing obvious on their sites.
Last week I got one of those "pass it on" emails originating from a religious group in London. It urged recipients to make their search page the default home page for one's browser and to click the sponsored ads because "We get 6 pence if you click one of the “sponsored” links at the top and 5 pence for any other link that you click."
I checked Snopes and didn't see such an email doing the rounds, so I wrote to the original writer and said that it looked fishy and I didn't like clicking fishy links. To my surprise, the organisation confirmed that the email is genuine.
Any idea why Ask would pay for clicking a regular search result (not the sponsored links)?
Although I don't advertise on Ask, I don't think advertisers would be pleased to have their ads clicked to raise funds for charities.