I wonder what the ethical ramifications are with respect to the ad broker accepting these ads as inventory.
That would be the Google Adwords programme. You know, the one from the company with the slogan "do no evil"
At some point, all media, including the internet, bear some responsibility for vetting their content. Especially when there is money involved.
It is deplorable that print, broadcast and online media seem to be overrun with schemes touting get rich quick, work at home, debt consolidation, lose weight fast, no money down real estate, etc. promises for the gullible.
If they can't regulate themselves, then the FTC ought to get involved. I can hear all the tragic bleatings now from the media elite about "freedom of the press". Well, foo to you too. For once it might be a justified application of government intervention as it was originally believed. Regulation for the greater good.