Got A Call Promising A Google Business Listing On The First Page?
(with video below) The phone rings. You pick up. An automated machine tells you that the company calling guarantees the placement of our website on Google’s first page and can provide unlimited clicks within 24 hours. Alternatively, you might be asked to press 1 to get your business validated by Google. This scam follows a similar one that made a lot of victims a couple of years ago by promising “Free Internet listing” or “Google business listing on first page“.
Watch the video below to see the Free Internet Listing/ Google Business Listing scam exposed:
This brand new updated scam has a twist. As mentioned above, when you pick up the phone you hear a machine: “We can guarantee your website to be on the first page on Google and get unlimited clicks within 24 hours. Press 1 to see if you qualify.”
Say you are curious and press 1. You get connected to an ‘agent’ and the conversation goes like this (it did in our case):
“Agent: Is this the business owner?
Scam Detector: Yes.
Agent: Can I get your name?
Agent: Paul, what kind of business do you own?
SD: I thought you called me knowing who you’re calling.
Agent: Do you wanna cooperate or not?
SD: Sure. I own a pet shop.”
After a few questions about the name of the business and compliments on how clever it is, the agent continues:
“Agent: What’s the name?
SD: Pets 4 You. With number 4 instead of letters.
Agent: That’s so clever, Paul. What city?
SD: Thank you so much. Well, I wouldn’t mind telling everything about it, but I would like to hear more about you too, though.
Agent: Hmm, Paul, we are an online marketing company. I am Eric. We can get you on the first page on Google.
SD: What’s the name of your company?”
Eric hesitates a little bit, but then continues:
“Internet Local Listings. What’s your website?
SD: I don’t have one yet, almost there.
Eric: Oh, we can build one for you too. Okay, let me put you through one of our marketing people. But first, we will need to secure your position.
SD: What does that mean?
Eric: I will need your credit card number. We take VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discovery.
SD: Whoa, whoa, why would I give you my credit card now before I hear what kind of package I am signing up for?
Eric: That’s how we do business.
SD: That’s how we don’t.
Google Listing Calls: How To Avoid
Giving your credit card to people or companies you never heard of, especially before knowing what you are buying, is always a red flag. The phone call above came from (815) 524-2060, originating from Lockport, Illinois.
Don’t get us wrong, there are several SEO (Search Engine Optimization) companies out there that are reputable, but practices like the ones above are never to be trusted. If instead of introducing themselves first agents ask you to cooperate, might as well hang up.
If you’re wondering how to get your website on Google, well, it’s already there. All you have to do is add some quality content on it, on a regular basis. The more you add, the better chances you have to get to the first page of the search engines.
Google Listing Calls: How To Report
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