Scammers are always trying new tactics to try and get money from people. It’s unfortunate that we have to deal with this on a daily basis, especially at businesses. A current scheme to watch out for are the Google Business Listing Scams, where you receive a phone call about your online listing verification with Google. Some things to note (no matter what they tell you):
- If they say your customers can’t find you online, they are lying. If you have a website, social media presence or even have your business listed on any online directory, your customers can find you.
- Real Google Verification phone calls will be an automated message from a phone call that you request, and they will only provide you with a code to enter into your listing. The call will not ask you to press any buttons or talk to any people. As a client of Radar Hill, we work this out for you and let you know beforehand, so you’ll know what to expect and when the phone call will happen.
- Claiming your business online through various services such as Google Listings, Bing, Yahoo!, Yelp, and many others is always free. If you need assistance with claiming these, contact your web provider!
Always keep an eye out and be cautious when answering calls from unknown numbers. If you are ever unsure about a website related phone call or email, always contact your web provider first!