This is something you should know has to do with some of the most recent scams I have encountered.
It starts with a phone call with a recorded greeting.
The caller talks about a Google local places advertisement you have.
If you have set up your business on Google, you will probably get this call soon, if you have not already.
They are looking out for your best interests, it seems, at first glance. Wanting to verify that your business is correctly rendering on Google Maps.
The recorded male voice then says with some sense of urgency, “Press 1 to speak with someone right now!!!”
I pressed 1 and then was connected with “Kevin”. Kevin introduced himself and said he was from the Tech Team. (I thought using the title “tech team” was clever – deceitful, but clever…)
I asked, “are you working for Google.” He said, “we are authorized partners for Google..”
I knew, at this time they were attempting to sell me something. I asked the caller how many people a day ask him if he works for Google? He explained that it was a lot.
I told him that maybe they should not pose as if they are Google, it is misleading and makes people angry.
The moral to this story is for you business owners out there to be careful. Deceit comes in many shapes and forms.
This was a positive outcome, because I asked for my phone number to be removed from their database. But what If I did not know what questions to ask?
The outcome may not have been so good if I would have been conned into giving them my CC number or account number.
Be Safe – search well and remember, “Google will not be calling you for anything 🙂 “