Many local businesses have been getting unwanted calls, “supposedly from Google”. Please be aware – these calls are NOT from Google!
These are calls come from companies or individuals somewhere in North America or overseas. They use robocalls and trained telemarketers to present false information – scare tactics with the purpose of selling their services, scam you to take money or gather personal information from you.
Some callers are claiming that “your google listing is about to expire.” Another version of these calls include messages about “verifying your local businesses listings”. On occasions the callers claim they are a “Google account manager”, they often share some information they’ve gathered about your business, they mention a few technical terms to get your attention and they end up asking for sensitive data such as credit card information or your log-in details. Some they will send misleading reports for inaccurate or false information to make you believe you need their services.
We know that criminals and unethical companies will continue breaking the law and not abide by any ethical rules and regulations. However, there are some things that you can do!
1. Register your number on the National DO NOT CALL Registry.
See below the 3 Steps process to register your phone on the National DO NOT CALL Registry.
2. Reports the calls to Google
We are all busy with our daily work and the last thing we want to do is waste time filing reports, but if you ever have the time, you can contact Google support and they will be glad to get your report.
You may think they may not do much, but Google wants to chase these spam calls away. These calls ruin their brand name, image and credibility.
3. Block their phone numbers
They may keep calling from different numbers but at least you will block a percentage of the calls you get.
4. HANG UP
If you get a robocall, just hang up! This is easy and you don’t have to waste time. Do NOT follow their instructions of press any numbers of your phone. If you do, they will add you to a list of “interactive users” and you will probably get more calls.
5. Consult with a professional Digital Marketing Agency
Always consult a trusted professionals or local marketing agencies where you can talk to real people. If you find a good local digital marketing agency you will be able to get face to face interaction with a person. There are also several professional and ethical digital marketing agencies in the US that you can contact to get help. Such as: www.XperienceMarketingSolutions.com
Unfortunately, no one can’t stop all scams and unethical companies in one swoop. It takes collective action from all responsible people and businesses to get rid of this menace. The more the people are well informed and know how to deal with these nuisances, the less their tactics will be effective. We all need to do our part to help our neighbors, friends and peers, so feel free to share this article with a friend or business peer.
Many local businesses have been getting unwanted calls, “supposedly from Google”. Please be aware – these calls are NOT from Google! These are calls come from companies or individuals somewhere in North America or overseas. They use robocalls and trained telemarketers to present false information – scare tactics with the purpose of selling their services, scam you to take money or gather personal information from you. ……..