Monday, October 19, 2015

Don't be fooled by phone spammers!

Google does not call soliciting business


Many local businesses have received phone calls from “Google” to talk about SEO. What these people may not know is that it probably is NOT Google calling them. 

There are many unethical companies cold calling local companies pretending to be Google.  

BE AWARE! 99.9% of the time those calls are from phone spammers cold calling to solicit your business.


  • Google does not place robocalls.
  • Google does not call to "update your front page listing" or ask you to "claim your free website."
  • Google does not charge for inclusion in Google Search or Google My Business.

Their tactic is to scare businesses into believing that they have problems with Their SEO, SEM, local listings, or related.

It is very unlikely that it is actually Google these people are receiving a call from. Google will rarely call businesses, with the exception of those who request a call which is most often related Google AdWords users for CPC campaigns. So, if you receive a call from someone who claims to be Google, be aware that it is far more likely that this is actually someone misrepresenting themselves. These callers may call to “update your local listing, improve your SEO, fix errors your web may have” or even tell you to “claim your free website”. If a caller supposedly from Google makes these suggestions, it will be clear indication they are not from Google.

However, on some occasion you will receive an actual call from Google. These calls will usually be automated calls related to account setup PINs, login 2-step verification, Google Places listing verification or something of the sort. The call may also be from Google if your business has actually requested for a call to be made. This chance is very small though, with 99.99% of the calls from people pretending to be from Google actually not being from a Google employee.

If your business needs help with SEO and SEM, make sure you work with a local Google certified professional or digital agency which will guide you in the right direction and present you with honest options for SEO, local listings or sponsored search marketing. Some agencies will have Google certification or google partnership and they should be able to help you, but they should NOT claim they are calling from Google.

Don’t let those unethical companies fool you with their scare tactics!!

If you get continuous calls and you are constantly harassed by these callers…


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The next time someone calls you telling you they are from Google:

  • Ask them to give you their phone number and email, so you can get back to them. 
  • Then you can send us that information and we will let know if they are from google or not.  
As a fellow chamber members, we will not charge you a fee for this verification.

Xperience Marketing Solutions has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing and our SEO/SEM team is “Google, yahoo & Bing certified”.


If you want more information about these Google spam calls, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: info@XperienceMarketingSolutions.com  or call (772) 905-3005.

www.XperienceMarketingSolutions.com