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Well I just spent the last 30 minutes on the phone with a scammer. I do this sometimes just so I can see what the scam is. They did a good job and I'm sure if I didn't know better they could get the $75-$100 from me. So, here's the scam. I listed a business about 2 weeks ago on Google My Business. This is the business listings on Google maps and in the google searches. I get a call from someone "from Google" who wants to verify my listing. Now, they have quite a lot of information about my business including when the LLC was formed so they sound quite credible. I go along with the call for a while to see what's going to happen. The first guy transfers me to his supervisor to "complete the verification". Towards the end of the conversation, he says they are going to send me a verification code and be back in touch to handle the payment. And then they deliver the "scare". They tell me that if I don't do this then my listing will be removed from Google and I will have to wait 6 months in order to list it again. To play along I say, "Is there a link somewhere in my Google My Business backend where I can go to pay this fee?" He evades and says something like, "Well, I don't know if there's a link there but you have to get the verification code from us first." I go on to inform him that if GMB is free then why am I having to pay anything. He continues to repeat what he said. I explain to him that my business is "Verified" because it says so in my GMB backend. To which he replies that it's not verified and blah blah blah. He asks me for my authorization to send me the verification code and I finally tell him, "Well, I don't intend on paying you anything so it's kinda pointless." He goes on to say that the listing will be removed and blah blah blah and we part ways.

The moral of the story is this: When you list your business on Google My Business, you will get scam callers who claim to be from Google. Don't pay them any money unless you have money oozing out of your ears that you just don't know what to do with and feel like donating to con artists. In fact, if you do have money oozing out of your ears, just give me a call, I'll help you out without conning you.

And you can consider this little bonus. If the scammers are calling you, then your business IS IN FACT showing up on Google, because how else did they find you. 😉

If you want help getting your business to the top of the Google Business Listings, I can do that. Contact me and I'll help you soar.

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We have been working on Google My Business listings and have seen some amazing results. After implementing our strategy we moved a business up from the 15th spot on a Google maps search to #2 with one search phrase and up to #1 for another search phrase. We are ready to push your business up the results! It's not just in Google maps, keep in mind that when a user searches on Google search for something the results are populated in one part of the screen with Google maps data so this is very helpful in many ways to your business. Contact me today for a free consultation so we can talk about getting your business higher up the results.

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