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Cory – Feb 23, 2021

Victim Location 38002

Type of a scam Tech Support

I get a lot of your business isn’t verified on google calls but I know it is so I typically don’t answer. First gentleman called from a NY area code asked for basic stuff why haven’t you answered and verified I said I did then he transferred me to Stephen at a 1800 number. This gentleman also sounded legit saying he was from google. Sent me a private verification code from a DC area code which raised second red flag. We got disconnected I began searching the numbers found complaints. He immediately called back from an Ohio area code first thing he asked was $99 one time and recurring fee to verify my google listing and get it off a hold which was untrue. He used recent updates I’ve made and public information from my google page to sound credible. He used the name Stephen at ext. 701. I called back and asked for the company name the woman stuttered and said um we do stuff for google maps etc. Stephen called back asking for the fee I laughed and said my account is not on hold it shows up from any computer and he hung up on me. Oh I also got a call from a Washington DC area at some point in all this mess also from them. Changing my passwords now just in case.

Tiffany – Nov 05, 2020

Victim Location 79601

Type of a scam Other

The call starts from machine telling “We have been trying to reach you numerous of time to discuss address verification at GoogleMyBusiness. Please, press 1 to speak with representative”. After pressing 1 nice lady will talk to you and discuss “key” words that needs to be added to you Google listing so you can attract more customer. She will ask questions about your business like: legal name, address, working hour, etc. Everything she can see on Google she will ask and pretend that she fill all the information. Then she helps to choose “key” words and tells about one time fee, that you can deduct from your taxes as expenses. Then you get transferred to senior marketing representative who asks you exactly the same questions as the First Lady did and then tell that only today and only for your business there is a discount and you need to pay only $175.95 to activate all the information that you provided. They also ask if COVID effected your business and all other stuff to “prove” their seriousness. After, they ask about name of the credit card you are going to use and what I did, is I said that I don’t know which card I am going to use to process this transaction. The person on the phone for frustrated and were treating me like [censored]ed. I explained, that we have different cards and names on cards that we use in our business to process or payments. He calmed down. When I told, that I cannot pay right now, because I am not the only legal owner of the business we was almost screaming at me. Then he started blaming me on “why you didn’t tell that earlier? Are you serious? Are we just wasting each other’s time?” Finally he started explaining me that I’d I will not pay right now, all the information that I provided is going to be lost and next time I would need to enter everything again. I agreed to do that next time and he hung up.

Charles – Aug 10, 2020

Victim Location 44870

Type of a scam Phishing

Entered by ScamPulse.com Staff – LJ – 8-10-20

I received an Email that appeared to be from Google. I clicked on the Email. Compensation from Google. Mentioned a court in Texas. Wanted me to fill out a form with my bank routing information. I did not fill out the form or provide information. I do not have their Email.

Cassie – Jul 22, 2020

Victim Location 70122

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

These scammers claim to be Google. They tell you that your business is not verified. They want to know address, hours of operation and so forth. After that they want you to give them a credit card number to pay for their services. These people are so rude and ignorant. Please stop them. They call so much I can’t do my work

Jermaine – Jul 22, 2020

Victim Location 70122

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

They claim to be Google. They say your business is not vrified with Google. These people are making my life hell. They call so much.

Brianna – Jul 22, 2020

Victim Location 70122

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

They call claiming to be Google. They say the business is not verified with Google so it wont show up when people search. They have been told we know its a scam and they still call. They want information about the business and a credit card number. the numbers say they are not in service when you try to call them back. These people call so much they hinder my work process.

Richard – Jul 20, 2020

Victim Location 70122

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

They claim to be Google. Its really getting out of control. They call so many times a day it causes me to get behind on my work.

Andrea – Jun 01, 2020

Victim Location 43214

Type of a scam Tech Support

I googled "Google’s" customer service number, 800-266-2549. An Indian man answered. I gave him all of my persoal info becuase I thought I was calling Google. Then he said they were doing a survey, and wanted to know how my money was going. He said I could send people money, and keep $300. So, I changed all my passwords and account info. He called back, and asked for the new passwords, but I didn’t give it to him.

Jeffrey – Apr 21, 2020

Victim Location 78063

Total money lost $600

Type of a scam Tech Support

Called the above number to try and access my google business account. Ex partner in my business has the log in info and not responding to give me the info. So I called what I thought was Google Support and they requested I buy Google Play cards (in the amount of 600 total) to help with the account verification. After the purchase I wasn’t really given the help I needed. Terminated the call. Called me bank to cancel the $$ transactions but they couldn’t do it. When I called back to see what now happens with the Google Play cards, they said they needed 200 more in additional cards. I said that wasn’t going to happen and they said they wouldn’t be able to help with my account. Thinking this is not legit Google. So I’m reporting.

Calvin –

Victim Location 83854

Type of a scam Phishing

Got a call stating they were from Google and that I needed to verify and claim my business so I can keto my business out there on google. They wanted a 1 time fee of over $500.00 but then said I might be eligible for a discount. Like military, years of business, etc. etc. when I asked questions he was very rude about it and was very demanding that I pay him the money or my business would no longer be found on google. We went round and round for a while then when I said that I needed time to verify him and investigate he hung up.

Jimmy –

Victim Location 43617

Type of a scam Phishing

Robo call-This is an important message do not hang up the phone your Google business listing is at risk of displaying incorrectly we tried numerous times to contact you by telephone so we can check the status of your listing this will only take a few minutes of your time press one so we can quickly check the status of your Google listing to ensure it’s active if your Google listing is suspended or deleted your business will not be shown causing customers to think you’re no longer open for business press one now to check the status of your Google listing if you’re the business owner press one now Press 2 to be removed from this list.

Heather –

Victim Location 63933

Type of a scam Yellow Pages/Directories

Per business owner: "A number claiming to be Google calls me up to 20 times a day, stating that they will show me as closed. Other times, they say they will show incorrect information or ask for money. It is usually different people and all speak clearly. They call using different numbers. I have asked them to stop calling me, but they haven’t."

Ashlee –

Victim Location 84321

Type of a scam Yellow Pages/Directories

an automated phone call…calls multiple times a day stating they are google and need to verify the business and if we don’t verify customers won’t be able to find our business. we are a state government agency

Joy –

Victim Location 63775

Type of a scam Phishing

They’re calling saying that my Google (Business) listing is out of date and we have to update it, otherwise, people won’t be able to get a hold of us. I have asked numerous times to be removed from their list and they keep calling anyway. We don’t have a business and have told them as much.

Nichole –

Type of a scam Phishing

Scammer calls your business phone claiming to be from Google.

Their phone number is usually spoofed but, it displayed once as 1-850-868-0323. They claim to be based in Florida.

They say your Google account has expired and needs to be re-verified.

They then ask questions related to your business (obtained from your Google web listing) and want to know if your business phone is a landline or cell.

The scammers then send a verification code to your cell phone and ask you to tell them the code number.

If you give them the code number, your phone number is then used to set up a bogus Google Voice account in their name.

For more info about this scam, see:

https://support.google.com/voice/thread/2258176?hl=en

The Verification Code scam

Kari –

Victim Location 70047

Type of a scam Employment

Email came over from : on 10/14/19 @ 536am

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for applying to our job post, We are impressed by your background and would like to invite you for the job briefing and interview. You need to make contact with our hiring manager through Google Hangout. You are required to setup a Gmail account (www.gmail.com) and download google hangout (www.google.com/hangouts). The hiring manager will let you know more about the Data Entry, Administrative Assistant,Customer Service,Office Assistant,Program Manager positions etc,, answer your questions and brief you more about the company and position we have available for you to Occupy. Your verification code during the interview process is WNS2019.

To Contact our Hiring Manager

Name: Mrs. Betty George

Google hangout: [email protected]

Pay: $45.75 hourly

Time: ASAP

Best of luck,

Human Resources

Michael –

Victim Location 84104

Type of a scam Tech Support

Same as experience as many others have stated as complaints about them. Called saying they are directly affiliated with Google, but are NOT. I repeatedly asked them if they were directly from Google and they said they are. Represented himself has David Brown. They somehow had a Google verification code sent to me. I made the mistake of giving it to them. Once I searched the online while I was still on the phone, I confronted him about being a scam. He immediately hung up.

Tina –

Victim Location 84043

Type of a scam Tech Support

Business claims to be a Google 3rd party client support service that helps list SBOs on Google. They claim to help promote key word searches and demand a payment of $299 to $399 to get your ad live on Google. When you ask for a manager, ask about the company profile or ask for online payment details, they immediately hang up on you. This company called me over a dozen times trying to collect. It wasn’t until I called them back asking questions that they stopped calling my line.

Brenda –

Victim Location 84660

Type of a scam Phishing

GoMarketin

Mark Gordon

He told me he was with google and wanted access to our website, I repeated asking your are with google he keep saying yes. I did research and it’s a marketing firm making companies think it’s google

1-888-726-4470 Ext5028

Additional number is

385-230-3386

I would like to file a complaint

Eugene –

Victim Location 71133

Type of a scam Phishing

This robo call keeps coming through and leaves a voice message about customers won’t be able to locate my business without me verifying my information about my business. A Robo call, calls states that it is calling for Google to make it easier for customers when they are doing a search for my services. This is a scam. It even comes up on my cell as likely Scam/Fraud.

Adam –

Type of a scam Phishing

Received a call from Google, now keeping track the phone numbers that are calling us almost daily with automated message.

Vanessa –

Victim Location 55044

Type of a scam Yellow Pages/Directories

Robocaller "Patrick" says "your Google listing may be in jeopardy and you need to verify the information in your listing. It will only take a moment of your time. Press 1 if you are the owner and Press 2 to be removed from their list".

It never gives an option of "I am not the owner, just an employee of the company" so the only option has ever been "2" or hang up on them. Either way, we seem to get about 10 calls per week on our various lines coming in (from various MN numbers all with the same message) whether or not we press 2 or hang up on them. It is a real pain having them call in on lines that customers are trying to get through to us for business on.

Jorge –

Victim Location 33027

Type of a scam Identity Theft

the lady on the phone said she calls for google. that there has been fraud in the internet and they notify me that they will close my Google account for security reason. if I want to I could do it myself

Emily –

Type of a scam Phishing

This number texted me on Saturday morning asking me to confirm my google verification code. I thought this to be a very fishy text – I phoned the number and it definitely wasn’t google, it was some strange voicemail with no recording, however you could leave a message (which I did not)

They sent me a verification code from a number ‘220-00’ and tried to get me to verify that number. I’m assuming this was the beginning of some sleezy elaborate scam these [censored] decided to pull on me. I told them very clearly where to go and that was that!

Logan –

Victim Location 78660

Type of a scam Other

They said they were with Google and calling to update my business account information. So I was hesitant, but thinking "just don’t answer private business info". They asked to clarify business name (I did not answer phone with name), so I did, then they asked if I was the owner, and said my full name. I said "Yes" and they hung up. So is this related to the scams about getting people to say Yes on the phone?

Nikki –

Victim Location 20155

Type of a scam Phishing

I started a landscaping business this year and ive had people call me pretending to work for google and they say that they can get me on the front page of google when I say im not interested they just immediately hang up and if I call back the number they called me from and it will say that number is out of service seems to me they are scamers trying to obtain credit card info or bank info I just had them call me again today i didnt awnser just called back and its the same extension as previously so i believe its the same people

Ana –

Victim Location 43105

Type of a scam Phishing

I’ve received multiple calls from 740-524-7004. The individual says he is with Google, and he’s calling to confirm my Google business listing. He wants contact info as well as account numbers, and where I bank. He wants personal credit card info as well as number of employees. He speaks perfect English. I did not give him any info. I asked to speak to a supervisor. The man said he owned all of Google and I was compelled to give him the information. This is a phishing expedition to commit fraud later. I reported this to the state highway patrol, but they were not interested in this.

Susan –

Victim Location 33401

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Told me my phone number was hacked by someone in Ohio and the FBI was looking for me, ooh ooh they have put all your pictures on a porn website. I will send you an email report of th information. My name is Henry Smith I am Asian this name is to protect my iddentity as a google employee. My phone number to have police contact me is 1 855 486-4888. This was done 20 days ago by an long distance number ending in 78. They will continue to acess your information and they are sending me a text to tell me this. I have changed your email address and your pin and it will cost you $200 dollars on a google play card. I immediately told them they were a scam and it would be reported.

Shawn –

Victim Location 15108

Type of a scam Phishing

I answered the phone and a voice said, "Ple[censored]d to verify your business Google listing." I held, and when the person got on the phone, he said, is this the business owner. I said "yes" and immediately realized I did the wrong thing. He hung up immediately. I called the number back, and it was not a working number.

Jimmy –

Type of a scam Tech Support

I had a problem in accessing my Gmail account. So i went to the web site to get the phone number for Google. The number that came up was 1-855-769-8444. I phoned this number and talked to a person name Manish. and he connived me that they are safe since they are representing Google. Then they wanted to access my computer which they did and shut my computer down. They said their technician will get in touch with me and will cost me $150.00. I put the phone down and did not entertain the call from their technician. Now i have to spend money to debug my computer. Please note this is not the only time i have been exposed to this type of scam and we should do our best to ensure that this is not repeated..

Cassie –

Victim Location 32712

Type of a scam Other

Wants money so I can keep my Google business site. This is free and business owners can only do it themselves. Its regulated to our mailing address,email,passwords,etc. They do not work for google and have no services to even offer. Just wants my financial information

Adam –

Victim Location 73149

Type of a scam Government Grant

They called and said that they were with Google and that I had won money and that I needed to send them $350 for the delivery fee. After the phone call, they began texting me the information to send the money to. The information said that the address to send the money to is in the United Arab Emirate, Zipcode 971 and his name is Tobi Ayodeji. They also used the names Ben Morgan (FedEx deliveryman) & Tina Whitman (receiver of the delivery fee). They said they were from Franklin, PA. Then they stated they were in LA. They stated that the FBI and INTERPOL is aware of this program and that I "should not be afraid" of the situation because it is "legitimate." He also stated that one day the board of Facebook and "Mr. Mark" knew about the program. They told me not to tell anyone. He initially said that I won $550,000, then it went up to $1M. They wanted me to send the money either via Fed-Ex, Western Union Store or Walmart MoneyGram. They sent me photos of Mark Zuckerberg in a conference room with members of the military "securing my and other people’s winnings." They sent me a photo of "my winnings" as well as photos of a Fed-Ex truck, and a Bank of America check "from Facebook" with my name on it and a list of "Facebook world lottery 2018 winnings," a winnings certificate for $500,000. They asked me for my bank information. They photoshopped my name on a bunch of false documents. They have my name and address. This is a very thorough scam!

Theresa –

Victim Location 85719

Type of a scam Phishing

The phone call came in this morning 7/12/18 about 11:15 a.m. Arizona Time. The Rep. claimed to be with Google and they said they would text me a verification code and that is why I gave them my first and last name with my cell phone number.That is all the info I gave them and did not give them any financial or social security info at all. Now all they can do is try to scam me by calling my cell phone. I never received any verification code via text like they claimed they would send me. The Rep gave me their personal cell number 216-531-1439 The name of the Rep claiming to be with Google was Nicole Cage. I think it is a bogus name and it sounded like a foreign boiler room call center.The Rep. claimed to be with Google and said our listing was about to expire and needed to be updated. Upon reporting this to my supervisor, he said we are updated with Google and he too has received fake emails regarding Google listing.When I called them back it sounded very shady and they did not answer in a professional manner or identify themselves as being with Google. I feel that this is an info fishing scam.

Alicia –

Victim Location 76705

Total money lost $100

Type of a scam Phishing

I called Google to get a refund they said they were Google. I asked for a refund mega told me I had to buy a 50 Google play card to get my funds back so when I did she took the number and then transfer me to her supervisor name David Malone who said that it was a error with the card I had to get another I told him I didn’t have no more 50 dollars to give he then told me that my funds would be frozen if I didn’t get another 50 dollars card but he would give me 300 refund I did he transfer me back to Megan I gave her the number again the about 15 minutes later the phone hung up I called back then Robert answered and said them card was no any good I had to buy another so i hung up and they started calling me from different number i call back today and recorded the call I asked for Megan they put her on the phone I asked about my money and she said I’ma call you off my end I got voice recording and receipt and I have the gift card I bought these are the numbers they are using I call today and the saying they are technically support I ask was Google and they said yes

Krista –

Type of a scam Other

Google call our business about 5-10 times a day. They use multiple phone numbers and there is never a real person. They even used one of our own business location phone numbers *** ***, we answered it thinking it was one of our workers and it was Google. I’ve gone on the google website to report but it seems this has been happening alot and it is not really google but a robocall.

If you need any other info, please contact *** ** *** * *** *** *** ***

Derrick –

Victim Location 37604

Total money lost $1,825

Type of a scam Tech Support

My bank called me to inform me that I had several charges from a google app. I looked up what I thought was google phone number and called it. I spoke with Andy Johnson. He proceeded to tell me that he would refund my money and needed access to a secure sytem to to the refund. He used a remote access software on my computer and used bitcoin to transfer $725 and $400 and another $700 scheduled to be debited from my account. He called the next day and wanted to get access again to give me the ‘approved’ amount back.

Thomas –

Victim Location 33165

Type of a scam Tech Support

Called a phone number, provided by Indeed.com, to speak with a Google Representative so I can reset my email password. A manager by the name of Mr. Lee Parker (Which i’m certain is not his correct name) informed me that the only way to reset my password was to purchase an iTunes card and read him the card number. He also stated that I would get the money back.

Believing that this was a scam, I declined his request and read on the Google website that there is no verbal way to reset the password over the phone, it has to be reset internally with Google Tech Support team.

This phone number is obviously a scamming company and needs to be shut down asap!

Claudia –

Victim Location 46573

Total money lost $200

Type of a scam Other

An email from Google said I had broken messages. Click view messages.

It then takes me to a web site. It says my I-pad is locked due to illegal activity Pegasus spyware activated. Immediately call 1800-692-5499 for apple care head offices. I called the number and they made it sound like they were legit. Wanted to get onto my computer to show me the foreign address that were there and IP addresses that were illegal. Then download to fix the problem. Also wanted me to pay by PayPal. Which I did. He gave me his name Michael S***. He helped me change passwords. Oh my as I type this I see so many flags! I was so upset because at the beginning he said my computer was compromised. I also gave name and address and phone number. I’m so sick I could puke! They had levels of protection. 1 year $200, 2 year $300, 3 year $400 or lifetime $600. He tried to commit me to more…I didn’t. When the PayPal came thru in my email. It was $100 at a time. So it was two transactions. It said $100.00 to I-tunes App Store. That’s when I became suspicious. I called the number back again. I talked to his replacement. Joy, which now I think it was him. Oh please help!

Bruce –

Victim Location 70118

Type of a scam Other

This number called my small business claiming to be Google and wanted all my business information in order to update my info that google gives out. Then they asked for a one time fee (around $400) so that when people search online my business name would pop up before others. I have never attempted to call Google and from what I know, Google will never call you out of the blue.

Juan –

Victim Location 65714

Type of a scam Other

these people call ALL the time, never take your number off the list no matter how many times you ask

Allen –

Victim Location 43062

Type of a scam Tax Collection

We have a gmail account. We access it through the library. A number, 855-855-9772 appeared on the screen. We called it. A foreigner named Neil Watson answered the phone. He said in order for him to fix her account, we had to buy an Apple iTune gift card for $100. Then he would fix the problem, and he would refund us the $100 in a check. He said when could he hear from us. We said 30 minutes, and asked for his contact info. He said his number was 585-770-7233. ext. 870.

Sharon –

Victim Location 15218

Type of a scam Tech Support

Business owner received a call and automated message said "You have violated google places account". An individual then came on the line to reiterate the violation. The victim did not stay on the line long enough to find out what she had to do to remedy the matter, and contacted Google. Google informed her that they do not make calls to business owners.

Jay –

Victim Location 67801

Type of a scam Phishing

I am a receptionist at a business and have been receiving calls from "Google" for around 3 years. These calls are all robo-calls (not an actual human, just a recording) and the only way to communicate with them is by pressing "1" or "2" on your keypad. Since our phone lines are set up for a business, our keypads are disabled during incoming calls, so we are unable to respond in any way to these calls. We have reported these calls to Google (which says that they NEVER do robo-calling, so this is definitely a scam), have added all of our business lines to the national do-not-call list, and have reported to the BBB, but the calls still come in- sometimes SEVERAL times per day! Today, however, we were able to record a number and actually use a keypad to respond to their call. The number came up as 281-666-9325 and when I pressed "1" I was connected to an actual human! When they answered, I firmly told them that we have been receiving these calls for 3 years and that we are on the DNC list, so they SHOULD NOT be calling. The person promptly hung up on me, which further confirms our theory that these calls are all scams.

Tommy –

Victim Location 32904

Type of a scam Other

A recorded message came on and asked me to confirm my google business. I have a google business so I waited. I guy came on and asked me "Do you have this google business" and I said Yes and then he hung up. He had a very deep voice, American accent. I am sure he recorded my yes but I have no idea what he is going to say I authorized. My only excuse was (Because I know better) that I was on my first cup of coffee…….

Carly –

Victim Location 65619

Type of a scam Tech Support

Two months ago, I downloaded the Gmail app, my phone has gone stupid. It keeps asking for passwords, new security protocols, etc

They want to charge me $39.99 to have technical support fix the money. I called technical support and they keep telling me my phone’s getting hacked from China, Germany, Pennsylvania, etc.

Felicia –

Victim Location 98133

Type of a scam Phishing

A recorded message from Google called about my business to tell me that my website would be shut down and this was the final call to prevent it. I pressed "1" to speak to a person. I asked how my name got on this call list. The man asked what my business name was, I told him, then he hung up on me. When I tried to call the number back, I got a recorded message. "Your call cannot be completed as dialed."

Kyle –

Victim Location 46256

Type of a scam Investment

Acted as if google and had sent a chrome cover (believe that is what they said) product to our business. That they were intrigued with our cloud based business which we don’t have.

Alexandra –

Victim Location 98102

Type of a scam Phishing

called up saying problem with google business account and asked if owner was present. once employee said "yes" they hung up.

Jaime –

Victim Location 53024

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Google 11th Anniversary awards centre located in the United Kingdom stated I was the lucky winner that was selected to receive Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling. It sounds suspiciously like a scam to me!

Tamara –

Victim Location 96007

Type of a scam Yellow Pages/Directories

Received call saying GOOGLE will list my business as PERMANANTLY CLOSED on their search engines UNLESS I pay them for advertising my business on their site.

Jason –

Victim Location 71006

Type of a scam Phishing

Never replied but they won’t stop sending the same message and now from multiple numbers

Trisha –

Victim Location 30629

Type of a scam Other

There has been several calls to my mother from someone claiming to be from Google selling services.

Todd –

Victim Location 65807

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Goolge said I wonn 57,ooo pound from the Britsh Google winner and the email me account numbers.

Regina –

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recieved an email from Google Gmail stating I won $750,000 and a Nokia phone.

Jon –

Victim Location 72179

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They are asking for my personal information before I can claim my prize winnings of 750,000.00 I did not do it because I believe it’s a scam because it didn’t show up on the ScamPulse.com report so it’s coming from london the uk the person of contact is : [email protected] and phone numbers are 447-0-

319-68586/447-0-319-13556 please check it out

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