Local Maps Verification Scam

Scammers after Your Cash and Personal Information

"You owe us thousands of dollars on your taxes!"

The Google Maps scam works like this: the pitch is your Google maps listing is not "confirmed" and will soon be removed from Google if it is not confirmed immediately. Of course you are also told it will cost between $200 to $300 to perform this arduous task that takes all of 3 to 4 minutes to complete and Google provides free of charge.

What You Should Know

New to the Top 2016 list, this scam targets small businesses with the intent of nabbing personal information and several hundred dollars. The scam works like this: Someone calls and states they are updating or confirming your Google maps listing. The client (or in this case potential victim) is asked to press 1 or stay on the line. You are then greeted by an individual who is usually calling from an overseas call center, who asks to verify or confirm your Google maps, or Google business listing.

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What you should do

Remember, Google (and other search engines) does not call you to confirm your Google Places (Maps) listing. If Google Business Support ever does call you:

- It will be from 650-253-2000
- The caller ID will show Google Inc
- They will NEVER EVER ask for payment
- They will say they are from Google Maps

Bottom line is that they will NEVER ask for money, make any promises, or OFFER any services.

Our best advice

If you don't recognize the number, don't take the call. We believe 100% that the best way to avoid a scam or robocall is to use your voicemail! If they are legitimate, they'll leave a voicemail and you can always call them back. If not, they'll hang up. Definitely try YouMail to block calls and eliminate scammers. It's simple, it's incredibly effective and it's 100% FREE!

We block the calls at the source. Scammers will hear an "out of service" message and those fraudulent scammers will take you off their list for good.