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“Verify your Google Business Listing” phone calls – PROBABLY FAKE

Jun 27, 2016   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Google, Lethbridge  //  Comments Off on “Verify your Google Business Listing” phone calls – PROBABLY FAKE

press 1I just got a phone call from Texas, which began with a recorded message:

“Please press 1 to verify your Google Business Listing. Press 7 to be removed from the verification services.”


I thought to myself, “Well, that’s interesting, seeing that:

  • my Google Business Listing is already verified.
  • And it’s not connected to this number.
  • And Google doesn’t call you to verify – you have to call them…”

So I pressed 1 to see what this was about.


After a few rings, I think it was “Tim” who picked up, and said,

Hello, thank you for holding, this is Tim. Can I start your verification process with your first name, please?

ME:  “Hi Tim. I’m interested to find out why Google is calling me, because I work with Google Business listings, and Google has never called me or my clients before.”

Tim: *pause* Yes, well… We are not Google. We are a data verification service that helps businesses to be sure their listings on Google are properly verified.

ME: “Oh, I see. Well, Tim, I am a social media manager and I help businesses to set up their Google listings, so I’m pretty familiar with the process. We verify our own listings, as well as our clients’, so I think we’re OK here.” Read more >>

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