Google said that it has received “hundreds” of complaints this year alone, from people who received automated calls from companies claiming to be connected to Google.
Google has managed to identify one such operative in California and is now taking action.
Brad Wetherall, Google My Business operations manager, said in a blog post http://tgcafe.it/1ikb7RB:
“Robocallers have targeted Google users for many years. Callers commonly bombard recipients — usually small business owners or individuals — with misleading offers and promotions for improving Google Search and AdWords rankings, or to improve their Google My Business profile.
Today we’re filing an action in California against one search engine optimization company for making these robocalls and confusing our users. It’s unfortunate when a problem must be addressed in a court of law, but we believe this course of action will protect our users and discourage this practice more broadly.”
If you receive illegal robocalls, here are a few things you can do right now to protect yourself:
♨ Report callers to Google (http://tgcafe.it/1gvdvDU), and also the FTC (http://tgcafe.it/1Ql0OaR) or the FCC (http://tgcafe.it/1iAjg5d).
♨ Hang up the phone. Do not press any key, even if the voice recording prompts you to in order to speak with a live person or to be taken off the call list.
♨ Contact your phone company to see if they can block calls from any numbers.
♨ Register your personal number with the National Do Not Call Registry at: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx or call 1-888-382-1222.
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- Path InteractiveSEO & Social Media Strategist, 2013 - present
- ThomasNetSEO Strategist, 2011 - 2013
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