Google Phishing Process
Many of us have already received this famous call from a Google “Mike” informing us that our Google My Business listing is not complete and for $200, it will be able to update our business hours.
Although this “Mike” doesn’t speak a word in French, he also promises to put you on the front page on Google. This famous “Mike” and these types of companies try to make you believe that your current services (Local Listing Management, Search engine optimization, Adwords campaign, Facebook campaign, website, and/or Google My Business page) are not adequate and/or that your money is being misspent, among others.
People who make this kind of phishing attempt are very cunning, are often well informed about the companies to contact, and know how to be credible and insistent.
Learn to avoid these sharks
Unfortunately, it is absolutely impossible for Google or Facebook to contact you directly. In addition, Google never guarantees a first placement in search results or Adwords. So beware of any company that makes these kinds of promises!
Although we cannot guarantee you first page or first position on Google, we work in collaboration with reputable partners in the world of the Web to offer you Search Engine Optimization, Local Listing Management & Adwords services to better position you on the Web. CodeMountain and its partners are here to help SMBs like you, who want to have a notoriety on the Web and improve their positioning.
You may receive calls on certain occasions regarding your services with us. So here is the list of codeMountain partners who can call you:
RankingCoach – World leader in SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Image Marketing – Certified Google AdWords Specialist
Google’s Identity Theft Guidelines
To make you even more aware of the phishing attempts currently present, I invite you to read the following 2 links to Google articles, from their official site, concerning all known phishing attempts and how to react to such a situation:
In a nutshell, if this type of call occurs, we suggest that you:
- Keep calm, let him know that you are aware that this is a phishing attempt and hang up immediately.
- Please do not provide your password or credit card number.
- Notify us of the situation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and giving as much detail as possible about the incident.
- Report this incident to international consumer protection and network enforcement via this link: https://www.econsumer.gov/fr/FileAComplaint – crnt
It is by being collectively aware of the problem & having the right reactions that you can protect your company from cybercrime!