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Google is going after scammers that prey on small businesses

November 29, 2022

Via: Mashable

Today, Google announced a lawsuit against scams targeting small businesses. Scammers have been impersonating Google and charging a fee to set up a Business Profile — a free tool offered by Google that enables businesses to show up in search results and maps with essential information like reviews, address, contact info and photos.

The scam consists of making predatory telemarketing calls to small businesses and attempting to charge them for verification of their profile. It also has a website selling fake positive and negative reviews to influence how businesses show up in results on search and maps.

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