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    Angry Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    Another scammy company to have to guard your clients from.

    Beware of Google Places Hijacking!

    A good client of ours recently received the standard Google Place verification postcard with their business name, address and verification PIN. They forwarded it to us purely out of habit. However, the postcard rang alarm bells for 2 reasons:

    We hadn’t submitted a new listing or any major changes on their behalf, therefore they shouldn’t be expecting a postcard.
    The verification email on the card was not ours, but rather info@businessregistrycenter.com

    Looking up the domain, this company is headquartered out of Montreal, Canada. Their service is a complete scam.

    Not only are they charging companies to provide nothing more than the free, basic Google Place listings. They are also ‘stealing’ the listings from legitimate companies, such as our client! We followed up with the info@ email, but received no answer.

    So please, be cautious. If you receive a postcard from Google that you weren’t expecting, or the email isn’t yours or your agency’s, please discard it!
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    If you Google the company name in quotes, plus the word scam, you'll find many reports of this company doing other shady stuff as well.

    Thanks Convergency for the head's up!
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    Re: Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    Wow, this is shady if this is true!!!
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    Re: Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    I saw another one in the G forum that I think was a similar scam. The email was info@ and then domain something like uklisting. I wonder if it's same company with a UK domain or a different scam. If I get time later will try to find it and ck whois.
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    Re: Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    Oh, my gosh. That's really scammy. Thanks for the warning, Linda!
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    Re: Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    Quote Originally Posted by MiriamEllis View Post
    Oh, my gosh. That's really scammy. Thanks for the warning, Linda!
    Seems that Matt Cutts and team has some work to do.

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    Re: Warning Google+ Local Hijacking Scam

    Thanks for the heads up Linda....

    It always amazes me how quickly scam artists spring up when anything new is launched.....imagine if they put in the same effort into doing some good!!!

    Regards

    Greg

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