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Google places has been harrassing me for the past week

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by theseodude, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

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    Hi
    I have had 4 calls from Indian sounding people claiming to be from google places (I believe they are)

    The first time the guy called, he was asking for my address. I gave him the address and asked "why are you asking this info?" he said because someone tried to change my address so they need to confirm the correct one.

    15 minutes later, the same guy calls, asking for my business hours. I gave him the business hours.

    Then I got a missed call from google places.

    Then I got another call from this Indian sounding woman, never introducing herself. She just called and asked for my business hours. caller ID says she is from google places.

    What in the hell is going on? Why are they harassing me so much?
     
  2. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    You keep giving them info so they keep calling :)
     
  3. asi_av

    asi_av Regular Member

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    for the last few mounts google review "google places" since they was heavily spammed.
    for example if you try to add location as "locksmith" it will declined or be pending forever.

    other reason for the Indians reviews: some categories are "blocked" so some people takeover listings since you don't have to "physical mail verify" if you just change listing info (except to address) and it easy to change/takeover other listings.

    just answer the questions, don't ask anything (they give foggy answers or hang up) and check your listing its good possibility that your competitor just change the phone # on your listing...
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Theseodude,

    Prior to these calls were you verifying a listing with Google? Or did you do anything to warrant them contacting you about your place page? Hopefully its not someone trying to scam you but I have seen other evidence online that they are legitimately trying to verify business information because of some discrepancy.

    Check out this site, it has similar info to what you are experiencing,

    http://blumenthals.com/blog/2012/06...ble-knocking-a-call-from-google-places-india/

    Shawn
     
  5. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

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    No, I created this Google places listing 2 years ago. about 9 months ago, I changed the address. That was it. I have not done anything to this google places listing since 9 months ago. And I was not aware that other people could change your info, I thought you have to be logged in as the owner to change anything. I hope they will forget about me and harrass someone else.