Jan 11

So Google Called You? It Might Be a Scam

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Gmail User Almost Lost $99 to Google Called You Scam

One of the scams reported by Gmail users is when a scammer claiming to be a Google representative calls you to send your credit card or payment in order to fix your account issues. After getting hold of your number (from the internet or telephone directory), they will call you, telling you that your Gmail account has been hacked or compromised.

Of course this is a lie. They will tell you to send money or submit your credit card in order to fix the problem. Apparently, this is a scare-marketing tactic, a trick to steal your money or credit card information. As one man in Huntsville, Alabama found out, he became a target of this scam but fortunately he was not the gullible type to fall for this trick.
A man claiming to be a Google representative called James Hilliard, and told him that his Google account was compromised and somebody was sending X-rated spam from the account. In order to fix the problem as soon as possible, and after being referred to several anonymous contacts, he was told to send $99 to a company called Ask Mask LLC in Georgia.
James Hilliard refused to give out his credit card information or pay, his instincts had already detected something fishy about the callers. Source >> WHNT News 19
If you are a Gmail user, you should know that Google will never call anybody informing them about their account. Gmail has millions of users, and certainly Google doesn’t have the resources to call each and every owner of a Gmail account. It’s not written in their policy, they will never call anybody. The only occasion when you speak to a Google representative on the phone is when you initiate a phone call, enquiring about your advertising campaign.
So Who Are The Google Scam Callers?
If you receive a phone call from somebody claiming to be a Google employee, then it’s definitely an illegitimate organization or company. Shady Telemarketers in the USA are well known for using brand names like Google to entice potential customers. They will entice you to buy a product or “solution” to solve your problem. For example, a telemarketer who sells Galaxy S4 Unlock codes might call you and claim to be an AT&T employee, he or she will tell you that your SIM Card is blocked and you need to send money to unlock the SIM.
Scammers come with different approaches, a caller might tell you that you have won a Google sponsored award for “Best Gmail User of the Year” or that you were randomly selected to participate in a Lottery for Gmail users. The next thing is obvious, the caller may ask you to make a credit card deposit or submit your personal details.
If it’s too good to be true or unsolicited, then it’s probably a scam.

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