Don’t Fall for Google Maps Scams: Red Flags and Protective Measures.

A scam is a deceptive technique that convinces individuals to give up money or personal information.

In the month of July, a Twitter user called Shmuli Evers claimed (as mentioned by Android Police) that fraudsters are utilizing these Google Maps contact listings to trap consumers. According to Evers’ tweet, fraudsters are substituting authentic hotline numbers on Google’s map service by their own phone numbers.

Delta Airlines cancelled Evers’ flight. When he couldn’t reach the customer support number, he dialed the airlines’ hotline number, which was listed on Google Maps. Evers said that his flight had been canceled and that he needed to rebook. After that, his call was dropped, and the accused fraudster contacted him via a French number with no connection to Delta Airlines, according to the Caller ID.

Evers provided his name and confirmation number of his recently booked flight when the fraudster introduced themselves as an airline official. The fraudster then instructed him to SMS the new ticket confirmation number to another phone and to pay for the new flight arrangements. Evers became aware that he was being duped and hung up the phone. When he did, he was besieged with SMS demanding that he pay five times the price of his initial ticket to re-book.

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Certain fraudsters have discovered methods to profit from Google Maps. Here are some Google Maps scam instances and how to prevent them:

Some fraudsters offer customers money or additional perks in exchange for writing great reviews or ratings for establishments they have never visited.

They also use a technique in Google Maps URLs to divert visitors to a different website outside their knowledge. Users may be exposed to malware, phishing or other dangerous content as a result of this. To prevent falling victim to this scam, do not click on any abbreviated Google Maps URLs that you do not recognize.

Some fraudsters pretend to be representatives of Google or other firms and send consumers bogus invoices or fees for using or advertising their company on Google Maps. This can lead to people paying for services that are truly free or have nothing to do with Google.

Some may also promise to write poor reviews or ratings for a company unless they are given a particular amount of money.

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Here are some guidelines to help you spot review and rating frauds, as well as measures you may do if you believe you’ve been harmed by one.

Be wary of texts, emails, or telephone calls from unknown sources requesting or offering a financial transaction.

For example, a fraudster may offer you money in exchange for rating or reviewing a company on Google Maps that you have never visited. They might ask money in exchange for more similar assignments after they have established confidence.

Watch out anybody who asks you to send money via gift cards, vouchers, the digital currency, or other means in order to perform a task on Google Maps or other services offered by Google.

For example, a fraudster may urge you to pay them to give your home or company a 5-star rating. If you decline, they may threaten to post one-star reviews until you pay compensate them.

Be cautious of anyone who pretend to represent Google or another firm but approach you without a corporate-related email account and give links to questionable websites.

For example, a fraudster may send you an invoice for using or listing your business on Google Maps, despite the fact that creating a Business Profile and listing your business on Google is free.

Important: Scams are meant to generate a sense of haste. No credible institution will demand immediate payment for your sensitive details.

 

Links

https://support.google.com/maps/answer/14014039?hl=en

Scammers May Be Using Google Maps To Trick People

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