I recently entered into an arrangement with an online marketing agency to do some promotion on my behalf, including some search engine related stuff. The other day I received a phone call from what appeared to be a local number (I have no qualms about sharing the number, feel free to preemptively block it): (315) 215-2227.
The caller was female, and had a thick, almost impenetrable accent (possibly from India but I can’t be certain) and seemed to be reading a script and uncomfortable if she had to stray from it. The gist of what she was trying to tell me (I think I’m pretty good with accents but this was bad) was she was somehow affiliated with Google and wanted to verify my business information so I could “get on page one.” I didn’t hang up on her immediately, mainly because of curiosity mixed with the aforementioned arrangement I had made; this had the tiniest air of plausibility and that’s where they get you.
Um, yeah. Okay. So, that being said, I tried to draw her out a little to find out more of what she was about, but she didn’t want to veer from her canned phrases and eventually the line went dead before things went too far. I tried calling the number back out of curiosity and was just served some bland music.
That number tried calling me back three times that day, and once or twice the next. I eventually put it on my blocked list. I touched base with the agency in question and this was their feedback (besides affirming I should block that number):
Google will not usually call people unless we tell them to do so, on that hand you will be knowing that they are calling.
So, be forewarned and if a call sounds suspicious odds are it is. Also, anyone these days can spoof a call from anywhere. It’s a jungle out there!
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