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Google My Business Scam

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Ellen Horton

By Ellen Horton

Published October 26, 2017

Since contact information is listed on your website for current and future patients, you can expect to receive a variety of solicitations from reputable, but also (and more likely) scammers. While we use multiple strategies to prevent bots from harvesting your contact details, nothing is foolproof.

Recently, doctors have been contacted by those presenting themselves as “Authorized Google My Business Representatives.” There is no such thing. They offer to “claim and optimize your Google My Business listing” for a fee. Don’t fall for it. Google My Business listings are free. And if you’re a Perfect Patients client, we optimize it for you. Anyone claiming otherwise is trying to scam you.

How to Recognize a Scam

If you are not sure if something is legitimate or not, then you can always do a quick Google search of the offer plus the word “scam” at the end. Often times, you will see countless listings of people who fell for it and are trying to prevent others from doing the same. Google also keeps a regularly updated list for consumers to reference here. If you still have questions, then contact us and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

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