A consumer protection warning on a bogus Google solicitation. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns of sam sales “robocalls” falsely claiming to come from Google.

“Google obviously does not robocall, it’s against the law,” says DATCP’s Sandy Chalmers. “As usual, these robocalls are meant to defraud consumers.” The bogus Google messages claim to be selling advertisements in products such as Google Maps. Google has posted a warning about these operations on their website.

Consumers and businesses who have reported these calls to DATCP note that the calls are fairly constant, even after they have asked a live representative to take them off their contact lists. As with many other scam robocall operations, the receiver is asked to press a key to reach a representative or another key to be taken off the call list.

“If you get a robocall, don’t press a number, because there’s a lead generator on the other end of the line who’s paid to let other crooks know that your number is live and working,” Chalmers says. It is in your best interest to simply hang up if you receive this call – hitting any keys will likely lead to increased contacts.

 

 

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