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Strange call offering to advertise on Google (or something)

acanebo
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Strange call offering to advertise on Google (or something)

Hi

A couple of days ago I got a phone call from something something Google asking if I was interested in something something solo ads (I think). I don't remember exactly what they said because I wasn't paying much attention. But the guy said they were google and asked something about me wanting to advertise. It had a San Diego area code.

I rarely get phone calls (I hate the phone, everyone who knows me knows better not to call. I don't even have my voicemail set up). So, my first reaction was: "I don't understand why are you contacting me via phone."

And they hung up. Which made me trust their legitimacy even less.

Has this happened to anyone?
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cecille.l
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This is the first time I've heard of Google contacting someone to advertise for them. I would think twice about this offer, and you may be better of having not accepted it.

I suggest you look at other sources to advertise.

All the best!
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acanebo
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I don't even think it was Google. I am pretty sure it was a scam, but I have no idea how they got hold of my number and knew I was looking for paid traffic. That's why I am curious about it happening to someone else.

Thanks, Cecille.
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besupernatural
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Hm...I know that the google can call. Actually it's not Google, but the compeny that subordinate to it and they are clarify details on contextual advertising (I mean AdWords). But I'm not actually sure that they called to you from Google..
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Never happened to me. Do you think it is a scam or something?
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pcloud
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No doubt, it's a scam!

I've received paper mail from Google with voucher code and invitation to join Adwords program.
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antwerp203
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Hi acanebo. There's no doubt what you've experience was a scam. I suggest don't be bothered with it as Google usually promote their "ads" online and not by making random phone calls...:)
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acanebo
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Thank you, guys! I have no doubt it was a scam (Google calling little old me and then hanging up? I don't think so). What I was curious about is how the scammer knew I was in search of paid advertisement. But I guess I'll never know :)
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aletta
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Maybe that dodgy solo ad provider you used is even dodgier than previously thought? ;)

Maybe you've signed up for a solo ad service or forum that is a little lax with who they share info with?

Have a think about services you've signed up for where you've had to provide a phone number.

There's also a chance that the phone people could have got your number from your website whois info. But if you've built your site through us, I think it just lists our office number instead.

In general, don't listen to anyone on the phone. Don't respond to emails offering you SEO or advertising services either. Basically don't talk to anyone :)

And get whois protection on your domain if you don't have it already!
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acanebo
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Hahahah, Aletta. I don't have many rules, but one of them is NEVER ANSWER THE PHONE!

I thought these two things could be related because of the timing. But I don't know how they would have my phone number. I don't know, it's a weird list with addresses like cash4life, mrktngmllndllr (that one doesn't like vowels), marketingbizblah. And someone who is starting to make ME want to stalk her. She signs up, stays a few days, unsubscribes. Then does it again. Rinse and repeat. It's a funny address too. It's a pretty active subscriber in a pretty creative and neurotic way.

I don't know what who is is but I guess that's another thing to add to the list.
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cecille.l
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acanebo wrote:I don't know what who is is but I guess that's another thing to add to the list.


WHOIS is like a database query used to display domain registration information like who the domain is registered to, if it belongs to a company, their phone number and the email address.

It's commonly used to check if a domain is available for registration, or to find out where it is hosted.

You can get in touch with your domain register and request for WHOIS protection for your registered domains so anyone looking them up, will not see your information.

All the best!
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aletta
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Those are your subscribers?

Yeah, those people don't sound entirely legit or relevant to your niche to me.

I don't expect it's your subscribers stalking you on the phone, but maybe that solo ad provider gave your details to someone else, or something. Plenty of fodder for the tinfoil hat brigade here.

Best just to move on :)
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kateorangefirst
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acanebo wrote:Hi

A couple of days ago I got a phone call from something something Google asking if I was interested in something something solo ads (I think). I don't remember exactly what they said because I wasn't paying much attention. But the guy said they were google and asked something about me wanting to advertise. It had a San Diego area code.

I rarely get phone calls (I hate the phone, everyone who knows me knows better not to call. I don't even have my voicemail set up). So, my first reaction was: "I don't understand why are you contacting me via phone."

And they hung up. Which made me trust their legitimacy even less.

Has this happened to anyone?

It is very strange. If it was scam what information about you can they use?
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