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Google My Business Hijacking is on the rise - what is Google going to do to resolve this? 0 Recommended Answers 2 Replies 15 Upvotes
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Google My Business Hijacking attempts are on the rise. The current procedure of requesting and verifying ownership are flawed and hazardous. What is Google going to do to protect it's legitimate business owners? 

These hijacks are happening constantly to businesses on Google. Business Owners need to be able to report the hijack attempts and the users. 

I have several clients who have come to me after losing access to their accounts due to scammers hijacking their Google listing, some have attempted to blackmail the owners with promises of returning the GMB access as long as they are paid. Thankfully none of my new clients have fallen for this.

This has gone on long enough and Google has not rectified this situation. We need Google to tighten up this process and make it more difficult for someone to be granted ownership access to GMB. 

If you have experienced this, please post below.
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Google, when are you guys to do something about this?
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Do you think Google is the equivalent of the internet police? Do you pay Google? It’s a Robot. It collects data and you can use it to help yourself. Why do you seem to hold a platform, an address, a digital search engine accountable like it’s alive?
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