Avoid and report scams

Avoid and report Google scams

By focusing on providing the best user experience possible, Google has earned a trusted brand name. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people sometimes try to use the Google brand to scam and defraud others. Here are a few common scams, and ways that you can avoid and report them.


  1. Slow it down - Scams are often designed to create a sense of urgency. Take time to ask questions and think it through.
  2. Spot check - Do your research to double check the details you are getting. Does what they’re telling you make sense?
  3. Stop! Don’t send - No reputable person or agency will ever demand payment or your personal information on the spot.

Unexpected Prize and Lottery Scams

Google Lotto Scam

Google Pop-up Scam

Tech Support Scams

Gmail Tech Support Scam

Google Workspace Tech Support Scam

Google Impersonation Scams

Google Ads Impersonation Scam

Google Job Offer/Employment Scam

Google AdSense Scam

Google Top Placement/SEO Scam

Google Maps/SEO Fake Invoices

Google Telemarketing Calls

Counterfeit Google Hardware

Google Account Recovery Scam

Google Account Recovery Scam via SMS Messages or Internet Browser

Gmail Update Phishing

Google Gift Card Scam

What to do if you’re a victim of a gift card scam

Extortion & Sextortion

Enticement, Extortion, and Sextortion

Additional Scams

Gmail Influencer Scam

Money Mule Recruitment

Tax Payment Scam

Vehicle Purchase Scam

YouTube Phishing


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I've been scammed. What should I do?

I’ve noticed the Google Trademark used incorrectly. How can I report it?

Tips for staying safe online

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