Avoid and report Google 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

Google Account Recovery Scam

Google Account Recovery Scam via SMS Messages

Gmail Update Phishing

Google Gift Card Scam

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

Blackmail & Extortion

Blackmail & Extortion

Tax Payment Scam

Vehicle Purchase Scam


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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?

I've noticed counterfeit Google hardware. How can I report it?

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