Am I being scammed?1 Recommended Answer
Hi There. Can anyone give me some advice please?. Quite some time ago, I put my holiday cottage rental on Google Maps. To tell the truth, my business wasn't very high up the list and I don't think I got anything from it so I've more or less ignored it. A couple of months ago I had a call from someone about this listing and I answered a few questions about key words and such. This week, I've had a call from the same company to say that my listing is about to go live and I have received an invoice and some terms and conditions etc.. I have agreed to pay £239. The thing is, up until then I had thought that an entry on Google maps was free, or am I just being naive? They used all of the right words like 'optimising, page ranking' etc. but I don't know if I'm being scammed. Even the company sounds good, Mygoogleuk. At the time I was convinced and when I checked I found that my business is now towards the top of the maps list. I don't want to tell them to go away and then find out they're genuine and see my business listing disappear but I feel really anxious about this. I've been scammed twice in the last couple of years, once from an advertiser who told me my ad was up for renewal and only after I paid I realised that it was just a directory that I'd never had any dealing with, and once from someone who sold me a non esixtent embroidery machine on Gum Tree. I always used to think people who got scammed were daft, so I guess I'm daft. Any advice would be really appreciated. Many thanks.
The role of the provisional liquidator is to protect assets in the possession or under the control of the company pending the determination of the petition. The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the affairs of the company insofar as it is necessary to protect assets including any third party or trust money or assets in the possession of or under the control of the company.
The case is
now subject to High Court action and no further information will be
made available until the petition to wind up the company is heard in the
High Court in Manchester on 13 April 2015.
I would therefore recommend anyone who has paid money to the company or been harassed by them for payment to contact the liquidator as soon as possible.
The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2nd Floor, 3 Piccadilly
Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN.
Tel: 0161 234 8531
It seems that they did a good job for you, based on your description of events, but I am curious why they do not have a website where they advertise their own business. I can only find a business portal where their customers can login to conduct business.
Does the invoice contain any other name for the company?
They most likely created a new listing for your business that they have control over it and you do not. If you tell them now to go away they will just deleted the Places listing they created for you. Your original Places listing may resurface.
Could you please provide a link to your Places listing as seen on Google Maps, you can get the link from your places dashboard, take a look at this picture to see the link we need.
Please, provide also the information about your business so we can find it on a Google Maps search so we can compare the two pieces of information.
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