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Google Cracks Down on Tech Support Scams

Google Cracks Down on Tech Support Scams
Google announced plans to crack down on tech support scams. (Sebastian Czapnik/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 03 September 2018 01:22 PM

Google is cracking down on tech support scams worldwide and plans to roll out a verification program to weed out the bad ads violating its policies, the company announced.

In a blog post Friday, Google reaffirmed its commitment to protecting its users from ads considered to be misleading, inappropriate and harmful.

This comes shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's advertising system was being exploited by fraudsters purchasing ads and posing as representatives for prominent companies including Apple.

It has been a persistent issue for several years, with authorities chasing international tech support scam operators posing as agents for major tech companies and trying to convince consumers to fork over large sums of money, Search Engine Land reported.

The scams are on the rise, according to a 2018 study that discovered that over 70 percent of sponsored technical support ads led to scam websites.

Last year Google took down 3.2 billion ads that violated its advertising policies, and now it is turning its attention to misleading ads from third-party technical support providers.

The search giant said it has been working alongside government and law enforcement officials to clamp down on such fraudulent activity but noted that because the abuse takes place off the search engine's platform, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish which ads come from legitimate providers and which arise from "bad actors."

In response to this, Google will launch a verification program making it difficult for illegitimate providers of third-party tech support to use its platform.

"These efforts alone won't stop all bad actors trying to game our advertising systems, but it will make it a lot harder," Google said.

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Google is cracking down on tech support scams worldwide and plans to roll out a verification program to weed out the bad ads violating its policies, the company announced.
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2018-22-03
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