Pot calling kettle black.
The robocalls to my cell phone continue, and occasionally I play along.
This morning I received a robocall from my “local Google specialist” informing me it had a first page location available for me. I wondered if it was Local Lighthouse, the company being sued by Google for misleading customers.
I pressed 1 to speak with a representative. As he started talking, I told him I was already talking to a company about a front page position, and wanted to know if he was with the same company. When I told him it was Local Lighthouse, he quickly said,
“Do not go with that Local Lighthouse!”
He then explained that Google was suing them.
I asked what company he was with, and he said Internet Local Listings.
Santa Ana-based Internet Local Listings has a bad reputation, just like Local Lighthouse.
I asked why Google was suing Internet Local Listing’s competitor, and he said its because they were representing themselves as Google.
So I asked him if his company was affiliated with Google. To his credit, he said, “absolutely not”.
Now, when the robocall stated it was “your local Google specialist”, I suppose that doesn’t mean Google itself.
I asked the guy how he got my number.
“It’s public information, number one,” he said.
Public information? I guess if you take it from Whois.
They might want to at least scrub it against the Do Not Call list.