Scammers are creating ads in Google search results that pretend to be customer support numbers for popular sites such as Amazon
, and eBay
. When called, scammers will pretend to be from the associated company and state they need a code from a Google Play gift card before they can help.
Examples of these ads are shown below, where we see advertisements for Amazon and PayPal that contain contact numbers. In mobile browsers these ads look legitimate and could easily confuse a person into calling the listed number.
The problem is that these numbers are not the correct ones. While the ads listed Amazon’s number as (888) 403-5771 and PayPal’s numbers as (855) 281-0268 and (866) 966-3820, these are just numbers used by crooks to redirect victims to their own support scam operations.
The valid PayPal number is (888) 221-1161 and Amazon’s number is (888) 280-4331. BleepingComputer
had contacted Google
about these ads and were provided the following statement.
“We have strict policies that govern the kinds of ads we allow on our platform, and ads that conceal or misstate information about their business are prohibited on our platform,” Google told BleepingComputer via email. “When we find ads that violate our policies, we remove them.”Source https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/scammers-create-google-search-ads-to-lure-paypal-amazon-clients/