The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana are warning small business owners of a Florida based scheme; Point Break Media* is contacting small businesses and falsely claiming to represent Google, threatening businesses with removal from Google search results and falsely promising first-place or first-page placement in Google search results. Point Break Media has no relationship with Google.Using robocalls, Point Break Media is contacting small business owners, claiming Google will label their business “permanently closed” or remove the listing altogether. The call is directed to a “Google specialist”, who will ask for a onetime fee ranging from $300 - $700. Businesses can then “claim and verify” their Google listing and have unique “keywords”, so their business will appear more prominently when searched.Small business owners who comply will receive a second call from Point Break Media, pitching another program that will guarantee top search placement for a onetime payment of $949.99 and recurring monthly payments up to $169.99. According to the FTC, Point Break Media temporarily lost the ability to accept payments by credit cards because of their high chargeback rates (when consumers dispute credit cards). As a result, the company drafted $100 from a minimum of 250 customer’s checking accounts without consent. The BBB received the following complaint: The company misrepresented to me they were from Google and I agreed to allow them to be paid $400 ACH from my business account. When they verified the sale, it was not Google but Point Break Media. My bank stopped the ach transfer. Point Break Media then forged two checks for $400 each using my bank account number, which resulted in a withdrawal from my checking account unauthorized for $800 total. I have frozen the bank account and reported it to the bank as fraud. Point Break Media currently has an NR rating with the BBB; an NR rating means there is insufficient information on the business or there is an ongoing review/update of the business's file. Their profile has 6 negative reviews and 19 complaints. The FTC and BBB Serving Acadiana offer the following tips:● Start with Trust®. Check with BBB atbbb.org or calling 981-3497 if you believe you have been contacted by Point Break Media.● Google doesn’t randomly remove listings or mark them as closed because they are not verified; the only exception is if the listing is spam or never existed. Even duplicates are merged- not removed. Guaranteeing placement on Google is considered deceptive behavior because it’s not possible.● Never give out your personal information or banking information. If you’re a victim of a scam, call your bank immediately.● Caller ID spoofing makes it very easy for callers to pretend to be someone else. Be skeptical of anyone who calls asking for money.● If you’re a victim of a scam, report it to bbb.org/scamtracker. “Look for the Seal” and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization that strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses. Please contact Better Business Bureau at (337) 981-3497 24 or bbb.org 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB “Scoop” eNewsletter by visiting bbb.org and clicking on the “Programs & Services” tab. BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion. *PointBreak Media is not affiliated with Point Break Media that falsely calls on behalf of Google.