How to Report a SCAM SEO Agency to Governmental Authorities

In Web & Safety by Fathi Arfaoui0 CommentsLast Updated: September 15th, 2017

SEO is a real power if you use it the right way. It can help your business to grow online easier, faster and better. Unfortunately, lots of business owners and even individuals hire SEO agencies and people to boost their website visibility and traffic.

The big problem with that is scammers and spammers who try to put themselves in the fist place as gurus.

Today, I’m going to show you in easy steps how to report any scam SEO agency or specialist business. You’ll share your bad experience with them, and that way, you’ll let the others know about that and stop them.

Report a scam SEO specialist or agency

If you feel that an SEO specialist is a scammer and destroyed your website traffic, then report it to the Federal Trade Commission if their business is in the USA. All you have to do is to visit their official website from the above link, then, click on “File a Consumer Complaint“.

Report a scam SEO specialist or agency

Then, you get categories and subcategories about the complaint. You can select “Internet Services” and then “others“. Also, you can select the right options if you find their website updated with “SEO” option. The final step is to fill the form with all the information you have, and then, submit the online complaint.

Also, you can call the number 1-877-FTC-HELP and report the scam company you found. At the same time, you can write your complaint and submit documents if you want to:

Federal Trade Commission
CRC-240
Washington, D.C. 20580

If the company is in the UK, you can report it to the actionfraud.police.uk. It’s a similar website to the US FTC.

If you want to report a scam SEO agency that’s located in Australia, then, use scamwatch.gov.au and fill the form.

To report an international scam SEO agency, you can use econsumer.gov website and they will handle the complaint. It doesn’t matter if you want to report an SEO or SEM agency, the site receives complaints in all categories and markets.

How to find a Trustworthy SEO company?

There is no better way to verify the trust of a company than doing it yourself in parallel with online reviews.

Use Google as a best friend in this case. What you have to do is to search for the exact SEO company or consultant name in Google. Then, make variations of the searched term by adding terms like “scam” “report”, “fraud”, “complaint”. That will make your search clear, and you get fast results from around the web

Websites like Rip Off Report publishes fraud alerts and reports since decades. Thousands of people found their exact frauds and feedback. Of course, many of them come from Google after a simple “scam” search result.

Questions to ask

There are many questions to ask for any SEO agency; that includes their previous work and examples. Also, you can ask them for their strategy and what they do exactly in step by step. What are their link building ways if they have? What’s their pricing structure. Also, ask them for their website URL. If they don’t have one, stay away and forget the matter, they’ll be scammers.

Furthermore, you have to ask them if they follow the Google webmaster guidelines and how exactly. Some bad technics will put your website out of the search result page, and you should be careful. Every SEO agency should have a clear strategy to optimize and boost your website traffic over time. That needs hard work and you can expect results in the next months and even years. So, ask them if hey can boost your site traffic and SEO overnight and use it as a test-question, if they answer by yes, then, stay a way, they’re scammers again.

Final word

SEO is not just links and keywords, it’s a complete process and techniques to make the web pages clear, easier to read and crawl, and much more. If you think that SEO will boost your business profit overnight, then, you’ll be an easy victim for scammers. On the other side, if you think that SEO needs time and effort, then, you already know the basics and you should verify the company’s website. Look at their contact phone number and address and verify them all.

You can also, click on their business verification badges on their website if they have ones. They’re the business verification icons that should forward you to the official business bureau like the BBB or others.

Keep in mind that online forum reviews can be faked, So, don’t waste your time with them and search instead for trusted reviews from well-known sites like the above ones that I recommended.

Now, it’s time to share this post with your friends and let them know.

About Fathi Arfaoui

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, Blogger, and the founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, Blogging, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Also, he shares online marketing strategies and recommendations.

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