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On Your Side Alert: Scam targets website owners

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It's hard to keep up with technology, and now scammers are using that to take advantage of you.

If you run a business or have a personal website, you probably have a website domain -- maybe several.

These days, doing business basically requires one to be searchable on Google, and scammers prey on that.

Here's how it starts:

"It's a robocall that comes to you and tells you that your license is up or your dates are up for your website and that simply isn't the case,” said Tom Gallagher with the BBB.  

They may suggest you need to "register" with Google, that your domain is out of date, or maybe that you need to update your listing. Then they will ask for your Google password.

Don't give it to them -- don't ever give that away.

"When you do that, you're going to give them more information about who you are, what you do, how much money you have, or give people access to get to your money," said Gallagher.

We asked the folks at the Better Business Bureau what we need to do to protect ourselves. 

They say Google will never call, which is your dead giveaway because they don't do business that way.

Be familiar with the services you're using.

It's easy to buy a domain and forget about it, especially with automatic payments. Bad idea.

"Keep good records of your contract dates with google or whomever,” said Gallagher. “Whoever your carrier is or your provider. Keep track of those answers."

It's good to have those on hand so that way, you know when you see the caller on the phone or the writer in that email is just looking for your money.

Click here to read the full alert from the BBB.

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