I come across this issue on many occasions as a Local SEO consultant. The issue being competitors making fake Google+ pages so that they can rank more than once in the local pack. The benefit being pushing other businesses further down the list. It can be very frustrating, especially as you would think Google is smart enough to detect fake pages.
The Google My Business Support team do not make it any easier either, but it’s still worth a shot to get these fake pages removed. There are two options for reporting a fake page, one is very simple and the other takes a little more time and effort but tends to be more successful.
Option 1 – Report It
It’s very easy to report a fake page, using Google Map Maker. Once you are on Map Maker, you can search for the name of a business. It will then show a list of the Google+ pages that match or are similar to your desired search. Find the page you wish to report and click the little drop down arrow. You then need to click Report and select the correct reason along with any notes that will convince the support team.
Option 2 – Evidence & Report
Option 2 is very similar to option 1 but instead of reporting it via a contact form, this gives you the option to speak to a member of the Google Support Team. Before you go ahead and request a call, I would advise you to gather as much evidence as possible to show that it is a fake listing. Look out for things such as same phone numbers, same address or even a website that links bank to the original website.
Google support can be very difficult to work with at times and can sometimes be like talking to a child, so make sure you have everything ready. Once you have everything you need, go ahead and click this link.
If you have followed both steps and still can’t solve it, get in touch and I will try my best to help you out. Good Luck!
You may also be interested in our article on “How to Remove Fake Google Plus Reviews” and “How to Claim Ownership of a Verified Google Plus Business Page”