Margaret Ornsby

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Not sure if this is really new, or just new to me as I hadn't encountered it before.

When asking for a listing in an office tower to be validated, have been asked to provide a photo of the office to prove the listing is genuine. Taken from a conversation with the support rep, this is what they want:
"of the suite and business name together
the photo should look like this
https://www.google.com/search?q=suite+business&rlz=1CAHPZX_enUS640US640&espv=2&biw=1219&bih=1102&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xuFwVaShI8rIogSkrYOQAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg#tbm=isch&q=business+ran+out+of+a+office+suite&imgrc=aXn7xcwsUD0PrM%253A%3BA17a3mq4eHnKQM%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fpbs.twimg.com%252Fmedia%252FCDXcnUeUMAMjR1N.jpg%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Ftwitter.com%252Fjustinwarmoth%252Fstatus%252F591621504628039680%3B600%3B450"

BTW, the search query was not typed by me, that's the link the guy gave me. English may not be his first language ;-)

Since I haven't encountered this before, I'm not sure yet whether the photo we provide will be made public record, or whether it's just kept on file for the validation.

If this is *not* new to someone else, do you know the answer?
 

Phil Rozek

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Hey Margaret,

I've heard a couple instances of Google reps asking for that sort of verification. Haven't experienced it personally, though.

Chances are very slim the photo would be shown publicly.
 
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