Google Alerting Accounts Deleted for TOS Violations

Google is apparently removing My Business accounts for TOS violations and sending along notices to owners and managers.

It is not clear to me the specifics of that triggered this action although clearly this has happened to more than a few accounts as there is at least one other report in the forum.

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This message confirms that the Google Account – xxxxx@gmail.com – was deleted due to a violation of our Terms of Service that was left unresolved.To attempt to restore access to the account, please visit our password-assistance page immediately:Recover account Google Accounts can only be restored within a short period of time after deletion.

Sincerely,

The Google Accounts team

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If xxxx@gmail.com isn’t your Google Account, you can safely disregard this email.
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The poster in the forum noted:
This has happened now to two of the companies that I assist with their SEO. They have not been active for awhile however, that doesn’t mean that we don’t still want the account. What terms of service were violated so I can find out what to make sure others watch for? This is unacceptable and without warning, years of emails are now gone. Please help me to understand what is going on so I can make sure that no other of us lose our accounts!!!

I received the notice for an account that I last touched almost 5 years ago. This was before managers were allowed. And I don’t think I have had any current relationship to this account although it is interesting that Google sent me the email.

I am at a loss to answer the poster’s questions although my assumption is that perhaps it was a duplicate, unused account that Google was cleaning up.

If you have more specific information about receiving the email and know the reasons, prey tell.

Please consider leaving a comment as your input will help me (& everyone else) better understand and learn about local.
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2 thoughts on “Google Alerting Accounts Deleted for TOS Violations”

  1. FYI, I have received at least two such notices for emails I did not recognize. I am a one man shop and have tried a lot of different approaches to making money online, but do not recall ever setting up Google + Pages for anything other than a legit client.
    -Earl Netwal

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