Two of my clients have told me in the last few days that they have received several phone calls from someone claiming to be calling from Google. They are told that they paid last year and that they need to pay again otherwise their site will no longer be on the first page of Google.
I don’t know any more details yet, as both clients realised it was probably a scam and don’t recall exactly what was said. Both looked through last year’s invoice and know they didn’t pay last year.
Google DO NOT charge you for being on the first page or for coming first in their results. The only time Google will charge you is if you run and Adwords campaign to promote your business via Google ads. Even then, they do not phone you asking for payment.