R34P3R What I'm trying to address is the following scenario:
- User needs support
- User googles "COMPANY support"
- results pop up with numbers in the title
- User doesn't check and simply dials the number
The problem is that even when the third party site like LinkedIn, IMDB, SlideShare, etc remove the spammy pages, they're already indexed on Google.
"In most cases SEO is irrelevant."
Here's an example how they attempt to rank their own sites using black-hat SEO:
Look at the comments - each name leads to a similar scam support site for a different brand.
Without diving too deep into this, it looks to me like a network of links. Might be shoddy work, but it's still work that can be wiped out.
"If you had inspected some of the links from that search (in the linked image)"
The image shows spammed third party sites - which result are you saying is a database?
"I do not believe that emailing every user is going to help, Google and other search engines inspect sites as they are reported"
I respectfully disagree.
Had I been on the Google web-spam team, massive reports of the same result would definitely raise a flag.
Repeated occurrences would lead me to look into it much deeper and search for the reason.
I reported a page over a week ago and it's still listed. I'm following up every couple of days, but so far the result is still there.
I may be wrong, but we're trying to get Google to manually intervene here, eventually.
At the end of the day, we're on the same side here. I simply think that scambaiting is not the only way to fight this battle, nor is it the most efficient, even though it's probably more fun and results in some hilarious videos.
To further support my point regarding scambaiting not being the most efficient strategy:
An average call center employee in India earns less than $2 per hour. One paying customer will cover over 100 non-paying customers and scambaiters.