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Scammers Are Breaking Google Maps – Mother Jones



These are probably all legit businesses. Google Maps

Wall Street Journal reports that Google Maps has been widely hijacked:

Google's ubiquitous internet platform shapes what's real and what's not more than 2 billion monthly users. Yet Google Maps, triggered by such Google queries as the one Ms. Carter made, is overrun with millions of false business addresses and fake names, according to advertisers, search experts and current and form Google employees. The ruse lures the unsuspecting to what appear to be Google-suggested local businesses, a costly and dangerous deception.

Back when Google Maps was a good way to navigate around town but not much else, it was pretty accurate. But then millions of people started using it to locate businesses too, and that made it a target for scammers. It's an example of what I was talking about yesterday: motivation change when something becomes popular enough to matter. If there's no money to be made, everything is great. But there is the chance of real money at stake, the scammers start to swarm.

There are ways to fight this kind of thing, of course, but it's a neverending battle and it's the reason that the results of starting up a new program of any kind is difficult to predict. Sure, the initial result might be positive (reducing poverty, making online maps more convenient) but what happens when the new program is no longer new, but simply an expected part of life? Then calculations change. And change again. And again. Real life is always a dynamic process, not a static one.

UPDATE: Tell a different story about Google Maps:

I was a victim of a different version of this scam . Around Christmas last year someone filed and automated report that my house was inaccurate and dropped a pin for my house in an abandoned house in my neighborhood.

UPS delivers to the Google maps address and a large portion of my online holiday shopping was delivered to the wrong address. (USPS went to the right place and one of the drivers did not deliver to the abandoned house.) I was not at this as Amazon resent everything, but it was annoying and we all pay higher Amazon prices now because of this. [19659005] With the fake business scam, at least you can protect yourself once you know about it. You just have to treat Google Maps more cautiously. But if someone screws with your house location, there is no way for you to know it unless you just happen to be poking around and notice that your address is wrong.


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