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    These online volunteers fight fake reviews, ghost listings and other scams on Google Maps and say the problem's getting worse

    Fraud on Google Maps is not a new problem but a group of Maps advocates say that the number of fake reviews seems to have increased unfettered.
    They are shocked that Google hasn't found a better way to curb the abuse they can turn up so easily.
    With all the attention that "fake news" has gotten in the last year, Maps has managed to stay out of the spotlight. Critics say that should change.
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    (The website, Seorehab, linked to from the Craigslist ad is connected to the company TopSeek Inc, which lists Narconon, a drug rehab network affiliated with Scientology, as one of its clients.)

    After Brown found the ad, he immediately went on the hunt to see whether any of the fake listings had gone through. He found two, which he promptly reported to Google.

    But Brown believes that until the FTC starts fining more businesses for posting fake listings and reviews, or Google starts finding bad actors faster and doling out harsher punishments, he's only making a small dent in a huge ecosystem.


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    A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews

    n 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction toward rehab centers that were secretly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Not long after the story ran, that network of bogus reviews disappeared from the Web. Over the past few months, however, the same prolific purveyor of these phantom sites and reviews appears to be back at it again, enlisting the help of Internet users and paying people $25-$35 for each fake listing.
    In my story Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers, I showed how a labyrinthine network of fake online reviews that steered Internet searches toward rehab centers funded by Scientology adherents was set up by TopSeek Inc., which bills itself as a collection of “local marketing experts.” According to LinkedIn, TopSeek is owned by John Harvey, an individual (or alias) who lists his address variously as Sacramento, Calif. and Hawaii.
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