Don't, Be Evil Featured

By Ted Craig June 27, 2019 917

The WSJ ran a fairly disturbing piece last week about scam artists creating fake Google Maps listings. In some cases, they are used to bring unsuspecting customers to their businesses. In others, they are used to blackmail businesses with threats of burying their listings. I could see either type of scam creating major headaches for used-car dealers. 

The WSJ says “Google still can’t seem to stop the proliferation of fictional business listings and aggressive con artists on its search engine.” Can’t or won’t? The next sentence states, “The scams are profitable for nearly everyone, Google included.”

No wonder they dropped the “Don’t be evil” mission statement a few years ago.

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