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    New Spammer Tactics

    In the past week, spammers have been using a new tactic to avoid detection and make it much harder for us MapMaker users.

    Spammers are now using several accounts to spam MapMaker and doing only 1 edit per account. Some have auto published and rest are still pending across the United States using default Anonymous nicknames. Then they also use another dedicated account to hijack existing businesses they are spamming about to changing the phone numbers to bad non-official phone number or removing them all together. Some spammers will also move the placemaker slightly and leave comments saying another phone number is correct one hoping their little edits get approved to fool the system for later edits to auto-publish.

    Google MapMaker discussion about it:
    https://productforums.google.com/d/t...g9k/discussion

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    Re: New Spammer Tactics

    Welcome to our forum Dallam!

    And thanks so much for sharing that news. I swear it's a full time job just trying to keep up with the damn spammers. I sure don't envy Google the job of trying to fight the mess these spammers create for everyone.

    Again, thanks for sharing!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: New Spammer Tactics

    No problem. I appreciate your work, Linda, and HurricaneK8's work. This website has great coverage and information when dealing with SAB (Service Area Business) without staffed storefronts and spam.

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