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    Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientology

    For those that are following the spam problem, this just got released:

    http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/06/s...rehab-centers/


    One guy reviewing 82 fake rehab centers....really Google you can't detect that automatically?

    Bryan Seely is amazing at getting press coverage on this!
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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Can you repost the link Joy? It's taking me to an invalid URL

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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Although online review pollution isnít exactly a hot-button consumer issue, there are plenty of cases in which phony reviews may endanger oneís life or well-being. This is the story about how searching for drug abuse treatment services online could cause concerned loved ones to send their addicted, vulnerable friends or family members straight into the arms of the Church of Scientology.
    Ouch, that's a heck of a hook there, it's a dream headline if ever I've seen one.

    It's terrible that things like this are happening right now, Google really does have a moral and ethical obligation to do better, especially when it comes to things like this. Thanks for sharing Joy!

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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Thanks for adding that James. I updated the initial URL. Apparently you have to have the / at the end or it doesn't work

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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Great article about a really bad problem. It's bad enough when scammers rip people off through maps spam, but in industries where it's messing with someone's physical and mental health it's especially bad!

    Wow that Narconon sounds scary! Found this link in comments:

    Healing Through Magic: Scientology's Drug Rehab Program
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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Thanks for sharing this Joy. It's mind numbing to even begin to think how deep some of these spam rackets go, and how many are out there that haven't even been detected yet.

    I shouldn't have read this right before bed. Something tells me I am in for a sleep full of dreams starring Tom Cruise and a bunch of maniacal SEO's.
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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    one funny thing about this article is google's "response" at the bottom, its a copy paste response from the last big news article about this stuff!

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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    Honestly, who here can say Google really cares about their local product? If there's any company on the face of the earth that has the resources to really do local right, it's Google. And yet they can't get past basic issues like this.

    It's just really disappointing.
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    Re: Another Huge Article Exposing Spam Tactics on Google Maps - Connected to Scientol

    IMO it's all a resources issue. They literally don't have enough resources to keep up with the spammers.

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