Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake—and Google Profits

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Google Maps has become a go to place for location search - coffee shop, hair dresser, park all get typed directly into the maps search bar as opposed to the google.com one. The problem: maps is filled with false business addresses created by firms pretending to be nearby. Some are trying to get your business and want to make themselves seem bigger than they are. Others are posted by predators seeing what they can take. The lesson - trust but verify.

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