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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.
    Jillian D'Onfro | @jillianiles
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/13/google-maps-spam-fighters.html
     
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    Krebs on Security
    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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    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/04/a-sobering-look-at-fake-online-reviews/
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    Even Positive Fake Reviews Can Improve Paid Search Conversion Rates
    by Laurie Sullivan , Staff Writer

    It looks like bogus online reviews for rehab centers are back. They began appearing on Craigslist sometime in March, promoting part-time jobs for a social-media assistant. Applicants are directed to sign up for positions at seorehabs.com, a site that promotes itself as “leaders in addiction-recovery consulting,” writes Brian Krebs, author of the blog KrebsonSecurity and former Washington Post author on security.
    Kerbs points to an ad explaining assistants can earn a minimum of $25 just for creating individual Google for Business listings tied to a few dozen generic-sounding addiction recovery center names, such as “Integra Addiction Center,” and “First Exit Recovery.”
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    In his story Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers, Krebs walks through how a network of fake online reviews that steered Internet searches toward rehab centers funded by Scientology supporters was set up by TopSeek.
    Responding to reviews can improve paid search conversion rates, according to a study from digital agency Location3.
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    https://www.mediapost.com/publicati...ive-fake-reviews-can-improve-paid-search.html
     

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