Google map is undeniably one of the best products in case you want to find out about a business in your nearby area. The business listings feature of the map allows businesses to list their locations along with several other useful information including business website, a phone number, operating hours as well as reviews. While business listings can be pretty useful to establish legitimacy of a business or get new customers, a recent report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Google Map might be filled with around 11 million fake listings on the platform.
According to the report, business owners create these listings in an attempt to lure customers from their competitors. With fake addresses and fake phone numbers, these businesses impersonate other established organizations which might cost you way more for services than the cost if you were to visit authorized business owners.
Shortly after the report, Google responded to the report via a blog post where it said that the company has removed the fake listings mentioned in the WSJ report earlier. The search engine giant also revealed how its map listings functionality currently works and the company is working remove possible exploits of the map. Moreover, the company has announced a “high-risk category” in order to protect customers using the service.