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Millions of business listings on Google Maps filled with fake addresses

Google's failure to eliminate phony listings puts legitimate businesses at the risk of threats and blackmail by competitors or con artists

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Rob Copeland & Katherine Bindley | WSJ
Out of habit, Nancy Carter, a retired federal employee, turned to Google for help one August evening. She ended the night wishing she hadn’t.

Ms. Carter had pulled into her Falls Church, Va., driveway and saw the garage door was stuck. The 67-year-old searched Google and found the listing of a local repair service she had used before. She phoned in a house call.

Google’s ubiquitous internet platform shapes what’s real and what isn’t for more than two billion monthly users. Yet Google Maps, triggered by such Google queries as the one Ms. Carter made, is overrun with

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First Published: Jun 23 2019 | 12:30 AM IST

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