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SamanS Level 10
Level 10

Emoji Spammer 😱

Hi, I wanna to report one big spammer in Iran he is doing too many spams.
Me and @Amiran reported this issue to Google directly but after 3 weeks there is no result for solving this issue.
Even we finally found the spammer user and reported his account but again no change!!

This user is adding emoji like 🏦, πŸ•, 😎 and many others to name field of many businesses.
These edits are clearly wrong because the real name of the business contains no emoji, moreover he is doing these edits to increase his score and from level 7 he reached to level 10 by these spam edits!!

In Iran Local Guides community expert forum (with more than 80 member of top users of Iran) we're flagging all such edits (while checking the fact) as violation and wrong information but even with these many reports we see no change in the activities of spammer!

I can not share the link of spammer profile here but at least expressing the issue in the community is the last way to find a solution for stopping the spammer, because he's really destroying all the discipline and accuracy that we made in years on the map.

Please help us to prevent from more spams on the map by this spammer.

Thank you @BruceDM @TraciC @ermest 
These are some Example:

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https://goo.gl/maps/CRNp5zREwc12
https://goo.gl/maps/bsRKKjVEKkL2
https://goo.gl/maps/7UDm47sfV3M2
https://goo.gl/maps/cEwdUKvFvhN2

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Rezgar Level 10
Level 10

Rules of Places Name

In our country, for a while, besides the name of banks, it is used with stickers, whether this is in accordance with the rules of the Google Map or must be corrected.

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JosephDewey Level 10
Level 10

Re: Rules of Places Name

Cool post! But I don't understand it fully. Is this a bank in real life, or a Maps miscategorization? And what's the category on Google Maps?

Rezgar Level 10
Level 10

Re: Rules of Places Name

Hi @JosephDewey Category is bank and is correct, but it's name is used with sticker

Amiran Level 10
Level 10

Re: Emoji Spammer 😱

Hi @SamanS, thanks for your effort to describe the issue here. In fact I'm very angry of Google in this case because this is really big spam and this spammer is destroying all discipline we made in maps. He's done more than 23k edits only in a month, more than top RLs who're active from map maker time!!! I really wonder why Google does not take serious decision in this case and let spammer to continue his spams. The only response from Google is that "we can not share the result of investigation with you" In last response the team said that "only report egregious cases"!!! Are you kidding me? 😑 We've not more egregious spam case, these days on the map. Please do something in this case as soon as possible.
JosephDewey Level 10
Level 10

Re: Rules of Places Name

Oh, I see! Yes, it should be removed, since that emoticon isn't actually part of the business's name. Also, a big clue that it should be removed is how the picture doesn't show up with the Persian name.

 

Tagging @PaulKang since he's always very insightful about cleaning up business names.

 

And here are the maps links to a couple other Refah Banks with that problem:

https://goo.gl/maps/zT6VMFiw4K22

https://goo.gl/maps/2PFstb7qeiJ2

https://goo.gl/maps/dNESSVGreHA2

 

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Connect Moderator
Connect Moderator

Re: Emoji Spammer 😱

Hi @SamanS@Amiran@Rezgar@JosephDewey

I heve merged your two post about the same subject, even if @SamanS and @Amiran call it "Spam" and from @Rezgar and @JosephDewey it seems to be a kind of bad behavior.

 

As you want to report a local Guide, are you sure that isalwais the same person to make this kind of edit @Amiran?

For sure there is something strange, so I will tag again @MariaBi

 

Thanks all for reporting

 

Ermes

JosephDewey Level 10
Level 10

Re: Emoji Spammer 😱

@ermest , my guess was that Google's Maps AI had accidentally parsed the emoji from some source that had the English name with an emoticon attached. However, that's just a guess.

 

How can we tell if this is due to a person making bad edits? It would seem like if they were, then Google would just revert them eventually.

JosephDewey Level 10
Level 10

Re: Emoji Spammer 😱

 Oh, I get it. They found out because Google asked them to verify the edits with emojis in. Great work reporting this @SamanS & @Amiran

PaulKang Level 10
Level 10

Re: Rules of Places Name

Gotta love some of the more obvious examples of spamming. Someone came through downtown Memphis recently and created more than 100 listings for parking lots using street addresses as the business name. I’ve enjoyed wiping them out from the map. Thanks for the tag!

Paul Kang
Greater Memphis, Tennessee