People post fraud on Google Maps for the sake of profit-generating scams, which hurt legitimate businesses and make Maps less useful for everyone. You can help fight spam by reporting violations.
Maps listings with keywords in their address fields
.::How do I identify fraud on Google Maps? Look for the following.
Businessesthat list a P.O. Box, post office or virtual office as an address. A business needs to have a real-world address to be listed on Google Maps. Virtual offices and shared workspaces are acceptable if they’re staffed during typical business hours, but be aware that using these types of places as addresses is a popular fraud technique. P.O. Boxes are OK in countries where they are essential, such as Kenya and the U.A.E.
Online-only businesses.Online businesses that don’t meet customers face-to-face are not eligible to be on Maps.
Businesses that don’t exist. If a business is on Maps but it not real should be reported.
Businessesthat useemployees’ addresses. The scam here is to make it appear that the business has locations in places where it doesn’t actually operate. If you see a business that seems to be in a purely residential area, this might be the reason.
Keyword “stuffing.” If you see search terms “stuffed” into place names or address fields, that’s a sign of a fraudulent listing.
Fake websites or phone numbers. For example, a fraudulent hotel listing might include a hotel booking site instead of a site for an individual business. If a business’s site seems broken or distributes malware, that’s a sign of a fraudulent listing.
Business impersonators: Some people create fake listings for real businesses, such as national chains. If you think a listing might be fraudulent, check the brand’s official site to see its legitimate locations.
Reviews that point out abuse. Sometimes, people will notice a fraudulent listing and note it in a review.
Profanity. Sometimes, people will deface legitimate listings with edits that include foul language.
Illegal businesses:If a business is illegal where it operates, it can’t be on Google Maps.
.::How do I report fraud on Google Maps?
Find the business on Google Maps
Scroll down and select Suggest an edit
Tap Place is permanently closed or has never existed
Select Spam, fake or offensive as the reason
Report the listing as spam flow
.::Reporting a Local Guide
If you've found a Local Guide contributing content or behaving in a way that seems to violate our policies or Local Guides program rules, let us know here on Connect—but be sure not to share that person's information publicly. Create a post about the issue and tag a Google Moderator. The team will reach out to you via private message with instructions on how to proceed further.