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How to report a fake business listing in Google Maps



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The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Maps is flooded with counterfeit business listings created by scammers. According to Google, in 2018, more than 3 million of them removed you see.

We already did so when we noticed that a nearby business listing was wrong and did not match a real business in its location. The fake business listing disappeared immediately after we reported it. If you report scams that you see, you'll do a great favor to all Google Maps users.

To report an entry, find and select the business listing in Google Maps. Click or tap the Suggest an edit button.

 Suggesting Editing in Google Maps

Select "Remove this Location" to tell Google to remove it from Google Maps. If you're not signed in to a Google Account, you'll be asked to sign in before you continue.

(If a scammer has taken a real business listing with an incorrect phone number or website, choose "change name or other details" instead and provide the actual details of the business.)

 Option to Remove an entry from Google Maps

Give a reason for removal – this is technically optional, but it tells Google why it should be removed – for example, "Missing" or "Spam, Fake or insulting "if the company is a fake or a fraud."

You can also add a photo of the location, which Google can use to make sure the business does not exist, but we never did if we have reported obvious fraud cases, if the fraud is not quite obvious, you can improve your report in you take a picture of this place.

Choose Submit to submit your report. Google will contact you by e-mail.

 Report that there are no companies in Google Maps

The suggest and edit feature can also be used for other reasons. You can tell Google that a business has moved or closed, changed its name, updated its opening hours, or provided a new website address.


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