Extortion is not a new crime, but a new method may take advantage of your Google Maps Listings. In her article, Warning: Beware New Breed Of Extortion In Google Maps, Miriam Ellis of Search Engine Guide, describes this growing problem facing small business owners. Extortionists have discovered a means of creating false Google Maps listings with inaccurate information about your business. A “marketer” then contacts you requesting payment to fix these erroneous listings. To date, Google doesn’t have a broad solution for this “weakness.” “What Should You Do If An Extortionist Contacts You?” Miriam suggests that you take matters into your own hands by playing dumb, getting their contact information and posting it on Google Places Help Forum.
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