Using Google Maps to find a local business could drain your bank account…or worse

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Relying on Google Maps to find a local business could have serious consequences, The Wall Street Journal reports today. That’s because the platform’s search engine is full of fake business listings and rip-off artists. The Journal relayed the story of one woman who needed to have her garage door repaired. She used Google to find one, and the results included some locally based companies nearby that were sourced from Google Maps. But the guy who showed up in an unmarked white van demanded twice the amount it cost to fix the door in the past and asked for cash or a personal check. The work he …

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