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  • US Senate Committee Alerts Google, Yahoo and Bing To Fake Moving Services Scams

    Posted Oct 8th, 2012 By in Industry News, Search With | No Comments

    senate logoLast week Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation sent a letter to the 3 major search engines (Google, Yahoo and Microsoft) informing them about a study the committee had concluded on moving services scams being perpetrated online across their search engines.

    The letters were sent to Matt Cutts, head of WebSpam at Google, Shashi Seth, SVP at Yahoo, and Microsoft’s President of Online Services, Qi Lu. The letters point out findings from the study that include:

    • Many moving services “brokers” are “gaming the system” in an effort to appear at the top of search results.
    • Many of these brokers are leveraging paid links in order to achieve these results, a practice that violates Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
    • These companies are creating multiple bogus websites.

    The letter is not a warning or threat of any kind, though it does softly alert the search engines that these scams are still being perpetrated despite their best efforts (Penguin, Panda).

    The letter can be found here and the full committee report can be found here.

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