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Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers - Krebs on Security
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Fake online reviews generated by unscrupulous marketers blanket the Internet these days. Although online review pollution isn’t exactly a hot-button consumer issue, there are plenty of cases in which phony reviews may endanger one’s life or well-being. This is the story about how searching for drug abuse treatment services online could cause concerned loved ones to send their addicted, vulnerable friends or family members straight into the arms of the Church of Scientology.

more at https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/06/scientology-seeks-captive-converts-via-google-maps-drug-rehab-centers/

Don't  miss Brian Seeley's video on this topic!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcQ7OT0Ythg&feature=youtu.be
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He lays out the scam so even I could understand it. And it's not just narCONon doing this, so 'due dilegence' is a must when looking for a rehab.
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More from Brian Krebs at Krebs On Security 

A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews
18 Apr 2018
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n 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction toward rehab centers that were secretly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Not long after the story ran, that network of bogus reviews disappeared from the Web. Over the past few months, however, the same prolific purveyor of these phantom sites and reviews appears to be back at it again, enlisting the help of Internet users and paying people $25-$35 for each fake listing.

Sometime in March 2018, ads began appearing on Craigslist promoting part-time “social media assistant” jobs, in which interested applicants are directed to sign up for positions at seorehabs[dot]com. This site promotes itself as “leaders in addiction recovery consulting,” explaining that assistants can earn a minimum of $25 just for creating individual Google for Business listings tied to a few dozen generic-sounding addiction recovery center names, such as “Integra Addiction Center,” and “First Exit Recovery.”
.. Read on for the rest. Note that unbranded Narconon, Elevate Recovery, is on the list
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/04/a-sobering-look-at-fake-online-reviews/
I am a volunteer advocate for victims of the Narconon scam. I am a former scientologist. I post anonymously. Mary McConnell is my long time nom de plume. Feel free to contact me for assistance in righting the wrongs.

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Thanks for posting this, Mary.  \--O--/ Thankfully, Krebs is still on the job.   

I wonder if any of the other names on that list, besides Elevate, might be unbranded Narconon facilities? ooo:/
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Thanks, mefree :)

I checked out some of the more obvious possibilities ( life solutions program ) but all seem to be legit programs unrelated to Narconon except Elevate Recovery.

Amazing Anons are doing further digging on this... perhaps they will locate another Narconon program on the site
https://whyweprotest.net/threads/a-sobering-look-at-fake-online-reviews-see-narconon.133835/

I am a volunteer advocate for victims of the Narconon scam. I am a former scientologist. I post anonymously. Mary McConnell is my long time nom de plume. Feel free to contact me for assistance in righting the wrongs.

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Thanks, mefree :)

I checked out some of the more obvious possibilities ( life solutions program ) but all seem to be legit programs unrelated to Narconon except Elevate Recovery.

Amazing Anons are doing further digging on this... perhaps they will locate another Narconon program on the site
https://whyweprotest.net/threads/a-sobering-look-at-fake-online-reviews-see-narconon.133835/

Good!
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
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