Court shuts down Fake Google firm after probe

A Manchester-based company that pretended it was linked to Google has been closed following an investigation by the UK’s Insolvency Service.

The agency said Movette had used “deceptive methods” to bill clients for the use of Google My Business – a free service provided by the US search firm.

Google My Business is a service that encourages companies to share information and images about themselves to help the tech firm display relevant listings in its Search and Maps tools.

Movette had been in business for two-and-a-half years before being wound up in the High Court. The agency said its probe had followed “a significant volume” of customer complaints and it had received more than £500,000 in fees before the intervention.


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