Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers - 2016-06-27

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F0.png Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers June 27, 2016, Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security

Seely said he learned that the drug rehab industry was overrun with SEO firms when he began researching rehab centers in Seattle for a family friend who was struggling with substance abuse and addiction issues. A simple search on Google for "drug rehab Seattle" turned up multiple local search results that looked promising.

One of the top three results was for a business calling itself "Drug Rehab Seattle," and while it lists a toll-free phone number, it does not list a physical address (NB: this is not always the case with fake listings, which just as often claim the street address of another legitimate business). A click on the organization's listing claims the Web site rehabs.com – a legitimate drug rehab search service. However, the owners of rehabs.com say this listing is unauthorized and unaffiliated with rehabs.com.

As documented in this Youtube video, Seely called the toll-free number in the Drug Rehab Seattle listing, and was transferred to a hotline that took down his name, number and insurance information and promised an immediate call back. Within minutes, Seely said, he received a call from a woman who said she represented a Seattle treatment center but was vague about the background of the organization itself. A little digging showed that the treatment center was run by Narconon.


{{cite news | first = Brian | last = Krebs | title = Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers | url = http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/06/scientology-seeks-captive-converts-via-google-maps-drug-rehab-centers/ | work = Krebs on Security | date = June 27, 2016 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}