How To Use Google Maps For Prank Calls

By Nathan Weinberg

This is a known “exploit” in almost any click-to-call system, but Valleywag is highlighting how easy it is to connect friends/enemies with embaressing businesses, thanks to Google Maps. Basically, find something in Google Maps your friend would feel weird getting a phone call from (like a sex addiction phone line, or the Republican National Committee), and click-to-call. When prompted for your phone number, just give someone else’s and enjoy your silly little prank.

Does Google offer a system for letting people block these calls, if they are are getting a hundred calls a day? I sure hope so.

November 16, 2006 by Nathan Weinberg in:

2 Responses to “How To Use Google Maps For Prank Calls”

  1. Haochi Says:

    What if someone enters my phone number instead of theirs as a prank call?

    Google takes fraud and spamming very seriously. We use technical methods to prevent future prank calls from the same user within a reasonable period of time. You won’t be charged for any such calls. Please contact adwords-support[*at*] if you believe someone is entering your phone number without your permission or knowledge.

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