lexipixel - 5:46 pm on Aug 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
What I am seeing is companies making up local addresses to rank on Google's local business "Map" section.
All they need is a phone number to verify with Google. Google has no way of knowing if the number is physically ringing at "123 Main Street, Smallville", or "6699 Corporate Way, BigCity". I am seeing more and more of this -- companies get a number and then pick the address of a large office building in the target town, (a building where many businesses are located so nobody will notice).
They submit a Google business listing with that address and phone -- then verify. Viola' -- they have a local business that ranks in the map!