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Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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If the URL shortening service dies or goes offline, you have no idea what the link points to by looking at it.

For instance, bit.ly: the .ly TLD is controlled by the Libyan government. I think there was a period when that went offline due to the chaos in that country at the time.

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