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Old 01-07-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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I noticed a couple days ago when looking up a grocery store location on their website that the location was in Nigeria on their map. When I entered my zip code it brought up stores in my area. I turned off my internet and ran my antivirus software which turned up nothing. I then ran a root-kit software which also turned up nothing.

After restarting my computer and internet I went back on their website and the map came up with my town as the location instead of Nigeria. A few hours later I did this again and Nigeria was back. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I know Nigeria is filled with scammers and hackers so I'm wondering what is going on.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Can you post the store's URL so others can try it and see if we get the same reaction ? Do they actually have stores in Nigeria ?
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Can you post the store's URL so others can try it and see if we get the same reaction ? Do they actually have stores in Nigeria ?
Here is their URL. I'm pretty sure they haven't broken ground in Nigeria.

Harris Teeter - Neighborhood Food & Pharmacy

Go to their store locator page. I've been checking it all day and it's coming up as a city in my state, but the past couple days there was a star over Nigeria. It's really weird.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:29 PM
 
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I think the answer lies with this text that is at the bottom of the map. The location is only as accurate as the company doing the locating and I'd guess this one sucks. I hope the store isn't paying money for that service.

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Mapping Locator Powered by Where 2 Get It Copyright © 2015, All Rights Reserved
Edit: I also got Nigeria.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Thanks for the replies. Nobody wants to see Nigeria on there computer map, lol. I was starting to get concerned for a while.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Wow, I got Nigeria also. Maybe it's somebody's idea of a joke.

When I clicked on the red star, got this message:

"No locations were found using your search criteria [ FarmingtonCT US ]. Please try another input address to search for locations."

So it knew I am in CT, but mapped Nigeria anyway.
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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By a bizarre coincidence, I noticed today that the Google Map of my local supermarket is misplace not in Nigeria, but at the service entrance at the back of the technical high school, about a half mile east of the actual location:

https://www.google.com/maps?q=H-E-B,...77901&t=m&z=16

If you go about a half mile west of the Red pin, you'll see that the actual location of the HEB Supermarket is correctly positioned and labeled, across from the Jack in the Box. But a search for it misplaces it. Maybe somebody hacked all supermarket locations.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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By a bizarre coincidence, I noticed today that the Google Map of my local supermarket is misplace not in Nigeria, but at the service entrance at the back of the technical high school, about a half mile east of the actual location:

https://www.google.com/maps?q=H-E-B,...77901&t=m&z=16

If you go about a half mile west of the Red pin, you'll see that the actual location of the HEB Supermarket is correctly positioned and labeled, across from the Jack in the Box. But a search for it misplaces it. Maybe somebody hacked all supermarket locations.
If you add the street number (1505) of the HEB store to the search string, then the pin shows the correct location. Without the number, G-maps just shows you where that street is in town.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you add the street number (1505) of the HEB store to the search string, then the pin shows the correct location. Without the number, G-maps just shows you where that street is in town.
I entered the name of the store, the search field presented options, I selected one.
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I got Nigeria on that site too. Looks like a bug on their site to me. See what Google says your location is (it shows your location at the footer of their search results).
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