Rip-off passenger locator forms ‘top of Google search’

Websites charging people for free Covid-19 passenger locator forms are located at the top of Google search results, according to a report by the BBC.

The broadcaster found several rip-off ads topping the Google’s search results on Wednesday, even though the company said it had removed a number of them.

"It's no surprise that these copycat firms have found yet another route to try and make money out of people for something that is free," Guy Anker, deputy editor of consumer website Money Saving Expert told the BBC.

Anker added that if Google is being user-first, it would be in its users’ best interest not to feature these ads.

He said that the tech giant should instead make sure that the official site for passenger locator forms and other documents come near the top of any search.

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