17 Faked Portals in A Village of 47 people
Our local Wayfarer community is aware of multiple faked points of interest in Armena, Alberta, Canada. Most of the faked portals in Armena are actually located in the nearby larger town of Camrose, Alberta, Canada and are already long-standing portals/waypoints in Niantic’s Wayfarer database. In some cases, the faked clone portals use the same title as the original portal or the portal photo is obviously third party from the internet. Two Ingress agents have both driven an hour out of their way to verify the points of interest in Armena, Camrose, and nearby town Hay Lakes. Multiple agents have tried reporting these portals to Niantic support only to get the standard “We have taken action where appropriate” message. Nothing has been done to remove the invalid ones.
Here is a listing of the waypoints that we have verified as false. The list is organized so that the first portal shown is the legitimate one, while the second one is the falsified one. This list was submitted to Niantic via Ingres in-game support and nothing was done.
Real A1 (Camrose): North Mirror Lake Gazebo
Fake A2 (Armena): Kiosk
Real B1 (Camrose): Ukrainian Catholic Parish
Fake B2 (Armena): Armena Ukrainian Church
Real C1 (Camrose): The Handoff
Fake C2 (Armena): Runners
Real D1 (Camrose): Grand Drive Park
Fake D2 (Armena): Mirror Sculpture
Real E1 (Camrose): Fish Fight
Fake E2 (Armena): The Metal Hunter
Real F1 (Camrose): Rose City Baptist Church
Fake F2 (Armena): Armena Rose City Baptist Church
Real G1 (Hay Lakes): Hay Lakes Community War Memorial
Fake G2 (Armena): Community War Memorial
In addition: the following waypoints are verified by our local agents as false but we have not found the actual physical location yet or they are not Niantic waypoints yet
Fake H1 (Camrose): 53.0184497,-112.8333547 **Not an existing wayspot**
Fake H2 (Armena): Armena Fount
Real I1 (Camrose): 53.012718,-112.831722 **Not an existing wayspot**
Fake I2 (Armena): Armena Memorial
Real J1 (Camrose): 53.0150575,-112.8273085 **Not an existing wayspot**
Fake J2 (Armena): Armena Outdoor Gym
Real K1 (Unknown): ?????? Most likely in Camrose
Fake K2 (Armena): Armena childrens playgrown (unable to find source photo but it is not at pinned location)
Furthermore, there are still pending submissions in Wayfarer that we know to be falsified.
Real L1 (Camrose): Kamifurano Friendship Gardens
Fake L2 (Armena): Kamifurano Friendship Gardens (still in Wayfarer)
Real M1 (Camrose): Wildlife Bas Relief
Fake M2 (Armena): Wildlife Bas Relief (still in Wayfarer)
Real N1 (unknown): Korean War Memorial: ?????? Most likely in Camrose
Fake N2 (Armena): Korean War Memorial (still in Wayfarer)
Real O1 (Camrose): Rotary Skate Park: 53.0134517,-112.8333056 **Not an existing wayspot**
Fake O2 (Armena): Armena Skatepark (still in Wayfarer)
Real Q1 (HW13 Camrose County): Alberta History
Fake Q2 (Armena): Norwegian Sttlement (still in Wayfarer)
Armena is a hamlet with a total population of 47 people http://www.county.camrose.ab.ca/content/armena. We have determined that the submissions have come from a PoGo player with likely three Level 40 accounts (we know what the accounts are) and who has extensively edited Google Maps also to falsify PoI. Most of the locations have been edited out of Google Maps. His original submissions were legitimate PoI. For the ones that got through, most reviewers gave them 1* on location but gave them the benefit of the doubt otherwise.
What will it take for Niantic to actually do something about this? This is significant abuse. The portals should be pulled. Any account that submitted these faked PoI should have their Wayfarer privileges revoked.