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The Flying Dutchmen

Logging Lab Caches without getting close to the area

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As a lab cache owner I set the zone where you have to be in order to be shown the question that you need to answer.  Keeping track of who is completing this lab cache, I found the following users that are not located in and did not visit the geographical area, but logged one or more of the lab caches. So how is this possible, and how do they circumvent that "you have get closer to the location" requirement? In other words, how do they get access to the questions and how can they log the lab cache if they are hundreds of miles away and the lab cache zone is 1 mile or less?

 

Users logging lab caches without visiting them: Harleywaa, thedoglady, cachesucher2523, Kuku28, Die Lu.Tze AG.   Take a look at their accounts, their number of found lab caches seems unusual.

For example, Kuku28 found over 3000 lab caches, and only about a 1000 other caches.

 

What's the trick?

 

 

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3 minutes ago, The Flying Dutchmen said:

What's the trick?

 

The trick is to use a fake gps app. They are used for developing apps using location services. Instead of walking to the real cache location a developer can change reported coordinates to fake that the device has been moved there.

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A Lackey said that they added info to help correct fake finds of these things  in the guidelines (post here).

So I'd think a  Help Center email to HQ may be in order.

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6 hours ago, Deepdiggingmole said:

I have just had my Adventure Lab go live and the first 4 finders were all Fake 

Send an email to HQ, demanding they remove the fake finds, and block them from re-logging.

Maybe ask for some type of penalty for those accounts, like not being allowed to ever log another Adventure Lab.

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