One way of cheating in SecondLife is by cheating the map. The map is supposed to help people get around, not draw people to your store, which is exactly what some people do. Lets look at how.
Huge Fucking SignsAccording to the terms of service: advertising in SecondLife must be no more than 8 meters high and must be attached to the ground. Yet we see this sign in Jieut http://slurl.com/secondlife/Jieut/33/211/360 The owner is Cedric Brown. When I pointed out to him that his sign was in violation he said he wouldn't take it down. When I told the lindens about it, I was told they'd get right on removing it, yet it's still there over a week later.
The rules about advertising in-world are spelled out pretty clearly on the wiki but, who cares right? "You don't know me! I do what I want!"
Lets look at another way of map cheating. This Haute Couture Designs store in Eup looks pretty popular right? The map says there's 15 people there, but when you TP to the store, there's nobody around.
Here the people are at 4000 meters, in a box, the same people day after day, 24 hours a day. They're not people, they're bots: alternate accounts run from a text based SecondLife viewer for the expressed purpose of cheating the system and making this person's store seem more popular than it is. The Root account seems to be Brealla Tal, but that might be another bot.
Not satisfied with littering the southern continent with is bots, Haute Couture Designs has another 20 bots at their shop in Pickerel and 7 in Trimaxion. That's nearly 50 accounts, all bots, all to fraudulently draw people to the Haute Couture Designs stores.