Do CTR bots still have an effect on local ratings?

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Hello ladies and gentlemen.
I own small local service business and I see one of my competitors company name comes up when you search for the service near me or service in town. I mean his logo and his NAP comes up in google suggestion - not knowledge graph. I checked his link profile and it's a garbage pbns. So the only one way to have the NAP showing in google like that that I am aware of is click bot that makes local searches using air proxies. I am wondering if those type of black hat bots still a thing or is there another trick to have your company come up as a suggestion in a search box?