Business Review Scam

Consumer review fraud misleads buyers and manipulate search results through fake testimonials and ratings. The continuous practice causes honest businesses to lose out in the consumer market.

Business Review Scam

What Is Business Review Fraud?

Fake reviews might sound like an innocent technique to generate virtual popularity. Yet, this tactic has many negative repercussions. Many companies post fake reviews to garner interest in a low-rated product. These practices are common amongst startups and new businesses compared to reputable/old organizations. The incentive behind these postings is two-fold; the first being a surefire way to build phony hype around their product/business to boost sales. Secondly, having numerous reviews means higher web rankings and creditability points. These results put genuine businesses at a disadvantage as they fail to compete against these allegedly ‘high-rated products’. Consumers face equal disappointment when they shell out cash for low-quality products with little (or no) chance of getting compensated/reimbursed by deceitful brands.

Purpose & Intent

Business review scams often result in higher search engine rankings, better prospects, and improved lead generation rates. Albeit, at the cost of losing out on consumer trust through unethical conduct.

Types of consumer review fraud include:

Paid reviews Companies pay freelancers to write fake reviews in return for a small fee or discounted rates. Reusing Reviews Some companies copy and paste online reviews for product X to promote product Y. It tricks consumers into purchasing the wrong product. Brushing Scams Sellers create fake review accounts by using the name and addresses of past consumers or random online reviewers. They postpositive reviews from this account, often putting the real reviewer’s identity at risk.

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