Write a fake review on Amazon? You could be sued

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon is continuing its fight against fake reviews, filing a lawsuit on Friday against more than 1,000 people who allegedly offered to hire themselves out as fake reviewers at $5 a review.

    All of the defendants were selling their services on Fiverr.com, a website where people can sell such services as designing a logo, editing a resume, creating a fan web page or transcribing audio. The lowest price per job is $5, hence the name "fiver."

    An Amazon investigation allegedly found more than 1,000 people on Fiverr offering to create fake Amazon reviews. Most promised positive or five-star reviews.

    "I will post awesome review on your amazon product, kindle book, ebook etc," read one offer cited in the suit. That person, whose screen name was bess98, allegedly described themself as having more than 30 different accounts and offering 24/7 support.

    Some allegedly offered to have the seller write their own review, which the person would then post.

    "You know your product better than me. So please provide your product review, it will be better," one poster was quoted in the suit as saying.

    In order to post a "verified review," in which Amazon verifies that the poster actually purchased the item on Amazon, some of the reviewers allegedly ask for a promo code so they could get the product for free.

    "Amazon has a particular challenge with fake reviews, as it marks confirmed purchases on the site as 'verified.' This is a false sense of security, as even verified reviews can easily be hacked," said Daniel Lemin, author of a book out next month, ManipuRATED: How Businesses Can Fight Fraudulent Online Ratings and Reviews.

    At least one poster, according to the complaint, suggested the seller ship an empty envelope to create a shipping record, allowing the poster to make a verified review without getting the product.

    Amazon's suit, filed in King County Superior court in Seattle on Friday, said the fake reviews mislead Amazon customers and tarnish Amazon's brand.

    The suit is not against Fiverr but against individuals providing fake reviews, said Amazon spokeswoman Julie Law.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/10/19/amazon-cracks-down-fake-reviews/74213892/
     
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    Amazon is always sending me email asking me to write reviews. I do it maybe a third of the time.
     
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    this is great. same should be for Yelpers too
     
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    People use yelp to intimidate restaurant owners.
     
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    is this global? why the fuck do those howard forum faggits always come in here saying, sorry bro with a link to that forum?? fuck off!!
     
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    Maybe Amazon Prime comes with lawyer services as well.
     
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    another piece of shit that came along after 2010 :no:
     
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    fucking howard forum rejects
     
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    BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
     
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    All this fake Mambo reviewers better beware.
     
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    Inter webs are serious business, I hope anyone who fakes it online goes to jail for this :coffee:

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    This is why Gary gorges on frozen pizzas
     
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    @Chriza

    We went to get dinner at the Hall Blvd Arby's (store number 445) on Monday November 3, and I have never had such poor customer service in my life. I'm used to decent service at most Arby's, but this particular location is a nightmare. Unfriendly, clueless employees, who appeared to be on drugs to be honest, and had no idea what they are doing. On top of taking an insane amount of time to prepare the food, getting our order wrong, and putting it on a tray when we had asked for it to go, then spilling (and losing) half the fries when putting it in a bag, there was an even bigger problem. (Yes, I really just complained about not getting enough fries :jj:)

    My girlfriend ordered the Angus Philly. When we got it home and opened it, the meat was green. (I am happy to provide photos if asked) I told her that sometimes beef has an iridescent green hue, but we both tried a bite, and the meat was DEFINITELY off. It had a bitter, unpleasant taste that was clearly not what Arby's intended. We called the store manager and asked if we could bring the sandwich back and get a refund. She got our order number and promised to refund the money for the sandwich to my debit card.

    That was last Monday, the 3rd. Today is Tuesday the 11th, and no sign of a refund has appeared in my account. I'm not writing to ask you for the 6 dollars that the sandwich cost, I consider it collateral damage from eating at what I now know is not only the worst Arby's, but the worst fast food restaurant I have ever been to. I am writing to tell you that as a loyal customer and a fan of your brand, you have HUGE problems with that specific location. It will be a long time before I risk eating at an Arby's again, and when I do, I will avoid the Hall Blvd store like the plague. It is in the best interest of your brand to take a very serious look at the staff in that location, because frankly there is no way that you are not losing money there in some way.
    Thank you for your time
    :coffee: