Monday, May 09, 2016

SCAM ALERT: Fake Negative Reviews on YELP Hurt Local Business’s as YELP Ignores Requests For HELP But Takes Down Fake Negative Stuff for a Price YELP is a Scam. Beware of Yelp! suppressing good reviews and depriving businesses from positive reviews being shown to the general public. The motive behind this practice appears to be financial for YELP. It’s a disservice to the both the business who are victims of Yelp’s practice and to consumers seeking honest real reviews from members of the public. EAST BAY EXPRESS: The phone calls came almost daily. It started to get creepy. “Hi, this is Mike from Yelp,” the voice would say. “You’ve had three hundred visitors to your site this month. You’ve had a really good response. But you have a few bad ones at the top, which Yelp put there. I could do something about those.” This wasn’t your average sales pitch. At least, not the kind that John, an East Bay restaurateur, was used to. He was familiar with Yelp.com, the popular San Francisco-based web site in which any person can write a review about nearly any business. John’s restaurant has more than one hundred reviews, and averages a healthy 3.5-star rating. But when John asked Mike from Yelp what he could do about the fake bad reviews, he recalls the Yelp sales rep responding: “We can move them. Well, for $299 a month.” John couldn’t believe what the Yelp guy was offering. It seemed wrong, it is it’s called extortion, see more at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/yelp-and-the-business-of-extortion-20/Content?oid=1176635