Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:03

19 companies netted by fake yoghurt sting

Written by Nick Farrell

Painful that fake yoghurt

Nineteen companies have been arrested after they were caught writing fake reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google Local and CitySearch. The New York Attorney General's office set up a fake yogurt shop in Brooklyn, New York, and asked firms that specialise in boosting online search results to combat negative reviews.

Some search optimisation outfits offered to post fake reviews of the yogurt shop on sites such as Yelp.com, Google Local and IAC/Interactivecorp's Citysearch.com. The companies created online profiles and paid as little as $1 per review to “freelance writers”, some of whom were in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eastern Europe.

Other businesses, including family-owned bus company US Coachways, a laser-hair removal firm, and an adult entertainment club were also arrested after managers, staff or friends wrote bogus reviews. Yelp said it was critical that the company protect the integrity of its content. It said it would continue to work with law enforcement agencies as well as taking steps itself to combat fraud.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said the fake reviews breached laws against false advertising and deceptive business practices.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments