If a review reads like a short story, there’s a good chance it is one. False reviews create scenes as opposed to using more specific words. If a reviewer uses “I” or “me” frequently throughout the review, there’s a chance it isn’t legitimate. You can spot a fake profile based on the name and photo. Generally, the names are more general, like Smith or even a combination of only letters and numbers. If you see a cluster of positive reviews, check the time frame. They are probably fake if they were posted in the same time frame. Overseas content farms create fake online reviews; this means that English isn’t always their first language, and there are a few misspellings or grammar errors. If their only reviews are praise for one particular place or product, or complaints about a particular place or product, they’re likely untrue.
- There are many different reasons why people post fake reviews on things.
- The ability to use a username and an alias is one of the reasons fake reviews happen.
- Most platforms online allow users to make up any name they can think of.
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