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YELP is a SCAM

 
_Enigma_
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Beware if you’re a small business owner.

When you refuse to advertise with Yelp they will remove your positive reviews and leave only negative reviews. They did this to me. I literally had many five star reviews that were removed and I had one negative review that was bogus and that’s the only review they left for my business. This was done after I refused to pay for advertising on their site. They also flagged this one star review as the first review I received for my business which was an out right lie.

They currently have a ton of lawsuits against them and many complaints by businesses who have had this issue with them. You can check out YouTube videos with people having this issue and you can also research it on the Internet. I plan to file a complaint with the federal trade commission once the government opens back up, but I don’t expect any results as many people have brought lawsuits to know avail.

I would like to let consumers know that you cannot rely on Yelp reviews. They lie. They allow good reviews if they are getting paid by that business. If you want fair reviews pay attention to Google.

Spread the word so we can let the public know, Yelp uses extortion to force businesses to advertise with them. If you have their app one star it and tell them why. It’s a big businesses like this that hurt small business owners and they don’t care.
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Thanks for the heads up, Enigma. All the same, I along with many others are instructing the incoming malevolent ETs to "eat the Canadians first". ; )

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thanks for the alert. Sad world we live in, no ethics. Hope you can sue & collect.
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Thanks for the heads up, Enigma. All the same, I, along with many others, are instructing the incoming malevolent ETs to "eat the Canadians first". ; )
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Thanks for the heads up, Enigma.
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You’re welcome. The only way to avoid having yelp scam you is if you are a small business owner and they call trying to get you to advertise with them don’t say no just put them on for as long as possible. That’s the only way you won’t be flag and have all your good reviews removed. If you’ve already advertise with Yelp and you stop you’re going to be screwed sooner or later, most likely sooner, like me.

Do not trust Yelp reviews. They lie.
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Definitely.

Yelp will delete or make much less noticeable the bad reviews about businesses IF that business pays them.

Once I hired a REALLY bad contractor after looking at his Yelp reviews, and I didn't know at the time that Yelp hid his bad reviews - you had to click another small link at the bottom of the page to view his bad reviews. All his positive reviews remains up on top and visible, so it looks like he is overall good. The contractor I hired turned out to be a NIGHTMARE.

Yelp should be shut down - they truly do use extortion against businesses.
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thanks for the alert. Sad world we live in, no ethics. Hope you can sue & collect.
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Believe it or not there’s absolutely nothing I can do. If you research this problem you will see that it’s widespread and many people have sued yelp and haven’t been able to get any good results.

Yelp as caused many good small businesses to lose customers.
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Definitely.

Yelp will delete or make much less noticeable the bad reviews about businesses IF that business pays them.

Once I hired a REALLY bad contractor after looking at his Yelp reviews, and I didn't know at the time that Yelp hid his bad reviews - you had to click another small link at the bottom of the page to view his bad reviews. All his positive reviews remains up on top and visible, so it looks like he is overall good. The contractor I hired turned out to be a NIGHTMARE.

Yelp should be shut down - they truly do use extortion against businesses.
 Quoting: BremertonHardcorePunk


I guarantee you he’s a paid advertiser. That’s why only has good reviews are showing.
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We just need to spread the word So people don’t get scammed.
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01/24/2019 07:14 PM
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Are you freaking kidding me? I cannot believe this thread as pinned!!! Thank you so much mods, You have no idea how much this means.

So many people are being held hostage by Yelp, so many small businesses are losing money because of this scam that they run.
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01/24/2019 07:15 PM
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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
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01/24/2019 07:18 PM
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thanks for the heads up op
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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
 Quoting: The wayshower


Exactly! This is another issue with them. There’s a bunch of people on YouTube talking about this.

I have been so pissed because I work my ass off to provide my customers with the best service possible and I’ve been in business for 12 years and always try to treat my customers right. And I had a ton of five star reviews and one negative review from some crazy person that I could not help.
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wow thats worse for you now cant you delete the whole thing?
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01/24/2019 07:24 PM
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lol, people still use yelp?
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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
 Quoting: The wayshower


Exactly! This is another issue with them. There’s a bunch of people on YouTube talking about this.

I have been so pissed because I work my ass off to provide my customers with the best service possible and I’ve been in business for 12 years and always try to treat my customers right. And I had a ton of five star reviews and one negative review from some crazy person that I could not help.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


what's your biz op? we will support you if we can.
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I heard this exact story a couple of years ago.

Pretty funny how morally bankrupt society is. It's all downhill from here folks.

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Wow, that's crazy. I hope they get their A$$ sued for this. I know that a lot of the reviews are fair and good, but sometimes I do wonder about some that have bad reviews, when I don't think the business is that bad.
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Own a restaurant?

Go around and do fecal / coliform bacteria tests on other restaurants food. Publish on youtube.

Sue health department for not doing it.

Publish lawsuit in paper.

Make more money from that than from your biz.

Send me 5%

You need to join my vigilante club.

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Thanks for the heads up, Enigma. All the same, I along with many others are instructing the incoming malevolent ETs to "eat the Canadians first". ; )
 Quoting: ACME_MAN


LOL!
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wow thats worse for you now cant you delete the whole thing?
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You can’t delete anything. You have absolutely no control of your business listing. You can sign up to become an advertiser and then add your business hours and information about your business, but once you do that you’re hooked. All businesses are listed on Yelp whether they want to be or not.
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Haha wtf?
That shitty looking site?

Well I can understand they have to turn mafia to keep their shit site alive.
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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
 Quoting: The wayshower


Exactly! This is another issue with them. There’s a bunch of people on YouTube talking about this.

I have been so pissed because I work my ass off to provide my customers with the best service possible and I’ve been in business for 12 years and always try to treat my customers right. And I had a ton of five star reviews and one negative review from some crazy person that I could not help.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


what's your biz op? we will support you if we can.
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I’d really love to give you guys the name of my business but at the same time I don’t want any crazies to come out and give me any more negative publicity. I’m already bummed about this. All I could think of doing is to try and get the word out about how they extort small businesses.
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Own a restaurant?

Go around and do fecal / coliform bacteria tests on other restaurants food. Publish on youtube.

Sue health department for not doing it.

Publish lawsuit in paper.

Make more money from that than from your biz.

Send me 5%

You need to join my vigilante club.
 Quoting: SpringLeak


You know, All I want is to be treated honestly and fairly. That’s all I ask. But I am really posted at Yelp and am trying to think of creative ways to hand their ass to them.
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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
 Quoting: The wayshower


Exactly! This is another issue with them. There’s a bunch of people on YouTube talking about this.

I have been so pissed because I work my ass off to provide my customers with the best service possible and I’ve been in business for 12 years and always try to treat my customers right. And I had a ton of five star reviews and one negative review from some crazy person that I could not help.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


what's your biz op? we will support you if we can.
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I’d really love to give you guys the name of my business but at the same time I don’t want any crazies to come out and give me any more negative publicity. I’m already bummed about this. All I could think of doing is to try and get the word out about how they extort small businesses.
 Quoting: _Enigma_




didn't occur to me...glad you are smarter than me
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Own a restaurant?

Go around and do fecal / coliform bacteria tests on other restaurants food. Publish on youtube.

Sue health department for not doing it.

Publish lawsuit in paper.

Make more money from that than from your biz.

Send me 5%

You need to join my vigilante club.
 Quoting: SpringLeak


You know, All I want is to be treated honestly and fairly. That’s all I ask. But I am really posted at Yelp and am trying to think of creative ways to hand their ass to them.
 Quoting: _Enigma_


I meant PISSED at Yelp, my autocorrect is never correct.
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Thank you again to the MOD that pinned this.

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Ohh yes, and the leads are fake, invented just to get your money. I remember I got 2 calls from customers only. They said that around 48 click on my add, they charge me $480 for just 2 real calls and 48 fake.
 Quoting: The wayshower


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Well, I'll never trust Yelp again. It's sort of like Amazon reviews that are being gamed. You have to look at the reviews or check out fakespot.com to know if the feedback is bogus (pro tip, they're fake a good 70% of the time!)

What good is a review service is the reviews aren't reliable? Hope this works out for OP!
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Beware if you’re a small business owner.

When you refuse to advertise with Yelp they will remove your positive reviews and leave only negative reviews. They did this to me. I literally had many five star reviews that were removed and I had one negative review that was bogus and that’s the only review they left for my business. This was done after I refused to pay for advertising on their site. They also flagged this one star review as the first review I received for my business which was an out right lie.

They currently have a ton of lawsuits against them and many complaints by businesses who have had this issue with them. You can check out YouTube videos with people having this issue and you can also research it on the Internet. I plan to file a complaint with the federal trade commission once the government opens back up, but I don’t expect any results as many people have brought lawsuits to know avail.

I would like to let consumers know that you cannot rely on Yelp reviews. They lie. They allow good reviews if they are getting paid by that business. If you want fair reviews pay attention to Google.

Spread the word so we can let the public know, Yelp uses extortion to force businesses to advertise with them. If you have their app one star it and tell them why. It’s a big businesses like this that hurt small business owners and they don’t care.
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I just told my girlfriend about your experience and she said, "WHAT!?!" and immediately grabbed her phone and deleted the app off her phone... "never again".

We support small business.
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“Refused to pay for advertising”

So they solicited you?





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