Today we’re releasing a new round of 121 Consumer Alerts, which let people know that we’ve detected extreme attempts to manipulate ratings and reviews for certain businesses. While our automated recommendation software is constantly sorting through mountains of data to highlight the most trustworthy reviews, Yelp’s Consumer Alert program is an added layer of consumer protection.
Under the Consumer Alerts program, a skilled team of Yelp detectives tracks down efforts to deceive consumers, including people who offer money in exchange for five-star reviews. We then alert consumers about this activity for a minimum of 90 days.
Consider these examples:
MX Moversin Staten Island, NY offered a $1,500 payment to a customer for the removal of a critical review.
National Youth Sports in Glendale, AZ was offering free Diamondback tickets in exchange for positive reviews.
A user reported that the office of Monica Pardo, DDS in Glendora, CA was offering free tickets to Disney World in exchange for 5-star reviews.