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Why Yelp Will Never Be Great Again

Yelp has been one of the market's hottest stocks lately, but as many as 20% of the reviews on the site may be fakes. Will the gains continue if the reviews can't be trusted?

Why Yelp Turned to Public Shaming in Paid Review Fight

In its quest to keep its reviews free of bribery and bias, Yelp last week turned to a new weapon: Public shaming. Businesses found attempting to buy positive reviews will have their pages branded with a consumer advisory warning. Here's why it's a necessary move.

Fake Reviews: Don't Fall for This Online Marketing Scam

Shoppers love online customer reviews. They offer the benefit of other people's experiences with a product before you buy, so you can have a better idea whether it's worth the money. Yes, they're great -- if you can trust the source. But often, you can't.

Phishing Scams, Fake Reviews: How Not to Be Duped

This is high season for tax-related phishing scams, as online con artists try to trick you out of your personal data, and thus your cash. But Internet scams and deceptions are a year-round industry. Here are some tips on how to avoid being conned.

Fake Product-Review Sites: How Buyers Can Beware

Shoppers looking for advice from their fellow consumers have a tough enough time sifting out the false reviews posted on legitimate product-review sites. But there's a worse problem out there online: "Nefarious" websites entirely devoted to promoting merchandise with fake reviews.

7 Ways to Spot Fake Online Reviews

If you often use online reviews to help you make purchasing decision, you needn't employ a secret algorithm to ferret out the fakes. Follow these tips to find the critiques that count.