Fake TripAdvisor Review Challenge part 2 of many

funny quote from TripAdvisor 

Nothing is more important to us than the authenticity of our reviews. We have a world-class international team of specialists who spend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, making sure our reviews are real.


If the above impressed you, just wait until you hear the rest of what the TripAdvisor Crew is capable of doing.. But first..

For 10 years now, TripAdvisor has been shouting from the top of the trees that they do not have a problem with fake reviews, blackmailing, defamation of character, online bullying and lots more..

Back in August after yet again TripAdvisor claimed they don’t have a problem with Fake reviews, and Stephen Kaufer explained the following ;

you can read the whole article HERE

 

Stephen Kaufer had the following to say about Fake Reviews 

Some people may not be aware of just how extensive and sophisticated our fraud detection systems are. The legitimacy of the reviews on TripAdvisor is a fundamental part of our value and, ultimately, our success…

… we know occasionally some people will attempt to manipulate our system so our fraud detection efforts are an absolute priority.

… we use evolving and highly sophisticated fraud detection filters, which scan the reviews. Anything suspicious is then flagged for inspection by our dedicated fraud detection team, who investigate fully, drawing upon their expertise in credit card fraud, identity theft, and loss prevention.

… there is little room to hide for anyone attempting to circumvent the systems we have in place. 

article can be seen here

 

TripAdvisor’s Kevin Carter reckons the following

 … TripAdvisor has a zero tolerance policy for fraud and has sophisticated tools for detecting it…

… We take the authenticity of our reviews very seriously and have numerous methods to manage the legitimacy of the content on TripAdvisor, including automated screening tools that are constantly upgraded…

… A team of quality assurance specialists investigates suspicious reviews which are flagged by our proprietary tools…

There you have just a few examples of TripAdvisor NOT acknowledging they have a HUGE problem with FAKE Reviews….

 


 Their story was very impressive, but it was the complete opposite to what we are seeing, we post 100’s of opinion reviews a week, and at least 95% get approved and posted.

So the question is, is TripAdvisor full of shit, or are we full of shit?.. So we challenged TripAdvisor to a “Fake Review Challenge”  as see below


Fake Review ChallengeThe Fake Review Challenge

 

We publicly challenge TripAdvisor to a “Fake Review Showdown”  We will post 10 completely random Fake Reviews, and see how many get approved and posted on TripAdvisor.

We will gladly work with the media to supply us with 10 random establishments to post reviews, and we will “record” all the steps we take to get the reviews posted.

TripAdvisor, stop just walking the walk, step up to the plate and allow us to show you just how easy it is to post fake reviews and use your site to destroy reputations and livelihoods..

TripAdvisor, this is YOUR chance to make a fool of us…

Can you REALLY stop Fake Reviews TripAdvisor?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Of course we never heard back from TripAdvisor. They finally had the chance to show everyone that WE are full of shit, and they with their Billions and sophisticated technology would have no trouble at all stopping 9 people with nothing better to do than claim to post fake reviews from actually posting them.

Of course we and everyone else knows the REAL Truth, and that is TripAdvisor has not got a clue how to stop fake reviews..On average  MORE than 9 out of 10 reviews we post get approved by TripAdvisor.

Just a few days ago, TripAdvisor again started ranting about the the authenticity of their reviews, it was obvious that the statement was made by someone that OBVIOUSLY did not have a clue what he or she was talking about.. It was embarrassing !!

The whole article can be read HERE – but we have just taken out a few of the best bits..

Nothing is more important to us than the authenticity of our reviews. We have a world-class international team of specialists who spend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, making sure our reviews are real

People continue to join and visit TripAdvisor in increasing numbers because of the usefulness that the traveller reviews and opinions provide.

We understand the importance that the reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor have to properties and businesses listed on the site. TripAdvisor has been monitoring tens of millions of reviews submitted over the past decade, and as a result, we can identify patterns of suspicious activity by utilising sophisticated filters and behavioural modelling to scan reviews. We monitor and evaluate hundreds of different attributes associated with electronic correspondence, such as IP address, the type of browser being used and even screen resolution of the reviewer’s device. Suspicious activity is then flagged to our investigations team of dedicated agents who use a variety of additional confidential investigative methods designed to identify potential fraud.

We have a world-class international team of nearly 100 content specialists. This team is able to work in all 21 languages that we support on our global sites. The team has a wide range of fraud detection backgrounds, from a range of industries, and utilise sophisticated data mining, visualization and analytic tools to uncover trends and patterns of abuse.

As well as our automated tools, we encourage our community of travellers and businesses alike to report any content they feel is suspicious or inappropriate. Every single report is investigated by the team above and any review found to be in breach of our policies will be taken down immediately.

Hahaha.. you gotta luv it!!.. whoever wrote the above, must be sooo embarrassed !!.. he or she had probably enjoyed the company of “Mary Jane” while watching The Matrix.


 

Anyway, our  Fake TripAdvisor Review Challenge still stands, we will gladly let TripAdvisor prove to EVERYONE what they loudly claim. 

But until then, here are just a few Opinion Reviews that ….. let’s make sure we get this right…  

Got passed a world-class international team of specialists who spend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, making sure our reviews are real, dodging all the sophisticated filters and behavioural modelling scans, also getting past the evaluation of hundreds of different attributes associated with electronic correspondence, such as IP address, the type of browser being used and even screen resolution of the reviewer’s device. If that is not enough they also got pass the world-class international team of nearly 100 content specialists. The team that is able to work in all 21 languages that they support on our global sites. The team has a wide range of fraud detection backgrounds, from a range of industries, and utilise sophisticated data mining, visualization and analytic tools to uncover trends and patterns of abuse…. AND these FAKE reviews however based on our  opinion still made it onto TripAdvisor… Now THAT is nothing but a miracle .. or least if you really believe TripAdvisor..

Miracle Fake Reviews

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60898-d1657115-Reviews-Holiday_Inn_Express_Suites_Atlanta_Airport_West_Camp_Creek-Atlanta_Georgia.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60898-d1556831-Reviews-Loews_Atlanta_Hotel-Atlanta_Georgia.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g56003-d247108-Reviews-Hilton_Garden_Inn_Houston_Northwest-Houston_Texas.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60795-d1510002-Reviews-Hotel_Palomar_Philadelphia_a_Kimpton_Hotel-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html DOUBLE WHAMMY

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60795-d122343-Reviews-Sofitel_Philadelphia_Hotel-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d236350-Reviews-Sofitel_London_St_James-London_England.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154943-d1108305-Reviews-L_Hermitage_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html  – DOUBLE WHAMMY

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154943-d1063797-Reviews-Rosewood_Hotel_Georgia-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154943-d156565-Reviews-St_Regis_Hotel-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

 

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  1. So, which are the fake ones? It looks like it just boots to the site itself.

  2. Here are more fake hotels’ reviews boots by hotel owners: 20 hotels in TOP 30 hotels (first page of Hanoi). I think TA happy with them due to support TA around 60 fake reviews per day, TA just needs people come in the site, write as much as things included fake one to announce that they have 35 million visits per week, suck!

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d3396794-Reviews-Hanoi_Serene_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1857804-Reviews-Hanoi_Charming_2_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d2328401-Reviews-Hanoi_Meracus_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d2570458-Reviews-Calypso_Grand_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d3478091-Reviews-Art_Trendy_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d2302138-Reviews-Tu_Linh_Palace_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d2293458-Reviews-Indochina_legend_2_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1728672-Reviews-La_Belle_Vie_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1420780-Reviews-Hanoi_Charming_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d662089-Reviews-Holiday_Gold_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d3314129-Reviews-Calypso_Legend_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1951646-Reviews-Hanoi_Tirant_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1774882-Reviews-An_Hung_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d2090621-Reviews-Hanoi_Sans_Souci_IV_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1816658-Reviews-Dong_Thanh_hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1224867-Reviews-Trung_Nam_Hai_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1858772-Reviews-Hanoi_Emotion_Hotel-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d3320127-Reviews-Hanoi_Legacy_Hotel_Bat_Su-Hanoi.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d1647862-Reviews-Hanoi_Twins_Hotel-Hanoi.html

  3. I don’t get how you are determining that any of these reviews are fakes?

    I think what TA means when they say they take fake reviews seriously is that they won’t allow multiple ID from the same IP address writing multiple reviews for the same location.

    Other than that, they have no way of knowing if the review is genuine or not. If someone wants to post reviews for places they’ve never been, they can and it is the same at any review website.

    • TripAdvisor Warning says:

      We KNOW they are Fake, ‘cos we posted them.. And TripAdvisor DOES allow multiple reviews for the same establishment.
      We rest our case with your quote : Other than that, they have no way of knowing if the review is genuine or not. If someone wants to post reviews for places they’ve never been, they can and it is the same at any review website…. However it is NOT true that all review sites are the same, for example the QUALITY review sites for example Bookings.com only allow VERIFIED users to leave a review.

  4. I recently spotted two identical, very laudatory reviews posted in the site of a revamped boutique hotel in Paris. They had been sitting there for several weeks. The authors were ostensibly different people. I reported this finding to TA and they removed one of the copies within a couple of hours. However, their army of smart people equipped with sophisticated tools to detect fraud had been clueless for weeks, while the duplication sticked out like a sore thumb!

  5. I advised TA six times since December 2013 that this review is BS : http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g294213-d4457991-Reviews-The_Westin_Chongqing_Liberation_Square-Chongqing.html

    How do I know?

    Because the fuc*ing hotel does not open until May 2014, yet this “World Traveller” claims to fly his personal jet around the world and review places.

    What a crock…

    TA’s response. Nil, Nada, Nothing. Wow such powerful filters can’t even detect if a review on a place that is not open yet. Even when alerted to it SIX times they do nothing.

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