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Get the download on the newest travel scams to watch out for on social media and websites, plus tips to avoid being ripped off.

Fabricated TripAdvisor and Yelp Reviews

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Aggregate review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp are the first point of reference for many travelers. Since so many consumers and industry professionals rely on these sites, reviews have the potential to sabotage business owners’ reputations and to misguide. They can be penned anonymously or under a pseudonym, and controls to prevent or monitor the validity of reviews are more or less nonexistent (although site officials talk of algorithms and designated individuals to sleuth out false reviews). Look at the collective evaluation of a place, as opposed to zeroing in on one especially glowing or negative review, and hedge your bets by cross-checking reviews across both user-generated and editorial websites.  

Newest Online Travel Scams

Fabricated TripAdvisor and Yelp Reviews

Aggregate review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp are the first point of reference for many travelers. Since so many consumers and industry professionals rely on these sites, reviews have the potential to sabotage business owners’ reputations and to misguide. They can be penned anonymously or under a pseudonym, and controls to prevent or monitor the validity of reviews are more or less nonexistent (although site officials talk of algorithms and designated individuals to sleuth out false reviews). Look at the collective evaluation of a place, as opposed to zeroing in on one especially glowing or negative review, and hedge your bets by cross-checking reviews across both user-generated and editorial websites.  

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