A total of 19 firms collectively agreed to pay more than $350,000 in fines and stop posting bogus online reviews touting clients

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We've heard what the woman in the video is saying before ... but the article is interesting about the 'crack down'

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/23/fake-reviews-cra...

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they interviewed a 17 yr. old on ABC last night who said she got paid $40 for every review she posted!!! Said she could do like 400 a day!!  So how does one do that?  Have 400 different emails????? THis is beyond me.

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I thought it was $4 per review, not $40; still at 400 reviews per day, that would be $1600/day....

 

Has she ever renovated a bathroom? "No, I'm 17 <giggle>"

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Just checked the story again on line..it was $4 per review. You can see the video here.

But hey...no mention on the really big guys..TA

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Still at $1600 a day, assuming she just worked one day a week that's $83K and I'm willing to bet she didn't declare it. And she's provided video proof. The IRS paying 30% of what they recover.... Smiling

The people doing illegal B&B around here were defending themselves and why they should be allowed to do it and then the question of if they were declaring the income came up.... and then not so much defending themselves...

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Did you get their name? That's $16K a day that I bet you she didn't declare to the IRS. 

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Whistleblower-Informant-Award

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Surely if you're getting bad reviews the solution is to make changes to your business so that you give customers what they want/expect, rather than paying someone else to write good reviews.

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Why would you do that? It's obviously cheaper to trick people into thinking you are a good place rather than actually be a good place.

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That doesn't sound like a big enough fine.

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