HowtoReportScams.com claims to be a go-to online review site for people who have been victimized by fraud or other scam. But in truth, this site often functions as a platform for malicious gossip and personal attacks against people who have done nothing wrong at all. If you’ve been victimized on HowtoReportScams.com, you have every reason to be distressed. But you don’t have to simply stand there and take it.
In this comprehensive article, we’re going to take you through how to remove yourself and your business from HowtoReportScams.com, whether HowtoReportScams and other scam exposing websites are legal, how to respond to fake, negative, and malicious online reviews and posts, and more!
- To identify fake online reviews and posts, look for the following elements:
- Timing of when it was posted
- Language used
- Reviewer’s posting history
- Reviewer’s profile photograph.
Make sure to check out Section 3 of this blog post for an in-depth explanation of how to spot fake online reviews and posts!
Defamation Law Fact: To prove online defamation, a libel plaintiff will generally be required to prove the following four elements: (1) The defendant made a false assertion of fact ‘of and concerning’ the plaintiff, (2) The false assertion of fact was communicated to a third-party, (3) The defendant acted with at least ordinary negligence when communicating the statement, and (4) The statement caused damage to the plaintiff’s reputation.
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The Brass Tacks: What is HowtoReportScams.com?
HowtoReportScams.com is an online scam exposing and reporting website for users to “dish” on the latest and greatest business scams, review products, and unmask popular scammers. HowtoReportScams.com is controlled by the parent website, WhoScammedYou.com, boasting the same website layout, terms of service, and contact information. It sports the same “Top 10 Scammers” list as well, along with the same amount of pages as both WhoScammedYou.com and FileAScam.com (also owned by WhoScammedYou).
Users can sort through scams by date, or by searching in the upper-right hand corner search bar. Like WhoScammedYou and FileAScam, HowtoReportScams covers every scam imaginable, from multi-level marketing scams, to religious scams, all the way to “cleaning company” scams.
As of the date of publish, HowtoReportScams.com has over 800 pages of scam reports, and over 140 backlinks to its website (other websites linking to it). Specifically, HowtoReportScams.com’s ‘About Us’ page reads, “WhoScammedYou.com has been designed to allow consumers to tell real-life experiences of being scammed. Nobody goes through life without being involved in a scam, and most of the time there is nothing you can do about it. Well, now there is!!!”
Just remember, HowtoReportScams.com operates under the guidance of WhoScammedYou.com (WSY), so all of their website and contact information is the same as WSY.
Imagine finding your business or service falsely attacked online. This could ultimately lead to you and your business having to close down for good. Online defamation and malicious attacks are preventable. However, you need to approach it as soon as possible. Don’t let an online troll destroy your online reputation and livelihood.
Curious to read up on why sites owned by WhoScammedYou.com pose a serious threat to you and your business’s online reputation and future? Check out our comprehensive post on FileAScam.com and three fundamental flaws associated with it. After all, FileAScam, WhoScammedYou, and HowtoReportScams are all nearly identical, so all three fundamental flaws apply to all three sites.
Now, let’s turn to how to secure a guaranteed post removal from HowtoReportScams.com and all websites operating under WhoScammedYou.com.
Libel Removal Tip: When confronting online defamation, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of defamation; libel and slander. Libel refers to a false written statement, while slander refers to a false spoken statement. Online defamation will generally be classified as libel (even YouTube videos), so make sure to familiarize yourself with your state’s respective libel statute of limitations before bringing a claim.
How to Remove Your Business From HowtoReportScams.com
Are you going to sit by idly and do nothing while you and your business is being ripped to shreds online? When it comes to your business, reputation is everything, and without it, your business may ultimately shut down. That’s where we come in.
Removing fake and negative reviews from HowtoReportScams.com is as straightforward as contacting the Ohio-based defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law as soon as possible! At Minc Law, we can guarantee the removal of fake and negative posts and reviews from HowtoReportScams, along with numerous other user-generated content platforms, gossip websites, and homewrecker shaming bulletin boards.
To find the complete list of websites and online platforms we provide guaranteed defamation removals from, head on over to our ‘Services’ page here.
In our tenure as nationally recognized Internet defamation attorneys, we’ve helped defamation victims secure the effective and permanent removal of over 25,000 pieces of content and web-pages, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a near-100% online defamation removal rate. And, we conduct specific removals all for a flat, reasonable fee.
We provide a comprehensive suite of services to both individuals and businesses seeking to control their online image, reputation, and presence. Specifically, we help clients identify and stop malicious and anonymous online attacks, cyber-harassment and cyberstalking, defamatory reviews and posts, and other negative online attacks. We also are leaders in revenge porn (nonconsensual pornography) removal, online investigation services, and online reputation management and repair services.
Every situation is unique, so whether you and your company have been falsely reviewed on HowtoReportScams.com, cyberstalked and attacked by an anonymous Internet troll, or negatively posted about on a popular gossip website, we’re here to help you resolve your case as quickly as possible.
Online Harassment Protection Tip: Unfortunately, the United States is substantially lacking when it comes to online harassment legislation at the federal level. As a result, online harassment is typically provided for at the state level. However, the most commonly cited law which is applied to online harassment and cyberstalking is 47 U.S. Code § 223, which covers interstate and foreign communications made by means of a telecommunications device.
How to Identify & Respond to Fake & Negative Internet Reviews
Oftentimes, fake and negative Internet reviews are pretty easy to spot; however. it’s important to brush up on some of the most common elements associated with libelous and fake reviews and profiles. Doing so could ultimately be the difference in a long and sustainable online presence and business, or having to close your doors for good.
In this section, we’re going to walk you through five core traits most fake profiles and reviews possess, along with how businesses and online services should respond to negative Internet reviews.
When Was the Review Posted? Timing is Key
If your business or company receives an online review roughly every week or two, take note of when reviews start coming in left and right. If there’s a notable spike in the number of reviews of your business, this could indicate a targeted attack by a competitor, review farm, or disgruntled customer.
Do however understand that an influx of reviews could also be associated with a feature in a news segment or popular television show, respective product or service launches, or seasonal factors (ex. Black Friday, Christmas, etc…).
Hyperbole: How Does the Average Person Speak?
The average person doesn’t speak or type in exaggerated language, so keep an eye out for reviews which use excessive hyperbole! Furthermore, the reality of fake online reviews is that most are posted by non-native English speakers. So, make sure to keep an eye out for strange language choices, incorrect grammar, and basic spelling mistakes.
Excessive adjectives praising or admonishing a product, service, or company are reliable indications of a fake review. The average reviewer doesn’t typically incorporate such excessive and glorified praise in a review. They tell it how it is.
Lack of Posting History: A Dead Giveaway
If a reviewer has absolutely zero previous account activity and reviews under his belt, why did he all of a sudden feel a need to review your business, product, or service? Users who have a clear lack of posting history is often a dead giveaway that you and your business are dealing with a fake reviewer.
Or, maybe the profile in question has thousands of reviews to its name. Try to ascertain the general sentiment of their reviews. Are all reviews extremely positive? Or are they all negative? Professional reviewers can sometimes be difficult to spot, however, if their profile only boasts five-star reviews about a specific product or business, there’s a chance they were paid for the efforts.
Generic & Photo-less Profiles
One of the most telling features of a fake profile and fake review is the lack of a photograph, or use of a generic stock photograph. Names like John Smith or Jane Doe should be obvious giveaways of offshore review farms and bots, and approached with skepticism.
Should a suspect profile actually have a photograph, conducting a reverse image search via Google is an effective way to locate other websites and profiles where the picture was used. Most fake profiles will pull photographs from stock images, other blogs, and a person’s social media profiles. If the name and image don’t match up to the one found in a reverse image search, you’re likely dealing with a fake profile and fake reviews.
It’s also not unheard of for review bots and fake profiles to steal images from a popular movie or music video.
A Simple Google Search Will Do
In today’s online landscape, it’s scarily easy to locate most individuals, businesses, and entities online. All it takes is a little research. If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of a reviewer, entering the available profile information into Google will often yield telling results. Most genuine online reviewers will sport the same username and profile for all profiles.
Do the results tell a cohesive story of a real person with real views? Or does the profile tend to merely exist without much activity? Are there relevant Twitter profiles, Instagram captions, TripAdvisor reviews?
Fake and malicious reviewers generally have a small digital footprint, due to being operated by review farms or bots.
If you’re ever in doubt as to the authenticity of an Internet review about your business or service, reaching out to the reviewer is often your best bet. Simply put, fake profiles and reviews are generally a one and done and won’t actually respond, while genuine reviewers are far more likely to provide additional constructive feedback.
When responding to a fake or negative review, we recommend the following:
- Do not respond with emotion. Instead ask for constructive advice and treat them as if they are a legitimate customer,
- Seek to identify the purchase, transaction, or encounter you and your business or service had with the reviewer,
- In appropriate cases, attempting to remedy a customer’s complaint can go a long way,
- Make sure not to violate any legal obligations or restrictions your profession carries when responding to clients, customers, or persons (ex. HIPAA).
Cyberstalking & Cyberbullying Protection Tip: While cyberstalking and cyberbullying are typically used interchangeably, they actually differ in one significant way. Cyberbullying specifically refers to the online bullying and harassment of minors (persons under the age of 18), while cyberbullying concerns itself with the online harassment of adults.
3 Free Tools to Protect Your Online Brand & Reputation
Failing to arm oneself with free online brand and reputation monitoring tools would be a huge mistake in today’s user-generated content platform and social media-driven environment. In this section, we’re going to walk you through three free tools you and your business should be using to protect your online reputation and brand.
Keep in mind that all three tools should be utilized as pre-emptive measures towards combating online defamation and fake reviews.
Google Alerts: Monitor the Internet For Brand & Company Mentions
Google Alerts is a free and easy-to-use tool to receive notifications anytime you or your company is mentioned anywhere online. More specifically, Google alerts is a content notification service provided by Google, which sends users an email anytime their name, company, or inserted keywords appear in a news article, blog, report, or webpage.
For example, if you’re looking to monitor you and your business online, you can ‘Create an Alert’ to receive notifications anytime “John’s Auto Repair” or “John Smith” is mentioned anywhere online. You can also specify the part of the world you want your information from, as to weed out unnecessary posts, reviews, and content from the other side of the globe.
Do note that Google Alerts only monitors content in Google’s search results, and does not cover other popular search engines such as Bing and Yahoo!.
We also recommend checking out our article on how to remove Google reviews for further reading on combating fake online reviews!
The Complaint Search Box
The Complaint Search Box is a free online tool and search platform for users and businesses to search over 40 complaint websites via one single search bar. With this online search tool, individuals and businesses can efficiently gauge their product, company, or service’s reputation in the community, without having to manually enter search after search across countless complaint websites.
Having a comprehensive tool to identify all negative and fake reviews at once will ultimately enable you and your business to quickly address them. After all, when it comes to preserving you and your business’s online reputation, proactivity trumps reactivity.
Talkwalker & Social Media Monitoring
Talkwalker is a real-time (and free) social media search engine tool for businesses and individuals looking to stay up-to-date with what users across social media platforms and what they have to say. Talkwalker empowers businesses and individuals to search for brand mentions across all major social networks, and in 187 languages, generating an instant overview of your online reputation.
With Talkwalker, users are also able to map out their mentions across the globe, track competitor’s campaigns and hashtags, and compare how you and your brand measure up. It’s also a great tool to better understand which articles, tweets, posts, and content are driving traffic and conversations to your brand.
Online Reputation & Brand Management Tip: Should you and your business fail to establish an online reputation and brand monitoring budget, you ultimately risk being surpassed by competitors who are striving to stay up-to-date with the latest technological and Internet advancements. Besides gauging the general public’s perception of your service or product, an online reputation and brand monitoring budget is also effective at identifying intellectual property infringers.
Work With the Online Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law Today!
False posts and negative reviews on HowtoReportScams.com, and other scam exposing websites, stand to severely affect you and your business. Not only do negative and false reviews impact overall business and customer retention, but they can also lead to heightened media scrutiny, severance of important partnerships and advertising, and even having to close your business down for good.
Contact the defamation removal lawyers of Minc Law ASAP to discuss you and your company’s removal from HowtoReportScams.com, FileAScam.com, and WhoScammedYou.com. You can also find our comprehensive list of websites we offer guaranteed defamation removals for by checking out our Guaranteed Removals page.
We also provide cyber-investigation services, expert witness services, revenge porn (non-consensual pornography) removals, and online harassment and cyberstalking protection services.
So, what can you expect when working with the Cleveland-based Internet lawyers of Minc Law?
- Utmost Respect & Courtesy: At Minc Law, we understand how invasive, stressful, and overwhelming online defamation and fake reviews can be, so rest assured we’re here to make the removal process as smooth as possible. We pride ourselves on treating all clients with the utmost respect and courtesy.
- Open Channels of Communication: Some Internet defamation removal attorneys go missing once the takedown process has begun. Not Minc Law. We know just how important it is to be kept up to date with all important details surrounding your case, so know that we will always keep you in the loop.
- Websites Respond to Minc Law: In our tenure as nationally recognized Internet defamation attorneys, we’ve helped secure the permanent removal of over 25,000 pieces of libelous content and web-pages, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate. Websites and businesses respond to Minc Law.
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