Online Reviews: Beware Of Blackmail!

(KARE) – The Better Business Bureau says an extortion scheme has reached Minnesota and both businesses and consumers need to be on alert.

The scheme involves an email from an individual offering reputation management services. Shortly after that a series of fake negative customer reviews begin popping up on the Internet, trashing the company.

Brad Nyberg started getting those emails in December. Nyberg, who started Nyberg Photography two years ago ignored the emails but they kept coming.

“Couple days later I got another message, ‘the reviews are going up today, ‘and then six hours later there were negative reviews posted online,” he said.

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