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Restaurant Dangles Refund If We Replace Scathing Yelp Review With A Five-Star One

Have you ever visited a restaurant or store that was really terrible, but had lots and lots of four- and five-star Yelp reviews? Maybe they’re engaging in practices similar to a restaurant that Jennifer reviewed. They offered her a refund to change her poor review to four or five stars. She and her fiancé brought a large family group to a steakhouse for a pre-wedding “meet the family” dinner. Was it the second tip that the waiter added to their bill for himself, the extra $400 in seafood dinners added to their tab, or the the attempted sleight-of-hand with bottled water? She wrote about all of it, and the restaurant didn’t like it. The refund, however, was only to come after she revised the original review and pretended the bad experience never happened. [More]

Paying The Foreclosure Lawyer With A Second Mortgage

Paying The Foreclosure Lawyer With A Second Mortgage

Ever the hotbed of innovation, a new innovation in foreclosure defense is emerging in Florida. Until now, the big question for foreclosure lawyers is “how do we get paid?” If their client can’t afford to pay the bank, how are they going to pay for legal services? One firm has figured out a way. After the original mortgage is nullified or reduced, the client takes out a new mortgage for 40% of the savings, and pays it to the lawyer. [More]

Walmart Is Going Fee-Happy On My Money Orders

Walmart Is Going Fee-Happy On My Money Orders

Dan and his wife Kat are geniuses because they guilt Kat’s parents into giving them money orders, but their plans are starting to be foiled because Walmart has suddenly started sticking them with check cashing fees. [More]

Fry's Employee Says Store Offered Black Friday Line-Skipping Deal

Fry's Employee Says Store Offered Black Friday Line-Skipping Deal

An Oregon employee of Fry’s Electronics says his store offered a shady Black Friday deal that let customers skip lines if they bought a certain router. Taking the name George Orwell, he writes: [More]

Hidden Cameras Catch LA Valets Breaking All Kinds Of Laws

Hidden Cameras Catch LA Valets Breaking All Kinds Of Laws

An excellent piece of investigative journalism by NBC Los Angeles catches valets all over the city putting up fake no parking signs, jamming meters, and using customers’ cars to shuttle valets around.

Discover Customer Snookered Into Payment Protection Plan

Discover Customer Snookered Into Payment Protection Plan

Aaron feels he was tricked by a Discover cold-caller into enrolling in a pricey payment protection plan. His cautionary tale is evidence that giving a credit card-affiliated phone salesman the go-ahead to send you an information packet can backfire.

Chrysler Won't Let Customers Out Of Credit Monitoring Service Without A Fight

Chrysler Won't Let Customers Out Of Credit Monitoring Service Without A Fight

Chris and his wife bought a Jeep were automatically enrolled in a free credit monitoring service. When they decided they no longer wanted the service, they got a hassle from a CSR and worry they’ll have to go through the process again to cut the cord.

Ramada Overcharges Guy, Won't Give Full Refund

Ramada Overcharges Guy, Won't Give Full Refund

Every time you leave your credit card info at a hotel front desk, it’s natural to worry you’ll be overcharged. Tony’s fear came true, since his card was charged even after his girlfriend paid for the room. And he’s been tangling with Ramada over a hotel stay in which he was double-charged for a stay.

Power Washer Company's Warranty Policy Sucks And Blows

Power Washer Company's Warranty Policy Sucks And Blows

Jim bought an industrial-strength Karcher power washer new on eBay a few months ago, didn’t open it until recently and found that the pump didn’t work.

Ticketmaster Pays $50,000 Fine, Closes More Than 100 Deceptive Site

Ticketmaster will pay a $50,000 fine and shutter more than 100 deceptive brokerage sites as part of a wide-reaching agreement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Madigan’s office accused Ticketmaster’s always shady subsidy, TicketsNow, of creating sites that masqueraded as local venues selling tickets at face value. The settlement also requires TicketsNow to wait until after Ticketmaster puts non-sporting events on sale before hawking tickets at outrageously inflated prices.

Amazon Deletes Reviews That Mention Pay For Play Review Schemes

Amazon Deletes Reviews That Mention Pay For Play Review Schemes

After buying an anti-snoring mouthpiece from a third-party seller on Amazon, reader Bob received an email from the company offering him a free mouthpiece in exchange for a five-star review. He noted this attempted bribe in his Amazon review, and Amazon deleted it. Twice.

Buy A Gift Certificate From Restaurant.com, Sign Up For A Recurring $14.95 Monthly 'Service"

Buy A Gift Certificate From Restaurant.com, Sign Up For A Recurring $14.95 Monthly 'Service"

Note: this post is about restaurant.com, not restaurants.com. The two websites are not related. Tracey emailed us today to let us know that she just found a mysterious $14.95 fee on her credit card. It turns out a company called Shopping Essentials is now billing her as a monthly subscriber, and all because she bought some gift certificates via restaurant.com in December. To make matters even more shady, Shopping Essentials never contacted Tracey to let her know she signed up for anything, or to send her information about their services, or to call attention in any way to the fact that she now pays them a monthly fee.

Belkin Caught Paying For Positive Reviews

Belkin Caught Paying For Positive Reviews

Belkin Business Development Representative Michael Bayard has been caught offering to pay anyone willing to leave perfect reviews of Belkin products on Amazon, Buy.com, and Newegg. Even worse, the highly unethical strategy seems to have worked—almost fifteen pages worth of Belkin products on Amazon have perfect five-star ratings.

Buy.com: It's Not Our Problem That You Never Got Your Item

Buy.com: It's Not Our Problem That You Never Got Your Item

Eric ordered a hard drive from Buy.com. He never received it, but Buy.com says that it was delivered. Eric’s wife was home at the time that the delivery supposedly happened, and she remains hard drive-less. Now, Buy.com is saying that it’s their policy not to be responsible for items once they are shipped, and Eric wants to warn others about this policy.

Fake Wired Magazine "Renewal Notice" Almost Tricks You Into Paying More

Fake Wired Magazine "Renewal Notice" Almost Tricks You Into Paying More

Here’s a reminder that one must remain ever vigilant against shady direct mail offers that masquerade as bills that you are expecting.

Scammed By Curb-Side Check In At JFK

Scammed By Curb-Side Check In At JFK

Reader Andy decided to check his bag curb-side at JFK, that wretched hive of scum and villainy, and the curb-side check-in attendant scammed him out of $15 by promising to sneak his “overweight” bag onto the flight for a “big tip.” Naturally, after the deal was done, Andy realized that his bag probably wasn’t overweight and he’d just been scammed. Now he’s writing in to tell his story so that other consumers can avoid a similar fate.

Does That Chain Restaurant Or Fast Food Match The Nutritional Information? Apparently Not.

Does That Chain Restaurant Or Fast Food Match The Nutritional Information? Apparently Not.

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/01/bank-of-america-will-pay/

Bank of America will pay a nearly $10 million settlement to 15,000 customers after feeding investors information that was biased towards its own funds, says the SEC. [CNNMoney]