Product review red flags and avoiding hotel disasters | 7 On Your Side

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
What you should know about review scams
Nina Pineda has advice to help you avoid fake reviews when you're making any purchases.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- As you shop this holiday season, you might check out some product reviews. The problem is, sometimes those reviews are fake. 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda tells you how to spot the bad ones.

You should be on the lookout for:

- Over-the-top phrases - "best bang for your buck," "don't hesitate," "buy quick," "coolest thing ever," "life-changing"

- Check the date - All the reviews drop on the same day and around the same time

- Did the reviewer exchange, gift, or get the item complimentary

- Reviews can be positive or negative, sometimes bad reviews can be by a competitor

- Download the Fake Spot browser extension

Plus, when it comes to travel, how do you know that the hotel you are booking isn't a dud?

- Check to see if photos might be a fakeout.

- Check Tripadvisor to see customer photos

Nina Pineda shared these tips and more on Eyewitness News Mornings @ 10.

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