Friday, September 22, 2006

RipOff Report Controversy...

The RipOff Report sounds like a good idea. Individuals can let the world know when they are victimized by scammers or frauds, giving fair warning to the rest of the world to avoid nefarious schemes designed to separate honest, unknowing people from their money. That's the kind of information the internet is well-suited to provide. And, in an increasingly commercialized virtual world, a source of warnings and tips about the "bad guys" is welcome.

Not everyone sees it that way, however. Although they may agree with The RipOff Report's lofty aims in the abstract, they allege the site has been host to bogus negative comments designed to extort recipients of negative reviews. This has led at least one company to offer a specialized service designed to push unfair Rip-Off Report reviews out of the top slots for Google searches for ostensibly victimized companies. They invite those who feel their business is being hurt by bogus RipOff Report assessments to contact them for assistance.

Seems like that good idea may have become controversial in its execution, huh?

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