Trust is hijacked by conmen.
The #fieldsdatarecoveryscam confirmed how Trustpilot operates and why Trustscores and Trustboxes cannot be trusted.
It reveals how UK, European, US reviews and reviewer profiles are hijacked by Trustpilot Inc, an American company looking to become a $Billion Northzone - DraperEsprit - Earnst & Young IPO.
There is a very serious GDPR issue here - It is not just fake reviews - European / UK companies are signing up their clients to Trustpilot without making it clear how the data is processed and who has access to it.
The #Fieldsdatarecoveryscam revealed much more than paid for reputation management, Gaming, Cherry Picking and Widget Fixing.
It showed user profiles could be hacked - reviews changed and that the Trustpilot system does not protect personal data.
Any website with a database of email addresses can add reviews - only when a reviewer logs in and checks their own profile will they realise they are compromised.
There are hundreds and probably thousands of fake reviews and profiles added every day that go undetected - had I not exposed how Fields websites operated 2 years ago they would have averaged over 9.4 by now - but I only exposed Fields websites.
This brings me back to the original problem of why Trusted reviews and Trustworthy reviews platforms are fundamental to commerce and society. In this world of fake news, cybercrime, eWarfare and industrial scale fraud and scams permeating every layer of the internet we need all reviews sites to be fit for purpose, and Trustpilot must live up to its name.
We do not want to be #Trustjacked.
Peter Muhlmann 5Star Review for one of his investors KPMG
Copenhagen, DK, 57 reviews
Published 08 February 2009
Updated 17 October 2013
"[Sensitive information removed] at KPMG in Aarhus, thank you for great treatment and competent advice."
But What Did Peter really get $140million for?
I feel #Trustjacked - Fake Trustboxes, Fake Trustscores
Have you found something wrong about the Trustpilot Trustscores?
Did you realise your reviews and contact details are being hijacked?
Do you know who your personal details are shared with?
Do you understand what #TPwidgetfixing is and why it is used by scams conmen and fraudsters?
Have you been affected by the FieldsDataRecoveryScam or and Fields Group website or reseller like DataRecoverySpecialists dot co dot uk? Search Google for more information.
Have you realised #trustpilot has been #trustjacked by #reputation #management #racketeers who game and cherrypick to get fake trustscores?
When it comes to leaving reviews on Trustpilot most individuals do not realise their reviews, reviewer profiles, buying habits and future adsense adverts are being hijacked by Trustpilot.
Company websites are also hijacked into joining and paying Trustpilot for reviews collection.
For both consumers and businesses I do not think Trustpilot is to be trusted, it is a good idea but it is also hijacked by conmen and its own sales hungry alcohol fuelled salesteams.
Trustpilot is a data protection nightmare under the GDPR - our data is shared with many subprocessors worldwide.
I may be wrong but I suspect the future of Trustpilot is North America reviews.
In over 10 years Trustpilot failed in Europe and needs the US consumers to fall for Trustpiloteverywhere marketing but the word Trust is bought by the highest bidder. Some of the biggest internet scams use Trustpilot.
Others are webmarketing managers trying to use Trustpilot to enhance their Trustscores or push negative reviews off screen.
You can spot them on the Trustpilot homepage carousel.
There are more trustworthy, better managed and secure reviews collection platforms that charge less.
Trustpilot is effectively an online protection racketeering business reputation management system.
Often companies are hijacked or conned into joining.
As a member of the trustpilot community I am sure I have a good community spirit but I do not believe Trustpilot to be a good development, it is however the logical outcome of Google PPC / Adsense SEO domination.
Be clear on the subject of transparency Trustpilot compliance is more opaque than transparent.
Trustpilot is trying to be both a product sold by Trustpilot sales machine to justify the investment that finances its growth and the champaign lifestyles of its Trustys in conflict with its founders principles.
Trustpilots compliance teams cover up the weaknesses, scams and effectively ransom holding of websites.
Most companies after being hijacked into joining Trustpilot are left with the choice of Gaming, CherryPicking, Profile Hacking or ignoring trustpilot.
The purpose of Trustpilot is to sell reputation management, anything else is a by-product.
00:01 Gotten recently posted a report where
00:04 they claimed that in 2014 10-15% of
00:08 all reviews written online will be fake
00:11 so that is the company owner himself or
00:15 his mom or some outsourced company
00:19 has been hired to write reviews positive
00:23 reviews or purchase experiences that
00:25 never happened giving potential
00:28 consumers that consider to buy from this
00:30 company you could say misleading image
00:33 of what the customer service is actually
00:34 like or certainly an image that's not
00:36 based on actual people having spent
00:40 actual money in that store as the owner
00:45 of a review site of course that is
00:49 concerning there's also been a lot of
00:51 media focus justly so on the practice of
00:57 writing fake reviews I think the area
01:00 seems so much interest because every
01:02 consumer is consulting reviews before
01:06 they buy nobody these days will buy
01:07 anything from anyone without having read
01:10 reviews so maybe that makes some company
01:14 owners think that it's a shortcut
01:16 instead of focusing on customer service
01:18 instead of proactively inviting all
01:21 their customers to leave a review they
01:22 take the shortcut and they go out and
01:24 pay someone to write the fake reviews I
01:29 would say it's a bit like peeing in your
01:32 pants it warms at first and then it can
01:34 get very cold I think all the major
01:40 review sites are stepping up their game
01:44 we see at Trustpilot an increase in
01:51 reports from people who are aware of
01:56 this taking place so that could be that
01:58 its employees who don't necessarily like
02:02 the fact that their manager is ordering
02:04 fake reviews or it might be competitors
02:06 who know that a certain company is
02:10 cheating and it can very easily
02:14 into something that looks easy - very
02:21 very damaging a public crisis for your
That is the real Trustpilot Reality - buy into it you join the club and be a happy trusted consumer trying to share your honest experience or be a company who works out how to use fake trustboxes - fake trustscores because who cares - certainly not Trustpilot.
The world is being Trustjacked by Trustpilot.
Will the ICO investigate?
Trust is hijacked by conmen.
Reviews cannot be trusted.
Trustboxes and Trustscore are wrong.
Professional are adding insult to financial injury by effectively helping conmen.
You too will be #trustjacked if you have not been already.