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Arizona-based reputation management agency Lucid Leverage is highlighting a new scam that targets small businesses.
The scam was recently reported on by New York Times journalist Christina Morales in a news report published on July 11, 2022, titled “Restaurants Face an Extortion Threat: A Bad Rating on Google.” The company is also reminding business owners that it offers reputation management services that can help them minimize or outright eliminate the risk to their online reputation from such scams.
The news report from the New York Times talks about a new technique that scheming internet users are using to extort restaurants into giving them gift cards. The scammers’ modus operandi is to find small business owners such as restaurants and leave negative or one-star reviews on their public-facing Google My Business page. The scammer then sends the business owner an email where they ask for a gift card in exchange for removing the damaging review which often has no description or picture attached to it. Thankfully, after some customers brought the issue to Google’s attention, the search giant said that it is investigating the situation and will remove reviews that violate its policies.
A spokesperson for Lucid Leverage reacted to the report from the New York Times by saying, “If you run a business, you have undoubtedly been at the receiving end of scammers several times. Whether it be customers who refuse to pay for already delivered products and services or competitors who are trying to malign your name by spreading falsehoods about the way you operate, you have to develop a tough skin to make it as a successful entrepreneur. However, in the online domain, your skills and mental fortitude mean nothing as it is a whole different ball game. Like the report from the New York Times showcases, scammers can be sitting in any corner of the world and still threaten your business due to the way anonymity works on the ubiquitous internet. You just can’t compete in the online domain if you don’t have someone on your side who has the expertise to deal with such situations. At Lucid Leverage, we have fostered the know-how that you need to survive and excel in this new digital realm. Our reputation management services can help you build a clean online profile that drives foot traffic due to a large number of reviews and high ratings. Call us today and we will walk you through how we work and how we can completely transform the way your local customers look at your business.”
Lucid Leverage uses several strategies to make sure that its clients are not affected by the occasional negative or one-star review. To help improve its clients’ online reputations, Lucid Leverage uses cutting-edge technology to suppress negative or one-star reviews so that they no longer appear among the top search results on the first page of Google. Additionally, the company will also leverage its video and audio production capabilities to take its clients’ existing five-star reviews and produce Hollywood-style videos to showcase their happy clients and customers. The company also stays on top of the latest developments in the world of digital marketing to ensure that its clients’ online reputations are resilient enough to weather the storm of concerted smear campaigns by competitors or scammers, such as the incidents highlighted in the news report from the New York Times.
Lucid Leverage offers several digital marketing services such as local SEO, press release writing, and distribution, reputation management, social media marketing, web design, and YouTube marketing. The company has been serving clients all over the United States, Canada, and the UK since 2005. The company’s Arizona-based digital marketing experts also offer a unique advantage to small local businesses located in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and the rest of the Phoenix Metro Valley area. The company is rated an A+ from the Better Business Bureau.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
Lucid Leverage is a digital marketing agency specializing in online reputation management (ORM), search engine optimization (SEO), YouTube marketing and social media marketing across the USA, Canada and the UK.
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