State AG cracks down on fake online reviews
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The State Attorney General's Office is cracking down on fake online reviews that help bring real customers to area businesses.
Following a year-long investigation, the state has reached a settlement with 19 companies to have them stop writing fake reviews.
Eric Schneiderman's office says the companies violated state laws against false advertising and engaged in deceptive business practices.
Schneiderman created a fake yogurt shop and ended up fining companies $350,000 that commissioned fake reviews for the fake shop.
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