How to Deal with a Fake Google Review

Fake Google reviews are a growing problem. They can be used to manipulate public opinion, damage businesses, and even ruin people's reputations. If you see a fake Google review, there are a few things you can do to report it.

First, identify the fake review. Fake reviews often have some telltale signs, such as:

  • They are very positive or negative, with no middle ground.
  • They are written in a very formal or informal style, which is inconsistent with the rest of the reviews on the page.
  • They contain grammatical errors or typos.
  • They make claims that are not supported by evidence.
  • They are from accounts that have no other reviews or are recently created.

Once you have identified a fake review, you can report it to Google. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Google My Business page for your business.
  2. Click on the "Reviews" tab.
  3. Click on the three dots next to the review you want to report.
  4. Select "Report Review."
  5. Select the reason why you are reporting the review.
  6. Click "Submit."

Google will then review your report and take action if it finds that the review is indeed fake.

By reporting fake reviews, you can help to keep Google a fair and honest platform for businesses and consumers alike.

Here are some additional tips for identifying fake Google reviews:

  • Look for reviews that are all positive or all negative. Real reviews are usually a mix of positive and negative feedback.
  • Look for reviews that are very long or very short. Real reviews are usually around 200-300 words long.
  • Look for reviews that use the same language or phrases. This is a sign that the review may have been written by the same person.
  • Look for reviews that are posted around the same time. This is a sign that the review may have been written by a competitor or someone trying to damage your business's reputation.

By following these tips, you can help to identify fake Google reviews and protect your business's reputation.