Review Fraud: Not New, But Also NOT Solved

by Karl Denninger

It’s nothing new to hire “shills” who don’t disclose their scheme to customers. In fact it’s one of the oldest games out there when it comes to marketing.

It’s broadly illegal because it’s a crooked practice; it violates the general covenant of fair dealing that always comes with any sort of transaction. The FTC has very broad authority to go after these issues — but in fact very, very rarely does.

So is this a surprise? No.

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