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How to Remove Ripoff Report Complaints

Published on 6/11/2019
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How to Remove rip0ff Report Complaints
(or Bury Them in Google)

Are you concerned about fake rip0ff Report scams affecting your business? We’ll walk you through the 6 most effective rip0ff Report removal options, including rebuttals, lawsuits, and how to bury them in Google.

Have you ever had a scathing review written about your business on rip0ffreport.com? If so, you know just how frustrating the rip0ff Report removal process can be. In fact, most people think that once someone’s written a rip0ff Report about you it’s there for good. But that’s not entirely true.

Let’s walk through six effective options to remove rip0ff Report and save your company’s reputation.

What is rip0ff Report?

rip0ffreport.com is a for-profit, privately-owned, and controversial consumer complaint website. Ed Magedson founded the site in 1998 to empower consumers, but it has several flaws. The site allows anyone to publish an anonymous review without any verification beyond a valid email address. Because of that fact, rip0ff Report scam complaints have flooded the internet.

Their business model is similar to that of Pissed Consumer, which ironically features complaints about rip0ffreport.com.

ripoff reportAlthough they technically require honesty, there’s no fact-checking system in place to authenticate reviews. Their website guidelines state that users should ensure that reviews are appropriate, accurate and complete. They attempt to justify this policy by claiming that Amazon and Facebook don’t verify review authenticity either.

As you can imagine, this lack of a vetting process has led to rampant abuse of the website. rip0ffreport.com is a lawless domain. Fake reviews and defamatory information by competitors and disgruntled former employees are the norm. As a result, rip0ff Report holds an abysmal “F” rating on Better Business Bureau as well as a 1.4-star rating on ConsumerAffairs.

Additionally, the EU banned the site to European consumers on 5/24/2018. Consequently rip0ffreport.com must now display the following banner at the top of the website:

ripoffreport.com banned for users in the EU

None of this would be of much consequence if it weren’t for one thing: Google favors rip0ff Reports in its branded search results. Why? because the site hosts a massive amount of business reviews. 

The Legal Immunity of Rip0ff Report

The Communications Decency Act is a boon for Rip0ff Report when it comes to avoiding defamation lawsuits. The CDA shields websites such as this one from liability over third-party content posted on their domain. However, rip0ff Report can’t edit the content in any way.

They use this excuse to declare immunity from any defamatory statements made in the reviews they host. However, rip0ff Report also claims that they can refuse to take down complaints because they own the content. rip0ff Report refuses to remove reviews even if they know the complaint was falsified or the consumer requests removal.

They feel the removing rip0ff Reports would allow corporations to censor negative reviews by forcing unhappy customers to delete them. Although they claim to act on behalf of the little guy, the policy can be just as much of a headache for consumers.

rip0ff Report scam

Unfortunately, rip0ff Report scams have become all too common, and the tactics are essentially extortion. Scammers contact small business owners and complain about orders they say weren’t received. The crooks then threaten to write bad reviews unless the business owner sends them money.

There’s another version of the rip0ff Report scam that’s even more worse. A fake customer will publish a fabricated complaint on rip0ffreport.com, and then send you the link. They’ll usually offer to take it down if you pay them, but that’s impossible.

Fortunately you have a few options if you discover a nasty rip0ff Report complaint.

How to Remove rip0ff Report from Google (or fix them)

Below we’ll discuss how to get rid of rip0ff reports through the following methods: removal, response, payment, lawsuits and burying a rip0ff Report using SEO reputation managementtactics.

It’s also a good idea to check other platforms for problems. Like Yelp Facebook, Reddit and Google Reveiws 

1. Make amends

If the complaint brought against your business holds water, it’s in your best interest to swallow your pride and do what’s right. Express your regret, apologize to the customer in question, and offer to right your wrong. It’s always best to correct these situations before they become an online reputation management issue.

Once you’ve made amends, you have the option of asking him or her directly to edit the report. Sadly, if the customer agrees, you’ll encounter another frustrating catch. Not even the author can edit or delete the review. Also, if the consumer adds a follow-up to the review, you risk improving the report’s Bing and Google search result rankings by keeping it active.

On the other hand, the customer could potentially paint you in a negative light by sharing your attempts to edit or delete their rip0ff Report listing.

 

2. Submit a rebuttal

This is another option that isn’t necessarily recommended. Responding may improve the complaint’s search ranking by keeping it relevant and providing fresh content for Google to index. But for the sake of exhausting all your options, you could respond to the report and dispute the author’s claims. Again, this could further anger the customer and fuel him to speak ill of you and your business.

how to respond to ripoff report reviews

There are a few more important factors to take into account if you choose to respond. First, even if you do rebut the claims, visitors will need to scroll all the way to the bottom to see what you have to say. And there’s no telling how many users will even make it that far before leaving the page. Also, your rebuttal will have no effect on the page’s meta description tag. This means searchers will still see the original scathing review of your business in the search results.

If you feel you must write a response, edit it thoroughly before posting. Like the original complaint, your comment cannot be removed or edited, so don’t say anything you’ll later regret. Be careful not to include any keywords that could cause Google to grant the page more authority. Instead, use vague terms like “the business” rather than your company’s name. Finally, when you visit the page, be sure to do so in incognito mode. This will minimize the amount of traction given to it by Google.

Again, this option is rarely recommended. In fact, it will probably only stand to benefit you if you own a large company that receives a high volume of complaints.

3. Join the rip0ff Report “Corporate Advocacy Program” (CAP)

rip0ff Report’s Corporate Advocacy Program allows you to petition rip0ffreport.com to investigate the claims made against your business for a hefty fee. And once again, even if they find any evidence of online defamation or other wrongdoing, the complaint won’t actually be removed. Instead, the results of the investigation will be posted above the offending report. In addition, rip0ff Report may insinuate your wrongdoing by saying that you’ve worked to resolve the issue.

rip0ff Report also has a “VIP Arbitration Program” that gives you the opportunity to prove that the accusations are false. However, you’ll first have to hand over at least $2,000 to the website that posted defamatory information about you. This will still likely cost you less than joining the Corporate Advocacy Program. But, you’ll need to provide tangible evidence that the report contains false statements.

If the arbitrator sides with you, rip0ff Report may redact the falsehoods made in the negative report. However, the complaint itself will remain on the website under the same URL. Furthermore, you will have paid a large sum of money to the very website you’re fighting to mop up your online reputation. For that reason, some businesses have accused the program of being a rip0ff Report scam similar to extortion.

4. File a rip0ff Report lawsuit

In general, lawsuits aren’t a good look for businesses of any size. But you can seek legal counsel and sue rip0ff Report in a last-ditch effort to save your company name. Sadly, rip0ff Report lawsuits tend to have low success rates because the company hides behind the Communications Decency Act and free speech rights. If you choose to sue, expect to spend an exorbitant amount of money (think: thousands of dollars). Further, the case likely won’t turn out in your favor due to the general legal immunity rip0ff Report enjoys.

5. Sue the original author

This option is precarious for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s nearly impossible to track down the original author. Even if do, you must be armed with solid evidence that proves the inaccuracy of the report and the credible threat it poses to your business. Therefore, if the complaint against you is valid, this won’t be a viable option for you.

If you manage to win your case, you could unintentionally create more negative articles and online content through your litigation. It’s also unlikely that the author is able to pay you any amount of financial compensation. Even after all this trouble, rip0ff Report still won’t remove the review in question.

The best outcome you can hope for in this situation is that Google will remove your negative review from its search results. To do so, you’ll have to present a court order specifically proving the false and defamatory nature of the report to Google. However, it’s not easy to obtain a court order. But if you can afford to jump through the legal hoops to acquire one, Google should de-index your rip0ff Report.

It’s important to note that while legal action can remove the search result from Google, the complaint will remain on the rip0ff Report website. This means individuals can still find the review if they search for your business on rip0ffreport.com. Also, if you want your report removed from the search indexes of other search engines, you’ll have go through the whole process again.

The legal process is messy, unpredictable, time-consuming, and expensive. But if you’re willing to pay up the money and potentially weather some bad press, this could save your business from permanent damage.

6. Bury rip0ffreport.com in search results

Your best option to get rid of a rip0ff Report may be to push it down in Google search results. This is also the most ethical and thorough way to reclaim your good name and put you on the road to maintaining a healthy online reputation for years to come.

Reputation management companies are dedicated to generating original content in various media (articles, videos, social media profiles, websites, etc.).  Taking this approach means outranking rip0ff Reports so they stay off the first page of your search engine results. This is a huge undertaking that can take months or years. While it may require constant upkeep, the results are well worth the time and effort.

Business owners should be involved in every step of the process, so you won’t have to worry about placing things solely in the hands of a third party like, for instance, a court of law. Once the rip0ff Report has been buried, you will also be able to enjoy the benefits that come with having a strong online presence teeming with unique, positive content.

Build a strong reputation

The best way to avoid rip0ff Reports is, of course, to treat your customers fairly. Conduct your business well and encourage open communication with your customers. If you do that, they’ll come to you before airing their grievances on an anonymous consumer complaint website. But accidents, mistakes, and misunderstandings happen. Therefore it’s important that you know options exist.

Are you in the rip0ff report?

It is best to check to see if you or your company is listed so you known what nmight be brewing against you.

 

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