This ‘customer complaints’ website is a cleverly designed in such a way that online users may complain, slander and effectively say whatever they like about any business to their hearts desire whether it be true or complete lies. There is nothing preventing any vindictive person to lodge complaints against a company just to cast some negative online publicity.
The poor business being complained against then has to pay in order to have the privilege of responding to the complainant, this is blatant blackmail and shocking that it has gone on for so long. If the business does not respond they then get categorised as a “business that does not respond” which intimates that the company does not care, when in fact it really just means “we will not be bribed”.
Companies that are in fact paying this website are giving in to this blackmail, what does this say about such companies? I would me very cautious before dealing with a financial company for example that happily pays blackmailers.
Its disgusting that the consumer protection act does not have a say in this or do they not care? This is purely a forum for any disgruntled person to have a outlet to slander without being held accountable and then the clever website owner offers to make it all go away…but yes at a price…
Complete bribery and I wish someone of authority would actually take action on this
HelloPeter is a scam
July 8, 2007 in Uncategorized
Many people know about HelloPeter, but what they do not know is how the scam works.
A user writes completely derogatory comments about any company on the site HelloPeter, but then HelloPeter does not allow that company to respond, or to defend themselves. They force that poor company, whether they are guilty or not, to pay an extortion fee to respond to the allegations, no matter how ridiculous they may be.
This blog is an extract of the most absurd and ridiculous complainers I can find on this extortion site.
I believe the time has come to display the truth and to portray HelloPeter exactly for what is it: as an elaborate extortion scam.
Extortion: Extortion is a criminal offense, which occurs when a person either obtains money, property or services from another through coercion or intimidation or threatens one with physical or reputational harm unless they are paid money or property. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups. The four simple words “pay up or else” are sufficient to constitute the crime of extortion. An extortionate threat made to another in jest is still extortion.
Fraud: In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and is also a civil law violation. In criminal, fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately deceiving another in order to damage them – usually, to obtain property or services unjustly.
Scam: Fraudulent deal. Business plan intended to defraud.
HelloPeter therefore qualifies as both, HelloPeter has a policy of “pay up or else”, and this is definitely based on a business plan intended to defraud companies of money. In return for this money is the “service” of clearing their “tarnished” reputation.