From buying a small article of Rs. 10 to buying a car, we always check for reviews. Reviews from family, friends, and peers.
It’s a common practice to check for reviews before booking, buying or renting anything.
But are all reviews on website legit, true and are given by an actual person. Can we trust reviews on websites?
This happened to me this Tuesday, 14th Feb 2017.
I got two SMS saying. “Thank you for your reviews” and “check out your reviews”.
Followed by email, when I checked my Gmail inbox. I got two email. mentioning the same thing.
First of all, I don’t have or had created any login for HolidayIQ Website.
LINK TO MY FAKE PROFILE ON HolidayIQ:
Secondly, I have NOT given any reviews on HolidayIQ website.
Thirdly, Has somebody created a login using my credentials? That mean DATA THEFT, misuse of data.
Let me give you some background,
This lead us to Make my trip website.
Yes, we(me and my wife) did stay at that hotel on Jan 2
It was a last min booking done on Make my trip. we were changing the flight from domestic to international, we were landing in Mumbai at around 9 PM 2nd January and our next flight check in was at 3 AM 3rd January. and we had around 5 bags so we did not want to drag it to home and again rush back to the airport to catch the flight. So we decided4 to stay near the airport.
And yes based on feedback on Make My trip website we made the booking.
The hotel was nothing like the feedback at the website says,
The hotel was a shit hole, stinking badly, the bed sheet, towels were not changed since ages. the flush was not working the tap were dripping. I can go on.
This is the real feedback.
We did the book that hotel based on some false reviews at Make My Trip.
And now this.
Then who gave this feedback on HolidayIQ website, who had access to my email id, my phone number. Take a wild guess.
If we look at them closely on reviews given on planet plaza hotel page on HolidayIQ website, you can find most of the feedback have Make my trip mentioned in them, the reviews are almost similar. And all of them have given 7 rating which is the highest rating on HolidayIQ.
Hotel Planet Plaza Page on HolidayIQ:
My name, My email id, My phone number and transaction details were available with Make My trip, as I used Make My trip to book the hotel.
How my data was misused to create a login and giving misleading- False feedback for a hotel on another website?
A website like Make My Trip or HolidayIQ seems to be supporting Fake reviews. I made mistake once I booked Planet Plaza hotel reading Make My trip website reviews.
If you can see Planet Plaza Hotel page at HolidayIQ website, you will find more than 20 feedback for the hotel on the same day. What is HolidayIQ team doing to check fake reviews
I am closing my account in Make My Trip and will never access fake website like HolidayIQ for reviews.
The concern is not only fake reviews it also data theft, who knows how to Make My Trip is using your personal details.
I request you all share to this with family and friends, to make them aware of this ongoing fraud.