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Is this story a fake? 5 ways you can tell

Not a day seems to go by that I don't receive an email that commends me for my "well-written" site and asks, "Do you accept sponsored content and if so, how much you charge?"

How do I spot a fake review?

Online reviews are great sources for information about a hotel or restaurant -- except when they're not. Here's how to spot a fake.

Surrounded by impostors, what’s a consumer to do?

You're surrounded by fakes. The clothes you wear could be fake. The money you use? Not real, maybe. Even your "friends" on social media are sometimes fake. What's a consumer to do?

Don’t be fooled by fake electronics: 5 tips

Ever had a "duh!" moment that you regretted for years to come?

Is TripAdvisor still letting hotels rig their reviews?

TripAdvisor is a regrettable by-product of the information revolution whose user-generated ratings too often hurt travelers and travel companies more […]

What to do when you fall for a fake star

Fiona Lau contacted me in a panic a few days ago. She’d booked a “three-star” hotel through Hotwire, which doesn’t reveal the name of the property until you’ve paid for a non-refundable reservation by credit card. She ended up at a Clarion Hotel property in Pennsylvania she didn’t expect -- or want.
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