Guy Who Bragged About How Bad Reviews Helped His Online Store's Ecommerce Ranking Arrested

from the so-much-for-that-plan dept

Remember the recent story of the ecommerce store operator who claimed he was thriving by being obnoxious, because all of the bad reviews were increasing his Google rank? It’s been interesting to watch what’s happened since that NY Times article was published. Within days, Google announced that it had tweaked its algorithms to deal with that and similar situations, noting that being bad to customers is unlikely to be a good long term business strategy. It also might lead to jail. The NY Times is now also reporting (as sent in by Robert Ring) that the guy profiled in that original story, Vitaly Borker, who seemed so proud of his angry tirades against customers, has now been arrested for mail fraud, wire fraud, making interstate threats and cyberstalking. So much for that strategy.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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I agree with this, and I am glad he’s been arrested, but I’m still puzzled by the fraud charges. The ‘customer care’ he’s admitted to definitely puts him down for harassment, as well as whatever else death threats, etc. make him liable for; I just can’t see how that counts as fraud.

DSchmeling (profile) says:

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See the bits about mail fraud, wire fraud, making interstate threats and cyberstalking? Yeah, he’s not being arrested because for being an asshole, he’s being arrested for being an intimidating, threatening, and fraud committing asshole.

Turns out that harassment, threatening violence, and fraudulent business practices will get you arrested. Usually.

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