An alleyway full of bins gets 5 stars on TripAdvisor

30 July 2013

An Internet wag has fooled diners by posting 5 star reviews of a brilliant restaurant on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately though, when enthusiastic foodies they turned up with their forks twitching, they found...an alleyway full of bins in Devon.

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Bookings flooded in after countless different comments pronounced the food at non-existent Oscars in Brixham, Devon as ‘divine’ and ‘mind blowing’. Using different profiles and writing styles, the internet prankster said that Oscars served Michelin starred food which was so good 'it bordered on sorcery'.

‘The staff will swim to get whatever fish you want’ said one of the bizarrely detailed reviews of the made-up restaurant, which was apparently in a hull of a boat and run by a couple called Colette and Alfredo.

It's pretty elaborate stuff. But why bother? Well, the creator was moved to set up the fake accounts after a friend’s hotel was smeared on TripAdvisor by a rival, and they wanted to show how easy the site was to misuse.

In fact, it was so easy that TripAdvisor didn’t even notice it was a hoax for two months. Oops.

TOPICS:   Technology   Scams   Consumer Advice   Restaurants

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