Recently, someone called my attention to a page that was stealing testimonials from @hairtopiang and posting it as theirs, I went to check and of course I was blown away. The page even had testimonials where I had written our brand name on the picture (that's how the lady was able to notice that it was my own testimonials).
As a legit business owner, it becomes disturbing when people are too afraid to make a purchase online because they have been scammed by 'ghost stores', these people are ruining business for legit people. And it's time to stop them and call them out.
I have also been scammed on a few occasions; this made me decide to do my own research and now I can spot a fake page from a mile off. I also decided to share my findings with you, so that you can also spot a fake page easily, thank me later.
1. Too many followers with too little engagement; when a seller has up to 20k followers but has 20 likes, isn't that fishy? No comments or anything from customers/friends. That's usually indicative of the fact that whoever is running that account bought followers.
2. No testimonials! If people buy from you, you don't run with their money and they are happy with their purchase; there's only one thing that can come out of it; testimonials and reviews from customers and any sensible business owner will be sure to post it.
3. Testimonials without tags. This one is an even bigger scam; as I mentioned earlier, some pages will steal testimonials from other brands and post it as if it's theirs 😂😂that one got me shook, but it happens, so you have to be careful. If a seller is posting testimonials but doesn't tag who it is from, My dear Ruuunnnn. It's not a must to tag them all the time, especially if the buyer is not on Instagram, but at least 70% of tags for testimonials. Most times when a client sees their testimonial on your page, they tend to put a comment on that post either saying 'Thank you' or agreeing with what you've said.
There's so much I can share but I don't want to bore you 🙈, so maybe I'll do a video or another post later 😁
Have a great day and I hope that this table I'm shaking doesn't have you on it 🙄🤷🏽♀️