The Review of Reviews

At PeopleClaim, we know the importance of internet reputation. Our service is built around the idea that people use the internet to find reviews, ratings, and complaints about the businesses and products they are looking to purchase. With this in mind, we have created an infographic looking at some statistical measures of ratings / reviews. We were curious how many people were searching for reviews, what they were finding, and what type of decisions they were making based on this information.

Check it out below:

PeopleClaim - The Review of Reviews

Have you had a bad experience with a company, service provider, professional, or individual? PeopleClaim can help you get your problem resolved quickly using our online dispute resolution system. Visit to learn more about how we can help you resolve a complaint you’ve had. It’s free, easy to use, and get’s results.

Jan 2013

Reveton Ransomware

Did the FBI or Internet Crime Center (IC3) block your computer? Don’t fall for Reveton ransomware, even if “The FBI” “speaks” to you…

Uh oh. Your computer screen’s frozen, and the news doesn’t look at all good—the FBI has busted you for violating copyright law or, uh, watching porn. Oh, and you have to pay a fine before the FBI will let you get back to surfing the net. They’ve even got a picture of you, right there on the screen.

Is this for real?

Nope. And a big tip-off for alert would-be victims should be that you’re being told to cough up the funds with a pre-paid money card like MoneyPak. Just as the real IRS doesn’t expect you to pay taxes via Western Union to an address in some remote island before they send you that ‘government grant,’ the FBI doesn’t take Green Dot cards…or anything else.

The Internet Crime Center (IC3) reports that this ransomware works by luring you to a “drive-by download website.” Not only will you suffer from a frozen computer and an extortion attempt, but, says the FBI, the malware will continue to operate and could be used to commit banking and credit card fraud.

Some versions of the virus may even activate your webcam to snap that picture of you. Newer versions will also ‘speak’ to you, in your own language.

PeopleClaim can help with complaints about movers, banks, and phone carriers, but we probably can’t help you get your money back from malware.

So what should you do?

Obviously you shouldn’t pay the fine. And according to the FBI, even if you can unfreeze your computer, the virus may still be operating in the background. So shut down your computer and take it to an expert. If you’re computer savvy you might try removal techniques from a trusted site, but be cautious—scammers can also set up ‘removal’ guides.

Jan 2013