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A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews (see Narconon)

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  1. Triumph Member

    Krebs on Security

    A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews

    n 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction toward rehab centers that were secretly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Not long after the story ran, that network of bogus reviews disappeared from the Web. Over the past few months, however, the same prolific purveyor of these phantom sites and reviews appears to be back at it again, enlisting the help of Internet users and paying people $25-$35 for each fake listing.
    In my story Scientology Seeks Captive Converts Via Google Maps, Drug Rehab Centers, I showed how a labyrinthine network of fake online reviews that steered Internet searches toward rehab centers funded by Scientology adherents was set up by TopSeek Inc., which bills itself as a collection of “local marketing experts.” According to LinkedIn, TopSeek is owned by John Harvey, an individual (or alias) who lists his address variously as Sacramento, Calif. and Hawaii.
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    Here's the list of domains found:
    firstbloomrecovery.com (2-16-2018, Godaddy)
    lifesolutionsdrugtreatment.com (11-2-2017, Godaddy)
    Greencirclerehabcenter.com (2-21-2018, Godaddy)
    healingwayrecoverycenter.com (2-18-2018, Godaddy)
    harmonyplaceaddictioncenter.com (2-26-2018, Godaddy)
    newtodayprograms.com (2-9-2018, Godaddy; John Harvey, Topseek)
    secondchanceaddictioncenter.com (11-1-2017, Godaddy)
    newlightaddictioncenters.com (11-14-2017, Godaddy)
    newwayaddictioncenters.com (2-10-2018, Godaddy)
    healingwayaddictiontreatment.com (11-14-2017, Godaddy)
    justbelievedetox.com (George Edmunds, Google)
    lifesolutionsdrugtreatment.com (11-2-2017, Godaddy)
    greenhousetreatment.com (12-7-2017, Godaddy)
    getcleanrehabtreatment.com (2-14-2018, Godaddy)
    bettertomorrowtreatmentcenter.com (10-10-2017, Godaddy)
    solutionrecoveryprograms.com (2-18-2017, Godaddy)
    getsoberaddictioncenter.com (2-21-2018, Godaddy)
    staycleanaddictioncenter.com (11-14-2017, Godaddy)
    greateaglerecovery.com (2-19-2018, Godaddy)
    bravorecoverycenter.com (2-21-2018, Godaddy)
    abetterytodaycenter.com (NR)
    ohiodrugrecoverycenter.com (10-10-2017, Godaddy)
    nextsteptreatmentcenter.com (10-10-2017, Godaddy)
    summerrecovery.com (2-18-2018, Godaddy)
    detroithillsrecovery.com (11-1-2017, Godaddy)
    goldminerecovery.com (2-23-2018, Godaddy)
    intefraadictionrehabcenter.com (Integra Addiction Rehab)
    newtodayrehabcenters.com (2-22-2018, Godaddy)
    soberpathrecoverycenters.com (11-14-2017, Godaddy)

    The Google docs sheet contents:
    ABCDEFGHIJ
    1 Business Name URL Phone Domain Registration Info Address Google Maps URL Automated Message Human Responses. How Many Reviews Date Range
    2 Great Eagle Recovery greateaglerecovery.com 720-549-9037 2-19-2018, Godaddy 10523 W Turtle Mtn,Littleton, CO 80127
    https://goo.gl/maps/qyck7451ud72 for training and quality purposes June, with treatment services 4 1-2 months ago
    3 New Today Programs newtodayprograms.com 706-432-2594
    2-9-2018, Godaddy; John Harvey, Topseek 3601 Woodway Ave Ste 2,Parma, OH 44134 https://goo.gl/maps/aaiDgJSFMmA2 Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message addiction servies, serena 5 1-2 months ago
    4 Get Sober Addiction Center getsoberaddictioncenter.com 530-334-5167 2-21-2018, Godaddy 6730 4th Ave Ste 734,Sacramento, CA 95817 https://goo.gl/maps/dFaDmefvKLm Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Addiction help line 3 1-2 months ago
    5 Green House Treatment greenhousetreatment.com (972) 848-0253 12-7-2017, Godaddy 1171 107th St,Grand Prairie, TX 75050 https://goo.gl/maps/hN4BDWdfixJ2 Lady answered from Greenhouse. 90 7days to 2 years
    6 Stay Clean addiction Center staycleanaddictioncenter.com 916-473-1602 11-14-2017, Godaddy 229 Majestic Road,Sacramento, CA 95838 https://goo.gl/maps/rf2McQEho992 Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Addiction help line 1 2months ago
    7 Life Solutions Drug Treatment lifesolutionsdrugtreatment.com 469-240-6860 11-2-2017, Godaddy 3131 Harbinger Ln,Dallas, TX 75287 https://goo.gl/maps/iSGjxxZ3ef42 call qa purposes, treatment counsellor will be answering June, with treatment services 4 1-2 months ago
    8 Just Believe Detox justbelievedetox.com (877) 497-6180
    George Edmunds, Google 699 NW Airoso Blvd ,Port St Lucie, FL 34983 https://goo.gl/maps/K8V7pAioSry classical music
    PA, Florida locations, loud call center. 19
    1 week to 7months ago
    9 New Way Addiction Centers newwayaddictioncenters.com 202-868-6447 2-10-2018, Godaddy 1329 fairmont St NW #A,Washington, DC 20009 https://goo.gl/maps/ZNftoASiRN82 Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Addiction Services 0
    10 First Bloom Recovery firstbloomrecovery.com 510-230-0259 2-16-2018, Godaddy 4401 Virginia ave, Oakland, CA 94619, Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Elevated Addiction Help Line
    11 Just Believe Recovery justbelieverecovery.com (888) 380-0667
    1802 NE Jensen Beach Blvd ,Jensen Beach, FL 34957 classical music
    PA, Florida locations, loud call center.
    12 Green Circle Rehab Center Greencirclerehabcenter.com 2-21-2018, Godaddy ,Houston
    13 Healing Way Recovery Center healingwayrecoverycenter.com 616-504-1159 2-18-2018, Godaddy
    4042 Woodland Creek Dr SE Ste. 301,Kentwood, MI 49512 This call may be rec for QA Recovery Hotline, June.
    14 Harmony Place Addiction Center
    harmonyplaceaddictioncenter.com 877-221-1549 2-26-2018, Godaddy , Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message no one picked up
    15 Second Chance Addiction Center
    secondchanceaddictioncenter.com 310-620-2250 11-1-2017, Godaddy 7214 Clement Rd,Clarkston, MI 48346 Double message, both women voices no one picked up
    16 New Light Addiction Centers newlightaddictioncenters.com 510-662-1125 11-14-2017, Godaddy 2493 Lancaster Drive #35,Richmond, CA 94806
    A better today addiction center (hangouts Caller ID) Elevated Addiction Help Line
    17 Healing Way Addiction Treatment
    healingwayaddictiontreatment.com 347-577-9832 11-14-2017, Godaddy 2340 Gunther Ave,Bronx, NY 10469 Recovery Hotline
    18 Get Clean Rehab Treatment getcleanrehabtreatment.com 415-578-7308 2-14-2018, Godaddy 2305 Golden Gate Ave,San Francisco, CA 94118 Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Addiction Services
    19
    Better Tomorrow Treatment Center
    bettertomorrowtreatmentcenter.com 310-620-2250 10-10-2017, Godaddy 932 9th St Ste 9,Santa Monica, CA 90403 no answer
    20 Solution Recovery Programs solutionrecoveryprograms.com 580-215-1084 2-18-2017, Godaddy 101 Southwest 74th Street,Lawton, OK 73505 Recovery Hotline, Veronica
    21 Bravo Recovery Center bravorecoverycenter.com 661-347-0518 2-21-2018, Godaddy , This call may be recorded for Training and quality purposes That is not a working number
    22 A Better Today Center abetterytodaycenter.com Dead site NR ,
    23 Ohio Drug Recovery Center ohiodrugrecoverycenter.com 419-775-4944 10-10-2017, Godaddy , dead signal
    24 Next Step Treatment Center nextsteptreatmentcenter.com 720-204-2383 10-10-2017, Godaddy 10546 URA Lane ,Northglenn, CO 80234 Call ID, harmony place treatment center. Thank you for calling our treatment pro Recovery Hotline, Veronica
    25 Summer Recovery summerrecovery.com 213-290-9488 2-18-2018, Godaddy 1631 W 54th st,Los Angeles CA 90062 stay clean rehab center. Welcome to our treatment intake line; not a working number
    26 Detroit Hills Recovery detroithillsrecovery.com 248-209-6061 11-1-2017, Godaddy 248-209-6061,Detroit, MI 48213 welcome to our drug treatment intake line. Call rec June, with treatment services
    27 Gold mine Recovery goldminerecovery.com 2-23-2018, Godaddy ,
    28 Integra Addiction Rehab center intefraadictionrehabcenter.com Integra Addiction Rehab ,
    29 New Today Rehab Centers newtodayrehabcenters.com 651-674-3292 2-22-2018, Godaddy 6733 21st Ave So, Lino Lakes, MN 55038, Welcome to our treatment intake line, then ANOTHER QA Message Recovery Hotline, Veronica
    30 Sober Path Recovery Centers soberpathrecoverycenters.com 619-456-0394 11-14-2017, Godaddy 4662 Santa Cruz Avenue,San Diego, CA 92107 welcome to our drug treatment intake line. Call rec not a working number
    31 HARMONY PLACE ADDICTION REHAB
    harmonyplaceaddictioncenter.com 216-539-4176 13208 Wainfleet Ave, Cleveland, OH 44135, for Training and quality purposes Addiction Services - VERONICA
    32 HARMONY PLACE ADDICTION REHAB
    harmonyplaceaddictioncenter.com (484) 971-4250 346 Village Walk Dr, Macungie, PA 18062, welcome to our drug treatment intake line. Call rec June, with treatment services
    33
    harmonyplaceaddictioncenter.com 614-349-4670
    1383 C Hideaway Woods Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081 welcome to our drug treatment intake line. Call rec June, with treatment services
    34 Total
    35 11
    This is Treatment Services, you might remember the name from the last article with scientology. June / Veronica both answer calls for Treatment Services, Recovery Hotline and Addiction Services
    36 2
    Only 2 of the numbers are pointed to this call center, which both operatiors answered with something like, Just believe Recovery etc. Loud call center.
    37 2
    Elevated Addiction Help Line - Lady with near fluent english answered the phone for 2 locations, Oakland and Richmond CA
    38 8 Addiction help line
    Calls to business had 2 different recorded QA / call recording warnings
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  3. Incredulicide Member

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  4. Thanks for looking into this.

    Elevate Recovery is on the article page list... it is an unbranded Narconon program
    http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php?topic=13035.msg37352;topicseen#new

    It is a doing business name for the what was once known as Narconon Vista Bay, Redwood Cliffs, Narconon Tahoe etc. Was operated by Narconon Northern California nonprofit renamed Halcyon Horizons Incorporated (and now operated under the profit making corp called Enlighticare, Inc. ) Search all the names here
    http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/clerkrecorder/Asp/FBNInquiry.asp

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