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A threatening Google review

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  1. hargreaves56

    hargreaves56 UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    We have received a Google review that was a bit threatening. It's completely false and made up. Not 100% sure who it was from as they haven't used a name we recognise or given specifics. It's along the lines of "teaching us a lesson" next time they are passing. If I report it to the police, what are they going to do? Would they contact Google and get more info about the Google account used?
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: hargreaves56 Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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  2. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    First thing is to contact google
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  3. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    No chance.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  4. hargreaves56

    hargreaves56 UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    The only thing to do is to flag it. Which I have. That might get it removed but there was still the threat. Would it have to be more severe for the police or anyone one to do anything?
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: hargreaves56 Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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  5. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Would be looked at as part of the murder investigation. If they notice it.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  6. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    It is a criminal offence
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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  7. hargreaves56

    hargreaves56 UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    Is it? It's threatening.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: hargreaves56 Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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  8. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Along with millions of other reviews. Ignore it and move on. Just make sure there are lots of good reviews to outweigh this one.

    Plod aren’t going to do anything.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  9. simon field

    simon field UKBF Big Shot Full Member - Verified Business

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    It could be an innocent lesson - in maths, or french for instance!
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: simon field Member since: Feb 4, 2011
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  10. Aniela

    Aniela UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Technically if you make some fear violence, even if you don't physically touch them or act on it, you can possible be committing an offence.

    However, that's under the pretence of "a reasonable person, who had the same information your abuser had, would think his behaviour would cause you to fear violence."

    Would a reasonable, average person, think that a threat made anonymously on a review site would ever evolve into anything? No. It's just someone being stupid and 'winning points' thinking they're a smart-arse.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: Aniela Member since: Mar 28, 2020
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  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    From the context the OP gives - no.
     
    Posted: Jul 24, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  12. JEREMY HAWKE

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Its working ! Its working well

    It was done to get you panicking and obviously wind you up a bit and its working !

    Forget it because they will never have the balls to do anything more than type on the internet They never do
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
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  13. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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  14. RobinBHM

    RobinBHM UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Does the review criticise the business? - that's the only concern, if it's damaging.

    The threat is irrelevant -it's somebody with mouth and no trousers.

    It's worth keeping a screen shot, so you still have it if it gets deleted.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: RobinBHM Member since: Apr 14, 2012
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  15. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Yes, we know that. But nobody is ever going to investigate or prosecute a threat in an anonymous review.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  16. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Hard enough to get the police to deal with attempted murder or the courts to deal with a stalker.
    Something minor? Not worth the time.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  17. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    All I said was that it was a criminal offence. I have no idea whether the police would bother or not. I suspect it depends on the police force and who feels like doing what.

    Personally I think it would be a waste of time unless the threat was more threatening than the brief quote the OP posted. On the other hand police investigate and about 120,000 non-crime hate incidents a year, which I also think is a waste of time (and downright wrong) so I hate to try and guess what they do think is a good use of their time .
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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  18. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Most Google products are hi
    Usually as a result of 'targetting', the subject of which will usually be politically or ideologically motivated. General threats to businesses are unlikely ever to fall into this category.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  19. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Threaten an MP with rape or killing - then yes should get investigated.
    Think about it, 120,000 hate incidents? Thats going to be a small fraction of the disagreements on the internet involving UK people.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  20. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    My point about that is they are not crimes - its what they call "non-crime hate incidents", not criminal hate speech.

    On the other hand they often do not investigate actual crimes (such as burglaries)

    Its not clear to me what the priorities are.
     
    Posted: Jul 25, 2020 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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