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I came to this forum looking for help with a review/extortion issue I am currently facing.  Although my situation unique it shares some similarities the issue that Salim presented so I figured I'd post here to add to the discussion and ask a Google representative for guidance on what I should do.

I am a small business owner as I own a dental practice.  A couple months ago I dismissed a patient from my practice as our professional relationship had broken down and it was no longer appropriate to maintain our relationship.

This morning I received a letter from the patient in which she is asking for money.  If I do not pay her she is suggesting she will leave bad reviews.  What she is suggesting is extortion.


I live in a small community and do not want whatever negative feedback she is considering providing to damage my reputation or my business.

Are there any steps I can take at this time to protect myself?  Is there anything Google can do to help me?

Thank you in advance for your feedback.



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Review Extortion

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@Mike J

This sounds all very weird


Please include the following with your question:
1. Full business name
2. Current business address
3. Current telephone number
4. Google+ URL


and provide a scan of the letter extorting money from you by the reviewer.


Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile