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"Raffle" for Google Reviews - Is it against Google's ToS? How do I report this?

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I do not work for any plumbers nor know any friends who do, however, I hired one today to fix a problem I had. 

 
 
 
Then I got an email with this:
 
BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $200 BY LEAVING US A GOOGLE REVIEW!!
All submitted google reviews will be randomly selected for a chance to win $200.  The $200 will paid via check that you can pick up at our location or have mailed to you. All google reviews will be automatically recirculated into a chance to win the $200 prize once every 6 months. 
 
 
 
 
So... yeah.
 
 
Isn't that against Google's rules? They have tons and tons of reviews, and all the fellow plumbers in the area do not. I think this is misleading to customers like myself, as I use google reviews as a resource. I had thought that they had a lot of good reviews because they do a good job... not because they might pay one of those reviewers. :|
 
 
How do I report them?
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Please provide a link to there business page / map page.

 

Can you also send me the full email, showing its actually from them and I will escalate this.

 

Send or forward the email



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due to issues I have with a stalker I don't feel comfortable posting the link to what town I live in, however I did email you the google page and forward the email containing the raffle offer.

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Hi @zipdar d

 

Received and I will now escalate.

 

 



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"Raffle" for Google Reviews - Is it against Google's ToS? How do I report this?

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Has anything more been done?

 

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Hi @zipdar d

 

I have not heard back, I will track down my escalation and check.

 



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Hi @zipdar d

 

The Google team has sent them an email reminding them of Guidelines and will monitor reviews for a period of time.

 

 



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