There is this website, lairdreviews.com, which claims to be an independent lairdship review site whose stated mission is “to provide independent reviews and opinions on as many different products as possible in each class we examine”. The organisation behind it is allegedly “Simply Reviews”, “a new consumer review resource based in Aberdeen and founded in January 2007”. For some strange reason – although “Simply Reviews” purports to have been “prompted by the alarming number of impersonal, outdated, tasteless and obviously superficial review sites for gift products” – so far they have only managed to publish one single website and that is – surprise, surprise – the laird reviews site. What did they do in the years between 2007 and 2012, you may ask yourself? Perhaps we should ask the partners, “John Dixon” and “Suzanne Friend” – if only they could be found. But lo and behold, the only “John Dixon” found in search engines is located in the USA and “Suzanne Friend” has left no trace what so ever on the world wide web. Quite peculiar for partners whose aim it is to provide independent reviews of as many different products as possible. Should they not strive for visibility rather than obscurity? And where is their phone number?
Let us have a closer look at their website then, shall we:
Not only do the main posts on this website ooze of your typical Highland Titles / Glencoe Estates propaganda, but the comment section contains more of the same, e.g. where a “random” commenter eagerly points out that the Lord Lyon has no authority over lairdship schemes. Very independent indeed.
Also, Highland Titles receive the best reviews of the lot. No critical questions about the bad publicity they have received, actually no mention at all of anything amiss. Everything from website design to speed of delivery is nothing short of fantastic – it really ‘doesn’t get any better’. We guess the Bevises just could not help themselves… again.
Unsurprisingly, on the product comparison page Highland Titles score max on all criteria, whereas none of their competitors receive any score at all – on any points. Oh well, we will give them credit for fantasy but not for subtlety.
The above mentioned site is one of the most recent Bevis family fake review websites, but there have been others along the way. If you know of any such websites currently in existence, we would be happy to add it to this article.
A reader has tipped us about another fake independent review website: Highland Conservations.
The purported goal of Higland Conservations is “to educate and inform in all matters concerning conservation projects across the UK!” What a lovely sentiment. However, when you look more closely at their website, there is positive mention of Highland Titles in almost every post, e.g. have a look at this:
“Highland Titles can now sell small plots to hundreds of customers across the world, along with their titles. This ensures that the land can never be purchased by some corporate building company and end up becoming just another housing estate. Not only does it ensure the protection of the land, but once again it installs a greater sense of pride and well-being into their customers, and they will feel that they are taking part in something worthwhile and that they are making a difference for the land of Scotland. Over the last year Highland Titles has been involved with the Glen Etive and Glen Fyne SPA for Golden Eagles. This is an organisation who supports the sanctuary of Golden Eagles, who are of high European importance. Highland Titles purchased land within the Glen Etive and Glyne Fyne Special Protection Area, which enabled them to help in the protection of Scotland’s iconic bird of prey.”
Sounds like the familiar propaganda of a family we know? (Please also note their claim “Highland Titles purchased land…” – an outright falsehood as proven otherwise on our website. You may not say that you have purchased land when all you have acquired is a one-year lease – if that…)
Also check out this posting, where the ‘indepent’ information website encourages you to nominate footpaths on the Tulloch Estate among the ‘nation’s favourite walks’. The cheek.
Or this posting, where Highland Titles continue the misrepresentation that they are somehow associated with the official Jubilee Woods Project.
See the comment section below for more examples of fake websites.