Checking online reviews when shopping, researching vacations or even looking for a doctor has become an integral part of the modern consumer experience. But experts say many of the products or service reviews you’re reading were either bought or sold and completely fake. In “Five Star Fakes”, InvestigateTV found several posts on social media platforms where people are bartering - even buying and selling - online reviews, despite a federal law that prohibits this act.


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Sometimes a surgeon is the salesman. InvestigateTV looks at a little-known set up where doctors also own medical-device companies, and how many patients are left in the dark. The team also looks at ways to save on medical bills and handle medical debt.

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InvestigateTV looks at how scandals and equine deaths have long plagued the sport of horseracing, but opinions differ on what is the best solution. The team also digs into the threat of deepfakes as the world gets more and more digital.

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The InvestigateTV team digs into potential problems with shopping on the web, such as online used car prices not matching those at the dealership and QR codes that may be more trouble than they’re worth. Also - what happens if you get locked out of your social media accounts and how one man’s dream car turned into a nightmare.

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InvestigateTV looks at the growing cost of healthcare in the United States, including how rising insulin costs have industry players pointing fingers, but patients left making tough choices. The team also looks at the billions of dollars in medical debt carried by Americans, and what experts say you can do if you need help.

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A death in New Orleans was ruled a drug overdose, but the family of Joey Georgusis had serious doubts about the investigation. In this special episode, InvestigateTV looks at how law enforcement handled the case, and how experts and federal investigators think there was likely foul play.

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People may have potentially-dangerous products in their home and not know it thanks to a law that gives power to manufacturers over regulators. The InvestigateTV team talks with families who’ve been affected by consumer products and lawmakers who say something needs to change.

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