Fake accounts/votes

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I've found a lot of possibly fake votes on a movie.

The movie was released in Hungary with mostly negative feedback (spoiler: it is garbage) and then it received overwhelmingly positive feedback form the US, 6 times in amount.

See here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6609088/ratings

There was also a satirical post in Hungarian online press, Hungarian online press.

Please look at this case and the accounts giving the ratings, it is ridiculous.
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Hi Steveo,

Thank you for the notification. I've opened a ticket with the appropriate team to investigate this matter.

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Hi Trevor,

Thanks for opening the ticket. Could you give me an update on it?

As I see the status on this says "solved" but it is obviously not solved.

Since then two more news sites reported and laughing on these magled numbers, see:

Actually I get why they had to buy the votes, without them the movie would be rated 2.6 and would be in the Bottom 100 category. Yes, it is this bad.


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled A really suspicious rating for a title.

I wanted to write about a movie's rating, that is so strange, that they received attention from two of Hungary's bigger news portals, before I had time to write it down here. The movie is Pappa Pia (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6609088/ ).



As the two articles were written 3 days ago, there have been changes in the movie's rating, because people who've read them rated the movie.

Now, I'd like to say, that I'm not writing this, to advertise how bad or good this movie is, and that I don't like, when people are bombing movies with votes, just to change the rating - which votes are in this case not different from the realistic (?), or let's say the original non US votes of the movie, so it's hard to determine who has really seen the film.

What I want to highlight is, that more than half of the 3.5 thousand voters is from the US, with an average of 8.9, which is strange, because this movie was only shown once in the States, at the Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and I couldn't find a word about it in English, only in Hungarian. This movie only exists in Hungarian language, and even on it's IMDb page has it only a Hungarian release date. So if ~1900 US user liked it so much, why isn't there a single review from one of them?

To have some context: Another movie only shown at last years Hungarian Film Festival was Kincsem, which also was released only in Hungary (and at the Ottawa European Union Film Festival, but that makes not much difference). It has 24 hundred votes, from which is only 46 from american users.

The other strange thing with the votes for Pappa Pia is that while US user ratings have an average of 8.9, non-US user ratings have an averahe of 1.9, and nearly no one gave a rating from 3 to 7.

So in conclusion, I assume, that the creators of the movie bought votes for their movie, to make it's rating better, and that is said by the two articles linked. Is there a way to determine if there is something suspicious with those votes, or should I simply not trust IMDb ratings in the future?
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I once wrote a review for "Naked Among Wolves", a holocaust film, and someone made dozens of accounts to say it was "unhelpful" and then posted several anti-Semitic quotes from White Supremacists.