Real Housewife Slags Critic on Amazon, Gets Caught

Jill Zarin isn't very good at using fake identities
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 9:05 AM CDT
In this book cover image released by Dutton, "Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love" by Jill Zarin, Lisa Wexler and Gloria Kamen is shown.   (AP Photo/Dutton)
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(Newser) – Note to Jill Zarin: Next time you anonymously plug your own book on Amazon.com, perhaps you should not list your real birthday on your fake profile. Also not a good idea: Linking your fake profile to a wish list with items on it for your real husband and daughter. That’s how Amazon reviewers linked “Susan Saunders”—who called a negative reviewer “jealous” and “ANTISEMITIC”—to Zarin, writes Doree Shafrir in the Daily Beast.

Zarin didn’t quite deny the ruse: "Some crazy fans are saying I wrote my own review,” she wrote on her Facebook page. Shafrir isn’t too surprised by the whole thing: While interviewing Zarin a few weeks ago, the Real Housewife nagged her to write a positive review of Secrets of a Jewish Mother “under an assumed name," she writes.
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