Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Adam Umerji
- Abdullah Allad
- Mohammed Mehtajee
- Wai Fong Yeung
- Sajid Muhammed Patel
- Address: St John’s Court, Broughton
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
- August 12, 2017
- October 10, 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
A (fake) DMCA notice filed in August 2017 suggests that CNBC World News, which runs a free website at Google Blogspot, has an exclusive story copied by The Garstang Courier, a British Newspaper. The article claimed to be published in 2011.
Which is strange since the Blogspot website was not in existence 6 months ago.
Analyzing the fake News Portal gives us more insight on other fake DMCAs and beneficiaries. Here are few other we found –
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/15136312 Jerry Couvaras
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/15020156 Laura Kane
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/15081501 Dean Sanders
- https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/15092501 Ansar Mahmood
In this particular case, we’ll inform The Garstang Courier that one of their stories was deindexed by Google based on this fake DMCA. We’ll appeal to them to investigate and write follow up stories on this incident.
Additionally, we’ll file counter-notice and get the removed URL back on Google Search.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
These people ran a scam, got exposed, arrested and convicted. Here’s what a judge said about them –
But, jailing the gang, His Honour Judge David Swift said the scam was “carefully and cleverly organised.” He added that he accepted Allad and Umerji were the “main controlling minds” of the fraud and the other defendants had played much lesser roles. But he added: “This was, of course, taxpayers’ money, and since that money … is used for the provision of public services when sums of this size are involved, the damage to the public purse is substantial.”
These people then tried to cover up these news articles using more illegal methods. Perhaps the law needs to look into them once again as they might be planning some new scam.
WHAT IS A FAKE DMCA AND WHY ARE WE LISTED HERE ?
Soon after we published the first set of our investigation reports on fake DMCAs, we managed to generate interest from online media such as Techdirt, Adweek and Huffington Post. Some of the key stories included our revelations on Torrence Boone , MoneyLife.in, Julia Scelfo and aReputation. We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.
And we got results. We dented this fake DMCA industry and made sure we act as deterrent to the rogue reputation firms indulged in these criminal practices. Here are some of the outcomes and changes we made possible with the help of several other citizen lawyers and agencies –
- Ripoff Report wipes out Google (fake) Removals with a stroke of genius ! Thank you Ed – at webactivism.com
- Court finds evidence of ‘fraud on the Court’ in one of the missing-defendant libel takedown cases – at washingtonpost.com
- Default judgment aimed at deindexing apparently accurate information about person convicted of sex offense – at washingtonpost.com
- Panic and desperation getting the better of rogue reputation services – at webactivism.com
- Google still deindexing some material found by courts to be defamatory — but it’s being more skeptical – at washingtonpost.com
- Google Apparently No Longer Humoring Court Orders To Delist Defamatory Content – at techdirt.com
- Paul Levy Discovers Head Of Reputation Management Company Signed Off On Forged/Fraudulent Court Docs – at techdirt.com
- Filing Bogus Lawsuits As Part Of A ‘Reputation Management’ Strategy Costs Firm $71,000 – at techdirt.com
- Richart Ruddie Settles anti-SLAPP Claims, Makes Restitution; but the Guilty Companies Remain Unpunished – at typepad.com
- Who Filed Fake Copyright Infringement Complaints Against AgencySpy? – at adweek.com
- The Dark Art of Fake DMCA Takedown Requests – at huffingtonpost.com
Fake Fraudulent DMCA might seem inconspicuous, until its you at the receiving end of this crime. This is not a prank. This is not an inconvenience. This is not random. These fake DMCA cases are calculated criminal schemes targeting very specific and rather important information/content. These hitjobs are usually against media, in order to help their clients hide important information from public’s eye, all in the name of Reputation Management. Millions of dollars are spent doing this, and if no one wants to bring this topic to the fore, we will.
Our team will not constantly monitor and publish these reports on a DAILY basis without fail. And we do not plan to publish and forget. We will take constructive steps in order to expose the faces behind this scam, and to try and undo the damages. AND IF YOU INDEED PART OF THIS SCAM, WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOU GET WHAT’S COMING YOUR WAY.