Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Cebria LLC
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Pranneth Kc
Date of Submission:
- September 18, 2014
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
This is a very old (fake) DMCA, filed in 2014. Lets examine –
The DMCA claims the the original content was post at http://maxmedicreview.meximas.com/Cebria,LLCBadBusiness.html . The main website, meximas.com is part of a FREE HOSTING network owned by Hostinger LLC. This is by far the favorite hosting for these Reputation firms indulged in fake DMCAs.
These are some of the other fake DMCAs we investigated previously, which were using planted content hosted at Hostinger’s network –
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
This (quoted as is from Ripoff Report) –
Cebria Cebria, LLC Bad Business – This company didnt refund me after I returned their product Pueblo, Colorado
After speaking with this company many times about refunding me for the Cebria product I returned, I was finally told by a customer service rep named Alicia that, “NO, YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED!”
I ordered this Cebria product and returned it with a RA number and sent it via my post office with a tracking number. I thought this was a basic easy return. But, to my surprise… 2 months later the company goes forward with charging my credit card $89.85. I called them about it, and they say that they didn’t get the package returned back until a few days ago. HUH? I sent this package back to them 6 weeks ago. This is just crazy!
So after informing them that I returned their product within the 30 day trial period, they say that i doesn’t matter if they didn’t actually get the return “in their system” until much later.
This is just really BAD BUSINESS!! Please beware of ordering from this company. I am now trying to contact my credit card company to let them know that I sent this product back, and Cebria has their product, and MY MONEY too…leaving me with NOTHING but feeling ripped-off!
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 We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.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.