Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Classic Country Land LLC
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Sarah Stebbins
Date of Submission:
- 14 May 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
This technique of fake DMCA combined with bait-and-switch was prevalent in 2015 among the rogue Reputation Agencies. Here is how it worked –
Step 1- Select a legitimate article on a reputed website. Claim it as yours by impersonating the author.
Step 2- Find a dozen or more similar article/content on small blogs and irrelevant websites.
Step 3 – File a fake DMCA impersonating the author’s identity, list the above small blog links as infringing upon your copyright, and slip in the target URL (in this case, Ripoffreport) so that it is camouflaged.
Step 4- Hopefully, there’s a good chance that Google staff will not spend time verifying each and every URL and remove all the URLs listed in a single sweep, along with the one you intended from the very beginning.
The above method was overly abused until Google staff was alerted by us. Unfortunately, they could not take action against all such cases due to the deniability due to the number of URLs listed. However, Webactivism is brave enough to expose this scam and tell it as it is.
In this particular case, these scammers used an article published by ‘Sarah Stebbins‘ at womansday.com on 11 April 2013. We couldn’t really believe that after 2 years, on 14 May 2015, Sarah could care enough to file a DMCA against a dozen random irrelevant URLs, as well as a remote Ripoffreport.com URL (which apparently had nothing to do with this DMCA). Why would she even care ?
So we asked her, and it turned out that she had NO IDEA about any DMCA report filed by her, or on her behalf. It was her name that was mentioned as the ‘sender’, so we didn’t bother investigating anymore. It is clear that this is a fake DMCA fraud, and the sole beneficiaries are Classic Country Land LLC and Scott Wigginton
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
The review on Scott Wigginton and Classic Country Land LLC was/is very damaging. Here are some excerpts from the actual review –
Many of us are retirees who are concerned on whether we actually own land that we can pass to our heirs. You have taken the enjoyment out of our lives, and have replaced it with worries and concern. You should be ashamed of yourself, and my hope is this complaint saves at least one person from falling into your scam. But, my biggest hope is that you find it illegal to sell land in this beautiful state of Missouri any longer, and in the other states that you scam future land owners
Classic Country Land, LLC, does not follow these guidelines, and because of this, is now under investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s office, as well as the Missouri HUD office.
If indeed the review is true, and you people stoop to impersonation, perjury and fraud to suppress that review, shame on you.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘ Classic Country Land LLC & Scott Wigginton’ has something to do with this fake DMCA. Couldn’t it be a coincidence ?’, we will say this – When someone goes and creates a whole new fake news site, falsifies his/her identity and submits fake DMCA to try and de-list some very targeted content on Google, it signals intent and a plan. It is obvious that ‘ Classic Country Land LLC & Scott Wigginton’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime. Classic Country Land LLC & Scott Wigginton also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.
We are awaiting more information from Ripoffreport.com and Womansday.com to ascertain who was behind this fake DMCA. We’ll update this page once we have more information. If you have any information to add to this investigation, get in touch with us at [email protected]