Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Creative Tax Solutions
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Thomas Patti
Date of Submission:
- 16 Feb 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
When it comes to planting fake DMCAs, this is an extraordinarily bold effort. No reputation firm, no law firm, this was done in the official capacity of the CEO of the beneficiary – Thomas Patti.
Here is the fake DMCA –
Thomas Patti of Creative Tax Solutions claimed on Feb 16, 2017 that reviews published on his website – http://www.creativetaxsolutionsllc.com/reviews , were copy-pasted on Ripoff Report and that constituted a copyright violation.
Now, this could be true, however, there are two serious questions which bust this claim –
1- The Ripoff Report was published on April 25, 2016. Meanwhile, according to Web Archive, the (alleged) original reviews were never published on creativetaxsolutionsllc.com until 15th September
2- The review page at ceativetaxsolutionsllc.com has no form or option for a user to submit reviews. It’s just an HTML page manually drafted, probably by Thomas Patti himself.
Since then, Creative Tax Solutions have gone ahead and made peace with RipoffReport.com by joining their verified company package. However, we are sure that Ed Madegson would love to know about this past attempt to remove content from his website.
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.
Here are some excerpts from the Ripoff Reports –
My husband hired Creative Tax Solutions last year to make a better payment plan with the IRS. The original consultant Mike told my husband that he could arrange with the IRS a plan where he makes no payments and the taxes are deleted in 4 years. My husband and his ex took out his 401k 5 years ago when they were in the process of divorcing and it left him withh a large payment plan to pay back the back taxes. Creative Tax Solutions promised that he could stop paying them and they would discharge everything. Months later my husband is now paying them over 100 dollars more a month than he was before hiring Creative Tax.
The only thing creative about Creative Tax Solutions is how they lie about saving money and charging clients thousands of dollars for a worse plan than when we set up payments with the IRS ourselves.
Creative Tax Solutions uses miseading propaganda to encourage people to pay money upfront for stuff they can do themselves. They claim to have 50 years experience but they have only been around since 2014. They ripped me off and did nothing. The IRS says its a big scam.
Webactivism cannot verify the authenticity of these statements posted on Ripoff Report. Prima-facie, Creative Tax Solutions is now a Verified Business at Ripoff Report and have vehemently denied these allegations.
It however does NOT allow Creative Tax Solutions to indulge in fraud and perjury to try and resolve these fake reviews.
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.