Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Fitness Deals USA
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- LEO HOST
Date of Submission:
- August 21, 2018
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
We uncovered this fake DMCA notice while investigating Idea Buyer LLC, who is a repeat offender. You can read about that investigation here –
So let us examine this fake DMCA –
It looks like a case of Freudian slip, where these idiots might have revealed their location. It had to be India, of course. In recent years, this is country of operation for most rogue reputation agencies. One of them, Repusurance.com had to shut down after we exposed their modus operandi and informed the agencies. If there are others, they will soon face the consequences.
So, the DMCA, filed by someone in India, representing Pissedconsumer.com, claims that another complaint website yscam.com is infringing on their copyrights.
Strange, since we’re sure that Mark Randazza, the legal counsel for PissedConsumer.com will deny having anything to do with LEO HOST 🙂
So let’s analyze some interesting details –
The DMCA was filed by Ajay Kolla, with the address mentioned as Q4 ,7th Floor , Cyber towers , Madhapur , Hyderabad. This belongs to an Indian firm called WISDOM JOBS.
Strangely, WISDOM JOBS is being investigated by us since a few months, for a series of fake DMCA notices. It seems to be the work of a single Reputation Firm based in India, who have Idea Buyer LLC, Fitness Deals USA and Wisdom Jobs in their clientele.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
A damning review at Ripoff Report, ofcourse. Here’ is what is said, verbatim –
24hrfitdeals.com is fitness deals usa. Previously fitness blowout / fitness warehouse 4 less. This “company” is a total scam! i foolishly placed an order after being sweet talked by a con artist that goes by the name levi, his real name is jim rosen, he also uses the alias david stevens, william robinson, james allen.
He keeps changing his name and the name of his websites to hide his bad reputation. If you call the different websites it’s the same exact recording but “levi” insists that they are not fitness deals usa. If you look up reviews for any of the companies i mentioned you will see a common theme. I was told i’d receive my equipment within 14-21 business days.
They tell you they ship the product immediately which is yet another lie. I ordered my equipment well over 2 months ago and when i can actually get a hold of someone i’m told it had left their warehouse but they use their own fleet of trucks so there is no tracking number?! it seemed fishy and when i found the reviews about this company i was horrified. 24hourfitdeals.com reviews are hard to find as they are buried online by the health club franchise 24 hour fitness.
When i finally spoke with the owner Who gave me a different name the last time i spoke with him) he is extremely rude. He was so nice when he was trying to get my checking info. I actually called some of the manufacturers he has on his site and they said they refuse to work with his company, at least he ones i was able to reach. In the process i also discovered that i was grossly overcharged.
I am convinced that he is making money though cancellation and restocking fees, for product he never had!! i was also pressured into paying by electronic check with the promise of better pricing and warranty. I believe this is designed so filing a charge back is more difficult. Fyi you can file a charge back through your bank for goods not delivered as promised.
The worst part is this machine is for my mom who has ms and is deteriorating without regular exercise. He is now threatening to sue me for canceling the order and says he will ruin my credit. Do not give this company your checking info! i have filed a report with the federal trade commission along with the attorney general of ca.
It sounds like he’s been ripping off his poor customers for years…..
You can read the entire review at – http://www.yscam.com/24hourfitdeals-com-c7
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.