Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Grand Energy
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
|May 18, 2016|
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us analyze this (fake) DMCA –
This was filed on May 18, 2016. It stated that an article published at palastinetimes.com was scraped and published on 800notes.com.
So, it is claimed that the content was published originally at http://palastinetimes.com/index.php/2011/04/08/how-does-fake-companies-get-through-scamming-numbers-to-put-that-through-a-legit-customer, carefully structured to display year/month/date of publishing.
Palastinetimes.com is not a new name for us. It has been mentioned in multiple lawsuits based on fake-DMCA investigations.
Grand Energy has a lot to answer for. A fake DMCA and association with someone who has been sued for thousands of dollars for perjury and impersonation is not going to end well for Grand Energy.
At this moment, we are going to contact the parties involved in the above lawsuit, as well as 800notes.com and Google to hold everyone involved in this scam accountable.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
The negative content at 800notes.com which ranks on Google #1 have multiple comments from various users, all quoting their ‘bad’ experience with spam telephonic calls from rudely behaved executives of Grand Energy. Here are some excerpts from this thread –
Preston Harris of Grand Companies called and said he was following up on a previous conversation he had with the owner. Owner says he never spoke with this guy in the first place. Gave a different call back number than the one he called from (214)384-4525. researched both numbers and Grand Energy kept coming up for this number. Also known as Grand Operating, Inc. Does he not know what his company’s name is? Probably looking for investors.
Interesting. So you knew who this number belonged to but decided to look it up anyway and then post a glowing report on this company? “I don’t know what these people are talking.” You don’t speak English? “I figure since it seems the majority of these people are just secretaries or assistants” Could you please identify the criteria you used to make this determination? For instance, what is my profession? Perhaps you are psychic and had a vision as to what the other posters do for a living? I guess the economy must be good if the posters from 2011 still have the same secretary and assistant jobs they had back then. Or are these new jobs? “I understand people get frustrated when they receive cold calls”. Yes especially when the violate the DNC. “This company has been in business for over 30 years” Guess my math must be off because Bizapedia shows it as having been started in 2005: http://www.bizapedia.com/tx/GRAND-ENERGY-200465-LTD.html Note the correlation between the address in that page with the contact page from this company: http://grandenergy.com/html/contact_us.htm
So I guess I have the right one.
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.