Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- iCare Financial Thomas Lark
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Career Builder
Date of Submission:
- April 22, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Let us examine this (fake) DMCA –
On April 22, 2015, Career Builder filed a DMCA stating that an article they published on their website careerbuilder.com and CNN.com was republished on several websites without consent.
Although it raises suspicion that CareerBuilder would file a DMCA (the only DMCA ever filed by them) for an article written by them nearly a DECADE ago. Yes, that’s right.
Of course, as expected, when we contacted Career Builder, they denied having ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS FAKE DMCA.
Nevertheless, let us explain the modus-operandi behind this –
This is what we classify as an ancient technique used by Reputation firms to try and deceive Googleand remove negative links for their clients. The trick is simple – impersonate a legitimate portal, file multiple DMCAs against random links and quietly slip in the target link in between, hoping that Google staff lets it pass among other.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
This, published at Ripoff Report –
Thomas Lark and Sam Fuchs are life long scammer. Their main goal is to take your money. They were running running a similar scam under a different name and managed to get me for 10k to invest in aa deal to literally market his their fake 0% interest product. Stay away from these guys there pathological liars and will 100% steal your money.
It is unfortunate that scammers like these guys get to keep doing this over and over to unsuspecting people. They really should be put behind bars.
Thomas Lark & Sam Fuchs are Scammers & Thief Pathological Sociopath
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 We also shared unpublished data and information with 3 different law agencies who looked into this scam.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.