Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Louis Kestenbaum – Fortis Property Group
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Brooklyn News Paper
Date of Submission:
- 04 August 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
First of all, when it comes to faking a DMCA notice, we have seen some very good efforts. Some very believable attempts.
This one however, is one of the worst attempt at DMCA fraud. If there was an exchange of money for this service, we hope Mr Louis Kestenbaum gets a full refund with apology from the incompetent Reputation Service provider.
Lets analyze both the DMCA notices –
Both were filed by ‘Brooklyn News Paper’ . An obvious fake News Portal – http://brooklynpaper.medianewsonline.com , operating on a free domain and hosting at http://www.medianewsonline.com , anaged by supportindeed.com people.
So obviously fake, that they’ve blocked Google from indexing their website altogether –
The DMCA notices state that the article at http://brooklynpaper.medianewsonline.com/fortis-group-louis-kestenbaum/ was published before December 2006 , the date on which the article at http://louiskestenbaum.blogspot.in/2006/12/all-about-me-you-can-see-at-my-new-blog.html was published.
Unfortunately, the domain medianewsonline.com , where this fake news portal is set up, was itself registered in May 2007.
Here’s another hint –
The featured image on the ‘fake article is hosted at the address – brooklynpaper.medianewsonline.com / wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Louis-Kestenbaum-1.jpg . Clearly, the image (and the article) was published in August 2017, and later backdated to 2006.
This is such shoddy work, that we don’t even need to spend more time explaining the fraud.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
A lot. Let us explain with a simple quote from a blog exposing these criminals –
We would refer to Louis Kestenbaum as a serial sex offender with the luck of the Irish and few friends in the blogosphere. Claims against him for sexual misdeeds date back well into the 80’s. To date, he has never been punished for his misdeeds. In fact, with regard to the Penzoil case, he won money because of the incompetent investigation conducted by Penzoil.
There is more –
The Kestenbaum family is synonymous with money laundering, fraud, underage girls and sexual abuse and a range of other questionable happenings around the globe: Romania, Florida, Switzerland just to name a few. They are known for their financing of the takeover in Bloomingburg, New York. They are also known for a very public fraud case involving Proctor & Gamble, in Ohio. The family has a lot of money, billions. We have no doubt that much of that comes from the blood, sweat and tears of our readers, either through Medicaid funds or through the ramifications of decisions made by beholden politicians. We find it hard to believe, however, that the whole lot of them are not sharing a cell somewhere.
In 2005, Moshe Kestenbaum, Louis Kestenbaum and Mayer Hirsch signed a plea agreement in Ohio related to a Proctor & Gamble case from 1999.
The group was accused of conspiring to buy $5.5 million in goods from P&G to be exported to new markets in the former Soviet Union. Instead, the products went to a Brooklyn warehouse and were later sold in the United States for about $9.7 million. Facing charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering: Joel Schoenfeld, Louis Kestenbaum, Moshe Kestenbaum, Mayer Hirsch, all of New York City, and Moses Kraus,of Zurich, Switzerland. If convicted, each defendant would have faced a maximum sentence of 180 years in prison, nearly $2.3 million in fines and restitution. The indictment also seeked the forfeiture of $5.5 million the group is accused of laundering with Swiss bank accounts.
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.