Nicholas Hartney – Investigation for Fraud, Impersonation and Perjury – Fake Copyright Takedown Scam

Patriot Tax Resolution, LLC

Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:   

  • Nicholas Hartney, EA

Contact Info:   

Possible Infringements:   

  • Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation

Submitted by:   

Date of Submission:   

  • October 31, 2018


** Investigation in progress **

Yes, that’s right. Our team and friends are currently investigating this fake DMCA incident and analyzing all the public data we have with us. Right now we have the evidence captured and archived, we are still waiting for a response from Nicholas Hartney, EA, Google and other related parties involved in this fake DMCA. This could take up to a couple of weeks.

However, make no mistake. This is indeed a case of copyright take-down fraud purported in order to hide online content. Once we compile all the facts of this case with due diligence, the final report will be published here.

We fight for the truth. If you have anything to contribute to this report or want to provide critical information against Nicholas Hartney, EA, you can get in touch with us at [email protected] We’re open for dialogue, unless your intention is to threaten us and waste your time.

Unlike our previous reports, we’re not going to sit idle on this one. We are not finished with this investigation. In spite of several threats and attempts to take us offline, we’re still here. Now’s the time to give it back as good as we got from these rogue agencies.

So, here’s what’s going to happen.  We have discovered this fake DMCA and have verified it to be so. Hence this article. The following stages will include –

  • manually informing all relevant parties involved in this, including Google, Nicholas Hartney, EA, the beneficiary
  • forwarding the information to Lumen Database and selected media organizations who are interested in these cases
  • publishing the negative content (they tried to remove) on multiple free-speech platforms such as, etc so that copies of the content are available for eternity, and the purpose of this fake DMCA lost forever
  • continue investigating this case to find out which of the actors are involved, including any reputation or law firm, and if/when found, we’ll make sure everyone knows who is behind these illegal activities
  • set up Google ads to name and shame these so-called beneficiaries of these scams
  • and most importantly, we’ll forward our findings to all relevant law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction of the beneficiary


If you think Webactivism was effective before, you’ll be amazed at what we have in store of all these scammers this time. Over the past few months, there has been a steady campaign against Webactivism with allegation and lies spread on dozens of free spammy blogs. They claim that Webactivism works with reputation agencies and extort money to remove articles. So, if you are listed on webactivism this time, you can thank these idiots. If you need to inquire our removal policy, just email us. We can put you through to actual victims we have helped. Also, if you are one of the reputation firm claiming that you can remove content from our website, we openly dare you to try. Go ahead….


Finally, if you are one of the critics of Nicholas Hartney, EA or have information about the reputation/law firm involved, or just want to post your thoughts and opinion, feel free to post a comment below. If there is one place from where he cannot remove any content, it is here.


In particular, a negative review/story against Nicholas Hartney, EA which potentially hurt business and reputation. Here is an excerpt from that report –

I spoke with Nick Hartney one time via telephone where I described my situation and he stated he would be able to help me.  Any further communication was via email and there were only several.  Initially he asked me to fill out IRS Form 433a, which is a free form that can be downloaded at  HYPERLINK “”  I filled this out and sent it along with 3 months of bank statements and a demographic for and the payment schedule via USPS (item # EI31 6411 191US) to Patriot Tax.   The delivery record shows it as received 09/07/2012.

There were two deductions from my account ending in 4219, one on 08/06/2012 and the second on 09/06/2012, both in the amount of $666.00.  The deadline set forth by the IRS for my response was 09/14/2012.  By 09/20/2012 I had not heard anything from Nick and had called him several times and sent several emails with no response.  At this time, in fear of the IRS and any action they might take, I decided to call them myself to see what progress had been made.  The IRS stated they had no record of Nicholas Hartney speaking with them on my behalf.  I sent an email to him after speaking with the IRS stating what they said.  On the day of my conversation with the IRS I settled my account without any representation, which is the service I agreed to pay for.  I did so 7 days past the IRS deadline as I was waiting to hear from Patriot Tax to no avail.  I have requested an account summary from the IRS which I will fax as soon as it arrives which shows the timeline of my contacts with them and that I am the only one who has spoken with them.

After so much time without any response I concluded the charges made to my account and the promise of service by Nicholas Hartney and Patriot Tax Resolution were fraudulent.  I went into the local branch to have my account numbers changed and the visa/debit card upon which the charges were drawn closed.  The banker I saw opened new accounts for me and issued me a new card to prevent any more fraudulent transactions from taking place.

12 days later, on October 1, 2012, when the final charge of $666.00 was to be paid, I finally received an email from Nick.  He stated, as you can read in the attached email, the he was dealing with a health concern.  Unfortunately this was not congruent with the timeline we had agreed upon, as the deadline was 09/14/2012.  Furthermore, he said he understands why I charged back the payments because of his lack of communication and not getting back to me sooner.

In conclusion, the services I agreed to pay for were never rendered however the charges were made to my account.

Nicholas Hartney composed a word document with his alleged work justifying having billed me over $1200, which would have been over $2000 had I not changed my account information.  Any work he claims to have preformed was never communicated with me if he did it at all and furthermore was of zero relevance to what services I agreed to pay him for.  Patriot Tax Resolution was in no part involved in any dealing with the IRS I had to resolve my tax concerns with them.

I believe it is the modus operandi of this company to take money from people who are already in a bad state for their benefit while not actually doing the work they promise to do.  This is unethical and an abuse of privilege as IRS Enrolled Agents

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In case you are one of the ‘beneficiaries’  listed in this report and are wondering what really happened, we suggest you look within. If it wasn’t you, or your associates, it is definitely the ‘Reputation’ or ‘SEO’ firm you had hired in the past. Perhaps it was your law firm. So, instead of blaming us for this article, you must grill your Reputation/SEO firm and look for answers. We are merely publishing the facts available on public database and have nothing against you personally. It is more than likely that the service you hired indulged in criminal methods to deliver results for you.

Meanwhile, we are awaiting more information from Nicholas Hartney, EA and Ripoff Report to ascertain who was behind this fake DMCA. We’ll update this page once we have more information. If you have any information to add to this investigation, get in touch with us at [email protected]

We are also investigating similar or related incidents of fraudulent DMCAs as mentioned in our reports at –

If in case we discover more information on this case, we’ll update the article. If you have any information to add, please submit a new comment below.

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 Roosh V, Idea BuyerQnet , Tai Lopez ,Amira Nature Food, Grant Cardone and more. 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 –

Fake Fraudulent DMCA might seem inconspicuous, until it’s 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 client 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. 

This complaint and/or review was posted on on Nov 23, 2018 and is a permanent record located here: . 

Furthermore, has an exclusive license to Nicholas Hartney, EA investigation. It may not be copied without the written permission of This investigation on Nicholas Hartney, EA is submitted and written by one of our members. Any and all opinions and information are published as is. We do not edit or remove any aspect of the report and is merely a free-speech platform.

As such, we cannot be held liable for the investigation reports and articles posted about Nicholas Hartney, EA.

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