Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
- May 31, 2017
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
In this investigation, we will list few amateur mistakes from a Reputation firm while filing fake DMCA notices to remove critical reviews against themselves. For any newbie, this is EXACTLY what to avoid when you decide to file a fake DMCA and commit a crime.
First, do NOT use your own name like these idiots did –
Second rule – DO NOT use a domain you own to file an incorrect DMCA. In this case – aorso.com . This domain was originally owned by Anupam Sharma ([email protected]) , who himself is mentioned in the complaints.
The article in question was planted on http://www.aorso.com/index/complaints/Repusurance.com/Repusurance.com-Repusurance.com-Ryan-Cohen-Scam-and-Fraudulent-activity-reported-NA-Unknown-841052 . The link no longer works, but here is what we know while checking the archive –
The website in question did NOT exist before June 2017, whereas the original complaint at Ripoffreport was published in April 2017. Here is a snapshot of the website from June 2017. You can clearly see that the website www.aorso.com was hosted on repusurance.com server –
As it stands, the Ripoff Report is still indexed by Google. We can only hope that Repusurance realizes that fake DMCA notices involve perjury and must be avoided. We wish to publicly advise them NOT to sell fake DMCA as a service to their clients.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business.
Here is a snippet of one of the report –
when all of there clients reported that company they closed it and started www.repusurance.com. they again contacted me from this new company using the same fake schemes , but this time I verified everything and got to knew they are same spammers. I asked my lawyer to confirm the address listed on there website and in India there office name is MPAS INC , there are no records of any of reputation company registered there and along with this they change there working people every 2nd month and not giving them there funds. please be aware of Anupam and Amandeep these guys are real scammers and masters in fraud.
Considering that these people operate under multiple names (eg – webcide.com), they need to hide all negative reviews to stay in business. However, filing a fake DMCA and getting caught is not what they were hoping for.
WHAT IS A FAKE DMCA AND WHY ARE WE LISTED HERE ?
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 have hired in the past. Perhaps even 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 Ripoffreport and Google 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]
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.