Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Veronica Sandoval
Date of Submission:
- March 31, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
Coming straight to the point, let’s examine the DMCA claim –
In simple terms, the DMCA says that multiple reviews at Yelp were copy-pasted from lifehealthmax.com . It goes into detail –
Elene G. posted a comment on Yelp on 5/15/2014. But it’s a full copy of my article posted at my LifeHealthMax blog.
The only problem is, for the original article/review to be published before the Yelp review, it had to be published before 15th May 2014. While the domain lifehealthmax.com itself was registered in 2015. The website did not exist in 2014 at all.
The website is registered by a person in Pakistan –
It is quite evident, that this is a case of fake DMCA done cheaply, and Sobertec has a lot to answer.
For those who don’t know yet, Sobertec is also known as Grant Cardone Center LLC which has been listed in another of our fake DMCA report –
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. A firm has a negative review on the internet. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as business. All hell breaks loose.
This review published multiple allegations against Sobertec, another name for Grant Cardone Center LLC. We cannot verify the authenticity of these claims. Here are some of the excerpts from these reviews –
This place is a total joke. If I could give 0 stars I would. People who run/work at this place are very dishonest. Ben and Molly charged a credit card without authorization and lied about the charges. Ben called me not even knowing who I was and asked if my credit card ended with certain numbers,after i said no he said then I don’t need to speak to you and hung up. If you call and try to call them out on their lies they cut you off and hang up on you. They say I spoke to you and knowing well they didn’t and say they tried calling you when they haven’t. They lose peoples money and mail and have no compassion for the people they are helping. This place is all about the money and could care less about the people they are suppose to help. Please reconsider sending your loved one to this place because its nothing but a headache to deal with and they are very unprofessional and unorganized.
Another one by Jessa C. –
I wish I could give this place 0 stars. I cannot express enough, the sadness I feel for the families who have to deal with these “rehabs.” I experienced some of the most unprofessional follow-up, phone calls, and voicemail messages. They do NOT do what they tell you they will for your loved one. I visited my son, as it was the holidays. Presents he was given were stolen, his phone was stolen, good luck finding anyone to care. Lou, the house manager most accidentally answered my phone call and then after stating the above, “had to call me back,” and hung up. While many & most of these places are not genuine, I would recommend moving right past this one.
Another review by Jeannette M. –
This place is SELL SELL SELL! Once they have your phone number, they will NEVER stop calling you!! It goes to the point of HARASSMENT! Even though my husband got treatment somewhere else, they STILL Harass us!! I have even requested that they remove our phone numbers, but the calls continue! These telemarketers Obviously get commission on selling this $25,000 a month institution! We told them we couldn’t afford it, calls keep coming. We told them that my husband is already in treatment, the calls keep coming! The SECOND time I called to tell them to take us off their call list, the guy actually ARGUED with me!!! What part of DO NOT CALL US do you Not understand! DO NOT give these people your phone number unless you are committed to going there! They will harass you until you die! They PRETEND that they care, but they DON’T. They are all about the Money!!
And Sobertec did no good by trying a fraudulent method to confront these allegations. Now, we’re not so sure these allegations are fake.
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.