Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- The GMS Group LLC
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Robert Siciliano
Date of Submission:
- April 08, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
This is one of the most hilarious DMCA-related crime we’ve come across. Let us begin by adding a preface to this modus operandi –
This technique of fake DMCA combined with bait-and-switch was prevalent since 2015 among the rogue Reputation Agencies. Here is how it worked –
- Step 1- Select a legitimate article on a reputed website (in this case, at examiner.com and robertsiciliano.com) . Claim it as yours by impersonating the author (in this case, Robert Sciliano ) .
- Step 2- Find a dozen or more similar article/content on small blogs and irrelevant websites.
- Step 3 – File a fake DMCA impersonating the author’s identity (in this case, Robert Sciliano ) , list the above small blog links as infringing upon your copyright, and slip in the target URL (in this case, Ripoffreport) so that it is camouflaged. Please know that the Ripoffreport URL had no infringing content on it’s website.
- Step 4- Hopefully, there’s a good chance that Google staff will not spend time verifying each and every URL and remove all the URLs listed in a single sweep, along with the one you intended from the very beginning.
The above method was overly abused until Google staff was alerted by us. Unfortunately, they could not take action against all such cases due to the deniability due to the number of URLs listed. However, Webactivism is brave enough to expose this scam and tell it as it is.
Let us examine this case.
The original content is from an article at robertsiciliano.com which was published on Mar 18, 2011 . It was authored by ‘Robert Sciliano‘ , and for some reason, after 4 years of publishing the article, Robert discovered random websites and blogs posting excerpts from his old article and wanted them gone.
Sounds feasible ? Here’s the fun part – Robert Siciliano is a personal security and identity theft expert. He is a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com . And his ID was stolen and used to file this fake DMCA report.
You couldn’t make this up !!
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 an excerpt from the Ripoffreport review – “The GMS Group, LLC – located in 7 locations – advertises nationally as a reputable company, however, does not reveal the excesive number of times the SEC has sanctioned it or the reasons; I did not find out about their record until we were before a board. The broker and manager failed to mention they had been specifically cited in most of those reports.
The White Collar theft I am witness to began by The GMS Group immediately by their taking nearly $14.000 FROM THE MONEY TO BE INVESTED and then to cover the thefts, by saying that it was owed to the IRS and the IRS had the money.
The IRS refused to return the money saying they never levied the monies from The GMS Group, LLC. The GMS group had it.”
Although we cannot verify the accuracy of the complaint posted against The GMS Group, LLC, their actions in relations to removal of the URL using fraudulent methods certainly force us to think twice before rejecting the complaint.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘The GMS Group, LLC’ has something to do with this fake DMCA. Couldn’t it be a coincidence ?’, we will say this – When someone goes and creates a whole new fake news site, falsifies his/her identity and submits fake DMCA to try and de-list some very targeted content on Google, it signals intent and a plan. It is obvious that ‘The GMS Group, LLC’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime. The GMS Group, LLC also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.