Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Total Car Diagnostics
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Ripp-off Vehicle
- Ripp-off Vehicle MediaNews
Date of Submission:
- July 16, 2015
- March 14, 2018
- March 15, 2018
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
If at first, the DMCA doesn’t succeed, try again, and again….and one more time.
Total Car Diagnostics went berserk with the fake DMCA attempts. We discovered 10, but are sure there are many more. We simply don’t care since these 6 are enough to expose them.
So, lets examine the DMCAs –
It all started in 2013 with https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/697204
This fake copyright notice actually got Google to remove the Ripoff Report, in 2013. More than 5 years ago.
A fake blog, set up at a free subdomain at medianewsonline.com is the basis of this entire fake DMCA campaign run by Total Car Diagnostics. Now, we will examine and prove that they were in TOTAL control over this, and knew right from the start how this works.
Then RipoffReport changed it’s URL structure in 2017, which bought back the links on Google. Total Car Diagnostics had to redo everything. And they did. A series of 6 fake DMCAs –
However, in between all this drama, there was another DMCA. Not fake. Legitimate. This was filed by the webmaster of fitness-copy.com who realized that someone had published his content on http://rippoff.medianewsonline.com, the fake website where the content was planted. Little did he knew that his original article was deliberately copied and published on this fake website in order to file a fake DMCA, and it already removed his article from Google.
Of course, now we got to tell Yelp about this – http://www.yelp.com.au/biz/total-car-diagnostics-byron-bay 🙂
All in all, now we know that the article at http://fitness-copy.com/total-car-diagnostics-TOAD.htm was also removed by Google. Since it’s been so long, we have decided to publish the same article on Webactivism.com, while crediting the original author.
Message to Total Car Diagnostics – Due to the number of attempts to file fake DMCAs, the time spent and the fact that Total Car Diagnostics were actively involved and knew about the entire process, this subjects them to a massive lawsuit by Ripoffreport and Fitness-copy.com.
We will personally see to it that Total Car Diagnostics are punished for this, along with their accomplices.
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 complaint – “Avoid Total Car Diagnostics Total OBD & ECU Auto Diagnostics (TOAD) software at all costs unless you want to waste $400… because they will not give you your money back unless you mail, first class, a physical disk to them that’s not needed.”
And Total Car Diagnostics did no good by attempting 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.