Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
Fake Link/Website Used:
Date of Submission:
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
The first DMCA was ‘seen to be’ filed by ‘David Mikkelson‘, the founder of snopes.com. Imagine that. The millionaire webmaster, fussing over a section of one of his ancient articles, being ripped off at Ripoffreport.com.
We’ll let David take appropriate action in this incident. How apt if he writes an article about vehiclehistory.com’s team filing a fake DMCA, using his website and impersonating him.
The other DMCA used a fake website www.mashablecity.com. Here’s what we know about this fake website –
- The domain is owned by ‘Muhammad Ashraf’ from Pakistan. The registrant email is ‘[email protected]‘. Now, this person owns a list of other websites –
- The above websites are all fake, fraudulent and useful only for filing fake DMCAs.
- There is already suspicions about these websites being used for filing fake DMCAs – https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/websearch/WiLEAStnWMI/fq3arDRdBAAJ
- Tech-cave.com was owned by Matt Gillooly ([email protected]) till Feb 2016, after which it was sold to our perpetrators.
- The website itself was uploaded on 22 Mar 2016 according to web archive and hosting history.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
Would you believe us if we told you that the complaint which VehicleHistory.com tried so hard to suppress on Google, is about a $2.95 payment grievance ?
Dollar two point ninety-five only !
How much did VehicleHistory.com pay for this miserable attempt ?
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘VehicleHistory.com’ 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 ‘VehicleHistory.com’ or someone they hired was directly involved in this crime. VehicleHistory.com also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.