Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Ron Lavalle
Date of Submission:
- March 30, 2016
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
The (fake) DMCA claimed that one of the comments posted at the Ripoff Report on VehicleHistory.com was copy-pasted from repdigger.com. Upon further analysis, we can see that there are 2 comments posted on the Ripoff Report, dated June 2012 and July 2012-
So, comments in 2012, alleged to be copy-pasted fro Repdigger.com for which DMCA was filed in 2016. Looks fishy. Let us analyze Repdigger.com and the original comments at https://repdigger.com/reviews/vehiclehistory . Oohh… for some strange reason, this link no longer works.
Well, it’s no surprise since the domain REPDIGGER.COM was itself registered in 2015. THE WEBSITE DID NOT EVEN EXIST IN 2012…
So here’s how it went – Someone planted the original comments from Ripoffreport.com at repdigger.com, backdated it to 2012 (or before) and filed DMCA with Google. Google didn’t check properly and the entire URL was removed from Google search.
Ever since RipoffReport changed the URL structure on our recommendation, the removed URLs came back. That’s when VehicleHistory.com paid to become a ‘verified’ member at Ripoff Report to mitigate the damage to their reputation. The new link being – https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/vehiclehistorycom-trusted-business-ripoff-report-verified-businesses-you-can-trust-vehiclehistorycom-customers-can-receive-free-online-reports-on-any-car-or-truck-in-the-us-this-data-can-provide-the-kind-of-additional-clarity-a-consumer-needs-during-a-vehicle-transaction-vehiclehistorycom-is-a-us-based-information-resource-providing-the-most-in-depth-data-available-free-of-charge-to-consumers/internet/vehicle-historycom-vehiclehistorycom-internet-857790
Good luck to these people in their quest for damage control. We’ll follow them to the end of world and ask these questions. Perhaps the law enforcement can look into this matter closely since it’s not just a case of fake DMCA. This is willful perjury.
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. We cannot verify the authenticity of these claims. Here is what the complaint quotes –
I was looking for my car vin history in the internet and finally I fond this crazy company (VEHICLEHISTORY.COM) which one was offering very affordable price – 2.95 FOR 7 DAYS TRIAL. So i paid 2.95 and created account in there, and guess what happened after – nothing at all, no information provided, but very funny things has appears down of the page with very-very small font – “Our vehicle history reports do provide data for all States which is some of the most up to date information available today from State and Federal sources. We do have LIMITED details for our Vehicle History Reports from the following limited participating states (CO, DC, HI, IL, KS, ME, MI, MS, OR, RI, VT.) which only provide Junk, Salvage, and Insurance Total Loss data” –
REALLY, Do you think it is fair to make this trick and let peoples pay before they even see that you do not have any info for almost 1/3 of America????? It is TOTALLY unfair, and yours business is stupid. So, I immediately (after 15 min.) called the customer service and was requested to cancel my account wright now/immediately, and was asking to send me confirmation of cancellation on my e-mail ( 2 days past and I still do not have it).
I spoke to two womens with foreign accent (one of them had name Jeicy or something like that) I called third time and spoke to next repres. – Roy, and I was asking for assurance that my account has been cancelled and no further charges will be provided. So, my the BIGGEST message to all peoples who want press OK and work with this internet company – think two-three- four- fife times at list before doing that. Hopefully my report will help to somebody to save his/her banking account info from this company. GOOD LUCK. Best Regards.
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.