Beneficiary of Fake DMCA:
- Wilson Luna
- Perjury, Impersonation, Identity-theft, Misrepresentation
Fake Link/Website Used:
- Ephemera Inc
- Card Fellow
Date of Submission:
- December 24, 2014
- January 02, 2015
ANALYZING THE FAKE DMCA
We’re updating our investigation report after we were provided relevant information by the actual David E. Fink (the attorney who allegedly filed the court order). Turns out, someone impersonated him.
This is not the first time we published an investigation report on Wilson Luna. We named him many months ago in another case of fraudulent DMCA . We usually have no intentions to publish a second investigation report on the same subject unless under special circumstances. Incidentally, we have covered and named Med1Online in another fake DMCA scam few months ago. Med1Online is one of the parties in this court order in question here.
While investigating some more fake DMCA reports we found linked with Wilson Luna, we discovered a sustained effort for professional reputation management. That was expected since it had to be someone who does this (fake DMCAs) for a profession. We further found a court order sent to Google by David E. Fink, an attorney based in Maryland. These 2 URLs at Ripoffreport were deindexed on June 06, 2016 by Google as listed at https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13179218 –
After contacting David E. Fink, we realized that the court order submitted to Google is doctored. There was no lawsuit against any Roy Munoz. Wilson Luna has nothing to do with Med1Online. There were no hearings. The reputation firm working for Wilson Lune and Med1Online simply doctored an old court order, changed the dates, URLs and key details and submitted to Google.
Falsifying a court order, forging a judge’s signature, impersonating an attorney, remove a legitimate URL from Ripoffreport. The list of charges in this crime are serious and criminal. Of course Mr Wilson Luna, Med1Online and their Reputation Service Firms will most likely be dragged into a civil suit also,.
Let’s examine the (now already proved to be doctored) court order in more detail. This is what is says on page (1) –
This case having come before this Court for trial on March 16, 2016, Plaintiff Wilson Luna being present with counsel and Defendant Roy Munoz failing to appear despite being properly served ………….
The court order does not mention Med1online as a plaintiff, so one of the URLs listed for removal seemed out of place. Secondly, it names a Roy Munoz (resident of 12067 N.W. First Street Pompano Beach, Florida 33071) as the defendant, who allegedly posted the Ripoffreport complaints on 04 Feb 2009 and 09 Jan 2013 using pseudonymous names. It would have taken quite an investigation to ascertain his identity. The subpoena send to Ripoffreport might have helped, so we looked. No subpoenas were sent for either of these 2 URLs to Ripoffreport.com and any relevant case/lawsuit. We can now say with full authority that there is no actual person named Roy Munoz who was actually served a notice, or knows anything about this lawsuit.
This is just a dirty scam, a fraud on the nation’s legal system. This particular case needs to be investigated by professional, such as Mr Eugene Volokh and Paul Alan Levy who have uncovered several such cases resulting in multiple lawsuits and criminal cases filed across the USA. You can read more about their recent cases here –
We are gathering more decisive facts on this case against Wilson Luna, Med1Online and Ripoffreport.com and would soon be contacting Judge ‘Audrey J.S.Carrion’ of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. We will also be sharing this report with Law Professor Eugene Volokh and Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan Levy for further action.
Excerpt from the (fake) court order
Which leaves us with the fake DMCA part involving Wilson Luna. These fake DMCAs were filed on 24 Dec 2014 and 02 Jan 2015. Just a week apart which led us to believe that this may be the handiwork of a single person (or group).
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 these cases, articles at cardfellow.com and ephemera-inc.com) . Claim it as yours by impersonating the author.
- 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 , list the above small blog links as infringing upon your copyright, and slip in the target URL so that it is camouflaged.
- 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.
We contacted cardfellow.com and ephemera-inc.com and asked them if they are aware of the DMCAs. They are not aware of any DMCA ever filed by them, or on their behalf. It is clear that this is a fake DMCA fraud, and the sole beneficiary is Wilson Luna.
SO WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?
It is the same old story. Someone has a negative review at Ripoff Report. It ranks high on Google and hurts their reputation as well as their business.
In this case, Wilson Luna has multiple pages at Ripoffreport with complaints against him. We assume it may be hurting his online reputation and of course his revenue would have also suffered.
But to actually impersonate an attorney, forge a judge’s signature and doctor an entire court order and mislead Google to remove a perfectly legitimate URL display a total lack of ethics and no fear of the law. We will ensure that Wilson Luna is taken to task for these cyber crimes and fraud.
EDITOR’S COMMENT : For those who might ask – ‘why and how do we interject that ‘Wilson Luna’ 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 ‘Wilson Luna’ or someone he hired was directly involved in this crime. Wilson Luna also cannot plead ignorance in this matter, since this notice on Google search is hard to miss, really.
We are awaiting more information from Ripoffreport and journalists/investigators who are investigating similar crimes to ascertain who was behind these fake court order and DMCAs. 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]