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Lawyer must remove allegedly defamatory comments from RipoffReport says court

A Manhattan judge has ordered a lawyer to take down allegedly defamatory statements he posted on the Internet in response to negative reviews he believed had been written by a former client.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern on Tuesday said lawyer Robert Feldman must take down the statements

In 2010, two negative reviews of Feldman were posted anonymously to a website,, which publishes consumer complaints against companies and individuals, according to the ruling. One of the comments, posted in July 2010 and still available on the website, called Feldman “the most unscrupulous lawyer.”

Feldman responded on to the comments in late 2011, saying they were authored by Glassman, whom he called “emotionally disturbed” and accused of “harassing and victimizing” several women, the ruling stated.

Full story from Reuters: Lawyer must remove allegedly defamatory comments from Web: court.

My comment: Fat chance. Ripoff Report does not remove comments and has defied other court orders in the past.

Scammers clone attorney’s LinkedIn profile to steal thousands

LinkedIn LogoA Seattle attorney, who just happens to work for Microsoft, had his LinkedIn profile and online identity cloned by scammers, who then solicited donations for a fake charity from his connections and the public.

The criminals used the cloned LinkedIn profile, his name and his credentials (with a different picture) to reassure people of credibility when they advertised fake jobs, in an advance-fee employment scam. One woman apparently lost $4,500 to the scammers.

It’s all too easy for this to happen to almost anyone, as LinkedIn does not verify new accounts. Nor do they warn existing members that a new account has been created with duplicate or very similar information. Or with an identical picture.

More on the story, including a video interview with the frustrated victim, at Seattle local station, King 5 news.

Fraud Film review – The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan

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I caught this movie last week, mostly by accident. Despite the “white collar” in the title, the trailer and intro set it in the world of football (soccer) hooligans. However, as the official blurb below explains, the backdrop is the world of credit card fraud. More precisely: bank card cloning.

“Casual football hooligan Mike Jacobs is going nowhere in life when he meets old friend Eddie Hill at a football riot. Under Eddie’s tutelage he soon finds himself inducted into the world of credit card fraud, where organized gangs withdraw hundreds of thousands of pounds from cash machines every night. As Mike becomes seduced by the money and women that come with his new lifestyle, the dangers increase and he soon finds events spiraling beyond his control.”

The story that unfolds is how the main character, down on his luck, gets drawn into a world of gangsters, easy money, carding and cloning, violence etc. The clashes between the football supporters occur briefly early on and are not seen again.

There are several scenes showing the card cloning technology, the geeks who run the equipment and the small-scale manufacturing they do to equip the “teams” with bundles of freshly encoded cards, which are then used at ATMs in England and Paris to withdraw a few million in cash each week.

I don’t know if the numbers are based on reality for UK and European fraud. The amounts withdrawn seem absurdly high for one gang to be able to get away week after week. Neither are the scenes showing the fraudsters standing at ATMs inserting card after card and withdrawing hundreds of pounds and euros from each account. That unusual pattern alone would surely trigger major alerts in the system? Also not plausible is that none of them ever hide their faces, wear hats or seem to care that they are inches away from a video camera at each ATM.

Anyway it’s supposed to be entertainment and not a documentary, so I’ll still mark “The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan” as worth seeing. It is somewhat cliched and formulaic, but there are some nice twists and decent acting, along with suitably gritty settings.

More about the movie at their official Facebook page

Fernilia Willson of readyBuzz is a fake

I recently received an unsolicited LinkedIn connection request from a “Fernilia Willson” – who has the purported title of Marketing Manager for a California company called “readyBUZZ.”

A quick review of her LinkedIn profile (profile picture on the right) raised a number of red flags for lack of authenticity, so I started doing some background checking.

In case you were wondering, I don’t check all my LinkedIn connections in this manner, only the ones that set off the fake alert alarms.

The online trail led to a Google+ profile (profile picture on the left), where “Fernilia” is keeping busy posting frequent updates on social media topics, and connecting with 1200 random strangers. On LinkedIn her network just topped the 500 connections mark.

This all fairly quickly lead to the conclusion that “Fernilia Willson” is an invented persona – one that is being used to collect network connections on LinkedIn and Google+ for social media marketing (or other) purposes.

By “invented persona” I mean that there is no evidence that there is anyone with the name “Fernilia Willson”  in the United States. Nor can either of the profile pictures (which are not of the same person) being displayed on the two networks possibly be authentic, as both pictures have been scavenged off the internet and are of other women.

In other words,  Fernilia Willson of readyBuzz is a fake.

Update July 16 2012

Google completely removed the profile after an investigation. LinkedIn have it in the queue for deletion. Meanwhile this post has attracted quite a number of visitors and is ranking highly for both Fernilia Willson and readyBuzz in Google. readyBuzz seems to be silent on the matter.

I did mention earlier that I would provide additional evidence that pointed to the fakeness of the profile. The red flag was in the LinkedIn education section, which states:

University of California, San Francisco – School of Medicine
Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.),Computer Science

Of course a school of medicine is not normally a place to obtain a Computer Science degree. More telling is that there is no “Master of Computer Applications” that I could find in the United States. Instead The Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a Postgraduate degree in computer application Streams awarded in India, according to Wikipedia.

That blunder points to the profile having been created by someone in India who does not know the US education system, nor who had the ability to comprehend my detailed profile on LinkedIn.

If they had, they surely would not have tried to add me as a contact. Instead they have been exposed, deleted and caused readyBuzz to be seen as an amateurish, slightly fraudulent and clueless operation.

Will Google remove a page that I don’t like from its search results?

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Google’s Matt Cutts outlines in straightforward terms what Google will, and mostly won’t do to remove entries from search results.  Cutts points out that Google’s aim is to “hold up a mirror to the web,” rather than trying to determine what is and isn’t valid, important or “true.”

Put another way: to remove entries from Google one must have them removed at the source. Once that is done the search engine will remove the entries (that appear in the search results) for the now deleted content. This is by no means a new Google policy, but it is useful to hear it plainly stated.

I’ll be adding my thoughts to this post in due course. Meanwhile your comments are welcome below.