FileAScam.com is a popular scam exposing and consumer advocacy website that claims it wants to protect the little guy from rip offs. The reality of the site is quite different, though. FileAScam has evolved into an online message board where anything goes–anyone can post just about any derogatory information they want about the target of their choosing.
Posters can maintain anonymity, there’s no vetting of posts prior to publication and no effective removal policy afterward. All of that can be infuriating if you run a small business that has been ambushed on the site. But you don’t have to sit there passively with your arms folded.
In this all-encompassing blog post, we’re going to walk you through how to secure a guaranteed post and defamation removal from the popular scam reporting and exposing website ‘FileAScam.com’, key anti-defamation safeguards and protections FileAScam is missing, several alternative methods, and more!
Important Note: Do keep in mind that FileAScam.com operates under the guidance of WhoScammedYou.com, boasts the same logo, and has an identical ‘About Us’ section. To read up further about WhoScammedYou.com and how to secure a guaranteed defamation removal, check out our past article here.
- At Minc Law, we guarantee the removal of false, negative, and malicious content and posts from FileAScam. All you need to do is reach out to us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation defamation consultation. We also provide guaranteed removals for countless other websites and online bulletin boards, so make sure to head on over to our ‘Content Removal’ page for the complete list.
- FileAScam.com poses a serious threat to both your personal and professional reputation due to three core reasons: (1) anonymous user registration, (2) failure to thoroughly vet and monitor content posted, and (3) lack of post removal policy. Read up further in Section 3!
U.S. Defamation Law Fact: Definitions of libel and slander vary by state in the U.S., making it a somewhat difficult landscape to navigate for libel and slander victims. For example, several states group both libel and slander together under the blanket term ’, ‘defamation” while other states differentiate between the two. This can cause issues for defamation victims due to varying statutes of limitations (the timeframe in which a person may initiate their defamation claim). If you’re unsure of your state’s respective defamation laws, we recommend consulting an experienced U.S. defamation lawyer ASAP.
If you or your business has found themselves at the center of defamatory and malicious reports and comments on FileAScam.com, it’s imperative you contact an experienced Internet defamation removal attorney as soon as possible to explore your guaranteed defamation removal. That’s right, guaranteed removal! At Minc Law, we can guarantee defamation and post removals from FileAScam.com.
In our tenure as nationally recognized Internet attorneys, we’ve built up an impressive arsenal of legal tactics to provide guaranteed removals from specific websites. You can find our complete list of websites and online bulletin boards we provide guaranteed defamation removals from by checking out our Guaranteed Removals page.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s put an end to the false reports and online attacks today!
Minc Law is here to fight for your reputation!
The Facts: What is FileAScam.com?
FileAScam.com is a popular scam exposing and consumer advocacy website which appears to be nearly identical to WhoScammedYou.com – even sporting the WhoScammedYou.com logo in their homepage’s upper left-hand corner. FileAScam.com boasts a comprehensive homepage, which encourages users to “Search, Alert and Uncover the Dirt,” and sort through scams by their date posted and “top ten lists.”
The unfortunate reality is FileAScam.com and WhoScammedYou.com both pose a serious threat to your reputation and livelihood. Are you just going to sit by and let anonymous online trolls attack and defame you on the Internet. Your reputation is everything, and needs to be protected at all costs. That’s where we come in!
And, while FileAScam.com, and WhoScammedYou, may have begun with noble intentions – to protect consumers and individuals from predatory and scammy business practices and products – they have unfortunately evolved into hot-beds for online defamation, fake reviews, and malicious attacks. FileAScam.com “exposes” all scams under the sun, including:
- Popular Internet scams,
- Bitcoin and cryptocurrency scams,
- Contest scams,
- Work-at-home scams,
- Religious scams,
- Multi-level marketing scams,
- Financial services scams,
- E-commerce scams, and more!
As of the date of publish, FileAScam.com boasts over 815 pages of scam reports, with the oldest scam, funnily enough, exposing “Bernie Madoff.”
More specifically, FileAScam’s ‘About Us’ page reads, “WhoScammedYou.com has been designed to give consumers the opportunity to tell real-life experiences of being scammed…This website was created for 3 purposes:
- Posting a scam will warn others of scammers through the Internet,
- You can now vent about how you were scammed because sometimes venting is the only thing you can do,
- What’s a better place to research the people, businesses, or products for the ultimate background check.
If you’re wondering if you read the above ‘About Us’ incorrectly, you didn’t. FileAScam.com appears to be operated by the WhoScammedYou.com team (WSY Team), and is commonly referred to as WhoScammedYou.com throughout the website. Everyone from future customers, to business partners, to loved ones are just a single click away from finding false and malicious attacks on your company or business in Google’s search results. Isn’t it time we change that?
Let’s take a look at why FileAScam and WhoScammedYou both pose a serious threat to your business’s future, bottom line, and reputation.
Online Libel Removal Tip: Online libel may also be typically referred to as cyber defamation. Simply put, it refers to any defamation or slander which is perpetrated via digital media and typically through the Internet. Cyber defamation can be difficult to stop due to its unrestricted geographical nature. However, sending a cease and desist letter can be an effective means of combating cyber defamation, along with filing a police report in the local jurisdiction where the perpetrator lives.
Guaranteed Defamation & Post Removal From FileAScam.com
The online abuse and attacks need to stop now. Imagine having a colleague, friend, or loved one find false and malicious accusations posted about you online? You need to defend yourself and your reputation at all costs. If you even have the slightest worry that you’ve been falsely attacked, reviewed, or posted about online, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. That’s where the defamation attorneys of Minc Law come in.
Our experienced team of nationally recognized Internet defamation removal attorneys can guarantee you and your company’s removal from FileAScam.com, simply contact us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation consultation. That’s right, we offer a guaranteed post removal from FileAScam.com and WhoScammedYou.com! And we do it all for a flat, reasonable fee.
In our tenure as Internet defamation removal lawyers, we’ve built up an impressive arsenal of cost-effective and comprehensive legal tactics to guarantee libel and defamation removals from certain websites and online platforms – FileAScam and WhoScammedYou included. You can find the complete list of all websites we provide guaranteed removals for by heading over to our ‘Guaranteed Removals‘ page.
We remove content and false accusations from almost every type of website, including popular gossip websites, scam reporting bulletin boards, and online news publications. We know what it takes to permanently and effectively remove false reviews, libelous content, and malicious accusations. In our defamation tenure, we’ve helped secure the effective removal of over 25,000 pieces of false online content and webpages, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and support a nearly 100% online defamation removal rate.
Besides online defamation removal services, we help clients fight online harassment and cyberstalking, provide online reputation and brand protection services, and assist in the removal of nonconsensual pornography (revenge porn) and other intellectual property infringement.
What are you waiting for?
If you or your business has been the victim of false and malicious online reviews and accusations on FileAScam.com, or another popular scam reporting website, contact us today to schedule your free, initial no-obligation consultation by calling us at (216) 373-7706, or by scheduling a meeting online.
Online Reputation & Brand Management Tip: If your company or service has any sort of online presence or website, we strongly recommend establishing a reputation and brand monitoring budget. While you might think this is an expensive cost, in reality it is quite straight-forward and cheap. We suggest signing up for a Google Alerts account to receive notifications any time your name, product, company, or service is mentioned anywhere online. Doing so is an effective way to gauge the general public’s perception of you and your company, and identify intellectual property infringers as they appear.
Three Reasons Why FileAScam Poses a Serious Threat to Your Reputation
While FileAScam.com does not enjoy as high of traffic numbers as its parent website, WhoScammedYou.com, it does still pose a serious threat to you and your business’s reputation due to three lacking safeguards. In this section, we’re going to walk you through three reasons why FileAScam fails to adequately protect businesses, consumers, and individuals from baseless and false reviews and accusations.
1. Anonymous User Registration & Posting
FileAScam, and WhoScammedYou, both emphasize the ability for users to ‘post anonymously’ under their ‘Post a Scam’ tab. To post anonymously, users need not even provide an email address or first name. It’s as easy as clicking on ‘Post a Scam’, selecting a category, naming a scammer, assigning a title, and writing up a description of the alleged scam.
Most toxic scam reporting websites boast extremely lackluster user registration and posting requirements. After all, most malicious trolls and online defamers wouldn’t feel comfortable posting such threats if they knew their identity was easily ascertainable. Websites and online bulletin boards which require some degree of personal information naturally have lower rates of online defamation, false accusations, and malicious attacks.
And, if you think there’s any hope of FileAScam revealing an online defamer’s information to you, you’re out of luck. Their ‘FAQ’ reads, “WSY will not provide you with any information concerning an individual who has posted a SCAM other than what that individual has voluntarily provided pursuant to his or her post.”
2. Failure to Screen Content & Reviews
Adding fuel to the fire in this highly susceptible online defamation environment is the fact that FileAScam does not have a content or post vetting mechanism in place. In fact, most user-generated content platforms don’t. This is because they are protected under a controversial piece of Internet legislation known as the Communications Decency Act. As long as a website or Internet service provider (ISP) is not the original creator or curator of content, then they will not be held liable for the posts, comments, and content posted to their platform.
Thanks to this near blanket-immunity, FileAScam, and most user-generated content platforms take a hands-off approach towards regulating and monitoring content. This, unfortunately, opens the doors for malicious posters and online defamers to push false agendas, resulting in a hot-bed of online defamation and baseless accusations.
FileAScam.com even acknowledges such protection under Section 230 of the CDA, with their ‘FAQ Legal Issues’ tab stating, “Under the particular circumstances of the following cases, the courts in the United States have consistently held that, where allegedly libelous statements are made available by third parties through Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or are posted by third parties on the server’s billboards, the ISPs are immune from liability for defamation as they are within the scope of 47 U.S.C.A. § 230…”
3. Lack of Post Removal Policy
FileAScam suggests defamed users and companies respond to the alleged scam via their ‘Write a Response’ option rather than present an accessible way for users to remove false, malicious, and baseless reviews. As FileAScam and WhoScammedYou are protected under Section 230 of the CDA, they explicitly state that they are under no obligation to remove or edit defamatory and libelous posts and reviews.
FileAScam.com does, however, provide a removal option for users who have had their work copied and infringed upon. Users may send a written communication to FileAScam and WhoScammedYou’s copyright agent at:
455 NE 5th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33483
Email: [email protected]
We do recommend reaching out to an experienced Internet and copyright infringement attorney before sending a written communication to the following agent. To read up further on sending a DMCA takedown notice for copyright infringement, we recommend checking out our past article here.
Internet Harassment Protection Tip: To protect against online harassment and cyberstalking, we recommend the following; document all evidence and communications with an online harasser or cyberstalker, set up an email and content filtering system, refrain from responding or retaliating against the perpetrator, brush up on your state’s respective cyberstalking and online harassment laws, and consider making your digital footprint and social media profiles private.
Alternative Ways to Remove & Suppress Online Defamation
While we do recommend reaching out to an experienced Internet defamation attorney if you or your business has been defamed or falsely reviewed online, there are alternative ways to suppress and remove online defamation and attacks. However, do understand that these below methods do come with their own caveats and aren’t always effective.
Let’s first take a look at a great way to help solidify your business’s online reputation in Google’s search results: utilization of good search engine optimization (SEO) practices.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Content Strategy
If your company, service, or business has an online presence, we recommend brushing up on proper search engine optimization tactics to help your website rank highly in Google’s search results. Doing so is a great way to make sure negative and false reviews don’t overshadow your website or product in the search results.
Simply put, search engine optimization refers to the process of maximizing the overall number of visitors and users to your website by ranking high in Internet search results. One of the best ways to ensure your website and service is not out-ranked by negative and false reviews is by setting up a comprehensive content strategy. For starters, we recommend setting up a blog and updating it as frequently as you can.
Google recognizes constructive and positive content and is much more likely to rank engaging content higher in its search results than malicious and negative attacks. Also, consider interlinking between all business and company profiles online. Doing so will help create a “spiderweb” of positive content which can assist in ranking better in Internet search results.
Sending a DMCA Takedown Notice to a Website’s Copyright Agent
While user-generated content platforms are granted near-blanket protection under Section 230 of the CDA, there are still a few exceptions – intellectual property infringement being one. And, while most websites and ISPs may take a hardline stance on defamatory and libelous content, they generally are quick to remove content, photographs, and other media which infringes upon a person’s copyright.
As noted above, FileAScam.com and WhoScammedYou.com both provide an address and contact information for their copyright agent. However, sending a DMCA takedown notice by oneself isn’t as straightforward as you might think and can result in unforeseen consequences if not approached carefully.
Generally, when sending a DMCA takedown notice to an authorized copyright agent, you’ll need to include:
- Your name and signature,
- The infringed work,
- The website and location of the infringed work,
- Your contact information,
- A good faith statement affirming your belief of copyright infringement,
- A statement under penalty of perjury.
While this might seem simple enough, we generally recommend working with an experienced Internet and copyright infringement attorney to make sure the removal process goes smoothly.
Sending a Cease & Desist Letter
Cease and Desist letters are straightforward and cost-free ways to let an opposing party that you mean business. Such letters order a party to “cease” (stop) their infringing or offensive conduct, and “desist” (refrain) from engaging in such conduct in the future. Cease and desist letters should be approached cautiously when dealing with user-generated content platforms, as some sites revel in the thought of future litigation, are well-versed in their protections under the CDA, and might even broadcast the letter across their platform.
Cease and desist letters are typically more suitable when you know the party who has engaged in the offensive or illegal conduct. As a business or company with an online website, you might consider sending a cease and desist letter where you know a reviewer’s identity. Do keep in mind that sending a cease and desist could ultimately backfire, and lead to a malicious online reviewer or defamer continuing their online defamation campaign.
If you’re unsure whether sending a cease and desist is the right course of action for you and your business, we recommend consulting an experienced Internet defamation attorney as soon as possible.
Defamation Law Fact: Libel tourism refers to the act of forum shopping for libel lawsuits, whereby a plaintiff will often seek to lodge their claim within the most favorable jurisdiction. For example, a well-known Irish-Saudi businessman, Khalid bin Mahfouz, once threatened a libel lawsuit more than 40 times in England after being accused of funding terrorism due to England’s typically plaintiff-friendly defamation history.
Work With the Internet Defamation Lawyers of Minc Law Today!
Wouldn’t you speak up if a friend or co-worker falsely accused you of having done something terrible in person? So, why wouldn’t you speak up if you were defamed or maliciously attacked online? Both real-life and online accusations stand to severely affect your life, family, and friends. This is not a matter to be approached lightly.
Online defamation and malicious accusations are a ticking time-bomb. It’s important to act and remove false and defamatory online reviews and posts before it’s too late. If you or your business has been falsely reviewed, accused, attacked, or posted about on FileAScam.com, reach out to the Internet defamation lawyers of Minc Law now to discuss your guaranteed removal.
Minc Law knows what it takes to get the job done and remove malicious and fake online content in a timely and cost-effective manner. In our tenure as nationally recognized Internet defamation attorneys, we’ve secured the effective and permanent removal of over 25,000 libelous and fake pieces of content and websites, litigated in over 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% online defamation takedown rate.
We also offer a lengthy list of websites and online platforms we provide guaranteed defamation and post removals from – FileAScam.com included. So, whether you’ve been falsely attacked on a scam reporting website, consumer advocacy website, or cheater shaming platform, we’re here to put an end to it today!
So, what can you expect when working with the Cleveland-based attorneys of Minc Law?
- Courtesy & Respect: We pride ourselves on treating all of our clients with the utmost courtesy and respect. We know just how invasive and stressful online defamation and fake reviews can be, so rest assured we’re on your side and here to make it as painless as possible. After all, your goals are our goals.
- Open Channels of Communication: We understand how important it is to be kept in the loop about your defamation case and takedown, so know that we’re here to update you on all important case and removal details.
- Websites & Businesses Respond to Us: The proof is in the pudding, and we have results to back it up. As noted above, we’ve removed over 25,000 pieces of false and malicious online content, litigated in 22 states and 3 countries, and boast a nearly 100% defamation takedown rate. Websites and businesses respond to Minc Law!
Let’s get started today!