Table of Contents
- What is ScamBoard.com?
- How People Use the ScamBoard Review Platform For Online Defamation
- Four Reasons Why Online Defamation is Prevalent on Countless User-Generated Content & Review Sites
- Personal & Professional Damage Caused by Defamatory Online Postings
- Contact the Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law Today to Remove False Posts From ScamBoard & Other Online Websites
What is ScamBoard.com?
ScamBoard.com is a user-generated content platform and website sporting the tagline, “Accountability is everything.” The site seeks to provide a transparent platform for consumers who have “been scammed,” are willing to “expose bad behavior,” and “voice their opinion” on the scam that allegedly got them.
While ScamBoard was likely created with the intention to further transparency and fairness in our consumer society, it has unfortunately evolved into a hub for online defamation and baseless and malicious online attacks. And, even though ScamBoard.com doesn’t offer much direction for users of their site, they do list a broad array of product categories and services in their site footer, which in an indirect way makes one believe the website was designed and intended for use rating and reviewing.
Coupled with their simple three step process of submitting scams, it allows the average user to broadcast a malicious or defamatory message in a relatively seamless manner. Additionally, it’s worth noting that ScamBoard has been around since 2005 – that’s nearly 14 years – so they have gained considerable authority in the “scam reporting” online sphere, jeopardizing not only your reputation, but your business’s by expanding their reach globally.
Defamation Law Fact: The tort of defamation is often referred to as vilification, character assassination, calumny, and in certain cases, disparagement.
If you or your business has been the victim of false and defamatory attacks on ScamBoard.com or other scam-reporting websites, reach out to the Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law today. Ohio-based defamation lawyer Aaron Minc and his team of nationally recognized defamation attorneys are here to fight for your reputation.
At Minc Law, we boast a nearly 100% removal and takedown rate, and all for a flat, reasonable fee. Aaron and his team have litigated in over 19 states and 3 countries, and have secured hundreds of online defamation removals. Know that you are in good hands when working with the defamation attorneys of Minc Law.
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How People Use the ScamBoard Review Platform For Online Defamation
ScamBoard.com is used by users who go there for a wide array of purposes – after all, not everyone posts online maliciously or seeks to destroy another’s reputation. However, a brief overview of ScamBoard.com’s current pages show an alarming proclivity amongst users to post about anything other than reviews, products, or services (what it was originally intended to be). Rather, what appears under the website’s “Recent Posts” and “Recent Comments” headings are an array of questionable and malicious attacks against individuals – bordering on defamation and oftentimes crossing that threshold.
For example, there’s posts between neighbors referring to each other as “clowns,” and many other accusations and allegations target innocent parties’ sexual orientation, past love life, solicitation of prostitutes and escorts, and other sexually based attacks.
On top of everything, most posts contain the victim’s contact information, such as their phone number, full name, email address, and even photographs. If you’ve found your picture or likeness posted on ScamBoard.com, check out our article on whether you should hire an attorney to send a DMCA takedown notice – an alternative method to defamation removal after finding unauthorized and copyrighted material of yours posted online.
The simple answer is, if you’ve found a photograph of yours posted online without your permission, you should consult an experienced Internet attorney, as the DMCA takedown process is a lot more difficult and technical than it seems.
Online defamation is like a wildfire, therefore it’s important to put it out before it has time to strengthen and spread.
Libel Removal Tip: Even bad online search results can happen to good people and honest businesses. In order to combat libelous posts online that may have adverse affects on your reputation, sign up to Google Alerts in order to monitor when your name is mentioned online and any particular phrases it is mentioned in conjunction with. Keep in mind, when dealing with online defamation, proactivity goes a lot further than reactivity.
Four Reasons Why Online Defamation is Prevalent on Countless User-Generated Content & Review Sites
Although ScamBoard.com claims that “Accountability is everything,” their practices are far from what they preach. Unfortunately, ScamBoard’s bare-bones approach to user-generated content and reviewing submitted material leaves many questions on the table regarding accountability.
Below are three fundamental reasons why online defamation is prevalent on ScamBoard and other popular online user-generated content platforms, and review sites.
- Inadequate registration & identifications means: A lot of toxic online user-generated content platforms have very lackluster sign-up and verification processes. After all, would you feel comfortable posting malicious and libelous things about a person if your name and personal contact information was tied to it? Probably not. Users of ScamBoard.com are not required to create an account or provide any personally identifiable information before submitting a complaint or report to the website. Their “login” logo in the right hand corner of the homepage seems to indicate that there is some level of identification on its face, however, when you click on it, it takes you to their back-end WordPress – which, if you don’t know their WordPress login information, then it’s meaningless. Login buttons for reputable and verified websites typically redirect the user to Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, or other identification platforms to hold you accountable and verify your identity. On ScamBoard.com, users are able to fill out a complaint form in three easy steps, and all without having to verify their actual identity – they don’t even require you to provide your email address.
- Unreviewed & unregulated content: With such a systemic verification failing, it’s no surprise that users revel in their anonymity and post malicious and libelous content – knowing that their chances of being caught or identified are slim to none. Such registration and unreviewed content process encourages users to exploit their system in order to push their own personal and malicious agendas. With so many posts on ScamBoard.com walking the line between defamatory and malicious – with a sizeable portion crossing that line – there’s nothing to indicate there is a thorough or formal review and regulation mechanism in place.
- Copyright infringement: As mentioned above, ScamBoard.com and a good portion of other user-generated content platforms allow users to post photographs. What most users who are attacking others online with false and baseless accusations fail to realize is that they likely do not own the copyright to the picture being posted, and thus, it is unauthorized and unconsented to. Websites who host intellectual property infringement, are not protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – a comprehensive piece of Internet legislation protecting ISPs and websites from defamation liability for third-party posted content.
- Vague removal policies: So, what happens after you find defamatory or malicious online information about you? You take it down. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as reaching out to the website and telling them to remove it. ScamBoard.com for instance, doesn’t appear to have a removal policy for malicious, defamatory, or copyrighted materials which are improperly posted on their site. While there’s a form to contact the site owners, it’s not actually clear where the site answer requests or have any formal review and removal process for improperly posted content and materials.
Such arrangement, where users perceive a sense of anonymity (and ultimately, invincibility), coupled with inadequate verification and regulation standards makes ScamBoard.com a tangible threat to you and your business’s reputation.
Defamation Removal Tip: If you’ve found negative, false, and malicious online attacks about you online, there are several free and easy steps you can take to suppress it in the Internet search results. (1) Run a social media campaign where you actively engage on all social media profiles, (2) Start a blog and update it frequently (Google loves positive and constructive content), and (3) Link all your online profiles together, as to create a comprehensive and robust positive online profile. If you follow the above three steps, you should notice changes in negative search result online visibility.
If you’d like to read up further on scam reporting websites and some other common traits that they possess, check out our article on removing yourself from Scam.com.
Personal & Professional Damage Caused by Defamatory Online Postings
Most people and business owners have come to realize the power and popularity of the Internet and the tremendous emphasis consumers and everyday persons place on what they read online. While most people know better than to take the rantings and ravings of someone yelling on the street corner seriously, the nature of the Internet and its review and opinion platforms has a sneaky way of concealing many otherwise obvious red flags and social cues.
In such a hypercompetitive world, where businesses are rated on every facet of their operations, from cleanliness, to staff friendliness, to food quality, to ambience, a single one-star review has the potential to push an average rating down and cause others to dismiss it without further consideration.
In other circumstances, online defamation and false attacks may reach the ears and eyes of your colleagues, family, and friends, who may ultimately end up believing what they hear or read. Some people are so naive as to think that an online Internet poster would not post such things if it weren’t true, therefore it’s important to remain vigilant and stay proactive when monitoring you and your business’s online reputation.
Defamation Law Tip: Several lesser known defenses to defamation of character include; (1) statements made in good faith that they were true, (2) consent – after all, you can’t consent to a defamatory publication and then act surprised when its published, (3) fair comment on matters of public interest, (4) no actual injury caused to the plaintiff, & (5) no third-party communication.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common consequences of libel and online defamation.
|Personal Reputation||Professional Reputation|
|Mental anguish, emotional distress, depression, & paranoia||Loss of business & diminished bottom line|
|Physical symptoms, such as insomnia, nausea, & even a heart attack from stress.||Loss of customers & business partnerships|
|Humiliation & embarrassment||Loss of funding, advertising, or sponsorships|
|Destroyed personal relationships (friends, family, loved ones)||Community criticism & heightened scrutiny|
|Tarnished professional reputation & loss of job opportunities||Negative press|
|Ridicule & ostracization from the community||Closing for good|
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of consequences and effect libelous and defamatory online posts may have on you, your business, and reputation.
Defamation Law Fact: Defamation of character can be broken down into two specific forms; libel and slander. Most people think slander is the all-encompassing word for defamation, however, slander is the appropriate term for a false statement spoken and communicated to a third-party which ultimately damages another’s reputation. Libel on the other hand, is the written or published communication of a false statement to a third-party.
Contact the Defamation Removal Lawyers of Minc Law Today to Remove False Posts From ScamBoard & Other Online Websites
If you or your business has been malicious attacked, libeled, or defamed online, reach out to the defamation removal attorneys of Minc Law today. At Minc Law, we boast a nearly 100% defamation removal rate, and all for a flat, reasonable fee.
ScamBoard.com doesn’t verify content posted to its website, nor does it identify the posters of the malicious information, therefore, it may be difficult to pursue the individual poster despite them being liable. If this is the case, we highly suggest you work with Ohio SuperLawyer Aaron Minc and his team of nationally recognized defamation lawyers to pursue additional options in order to hold an online troll or malicious poster accountable. While the idea of consumer transparency and online complaints isn’t inherently malicious, it has unfortunately taken that turn over the last few years.
At Minc Law, we know who to work with and how to work with them, and have worked with countless website administrators, content managers, and third-party arbitration firms to secure swift and permanent removals. Additionally, we will seek a court ordered removal if required.
Call us today at (216) 373-7706 to schedule a free, initial no-obligation consultation, or fill out our contact form online. You don’t have to stand idly by while your reputation and business slowly disintegrate.