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Warning regarding Scambook.com

WARNING REGARDING SCAMBOOK.COM

Please take the time to read this brief report before you consider registering with Scambook, posting any complaints or comments on their web site and certainly before you pay any money to Scambook.

I am a litigation and investigative Attorney located in the US and I have been contracted by a client to undertake some research into Scambook.com. My report to my client is understandably confidential, but I felt compelled to post this warning to any other potential users of the Scambook.com web site.

SUMMARY
Scambook.com is currently under investigation by the Attorney General in the USA for fraudulent trading. The FBI have received thousands of complaints from both companies and consumers about their activities and there has also been an investigative report which has been televised by NBC Chicago News. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a red alert against the company and two of the original founding members have since left the company.

I would therefore advise any companies that have been blackmailed by Scambook to report their case to the FBI as there is a growing list of complaints currently being investigated by them.

I would also advise any consumers who might be tempted to either post complaints or comments on the Scambook web site to refrain from registering and to seek independent legal advice regarding any consumer complaint that they might have. Any complaints or comments posted on Scambook will be retained on file for future reference and could be used as evidence against both Scambook and against consumers personally if it is clear that comments made are defamatory. You could be an accessory to blackmail if you receive any payments through Scambook and any false complaints could lead to charges or perjury under US law. Please remember that even if you have registered anonymously on Scambook your identity can be traced through your email address and IP address.

Once you have reviewed the independent links and information below, please refer to WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW by scrolling down.

TOP 10 LINKS

01. NBC CHICAGO NEWS
NBC Chicago News

This link presents an NBC Chicago News report into Scambook.com and confirms that the Attorney General is currently investigating the company.

02. BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB)
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Red Alert

This link features the red alert issued by the (BBB) regarding Scambook.com.

03. SCAM FRAUD ALERT
Scam Fraud Alert

Some background information on Scambook.com.

04. YOU TUBE VIDEO
You Tube Video

This link incorporates a detailed analysis of why Scambook’s business model is alleged to be fraudulent.

05. RIPOFF REPORT
Ripoff Report

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook.

06. PISSED CONSUMER
Pissed Comsumer

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook. Please excuse the title of this web site, I have merely copied this.

07. SCAMBOOK EXTORTION
Scambook Extortion

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook.

08. SCAMBOOK SCAM
Scambook Scam

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook.

09. WIKI ANSWERS
Wiki Answers

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook.

10. YOU TUBE VIDEO 2
You Tube Video 2

This link features further complaints by companies and consumers made about Scambook.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW

1. If you have already registered as a consumer on Scambook, then my advice would be to remove any and all complaints or comments that you have personally posted, to ensure that you cannot be held personally liable for any potential claims of defamation, perjury, or blackmail. Once you have done this, close your account and ensure that your personal email address and IP address have been removed by Scambook.

2. If you are a consumer or company that has registered for a service at Scambook, such as Business Resolve and you have provided your credit card details to Scambook, then my advice would be to contact your banker immediately to report your credit card as being compromised. Your bank will cancel your credit card and send you another one in replacement, usually within approximately 10 working days.

3. If Scambook have charged any payments to your credit card, simply inform your banker that these payments were not authorised by you and they should be refunded.

4. If you are a company that has been blackmailed by Scambook, then you will need to seek advice from your Lawyers. Scambook is a relatively new company, but there will be a number of Class Action lawsuits in process and which will emerge within the near future.

5. Finally, the more complaints that are registered with the FBI, both from consumers and from companies, the easier it will be for them to progress with their enquiries quickly and efficiently. In order to register your complaint against Scambook, visit The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE SCAMBOOK BUSINESS MODEL
The founding members of Scambook are Class Action Lawyers. In law, a class action, a class suit, or a representative action is a form of lawsuit in which a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or in which a class[clarification needed] of defendants is being sued.

Class actions may be brought in federal court if the claim arises under federal law, or if the claim falls under 28 USCA § 1332(d). Under § 1332(d) (2) the federal district courts have original jurisdiction over any civil action where the amount in controversy exceeds $5,000,000 and

• any member of a class of plaintiffs is a citizen of a State different from any defendant; or

• any member of a class of plaintiffs is a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state and any defendant is a citizen of a State; or

• any member of a class of plaintiffs is a citizen of a State and any defendant is a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state.

Nationwide plaintiff classes are possible, but such suits must have a commonality of issues across state lines. This may be difficult if the civil law in the various states lack significant commonalities. Large class actions brought in federal court frequently are consolidated for pre-trial purposes through the device of multidistrict litigation (MDL).[3] It is also possible to bring class actions under state law, and in some cases the court may extend its jurisdiction to all the members of the class, including out of state (or even internationally) as the key element is the jurisdiction that the court has over the defendant.

Reference: Wikipedia – Class Action Lawsuits

So, it is reasonable to assume that the core objective of Scambook is to identify potential Class Action Lawsuits for the benefit of its founding owners, all of whom work for separate independent law firms. The problem is that very few class action lawsuits succeed, because it is necessary to prove that the subject matter of the complaint is the same for all plaintiffs, that is to say, there has to be an obvious commonality with all complaints and all plaintiffs must agree on this. In addition to this, where class action law suits have succeeded, there has been little in the way of compensation for the lawsuit’s victims, because the legal fees for class action lawsuits are so expensive, because of the extent of communication and verification required with a high number of plaintiffs.

Scambook targets both companies and consumers aggressively. It targets companies initially by creating a profile for them and then publishes these profiles on the internet through search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is achieved by using multiple tags, such as the company name followed by words such as scam, fraud, complaints, etc. It is important to note that Scambook will not have received any complaints about these companies at this stage. They are in fact advertising for complaints. Consumers are then invited to file complaints against these companies with the incentive of getting their money back. Whether these consumers are legally entitled to their money back is irrelevant to Scambook. They claim that companies will be in such a position, where if they do not pay the consumers their money back, then they risk having a bad reputation online. A consumer’s legal or statutory rights, or a company’s legal or statutory rights are not even considered here. Once a complaint has been registered with Scambook, even if it has been registered anonymously, Scambook employees and representatives then proceed to contact the company, both via email and via telephone, with the blatant intention of blackmailing them.

A company is then expected to subscribe to Scambooks “Business Resolve” service, where they effectively have to pay either $100 per month, $300.00 per month, or $500.00 per month, by using a credit card. It is important to note that these charges are due each and every month if the company wants to be able to deal with any complaints made. Scambook does not allow companies to communicate with or verify the validity of any complaints made against them, until these subscription charges have been paid and in addition to this, the full amount claimed by the plaintiff needs to be paid by the company, before they are allowed to “negotiate” any settlement.

Scambook then encourages other consumers to make similar complaints and boldly encourages consumers to:

” Add a complaint and spread the word. High volume complaints have a better chance to get their money back. Submit a report and join forces with others like you!”

In turn, the message given to companies is simple:

“Your Business. Your Reputation. Your Call.”
Scambook also charges consumers for upgrading their membership status. As such this clearly constitutes a conflict of interests because no lawyer would ever charge both the plaintiff and the defendant and attempt to provide both with a legal service.

Having read all of this, it is impossible to imagine how any company could be gullible enough to subscribe to Scambook’s Business Resolve service. If you spend some time searching through the company lists on Scambook, it includes household names like Microsoft, IBM, Citibank, Bank of America, Metlife, etc. You will also notice that there are unusually high numbers of complaints made relating to these companies and claims amounting to millions of dollars. Many of the complaints appear to be false and are made anonymously and it is important to note that none of these claims have been settled or resolved by the companies in question. So, if the global and international companies will not do business with Scambook, then they are dependent upon the small and medium sized businesses (SME)s doing business with Scambook out of fear and panic in a vain attempt to protect their business name online. If they do this of course, more complaints will inevitably be forthcoming. It is rather like negotiating with terrorists!

This would be the perfect online product for the MOB or the MAFIA, because Scambook is effectively charging companies money to protect their reputation. Pay Scambook a monthly fee and they will ensure that complaints are promptly verified and removed. if you do not agree to do so, then these (SME)s run the risk of ruination.

From my own investigations, I would say that the majority of alleged complaints made on Scambook are either false, or have been made anonymously and cannot be verified. Many companies also believe that Scambook themselves post the initial complaints against companies, in order to get the ball rolling!

The business model being implemented by Scambook is clearly fraudulent and illegal and it is only a matter of tile before they are closed down by the FBI or the Attorney General.

CONCLUSION
I hope that this information proves to be of assistance to both companies and consumers considering using Scambook. However, please do not just take my word for it, there are plenty of other independent links and complaints online and these are growing in their number by the day.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Stay safe.

Regards

Burt

B.E. Swanson
Attorney At Law

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