I recently posted a compilation of negative reviews about Madwire. Pissed Consumer sent my hosting company, BlueHost, who I generally really like, a DMCA takedown which claimed copyright infringement, do to the fact that I posted a copy of one of pissedconsumer’s user reviews on my own site, albeit with credit and a link back to pissedconsumer.com, and clearly with journalistic intent. I strongly believe my post is considered ‘fair use’ under copyright law.
I called the Terms of Service department at Bluehost and they said that they cannot validate a takedown. I would have to fight this in court. And my site will remain down until I remove the content in question.
I wrote the legal department hoping the person on the phone was incorrect, but I got back the following response from Bluehost’s legal department:
Thank you for contacting the Legal Department.
Unfortunately, we are not able to make determinations as to the validity
of a Takedown notice. If the notice is properly submitted, we are required
by US Federal law to take action. The notice was properly submitted.
Alternately, you or your client could contact the claimant to resolve the
matter directly – we would not be required to take any action if the
claimant contacts us to withdraw their claim after any such conversation.
Please note that nothing in this message should be considered legal
advice. We recommend that you or your client contact an attorney to further
discuss your options.
Please feel free to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
Please feel free to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
560 E Timpanogos Parkway
Orem, UT 84097
V: (888) 401-HOST | F: 801-765-1992
Peace be unto you,Greetings how are you? I am Mrs.Teresa Timmons, an
aging widow suffering from cancer leukemia,am confined in a nursing
I inherited fund from my late loving husband Mr.Wihnyk Timmons,
The sum of [USD$14.5 Millions] which he deposited in Bank, I need a
good honest person who will use these funds for charity works.
this fund to be used for charity work and for the propagation of Gods
work because I have no child to inherit it, 15% will be for your
compensation for doing this work.Please if you would be willing to
carry out the project kindly reply for more information thanks and God
bless you. You can contact me through my private email address
My friend used prweb to do a press release and was contacted by someone at asseenontvproductions.com and offered a chance to PAY $10, 00o in order to market their product. BULLSHIT! This is totally not real.
Don’t make the mistake of believing that asseenontvproductions.com is the same as asseenontv.com. It is not.
The following is an Email I got from Hanna Mae, firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks like a phishing scam to me. It contains the following takedown notice. The picture is the face of Vivek Moona, who runs Moona Consulting in Amsterdam, according to LinkedIN. I don’t know if they are legit or not.
2nd UPDATE: The folks at Moona helped me to determine that the email header info shows:
Received: from consultingmag.com (devel-si.lightedge.com [126.96.36.199])
This essentially proves that moonaconsulting.com is not the true sender of the email.
UDPATE: a few weeks after posting this, I got an email from the owner of the site this email claims to be from. He says they had nothing to do with these phishing scam emails. The message I got from him is at the bottom of this post.
Subject: Contract terms have been breached.
8 April, 2010
It has come to our attention that you are republishing original content from our website on your website.
Your unauthorized use of original material from our website is in violation of copyrights owned by us.
If you do not immediately remove the copyrighted material from your website, and notify us in writing
that you have done so, we will have no choice but to pursue legal action against you.
We require the copyrighted material to be removed and written notice given that such has been removed,
by no later than May 1, 2010. Attached is a list of the copyrighted material that you are infriging on.
It contains links to the copyrighted material that you are using.
CASE ID: 7714338
[Attached was a Word doc which says:]
(double click to view)
embedded you will find the law suit documents that
we wish to present in court.
[It seems this is a phishing scam. They want me to launch an embedded app or something.]
[now here’s the response I got to this post from the site’s owner.]
This is Vivek Moona. I saw your post on http://andrewapeterson.com/2010/04/fake-cease-and-desist-notice-from-moona-consulting/
These emails are phishing emails and in no way are these people representing Moona Consulting. I am very sorry that these people have received the emails, but they were sent out by someone impersonating as an employee of Moona Consulting and with any modern email programs deviants can send out “@anyemaildomain” fake emails that do not originate from our domain/address.
We are reporting abuse to the appropriate authorities and meanwhile could you do us a favor and please update your post accordingly. Feel free to contact me regarding this.
T +31 (0)20 4715070 | F +31 (0)204715071 | M +31 (0)646150014
Moona Consulting B.V. is registered at the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (“Kamer van Koophandel”) under the number 34202305. Any information transmitted by means of this e-mail (and any of its attachments) is intended exclusively for the addressee or addressees and for those authorised by the addressee or addressees to read this message. Any use by a party other than the addressee or addressees is prohibited.
I am MR.FRED SIBAYA from Zimbabwe the first Son of MR JOHN SIBAYA, who was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe by the agents of the ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE, you must have heard his alleged support and sympathy for the opposition MDC PARTY led by the minority white farmers. My Father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the war veterans backed by the government.
Before the death of my Father, he deposited the sum of US$12M (Twelve Million United State Dollars) With one of the security company in Southern Africa, as if he knew the looming danger in ZIMBABWE. The money was deposited as a gem and precious stones to avoid much attraction from the security firm. The money was earmarked for the purchase of new machinery and chemicals for the farms and the establishment of new farms in Lesotho and Swaziland before the regretted incident. This Land problem arose when President Robert Mugabe introduced a new land act. Which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the “Modus operandi” adopted by the government. This resulted to rampart killing and Mob actions.
My mother and I are staying in South Africa now as Asylum seekers, which have not been beneficial to us; I have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country where we can invest it. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in South Africa for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both countries have the same political policy and also law does not permit us to investment hence we’re refugees. I must let you know that this business is 100% risk free. I and my family have agreed to give you 20% of the total US12M, 5% will be mapped out for all expenses that maybe incurred during the transfer 5% for any charity organization and 70% will be for me and my family’s investment in your country.
Therefore if you are willing and interested to render the needed assistance, endeavour to reply through HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” \t “_blank” firstname.lastname@example.org for more brief clarifications. I also need your private mobile, telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Remember; this is highly confidential and the success of this business depends on how secret it is kept. Expecting your reply soonest.
I find this one interesting because it doesn’t actually promise any money. Instead it offers an opportunity to help build a church in Africa, and accuses the reader of needing redemption, being a sinner (who isn’t, right?) etc…
I am Prophet David Johnson, I went for a prayer mission in HAITI and the Lord revealed so many things about you to me.
I see things and I reveal to people, something terrible which I have seen will happen to you, I just have to tell you, you will lose two important people you love very much, and evil will visit you personally, troubles and problems will leave with you, the things you never never believe that can happen to you, will happen. It has been dated when it will start very soon, sooner than you think.
The Lord reveal everything to me, and your email address appeared to me, after reading this message, if you believe me keep this message for your self alone do not share it with anybody, but if you don’t believe me delete this message and talk to your family, friends and relatives, tell them about the message so when things start happening to you, they will be informed, everything that will happen to you is spiritual, nobody will understand, when you even tell people what is happening to you they will never believe and understand because it is spiritual.
I have warned you now, we can prevent all this, but only if you believe God, but if you don’t believe God, wait and see what will happen.
Lord has done so much for you, that you have failed to recognize and you have been cheating God, at this time your email address was revealed to me three times, that’s why I am contacting you, do not think this is a joke or just an email because I know what will be going on in your mind, you are free to believe and disbelief this message, but when evil starts happening there is no going back, I warn you it has been destined and dated, it will start sooner than you think.
As you are reading this message I still see doubt in you, but I will stop here. If you want to prevent all this evil that will hit you soon, I will know and I will tell you what to do.
God reveal to me that you have a lot of doubt in your mind that you will doubt this message.
The reason for writing this message, is because of the strong challenge which you must have to follow to prevent all this evil which will surround you sooner, you will not see them and you can never see them, because it is spiritual, when it starts it cannot stop, it will be as if God has giving you to Satan.
Look this is not a joke, this is what I have seeing and the only prevention is for you not to doubt and do what I will tell you to do, for your soul to be covered in God’s harms. We have to take you back from the Satan if you are ready to follow God’s instructions I will tell you what to do.
I can still see even as I’m writing this message that there is plenty of doubt inside your heart and mind, but you can over power your doubt, only if the evil leaving in your heart will allow you, it will be very difficult for you to do what God’s want you to do, but you can do it only if you put doubt aside.
God told me that we will win you back, but it will be difficult because your heart has been eating by doubt, my only advice to you to remove doubt and keep this message to you self, if you don’t take my advice wait and see. This is the only way out for you to avoid this evil, you have to sow a seed in the house of the Lord, there is a church we are building in Africa, and we want you to sow a seed in contributing on that church where your name will be writing as one of the people that contributed to stand the house of the Lord where people will enter everyday and pray for you who contributed to put up the structure.
The only way out of this predicament is you must have to contribute for the building of the church, your name must be writing in the church as one of the sponsors that is where your name will be written in the book of life, the book of joy and the book of happiness things will now turn around, when the church is completed everyday service your name will be announced for the church congregation to pray for you.
So you have to sow that seed that is the only message that will take you out of this evil, you name must be writing in that church before it is completed. There’s no way back we will beg you to do this because this is the only way for the evil to turn around, I’m a prophet I don’t talk too much. But if you fail to do what you have been told now, when the predicament start even if you give all you have to the church at that time it will not work, I am warning and begging don’t ignore this message.
The church will go on 40 days fasting for you starting from the day you sow a seed for the building of the church. Contact Pastor Emmanuel Anderson, tell Pastor Anderson that you want to contribute for the building of the new church, do not tell him about what I told you, just tell him you want to contribute then ask him how you can sow a seed, do this as quick as possible, nothing is too small and nothing is too big for the Lord do not cheat God again, do this I have told you.
Give what you have never giving before, give what you feel your heart tells you, remember nothing is too small and nothing is too big for the Lord, contact Pastor Emmanuel Anderson on this e-mail (email@example.com) and tell him you want to sow a seed, after you have done that, then wait and see how blessing will rain upon your life each day, how you will swim in the rivers of success and joy.
I have given you the information and message which I was asked to give you, so now it is now left for you to believe it and do what you where told or forget it. I will never write you again or reply you, I have told you what I have to tell you, after reading this message you only have two things to do, either you follow the message or not.
This spam email was just too funny to me not to do. Gosh! I feel so sorry for anyone that is so computer illiterate that they could fall for something like this.
I have 100% legal lucrative business
proposal which will be of mutual benefit to
us,If you are Interested, kindly mail me at
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for more
Thanks and awaiting your response.
I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to tune of
Twelve Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$12.8m)
which we want to keep safely overseas under your supervision.
In other words, we would like you to receive the said funds on our
behalf. The Funds were derived over time from a project awarded to a
foreign firm by my Department, and presently the actual contract cost
have been paid to the original project executors, leaving the balance in
the tune of the said amount which we have in principle obtained approval
to remit overseas.
Kindly pardon the use of a medium informal as this for reaching out to
you to make a request of great importance to us.
Currently, I work as a Director of Projects at The Department of Minerals
& Energy here in Pretoria . I have the authority and approval of my
partners involved in this transaction to negotiate a suitable
compensation for your participation and I propose 22.2 percent, while we
also propose that we receive 46.6 percent and 31.2 percent be earmarked
for purposes of taxation.
This endeavor has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat
it with the utmost discretion. You are advised to reach me through email
for further clarifications.
I am available for further clarification via email or fax: +2711 507 6324.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not understand why this mail came to you.We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 100,000. This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government probelms etc.We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact DR. USMEN JAFFARR of CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA PLC , as he is our representative in NIGERIA contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$ 100,000. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.Conatct DR USMEN JEFFARR immediately for your Cheque:
Conatct Dr Usmen Jaffarr immediately for your Cheque:Person to Contact DR USMEN JEFFARR
Phone: 234 80 84256666
Thanks and God bless you and your family.Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.Making the world a better place
(Attorney at Law)
8 Warner Yard, London EC1R 5EY, U.K
Direct Tel: +44 (702) 4086-932
Fax: +44 (700) 6035-582
I am Thomas David Malcolm, a solicitor, and the personal attorney to Mr. Francois Hoel, who is the President/Chief Executive Officer of (HGMT) Hoel Incorporated London, Herein referred as my client.
On the 3rd of September 1998 at: 11:16 p.m. EDT (03:16 GMT, Swissair Jetliner, with 229 passengers on board bound from New York JFK to Geneva, Switzerland, crashed catastrophically off the coast of Nova Scotia vanishes from radar near Nova Scotia Halifax.
My client Mr. Francois Hoel, and his wife Mrs. Anne Sophie Hoel, with their three children Marie-Francoise Hoel, Olivia Hoel, Paul Edouard Hoel, were involved in a horrific flight crash, 215 passengers and 14 crewmembers unfortunately lost their lives in the disastrous crash of Swissair Flight 111.May their gentle souls rest in glorious peace Amen.
I have contacted you to assist me retrieving the funds in a certain investment account of his valued at about US$28,500,000.00 (Twenty-Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) left behind by my client before they got confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where these huge deposits were lodged, Since his wife and kids whom are supposed to inherit the fund are also involved in the air-crash and I have been unsuccessful in locating any of my client relatives. I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so we can claim this fund together and use some to assist the Tsunami Disaster victims and Charity Organization because if by February 2008 (next year) nobody shows up as the next-of-kin; the account will be frozen by British Government.
Upon my receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the necessary modalities. Subject to the confirmation of death of Mr. Francois Hoel and his family, feel free to visit this website:
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up your claim as the next-of-kin, all I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of this Fax via fax No: +44-700-6035-582 or call me on my Direct Phone NO: +44-702-4086-932 E-mail: email@example.com
Since I posted my first spam mashup about The Son of Chief Etu Williams, I’ve been getting a lot of traffic from folks searching for the Chief. So I’ve decided to provide a picture of him.
Of course, these are just images I stole from the Web. The Chief is another in the long line of Nigerian Princes in Distress.
When there’s pictures, it almost seems more real, doesn’t it?
update: 2009-10-27. If you are finding this post because you have searched for the word”ghana,” I urge you to look for wisdom about Ghana in other places. This post is a joke or piece of conceptual art and has nothing to do with any truth about what “ghana” means or is. I assure you that there probably is a country by this name in Africa, but I have not seen it with my own eyes so I cannot be entirely sure. Please visit the wikipedia’s article on Ghana first, since the wikipedia will probably give you one of the best starting points possible online in researching Ghana. Be well, citizens of the world.
Greetings to you.
I must say it my pleasure to send you this email, Please pardon me if
I have intruded on your privacy, how are you doing, I hope you are
Doing fine, if so glory be to God.
My name is Daniel Williams. I am the son of Chief Etu Williams from
the Republic of Sudan.My family and I have been unfortunate to find
ourselves caught up in a very difficult situation. You may be surprise
to receive this letter, but it is of utmost importance to me and my
I am about to entrust my destiny and the destiny of my whole
dependants on you, if you can help me and my sister, it will also be of
immense benefit to you too. This matter demands utmost trust, honesty,
integrity and most important.
It is only through the above that my family and I will be assured of
our security. This regrettable situation led to the killing of my
father and displacement of my family. During the brutal civil war in my
country, my late father of blessed memory was brutally murdered by the
REBELS – Mr. Howe Adamu.
I managed to escape to this country (Accra-Ghana), through the help of
the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Before my late father’s
death, he drew my attention to one of his access containing about $6.2
million dollars which he smuggled out at the start of the war to a
security company in Ghana, the security company does not know the real
contents of the box according to what my father told me.
My father registered the property in my name, he also gave me the
certificate of deposit and some other papers issued to him by the
security company, which I still have in my possession. The problem we
have is that as a refugee, the immigration law does not allow us to
open, hold or operate bank account in Ghana and we do not want to seek
the assistance of just anybody for fear of being duped or defrauded of
our only livelihood.
My father deposited the property in my name because of my future. I
seriously need your help to move the property out of Africa because if
I tamper with it here in Africa, government may seize it because of our
small age, I am 26 years old now and my sister just 22 years old,
please help us for God sake.
What is holding us here in this country is the property, the life
inside refugee camp is not easy, it’s a very bad situation, hence the
British Government and UN is not really taking care of us. The property
and us have make necessary arrangement legitimately for the transfer of
the property out of Africa; only what I need is someone who will
receive it in abroad that is why we contact you.
NOTE:PLEASE I COULD HAVE WANT YOU TO COME DOWN TO GHANA BECAUSE THAT
IS WHERE I WLL TRUST YOU AND ALSO YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING YOURSELF.
We intend to invest the money on a good business, at the same time we
will use part to assist the orphanage Children who are suffering, most
especially we the refugees. I will be looking forward to hear from you,
as I believe that destiny has brought us together.
PLEASE KINDLY RESPOND BACK TO MY ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW:
Ahora también puedes acceder a tu correo Terra desde el móvil.
Infórmate pinchando aquí.
(I added my own pictures from google image searches for things like “me and my sister sudan” and “murdered by the rebels sudan”)