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Jesse Willms Settles in Court with Google – a Google Win against the Scammers?

Just Think Media Settles With Google Over Trademark Infringement

Last year Jesse Willms threw the lawyer dogs at me which forced me to pull some posts.  I’d been calling him a scammer which was obviously in clear contradiction of his (now public) self-vision as a charitable philanthropist.

Just Think Media Google Judgement

Just Think Media Google Judgement

Statue of JusticeHowever yesterday, Google, who had originally sued 50 unknown John Does reached a settlement with some of the defendants in a case originally brought on 17 May, 2010.  prominent among these is Just Think Media, latterly a vehicle for Jesse Willms’ internet enterprises.  See final judgement here.

Apparently, all defendants are saying that the Google claims are false, yet are paying up.  Whether they have or not, I don’t know.  Google still won.

You’ll notice in the above screenshot that it includes as many of Willms’ businesses and associates that they can discover – Farend Services on Cyprus, 1016363 Alberta, 1524948 Alberta and his current vehicle, Terra Marketing Group (This is him on the “about” page).

Farend Services popped up a lot in our investigations.  This is Willms take on networks and affiliates and how his business worked in a now hard-to-find interview from around New year, 2011:

It‟s a commission type arrangement in which we hire networks to manage our advertising and we pay them a certain amount of money per product sold. Those networks hire affiliates to place the ads and most of them are very good – but we occasionally run into problems with affiliates making false claims.

Blaming all the failures on the folks who fed him customers which he did in his interview did not save him from folding under the weight of evidence that Google presented to the Utah court.

Noticeable by its absence in the interview is any mention of the Google case although mention is made of his cases against CTV and others!  In actual fact, from our and others investigations,  the statement “…affiliates to place the ads and most of them are very good” is so far from the truth as to be laughable.

This is because time and again we saw the same adverts all served from the same few servers (like Bloosky say) and all the affiliates all quoting the same copyright infringing stuff in their webpages that have been used and proved in this case  by Google, almost continuously.

This is not a few affiliates- it’s almost all affiliates!  Almost all the time!  The web was full of it!

Oprah

So to be absolutely clear, Willms blamed almost everything on his affiliates in the Oprah Winfrey case, which he also lost.  Quote:

Affiliates broke our rules and used their unauthorized images, and made claims that she had endorsed our products. Even though we didn‟t use the unauthorized images ourselves, this case has been settled and there are measures in place so this doesn’t happen again.


Software

The thing is, he had an excuse for his million dollar fine for flogging counterfeit Microsoft and Symantech software as well, which given that they’d want at least their lost sales back does not equate with his statement of:

Only a small percentage, less than one per cent, was counterfeit.

So far, without any other corroborative information, it is only Jesse saying this.  He blamed everything on his supply chain.   To be fair, Microsoft’s authentication system was poorer some years ago than it is now.

Willms also says that he has learned from his mistakes in his interview.  Let’s hope he has.

This case goes back to his business efforts for 2009 and earlier.

Since then he has apparently folded on the-next-big-thing which was penny auctions and has gone to great pains to shift website ownership of his earlier websites (as detailed in posts and comments passim).  His Terra Marketing outfit are noticeable for their absence of any business activity (at least compared to the past) and appear to exist purely for charitable works and a promotional vehicle for Willms himself.  Their website mentions “partners” and is big on saying, well, er, not a lot actually.  It’s not clear what they do but apparently 250 people are doing it!

And there’s the nagging questions again;

  • If this interview is so wonderful, how come it has now been pulled and is only available via the Google cache?  Originally he was very proud of it and went to great pains to promote it…!  I have enough news log references to it to fill a (….insert your own big thing here….)
  • And why are the Willms businesses and domain names being shuffled off this mortal coil so quickly?
  • And Farend Services in Cyprus, the companies in Pasig City, Nevis, County Durham and Gibralter plus Pacific WebWorks and Willms’ former enterprises…  – Is the fact that the same names and addresses, phone numbers and call centres all kept popping up a valid causal link or is it really just several businesses all using the same business services with or without considering the ethics of their business decisions?

I guess there’s still time to find out.

Where is The Jesse Willms Interview?

Interestingly, despite all the web puffs for it when it first came out, it has disappeared!  He – mentioned it here on his main personal blog and http://www.gettingtheinterview.ca/ – it used to be here.  Sadly, and ironically, the Google cache (how coolly ironic is that?) provides us the answers:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:t8cCRQchBSkJ:jessewillms.com/giving-my-first-interview/+jesse+willms+interview&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

…is for his self-promotion of the interview and below is the actual interview, which had also gone!  (I’m not making this stuff up you know, but it shows the lengths to which some folks will go to rig Google search ranking…)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:E5uCb8xgIYYJ:www.gettingtheinterview.ca/+http://www.gettingtheinterview.ca/&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

If the cache changes, these are copies I made of their state today, in doc and pdf format.

 

Conclusion

Gandulf Decides

Gandulf Decides

So.  Scammer or philanthropist?  You decide.  The settlement in court says one thing.

Google won $1.6m between the defendants, which in my opinion is a fraction of the money that the scammers duped from their “customers” over the years.

Reading the Google case shows that Google only started to react when they themselves were asked to answer court summonses by folks that had been scammed  – by Willms, Pacific WebWorks and the rest under the mistaken impression that it was Google taking the cash from them!

During the time of the scams in question, Google made heaps of money from the advert placers (the affiliates). Perhaps they’d like to dip into their pockets and help the thousands who’ve been scammed by financing a proper damages case?

Probably not.  Gotta think of the shareholders.

As always, it’s the little folks that suffer.

And Google, with its “do no harm” mantra, has actually not done much good at all!  The case has provided a case law example for any folks willing to take up the reins against the defendants for monies lost, though.

Or the FTC could take up the baton and recover the millions for people should they wish to do it.  Let’s see.

 

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eBay Success System – Blatant Lie

Introduction

Some time ago I did a little investigation into the spam & scam end of the Google Treasure Chest type schemes, all apparently sourced from Utah in the USA.  See Robert G Allen, Grants, and a Credit Card Slimeball

One benefit of the ensuing deluge of spam that I now receive is that it keeps me abreast of the latest scam methods!

Email Spam

Today I received one addressed to my spam-trap alter-ego, Murdon!  This is it:

  • From: eBay HR [[email protected]]
  • Title: Do you qualify for a paid position with eBay?

Hello Murdon,

To reduce support costs and become more ‘earth friendly’ eBay is shifting the majority of its sales and support teams from internal employees to work at home representatives.

Due to eBay’s new “Remote Employee Initiative” (REI) there are openings for approximately 245 positions.

Earn $6k+ per month + bonuses!

Great Benefits

Never before has a company of this size offered positions that allow the employee to telecommute 100% of the time. Register for your position now.

* Limited number of positions, please apply now if you are interested

Analysis

Truth be told, there’s not much analysis to be done – it’s a blatant lie, from top to bottom!

  1. Firstly, it implies several times that paid positions are available with the eBay company – they’re not.
  2. Secondly, it says that eBay has a new scheme called “Remote Employee Initiative” – click this Google search on the exact phrase – and none exists!
  3. The link isn’t anything like an eBay link…

It actually goes to this page:

http://www.eauctionsuccesssystem.com/index25march09.php?caCode=EBAYSYS5&p=0&caid=14900&cid1=0&cid2=2242&cid3=0&cid4=False&sid=&stID=67&new=1&misc3=6648  after copius redirections.

Now greatmoveonline.org seems to be gaffered here:

Name:Jared Pierce
12152 Gracie View Pl
Draper
UT 84020

Down this street, actually.

– whereas eauctionsuccesssystem.com wishes to remain anonymous behind the “Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.” – and we all know what that means, don’t we?

eauctionsuccesssystem.com

eBay Success System Kit header image

eBay Success System Kit header image

These actually proclaim that they’ve been seen on a host of major media companies at the top of their page.  Yeah right!  Switch off the odious actor avatar pretending to be someone called Michael Greene or else you’ll go insane.

In fact, don’t read any further at all without first checking the terms and conditions links at the bottom…

Because you’ll find out that it’s LANETE ENTERPRISES LTD WHOSE REGISTERED ADDRESS IS 3, BELL LANE, GIBRALTAR – again!

..and  “these Terms of Use will be in the courts in Nicosia, Cyprus

Conclusion

Of course, I’ve seen all this before.  What is important is that the spam email is full of several complete and blatant lies. It’s a fraudulent representation of the business of a perfectly legal business entity.  Impersonation, if you like.

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Robert G Allen, Grants, and a Credit Card Slimeball

Introduction

This is a small investigation into mail lists and scammy companies.  Some companies are fine, but I always go by the adage to judge a man by the company he keeps.  This shows how lists spread far beyond their initial purpose when you sign up for something.  It also shows how the privacy policies of these marketting websites are just words wrapped in fluff.

Robert G Allen runs ‘courses’ and is highly public in his utterances.  His website is http://web.archive.org/web/20090106001934/http://robertallenmedia.com/

Robert G AllenHere you’ll find the chubby faced entrepreneur open and engaging, and in common with all such sites, remarkably thin in actual methods used despite the vast amount of time extolling their virtues.  They will always say it’s “to protect our secrets” etc.

Funnily enough, when EasyJet was started by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, I remember him going on national telly and saying “I’m starting a new airline – we are different because we are cheap and there are no frills” and it didn’t do him any harm.

Whatever.

The point is that having ‘signed’ up for three scammy looking enterprises, the flood of spam I initially received has now turned into a deluge.  I’m now definitely one of the

“business opportunity enthusiasts who have invested (…) to learn how to make money using Incentivized Freebie Websites”!!! – as I said here.

Spam

The fact that Bobbie Allen has a 365 day money-back guarantee and a nice Reno address is besides the point.  Myself, Allen, Grants scams, EBay Success schemes, Christian Debt Solutions and Cash For Gold (to name several, but not all);   we are all now intimately connected by email lists which are passed around with gay abandon as proven in the link above to Monica St John’s Project Payday.  A secret once out is no longer a secret, and it’s no good these sites in their ‘policies’ saying spam is forbidden by their affiliates, which they do, because they don’t care.  They’ve got the money;  and the sites, as shown by the connections below, breed like rabbits!  Several have only lasted a week, a week when they can scam a few folk and then bog off.

Links and Query Strings

The connections run very deep.  While Robert Allen is at robertallenmedia.com, it’s accessed by these links from 2 weeks of spam mail relating to various subjects I’ve listed.

Robert Allen doesn’t get linked to by accident, remember.  He is getting money from them and because of that point, he’s as much part of it as anyone.

You’ll see that there are various links back to similar sounding websites,  most of which pointed to grantsforcitizens.org  initially.  All email was sent to the same person ‘Murdon’, an alias I used only once.  Both websites use the annoying helpful popups as you try to close them down, (something that my webhost has started doing so they need telling off )!  The last three are when ‘Murdon’ passed into someone else’s control.   Epic Media Solutions was a common factor in these.  They are listed in the order received;

  • – Robert Allen! (Dabblers need not apply)
  • – Robert Allen! (Dabblers need not apply)
  • – Robert Allen! (Dabblers need not apply)
  • http://affiliate.wtclicks.com/rd/r.php?sid=134&pub=400189&c1=33 – an auction work at home scheme, Customer Service at 800-715-1074.   Returns Department PO Box 1158 Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 800-715-1074
  • http://profitagents.com/track.asp?a=588&o=3&c=0&l=0
    is Mining Gold Corporation
    No. 348
    3780 Old Norcross Rd. Suite 103
    Duluth, GA 30096
  • – redir to http://web.archive.org/web/20090602030928/http://netsuccess.yoursecureorder.com:80/04132/ which is a Google Treasure Chest/Money Kit page without ANY contacts or T&Cs!!!  -but sent by Epic Media Solutions PO Box 970804 Orem, UT 84097 United States whose whois is protected and whose page is under construction.
From the desk of Robert Miller1 President, GrantsForCitizens.org Massillon, Ohio

Robert Miller?

The similarities in this are obvious.  All these addresses (except the last three) redirect to either Robert Allen as shown or else the odious avatar of Robert Miller, terribly concerned about the current financial crisis.  He’s so concerned that he forgot to leave any real USA contacts in any of the T&C links even though it’s all about US grants!  He’s a busy man.  He has buried a statement from LANETE ENTERPRISES LTD WHOSE REGISTERED ADDRESS IS 3, BELL LANE, GIBRALTAR and helpfully makes a teeny comment that the business is subject to the laws of Nicosia in Cyprus!

Author’s Note: if you wish to be subject to the laws of Cyprus but make a claim against someone in Gibraltar regarding US Gov’t Grants – it’s up to you…

Continuing Links

Concurrent with the above, I also signed up to a scheme using the alias, ‘morton House’.  It’s a good idea to use slightly wrong case as it shows that automation has missed it and allows better traceability…  The signup time was about halfway down the above list.

This bunch start with eBay websites featuring an equally obnoxiously cheery avatar purporting to be Michael Green.  It the same financial tale of woe and optimism.  Robert Allen appears again!  It then morphs into Acai shite.

  • – eBay Success System
  • – eBay Success System
  • – grants for citizens
  • – grants for citizens – but dead
  • – grants for citizens
  • – grants for citizens
  • -acai
  • – redirects to and a Jackie Walsh avatar flogging acai shit.
    • cust serv= Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc.
      2375 East Camelback Rd.
      5th Floor
      Phoneix, AZ 85016 Toll Free Customer Support: 1-888-692-8352
    • Return Address:
      Fulfillment Center
      Attn: CCN Returns
      12399 Belcher Road South
      Suite 140
      Largo, FL 33773
  • – supposedly from Robert Allen! (Dabblers need not apply) – but the redirection goes to the previous Acai shit
  • – supposedly from Free Federal Grant Software – but the redirection goes to the previous Acai shit, again.

All the above used a new type of string (for me) in their spam.  Like so:

Sometimes this can be very large and references pictures etc

<http://ressourcehurtcentral.com/x/NTYxMTA5OTgx|MTUzMTA3Mw==

|bWRyQHJlZXNob3VzZS5zY3JlYW1pbmcubmV0|MTEwNjA4MQ==

|MzQ0|MTE3ODk=|MzU1Njc=

|MTc1NzA=||MA==|MA==||

|Mzg3NjQ1OA==|NDQzODY=|NzEx|MA==|MA==|Ug==.html>

Both Murdon & morton House were sent mail from Citizen Grant Notification. This proves they are accessing the same email lists.  Ressourcehurtcentral.com sent a lot.  They always redirected to which is part of one of the most odious legitimate companies on the world.  Ressourcehurtcentral.com in a web browser calls itself InteractiveMediaSpaces.com and it’s a very soothing, professional-looking space…..  Helpfully, they provide the following comforting sentiment from their office in 73 Greentree Dr Suite #81, Dover, DE 19904

Email Anti-Spam Policy:
Interactive Media Spaces does not send unsolicited commercial email through our systems. If you believe you have received an unsolicited commercial email from Interactive Media Spaces on behalf of any of our advertisers, please send an email (with the reported unsolicited commercial email included or attached with the ‘full header’) to: [email protected]

So yes, I actually do believe I received a Niagara of unsolicited mail from them.  When I subscribed I subscribed to different addresses altogether.  I shouldn’t have to unsubscribe!  I shouldn’t be there in the first place!  They can fuck right off with that one if they think I’m going to cut the headers from this pile of crap….

…calm down Reesy!  Check at the bottom of the page…

Oh Yes.  They have a blanket email removal service – right at the fucking bottom!

To globally unsubscribe from all of our lists, send an email to
[email protected]

Well that’s enough on them.  UPDATE:  I did as I was told.  This came back:

The following message to <[email protected]> was undeliverable.
The reason for the problem:
5.1.0 – Unknown address error 550-‘5.1.1 <[email protected]>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in relay recipient table’

You’ve got to laugh.

Names in the Above Spam Sources

FONDCAVEINUTILITIES.COM
My Results Today
364 E Main St
STE #185
Middletown
DE
19709
US

KISONCOMMUNICATIONS.COM
My Results Today
364 E Main St
STE #185
Middletown
DE
19709
US

GOODBELIEVEDATAFILE.COM
My Results Today
364 E Main St
STE #185
Middletown
DE
19709
US

MANILACONTINENTAL.COM
Interactive Media Spaces
73 Greentree Dr
Suite #81
Dover
DE
19904
US

EASYBIZOPPORTUNITIES.COM
Lunar Media Network
4001 Kennett Pike
Suite 134-967
Greenville
DE
19807
US

EPICMEDIASOLUTIONS.COM
Created on: 27-Nov-07
Expires on: 27-Nov-09
Last Updated on: 08-Nov-08
Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

RESSOURCEHURTCENTRAL.COM
Interactive Media Spaces
73 Greentree Dr
Suite #81
Dover
DE
19904
US

INTERACTIVEMEDIASPACES.COM
Interactive Media Spaces
73 Greentree Dr
Suite #81
Dover
DE
19904
US

centennialcard.com

These fat fuckers deserve a paragraph or two here. Their two gaffers seem to be involved in the redistribution of wealth from poor people in financial difficulties up to nice middle America Sports College things, Republican Party donations – as well as increasing the physical bulk of the head banker.  See:

How Centennial Credit Card Terms & Conditions actually Redistribute Wealth Upwards!

….you understand that your initial credit limit will be at least $250.00 and the following fees will be billed to your first statement: Annual Fee of $48.00, Account Set-Up Fee of $29.00, Program Fee of $95.00, Monthly Servicing Fee of $7.00, and an Additional Card Fee of $20.00 per card (if applicable).

Well that’s what it says.  So you borrow $250 and are instantly charged $179!

…well not quite.  Many people on phoning FPB claim that the company says it’s never received stuff and thus charge the ‘customer’ another $29 for late payment.  Well that’s okay and fair.

…apart from the internet access fee and the late and overlimit fees?  Yes….

– Because you only have access to $71 from the $250 you think you have after the first month, you may easily go over $250.  Then you are billed $29.  So you re-arrange the credit limit to cover this for which you are charged $25.

This is exactly the trap people fall into.  To borrow $72 you have to pay back $304 which kind-of makes a mockery of the 9.9% APR!!!

It doesn’t stop there though.  If you are credit-worthy, your limit is automatically increased to say, $500.  But don’t forget the $25 credit limit change fee!!!  Ha Ha.

Conclusion

Needless to say, I’m putting the Centennial Credit Card into the ‘No’ pile along with everything else.  In fact, as a special consideration, First Premier Bank of Sioux Falls are going straight down the German Toilet.  I advise everyone to do the same who gets a spam from them like this.   This is my gift to FPB:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

All future spam is going straight in the bin as time’s too short to analyse further.  Thank god for Mailwasher Pro!!  In fact, because FPB are so crap, my well-known bad taste has returned, just for them…

Shit in a Toilet

Shit in a Toilet

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End of the World promises Great Hope for the Future of Humanity

  • Two days to go!
  • The End of the world is nigh!

In CERN, the LHC is having it’s first big switch on in two days time, the 10th of September.  All the news is full of it currently, and they especially focus on the possibility that we’re all gonna die.  ( A small test has already happened to calibrate the sensors.  This test was almost as big as a decent atom-smasher of 10 years ago which also had premonitions of the apocacalypse attached to it! ).   There have also been tales of death threats and a maverick scientist, without explicitly saying who he is or what he means.  Well here he is!

He looks like the public’s typical idea of a mad scientist.

The thing is, we’re all gonna die.  The key thing is to do the best you possibly can in your time available.  I’ve got a post set up to appear on the 11th of September to remind me I’m alive or that I’m in a state of being slowly swallowed up by a black hole….whatever, there are more important things than that.  Barring some unforeseen personal tragedy, I’ll read it then.

In actual fact, the LHC and the other associated large example of power physics & philosophy being applied by the medium of intense international co-operation at Cadarache, are two of the reasons why I have such high hopes for our survival as a sentient species.

Despite all the diplomatic and actual warfare being promulgated across the globe, quietly, behind the scenes, the very same countries who are so visibly in conflict, are engaged in co-operative enterprises, which if applied in daily life, would improve the lives of everyone of the world immeasurably.

The sums of money being pledged are huge – rivalling those lost by gamblers in the credit crunch.  This proves the true intent of the people and countries involved.  What their actual political leaders say and do is of no import whatsoever.

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