Scambook Class Action – Protect Yourself From This Protection Racket Business
The Mob and The Protection Racket
If you check the definition of “protection racket” on the Internet, we find this definition: an extortion plan that involves a stronger entity forcing other weaker individuals to fork over protection funds, which is supposedly used to furnish protection services against a bunch of outside threats.
If you’ve ever watched The Godfather movies, or the HBO series The Sopranos, then you’re familiar with the standard extortion racket used by the mob, where they will “protect” your business in exchange for weekly “protection money.” And of course, as an extra incentive to small-business owners, if they do NOT pay up, then goons visit their store, terrorize the staff, break the windows, maybe pour gasoline and light a match.
If you like reading mobster stories, dive into Wikipedia and search for “protection racket” or “extortion racket” – you’ll read about La Manu Niera (Sicilian for “The Black Hand”) and its practices going back to the 1800s. The famous tenor Enrico Caruso was once threatened by this gang – he received a note demanding $2,000. Although he paid up, they sent him a new letter demanding $15,000. He then went to the police, and this resulted in several arrests.
Scambook: the Protection Racket, Online Version
Today, a new type of mobster shakes up small businesses: it’s called Scambook.com. This very shady operation, not surprisingly run from Chicago, IL, does the online version of breaking store windows unless business owners pay them a monthly “protection money” sum. Ironically, scambook.com itself has a nasty reputation. Webutation.com has a warning on them, and the Better Busines Bureau lists them as NOT accredited, gives them an “F” rating (wost possible rating!) and even goes so far as to add an Alert on this “business.”
Scambook: The Free Community
Scambook poses as a free community service. This means that anyone (yes, anyone, without any proof, validation or authentication!) can write a negative review on a business at Scambook.com. This of course throws ethics and accountability out the window, and allows competitors to mudsling each other, and allows any angry customer to write fake reports on a business unchallenged.
Yet Scambook.com is a business so it is all about the money. It expects businesses to pay $500 every month for the right to get in touch (through a form) with the original complainant of the libelous review. Thus, a business has to hand over about $6000 every year if it wants to get in touch with those people who are allegedly complaining about it. It goes without saying that any e-mail form is an automated type of technology, which means that Scambook.com hardly expends any cash on its own, but ends up producing quite a hefty profit from desperate business owners who want to repair their hurt business reputations.
Scambook hurts legitimate businesses
On the website Scambook Scam (Scambookscam.com), a business owner details their experience with Scambook. Hurt by the negative reviews this extortion racket had posted about them, this business tried to resolve the issue – but Scambook would not remove the comlaints even when resolved, stating “it is not our policy or practice to remove complaints.”
Scambookscam.com also details how Scambook will actively prevent complaints from being posted as long as a business – however shady its practices – continues to pay them $500 a month. The crazy thing is that Scambook itself has a lousy rating with the BBB – and yet it stands in judgment of other businesses.
On the 24th of March, 2012, a gal from Memphis, TN, said that Scambook.com’s fraud provoked her hubby’s suicide. The site apparently honed in on his business, put up a huge quantity of false and slanderous reviews of it, thus causing the hubby to lose the business and his family to even lose its home. In January of 2012, said business owner killed himself.
Mafia guys fall hard!
Infamous gang hardman Lewis “Scooby” Rodden was put into jail, with his buds, for utilizing threats and violence on businesses. At times, it takes a while, yet bad guys fall hard!
Class action suit
Presently, there’s a Scambook class action suit forming against Scambook.com. Upward of 200 complaints have already been collected. If you’ve been harmed by this site, then send an e-mail to email@example.com. A law practice from Chicago is handling the complaints.