Another Bogus DMCA Infringement Notice based on a forged blog post

Have you received a bogus “DMCA takedown notice” from an individual (falsely) claiming to be a lawyer with the email address “legal.tomasross@gmail.com”? Was the claim based on a dubiously-dated post on a website called “Global News” or “Global Express News?” If so this might interest you.

Back in June, 2022 I got a bogus takedown notice for a post I’d written warning about a scam-like “domain listing” company that sends invoices that look like a domain registration renewal, charges more than 10x the actual price to renew a domain registration and… doesn’t actually renew your domain registration.

I’ve written about this problematic invoicing ploy several times… and received and debunked a bogus DMCA takedown notice last year. So I wrote about yet another similarly bogus “domain listing ploy the other day aaannnddd… this morning I got another bogus takedown notice, seemingly from the same “black-hat PR” individual

Annotated screenshot of the bogus contact-form submission
Annotated screenshot of the bogus contact-form submission

I want to be really clear that I’ve spoken to the real Thomas Ross named in some of these takedown notices and it’s absolutely clear someone is stealing his identity! I’ve spoken to other attorneys who’ve worked with the real Tomas and they’ve assured me he wouldn’t be involved with this sort of scam.

As I mentioned last June, the scam seems to involve finding negative blog posts, copying their contents and posting them to this “Global Express News” blog with a hacked earlier post date!

The “Global Express News” site seems to only *cough* post these sort of negative stories, marked as “no index” so they won’t show up in Google and other searches. After I made that earlier post others got in touch with me saying the same thing had happened to them.

The good news is

  • These takedown notices are entirely bogus
  • They’re not worded legally
  • If you got one of these things you’re not the only one
  • You can probably use this and my earlier blog post as evidence if your hosting provider or CND asks for an explanation
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David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981. And no, I still haven't seen it all but by now I usually know where to look. More about David Innes...