Local guy gets slammed for "internet marketing" scareware scheme

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On the heels of the now deprecated thread yesterday about Brad Gosse's controversial (as well as colorful) video topic about internet marketer... "female hygene products"

No... "internet marketing" doesn't have a... {cough} ahem... questionable reputation.

Not at all.


I'm pretty sure this is the kind of thing that a lot of people presume "internet marketers" to be all about.

Amelia Man Implicated In $100 Million 'Scareware' Scheme - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

Amelia Man Implicated In $100 Million 'Scareware' Scheme

AMELIA, Ohio -- An Amelia man has been indicted in connection with what federal officials called a $100 million "scareware" scheme.

The charges allege that the defendants, through fake advertisements placed on various legitimate companies’ websites, deceived Internet users into falsely believing that their computers were infected with “malware” or had other critical errors to induce them to purchase “scareware” software products that had limited or no ability to remedy the purported, but nonexistent, defects.

Prosecutors said the alleged scheme is widely regarded as one of the fastest-growing and most prevalent types of Internet fraud.

Prosecutors said James Reno, 26, of Amelia, owned and operated the former Byte Hosting Internet Services, which prosecutors said operated call centers that provided technical and billing support to victims.

Read: Scareware Indictment

Reno has been indicted on 12 counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud. Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison

The men who ran the company, Innovative Marketing Inc., are believed to be in hiding overseas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Except in your title, where is the guy referred to as an Internet marketer?

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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      Except in your title, where is the guy referred to as an Internet marketer?
      Originally Posted by http://www.wlwt.com/download/2010/0527/23699324.pdf

      It was further part of the scheme that defendants BJORN DANIEL SUNDIN, SHAILESHKUMAR P. JAIN, and others intentionally failed to pay the Victim Companies the fees promised by the fictitious advertising agencies for the placement of internet-based advertisements on the Victim Companies' websites.
      See above :-)

      internet-based advertisements = internet marketer in my book
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

    The men who ran the company, Innovative Marketing Inc., are believed to be in hiding overseas.
    Of course they are, what self respecting criminal sticks around to get thrown into jail?
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    And to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world ~ Goethe”
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    Another CPA WSO method gone bad. (the older version of cpa wso's of course)

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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Personally I think this whole 'internet marketers are bad people' thing is junk.

    I worked in the car biz for 27 years; saw a lot of fraud AND a lot of people helped during that time, but it is 'assumed' by most that all car guys are crooks.

    The US is in the economic mess it is in due to unscrupulous brokers (that probably have trouble turning on a computer) that sold loans for people that they KNEW would have a hard time paying back while bankers looked the other way and Wall Street actively hid the damage.

    How many jokes do you hear in the vein of "Ten thousand lawyers on the bottom of the ocean is a good start."?

    IMers are probably no worse or better than any other cross section of people. (Though having an internet to hide behind can certainly facilitate the unscrupulous ones).

    I will give you that people in general may have flawed tenet systems, but pointing a finger at us (with 3 pointing back at them) is just to make them feel better about they're own lack of ethics. "Sure, I packaged a few loans, but at least I didn't invade a few million computers... I am a 'good' guy."

    That's like the success rate in IM being 3%. I am sure it is every bit as high as off line start-up businesses (5%?). Lol. It is no wonder no one tells anyone what they really do. Oh well, rant over. Got to go rip someone off.

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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by DogScout View Post

      How many jokes do you hear in the vein of "Ten thousand lawyers on the bottom of the ocean is a good start."?
      Depends on how many lawyers you know. The more lawyers you talk to, the more of those jokes you hear.

      Do you know why lawyers know so many lawyer jokes?

      They're all true.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Hess
    WOW! 100 Million! I hope they come out with an info product

    Before I buy though I have a couple questions:

    How much money can I expect to make the first month?
    Will I need my own hosting account?

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    If convicted, the scumbag will hopefully get a few years in the big house to contemplate what a "feminine hygiene product" he is.

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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