Holysmoke.org Review Site: Are they running a Scam?


Holysmoke.org Review Site: Are they running a Scam?

We have received complaints about the HolySmoke.org website which purports to run online reviews.  The website itself contains no information about  who runs holysmoke.org or any owner or operator identifying information.  The owner uses pope @holysmoke.org as the email address for contact. While some reviews look legitimate, others, such as featured reviews, look suspicious.

Is the review on HolySmoke.org is legitimate?

If any website owner, or its agent, is placing the reviews, then asking for payment, then a variety of laws are impacted from extortion, to fraud.  Section 230 immunity will not provide a defense for websites engaged in this sort of scam.  In order to remove a review, you may be asked to pay money to the website owner.

Our firm has uncovered the identify of numerous scammers, hackers and other bad actors on the internet.  Our attorneys are relentless when it comes to following the domain name registrant information, IP, e-commerce, banking and account information to its owner and other vendors assisting the enterprise. There is always a digital and financial trial, and always identifying information which even the best scammers fail to cover.  We have been doing it since 1994, and employ some of the top forensic investigators on behalf of our clients. When web site operators try to leverage up , we simply double down on our efforts to put them down permanently.  It is hard to run a  website when the court has ordered your domain transferred, hard to collect money when your bank accounts have been shut down, and merchant accounts turned off. It is easy to throw grenades when you are anonymous.  By identifying all the players involved, we identify real-world consequences that can change the dynamic in ways scammers hate.   Since we are friends the top attorneys and review sites in the industry, we can bring the hammer.  For those websites which see ‘survival’ as the best business solution, we can work on solutions that present   If you have any information on HolySmoke.org or any website asking for money in order to remove posts, feel free to contact us.

Welcome To HolySmoke!

HolySmoke.org is an attempt to provide an unbiased, secure, unadulterated and free platform where you can create alerts, contribute and refer to information which may help you avoid risks and damages, both emotionally and financially.

This website is a small step in the right direction. A drop in the pond. We cannot alert everyone. We cannot expose every bad business, scammer, cheater and criminal. We understand that. But we’ll try to help as many as we can. It’s not about numbers. It’s about giving it a go and ruffle some feathers.

The website terms of service/use also include this interesting notation for anyone wanting to remove a review from the website.

If you would like to request removal under this law, please email us at pope at Holysmoke.org.

Please include a link to the page in question and a clear copy of your government issued-ID. We may also request additional information as needed to process your request.

Yet, there are reports of people in fact being solicited to pay money to have negative reports taken down.

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