Beware of the copyright infringement scam

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  • A new comments scam targets bloggers and sites, linked to copyright infringement complaints. Remove them immediately.


    This is a comment that will be left on one of your random articles. Usually, it will tell you that you have infringed the right to use images, and the URLs of your articles, which violate those images, will be shown to you on a page on Google Sites. Click on this link and you will immediately download a virus.

    This is the second time they have come to my blog. The first time I clicked, but my ad blocker prevented content from showing. In general, a real copyright infringement complaint should be communicated by email, with the legal department and the offending URLs should be fully visible. Moreover, this scam is going to threaten you in every possible way.

    Never click on this link, but you can copy it for analysis in Virus Total and you will see that it is a malicious link. It is also working for some bloggers, because the real rights holders are also real scoundrels, using all the techniques of extortion to live like the parasites that they are.

    A copy below:

    Hi!

    My name is Sara.

    Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.

    Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at maniacgeek.net and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights.

    Download it now and check this out for yourself:

    https://sites.google.com/*** (I truncated the link on purpose)

    I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

    This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

    I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

    I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    Best regards,
    Sara Justice

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