The Real Rip-Off Report

Ed Magedson calls himself an advocate. His enemies call him an extortionist

It's not exactly easy to book an interview with Ed Magedson, the self-described consumer advocate and creator of the wildly successful www.RipOffReport.com.

Not because he doesn't want to talk. Magedson loves talking, especially when the subject is his beloved Web site.

It's just that he's so incredibly particular. Arranging one simple meeting is an exercise that captures, perfectly, why Magedson is so good at getting results — and why he's infuriated the CEOs of several midsize companies to the point that they accuse him, flatly, of extortion. He overthinks every detail. And it would never occur to him to stop pushing before he gets what he wants, even if he's not sure what that is.

First there's where to meet. It has to be a public place. A dog park? A restaurant? Even after Magedson decides on lunch at Chompie's, he calls back with instructions about which bank of booths to pick. He's planning to park in the handicapped spot, he says, and from the right booth, he'll be able to keep an eye on his dog.

After discussing that issue for 15 minutes, he calls back to clarify: It can't be just any booth near the window. It has to be the one closest to the servers' station, to allow both dog-seeing and laptop use.

In the end, the dog is basically ignored, and Magedson doesn't even bring his laptop into the restaurant. (Yes, he parks in the handicapped spot. And, no, he's not disabled. He has a handicapped sticker, but it belonged to his late father. "I'm not perfect," he says.)

But he does get his booth of choice. It opens up just as he walks in the door.

"Things like this always happen to me," he says, beaming.

Throughout a three-hour meal of bagels, lox, and whitefish salad, Magedson runs his servers ragged. He needs butter, which doesn't come with his order, and another container of cream cheese, even though he isn't done with the one he has. Then, despite a bowl of creamers on the table, he asks two different waiters to bring him more, only to seem confused when the table ends up with three bowls' worth. And only after the bill arrives does he remember that he needs hamburger for his dog. After that bill arrives, as it turns out, he needs orange juice. And when the juice arrives, it's too small, so a waitress is dispatched to bring him a second one.

He's relentless — and he's not even out of sorts. On the contrary, Ed Magedson is enjoying himself immensely. It's just that he's so used to agitating, to throwing everything he can at the wall, just in case something needs to stick. He doesn't know how else to behave.

He's the postmodern Columbo, a shambling figure who eventually gets his way not because he's slick or charming, but because he wears people down. He is a nitpicker, a fighter, a squeaky wheel who's mastered the art of getting grease.

He's exactly what you'd expect of a self-titled consumer advocate, with one key difference.

Thanks to the Internet, people actually have to pay attention to him.

Before the rise of the Web, the powerful could write off gadflies such as Ed Magedson. But the Internet provides a bully pulpit that Magedson has harnessed with startling success — and woe to the business owner who tries to ignore him.

The Rip-Off Report has become a boon to the disgruntled, who've posted complaints taking on everything from poor business practices to deadbeat dads, ofen without a shred of proof. For Ed Magedson, it's been an even bigger gift. It's made him powerful, and it's made him money — although certainly not a dot-com millionaire.

Magedson won't remove posts. He's not interested in evidence that would offer vindication.

But if you're willing to pay, Ed Magedson just might be willing to talk.


Magedson guards his privacy maniacally. His business address is a post office box. The house where he lived until recently was owned by one of his limited liability companies — and he had to move, he says, when his enemies figured out his location, despite his precautions. Even his car and utilities are registered in a way that renders them untraceable.

To Magedson's credit, people only know how hard he's worked to hide because they've tried just as hard to find him. He says they want to kill him. (They say they only want to serve him with lawsuits . . . although they're certainly not above posting information about him on the Internet while they're at it.)

But despite his efforts to live off the public-records grid, there's plenty you can know about Ed Magedson without even talking to him: the legal battles, the allegations of extortion, even his parents' death certificates and the paperwork from that old 1970s pot bust.

That's the Internet for you. And if Magedson is virtually anonymous in Maricopa County, where he's lived for almost two decades, he's famous on the Internet.

Before the Internet became ubiquitous, you could only humiliate someone if you had connections, if you could get the attention of a newspaper reporter or were willing to picket in front of an office. Today, you can get revenge with just a few keystrokes — and face revenge just as easily.

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ChakersCellmate
ChakersCellmate

FYI -- if anyone is looking for more information about Darren Chaker, please try to be patient -- he's currently serving time in federal prison, so that makes it kind of hard for him to respond to emails:

http://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2013/man-sentenced-to-federal-prison-for-bankruptcy-fraud


However, the judge who sent Chaker to prison was smart enough to recommend some much-needed mental health counseling for the guy, so hopefully when (and if) he gets out, he'll be a nicer person.

darrenchaker
darrenchaker

Revealing information about the law firm who represents RipoffReport can be seen here,  http://jaburgwilk.blogspot.com/ and is a compilation of records, including a past sexual molestation charge against RipoffReport attorney David Gingras. 

Enjoy! Darren Chaker

Google-Cide
Google-Cide

Darren M Meade, of Kairos-Meade, announced publication of its Internet investigation teams report on legal challenges issued by Rexxfield; Rexxfield’s majority partners, and its founder Michael Roberts.

[Case Numbers: 30-2011-00468719; 30-2012-00557149; 1:11-CV-00169-DN]

According to court documents, a meeting occurred on 1-28-2011 between Rexxfield partners in which Michael Roberts and Paul Portelli conspired to cast Ripoff Report in a false light and accuse Ripoff Report of “extortion” through a systematic Internet smear campaign (page 67).

Certified court reporters transcripts allege Rexxfield’s plan to usurp the revenue stream of the most widely recognized online consumer advocacy website (RipoffReport.com) and launch its own replacement ‘platform' (page 73 of transcript).

According to court documents, Rexxfield partners discuss a public relations fear campaign that would help them sell their reputation management services to worried parents.

“I would love to run an underground campaign that says, ‘Google is trying to destroy your reputation,’” an executive on the call is heard saying. “I like the idea of, ‘the more popular you are, the more dangerous it is,’ and giving people the scare tactic of, ‘the more exposure you have … the faster it is for your enemies to attack you.’”

“I think there’s a whole other campaign where we can break the parents,” the executive continued. “Send them a picture of their kid with a gun in his mouth -- Google did it. ‘Little Johnny is going to commit Google-cide. Can you stop it?’” (Court audio here)

According to court documents, Rexxfield an online reputation management company, Michael Roberts had commercialized an injection source code. The code purportedly offered consumers negative report removal from private webservers including Ripoff Report and Google online property BlogSpot. Recent Fox News exclusive had also exposed a plan called “Google-cide” -- a campaign designed to scare parents of children defamed online into purchasing the services offered by the new online reputation enterprise. Experts cited by Fox News has said altering websites by injecting source code is illegal.

Meade said that he had begun an unrelated investigation into Roberts & Portelli in February 2011. Meade's, investigation caused him to speak with Ed Magedson of Ripoff Report, in December of 2012. That conversation led to Kairos-Meade, receiving a copy of Michael Roberts, March 11, 2011 alleged extortion attempt, “That allowed us to connect the dots from Roberts / Portelli’s alleged extortion conversation on January 28, 2011.

According to court documents, Meade in August of 2011 had the opportunity to speak directly to the United States District Court Central District of California and address Honorable Cormac J Carney for case number SACR 07-00249-CJC at the sentencing hearing for two of the partners in Rexxfield. Meade provided details of the organizational structure of the ORM entities and a two-step process of coupling the creation and posting of online defamatory materials in a fee-for-service of removing of the content from online consumer advocacy websites.

According to court documents, Meade said once he discovered the technology was hacking and what its implications were, he made it his mission to warn the public about the dangers this technology poses in the form of automated cyber bullying and free speech. He also understood the institutionalized repertoire of serial defamation, vexatious litigation, and death threats have all be leveled against him in a futile attempt to force him to retreat from his stated goal.

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JungleBoi

They can serve him via public notice if he cannot be found.  I have used the techniques to get service that I paid > $3,000 for but kept being told I had to come back and fix yet something else in my car.  Only after using his techniques did the dealership act.  I had tried conventional means.  didnt work.  I recommend his site and techniques, used honestly to get bad businesses to deal properly with their customers.  He may be whatever you want to call him personally, I didn't even know his name before today, but I am grateful to him for the info.

BadForPeople.org
BadForPeople.org

Hello,

If you are willing, would you please make your visitors aware of our attempt to organize victims of RipOffReport.com in order to put enough pressure on Google, Yahoo and other search engines to completely de-index RipOffReport.com from search results. Although Ed Magedson is a heartless opportunist, if it weren't for the search engines he would be irrelevant to the rest of the world.

www.BadForPeople.org

http://www.facebook.com/RipOff...

https://www.facebook.com/group...

https://www.facebook.com/badfo...

Thank you in advance,Michael Roberts. Organizer

rob
rob

They posted a lie about myself and my biz that i ripped people off and took their money, which is a bunch of lies. They don't care who they hurt. Then i started receiving emails to remove it from their site for a fee. But i have one trick up my sleeve. All i have to do is get a new domain, which is pain

Dutyfree
Dutyfree

RIPOFFREPORTSUCKS.COM is for sale - aqzq33@yahoo.com

Lisa Rodriguez
Lisa Rodriguez

my best friend's ex and his new wife put the address and phone number of the home of his young children on a nasty and untrue posting about his wife on this site. i fear for her children's lives now because everyone knows she is a single mom alone, she was pregnant and other kids where under 3 when he left her. if anything happens to those kids I will be sure to let the local news know that the info was on this site. this site is disgusting, they put her email plead to them on the page itself for everyone to see and refuses to remove the personal info. She uses an alias now, in a few months court date to change her name.

Janicejake2002
Janicejake2002

Sure Jack I am happy to talk with you. If you post a disposable email address I can make contact that way. I will watch for your comment.

Janicejake2002
Janicejake2002

I posted about a scam on ripoff report in good faith. Ripoff Report gave my details to the company and they posted that I committed serious crimes, made death threats etc-just as a measure of revenge. They posted a comment urging everyone to harass me, posted my mobile and work number. after threats of physical violence were made I literally begged the editor to remove the comment and my contact details. I did not receive a reply. I have an unusual name and had a responsible high level position. I lost my job.

I am now suing, not ripoff report but google for refusing to remove the links. I do not live in the US and the CDA does not apply here. Some of the period covered by my lawsuit predates the libel tourism act. I recently discovered that google removed links to ripoff reports about a high profile firm in my country without having to go through this lawsuit and I think a couple of companies paid off the ed to remove the links from google. I guess we will find out at discovery.

It will hit the media soon and I will post a link here.

KillReport
KillReport

These animals are posting lies calling me a child molester. There has never been any accusations like that in my life but this RipoffReport crew of extortionists think that they can extort money from me. What is most likely to happen here is that someone will just hunt these animals at RipoffReport down and kill them all along with their affiliates. There how's that for freedom of speech you filthy whores.

Nadine
Nadine

You know, if my name was Darren Chaker and if I had lots of very embarrassing information in my background that I wanted to hide from public view, I would probably be VERY careful about posting a bunch of garbage and lies about others. You just never know when someone might decide to make you the focus of an intense investigation into your background, criminal history, personal past.....

Emily W
Emily W

I really feel badly for Stephanie Gingras. Her husband David and I had a relationship several years ago and he has recently been communicating with me asking how I am doing, you know the big lead up to lets have drinks. That got David in trouble in the past so I think I will stay away from this perv.

Tiny Tino
Tiny Tino

I think he and his family should get a taste of his own medicine.

Fourth Horseman
Fourth Horseman

Coming soon public records from Jaburg and Wilk representation of Ripoff Report's attorney David Gingras. Yes, it's Jaburg and Wilk represented Gingras who, after employing Gingras, did so despite the fact he was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor. Maricopa Court Case Number: S-0700-CR-1999093685. Also, Public Records from Gingras' state bar record which is lengthy. www.jaburgwilk.com/ Of course a few words (and pictures shopping) about Gingras' wife, Stephanie Gingras are soon to come too. Stay tooned . . .

Kim Smith
Kim Smith

James P. Rogers. He is Ed's personal assistant and he has recorded conversations with Ed Magedson proving some really damaging stuff.

Seth Myers
Seth Myers

David Gingras, who still appears to hold himself out to be part of law firm of Jaburg Wilk , is in house counsel to Ripoff Report. http://bmhm.com/attorney/David...

Gingras was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, some may call child molestation. See below link to court record. Although the case was dismissed, it was NOT dismissed because Gingras was innocent, but only because the appellate court found the State took too long to arrest him.

What's almost as disturbing is the fact Jaburg Wilk deals with family law matters and it appears they failed to perform a basic record search that would have shown Gingras' alleged past while in law school. Local and national news has investigated Gingras’ company for extortion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.superiorcourt.maric...

John Brewington
John Brewington

Maybe they did do record and check and this is the kind of lawyers they want working for them.

Darren Chaker
Darren Chaker

David Gingras, who still appears to hold himself out to be part of law firm of Jaburg Wilk , is in house counsel to Ripoff Report. http://bmhm.com/attorney/David...

Gingras was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, some may call child molestation. See below link to court record. Although the case was dismissed, it was NOT dismissed because Gingras was innocent, but only because the appellate court found the State took too long to arrest him.

What's almost as disturbing is the fact Jaburg Wilk deals with family law matters and it appears they failed to perform a basic record search that would have shown Gingras' alleged past while in law school. Local and national news has investigated Gingras’ company for extortion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.superiorcourt.maric...

Shawn
Shawn

www.clickanerd.com/jw-redirect... - is the old jaburg and wilk sucks dot com. The issue of David Gingras being a child molester is juicy but not the real story. Ed Magedson had this employee named James Rogers. James Rogers was ordered by Ed Magedson to create fake Yahoo and Google email accounts and then post fake complaints on ROR using these fake accounts. I have this admission on tape. You can listen to this confession at the above URL. It is my intent to call all of Magedson's other victims on his CAP aka extortion program and let them listen to the recordings. Everyone has been trying to prove this, I have succeed at proving that Ed authors reports, pays people to make up reports and shakes them down. I have filed a claim in Federal Court in Phoenix Arizona in Judge Wake's Court. I intend to prove that Ed Magedson is engaging in Wire Fraud and his actions are both Criminally and Civilly actionable. If you have been screwed by Ed Magedson, I would like to hear your story. Call me at: (254) 690-6373 or email me at Shawn@ClickaNerd.com. I beg you not to be afraid of this ass clown Magedson. He is just a thug that will sit in front of an Arizona Jury and account for his actions.

Shawn R.
Shawn R.

http://www.JaburgAndWilkSucks.... - has been removed. The Court did not order me to take this down. David Gingras (Ripoff Report's) Main Attorney now, was charged with 12 counts of sex with a minor over 15 but that case was eventually dismissed because of either a procedural or due process issue. I have a copy of the original complaint from the Chandler Police Department against David Gingras if any one would like to see it. My Email is Shawn@ClickaNerd.com My Cell Number is (254) 291-4696.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Maria Crimi Speth at Jaburg and Wilk in Scottsdale Arizona is in partnership with Edward P. Magedeson in this scam operation called Ripoff Report. Why hasn't some one arrested them all yet for extortion?

Tonymihelcic
Tonymihelcic

does anyone know anyting abot the "INTERNATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS"company and the products they supply and are they safe to use

Tonymihelcic
Tonymihelcic

Where can we report now the rip of people and company that do the wrong things to consumers.

Maria Speth
Maria Speth

Kevin Michael Sianez aka Edward Magedson was charged Friday in Santa Ana Superior Court with 63 criminal counts, including 20 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense. He also is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault on an animal, after detectives discovered the bestiality-seeking Craigslist ads during their investigation.

Prosecutors say he did little or no work on cases after charging clients between 2005 and 2010.

Sianez was an officer in Stanton and Santa Ana from 1979 to 1986.

A phone listing for Sianez was not available.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Jack
Jack

Would you be willing to discuss your situation with a US attorney who is building a class-action against ripoff report at the moment? If so, please respond and we will somehow try to find a way to touch base away from this forum and yet without disclosing e-mail addresses etc. I have subscribed to this thread with a disposable e-mail address, so I will get a message when you respond.

Ripoff Report
Ripoff Report

I can assure you our staff did not write anything like that. What report are you referring to?

isobot
isobot

@Nadine you know, if you play that game long enough, you'll end up screwing with the one person who will track you down and put an end to your stupidity too. People think they can hide forever, and they always find out the hard way such isn't the case. I'll enjoy the day I read where someone finally served justice on e man.

mikesanto70
mikesanto70

@Fourth Horseman  if you have dirt on his old lady please share with me because she fucked me over and I'm going to pay here lying ass back!!!

CarlySimon
CarlySimon

You're a jizz-guzzlin' deadbeat narcissist with too many shirts.

Boppinbob83
Boppinbob83

This crum uses his site to exstort money from buisness owners. After a bride with the class of a garden slug posted a coment about my company. I was emailed by five sleezbags wanting a $1000 plus dollars to remove this report. All five are owned by Ed magedson

Lawrence
Lawrence

Is Ed Magedson an Kevin Sianez both in Jail?

isobot
isobot

@Ripoff Reportit's fun as hell watching you hide like a little coward in fear for your life.

 
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