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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘extortion’

Business Courts Negative Reviews As Middle Finger To Yelp

You’ve heard the claims before. If reader comments are any indication, many of you have even lived them. They’ve never been proven, but time and time again, small businesses accuse Yelp of “extorting” them by holding positive reviews hostage until they pay for advertising. Do you believe Yelp is really guilty of this practice, or is it just a myth? …

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Faye Grant’s Attorney Lashes Out At Stephen Collins Over Accusations Of Blackmail

The controversy surrounding actor Stephen Collins and his alleged pedophilia has escalated with accusations that wife Faye Grant blackmailed him to get more money. Grant has lashed out at Collins’ camp through her lawyer, Martin Singer, who claims that the actor and his attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan are making “false and fabricated statements about Faye Grant to try to justify …

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Yelp ‘Extortion’ Suit Dismissed, But Suspicions Remain

Yelp has emerged victorious from an extortion lawsuit, but the reasons why have done little to quell existing suspicions about its business practices. Various lawsuits have been filed against Yelp over the years, accusing the company of extorting small businesses by hiding positive reviews and showing negative ones in order to get businesses to pay for advertising. Beyond the lawsuits, …

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‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Bachelor Arrested For Extortion

Adam Winters who appeared in an episode of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, has been arrested for purportedly extorting $5 million from a nuclear facility. In a February episode of Millionaire Matchmaker, Winters was described as a millionaire CEO from Beverly Hills. He is a Tennessee native who relocated to Los Angeles after establishing a shipping company. According to reports, the 25-year-old …

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Justin Bieber Caught Telling Yet Another N-Word Joke

Justin Bieber seems to be making headlines for the wrong reasons…again. Another video of Bieber has surfaced, and this time, he is shown singing a parody of his own song entitled “One Less Lonely Girl.” In the video, Bieber sang about the KKK. He replaced the lyrics of his song, and sang, “If I kill you/ I’ll be part of …

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Holly Ann Grigsby Pleads Guilty for Killing Spree Involvement

Holly Ann Grigsby pleaded guilty on Tuesday to taking part in a campaign that involved the kidnapping, robbing and murdering of four victims in three states–one of which was Oregon. She did tell the judge, however, that although she was guilty it wasn’t of killing any of the victims. She reiterated that she didn’t kill anyone. Grigsby was arrested for …

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More Unproven Yelp ‘Extortion’ Accusations Publicized

The story has been going on for quite some time. Businesses accuse Yelp of “extortion” or holding their positive reviews hostage unless they spend advertising money, and Yelp denies it vehemently, citing a lack of evidence and research appearing to contradict it. But the story isn’t going away, as more accusations make their way to the public eye. Has Yelp …

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Woman Receives $3,500 Fine for Negative Review

The next time you place an order online, make sure you read the fine print. According to KUTV.com, a woman from Utah left a negative review for a business online and was later told she would have to pay a $3,500 fine for posting the review. Otherwise, the company threatened to report a delinquency to the credit bureaus, which would …

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Miss Teen USA: ‘SEXtortionist’ Pleads Guilty

NBC News reports that a computer science student pleaded guilty today to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized access into Miss Teen USA and other young women’s computers. Charges were brought against the hacker because he allegedly threatened to  post nude photographs of the women online. The 19-year-old Jared James Abrahams of Temecula, California, was released on bond until his …

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Whitney Houston FBI Report Details Extortion Scheme

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a 128-page report into the life of singer Whitney Houston. According to the Detroit Free Press, the report was part of an FBI extortion case that was closed before any charges were filed. The document shows that Houston was blackmailed in 1992, …

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Natalee Holloway Suspect To Be Extradited To U.S.

Joran Van Der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, will soon be extradited to the U.S. to face charges of extortion. He is currently in Peru serving 28 years for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, who was stabbed to death in his hotel room. Van Der Sloot confessed to the …

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Teen Tries to Blackmail Russian Billionaire

A Russian SWAT team recently stormed the house where a 17-year-old student who was living with his mom, to grab his laptop, after linking the computer to repeated murder-for-hire related extortion attempts. The teen had allegedly attempted to blackmail Russian businessman Suleiman Kerimov, who is worth roughly $7.8 billion, by sending him emails claiming that he was a hitman ordered …

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