Ed Magedson, the founder of WWW.RIPOFFREPORT.COM, has saved a lot of people, a lot of grief, and pain. (in 3 reviews)
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Great for the reporter but, watch out if you're the "report~ee" There are always 2 or more sides to a story and unless the reporter of such information is quite sure of his/her facts, they need not post there (whew)
Thanx a hoot for this heads up hon <3
I have reported a bunch of companies on here, which have all screwed me over in some way. Most of the time, my intention was not to have the issue resolved, but, just to settle the score with some good old, sweet revenge!
By exposing what the company and what they did to me or someone else to the world, it may not solve the problem, but, it will hurt them in other ways.
First of all, anybody that reads my complaint will think twice about going to that company again. That means, they will have that many less customers to rip off! These people will also tell their friends and relatives not to go there. That will hurt them a little more, because they won't be able to hurt those people and rip them off.
For every customer I take away from a business, they will lose anywhere from $1 to multiple Billions of dollars! So I'm not just hurting that company's reputation, but, I hurt them financially as well!!!
Vigilante style revenge is so awesome!
The site Sometimes even works as it is supposed to. That is when a company actually is informed of a complaint somebody has submitted about them.
Then the company contacts the consumer to make things right. When this happens, the two parties come to their own agreement on how to solve the problem, usually without going to court.
Most of the time, the offender, usually a company, will offer to make things right to the victim, either by fixing whatever it was they broke, refunding the person's money or doing whatever they have to do to make amends to the customer and keep them happy. After they resolve the problem, they will usually insist that the person who submitted the complaint must immediately remove it from the site.
There are a lot of companies, however, that just don't seem to care and they simply don't get the message. For example, if you look up Just Brakes on this site, you'll see over a Thousand complaints! This is a company that just has no Morales! They couldn't care less if people post more complaints about them!
So, this is a good site, on which you can research a company and find out if they have a bad reputation. If they have more than 50 serious complaints, don't go there, or they will screw you to!
An example of how this site has worked for a friend of mine:
My friend from work was sent home one day by the Manager, because he didn't have. a company tie and another part of his uniform. The Manager was very corrupt and he told him that he needed to buy his own tie and anything else he needed for the uniform.
My friend said, "No, that's not right! The uniform was issued by the company! Anything that goes with it, you have to supply!"
The Manager sent him home and said, "Don't come back until YOU buy the accessories you need for the uniform!"
He refused to spend his own money for the company uniform. So, he stayed home and was off duty for two whole weeks.
Then, he wrote about the incident and some other things the company was doing wrong on Rip Off Report.
The next day, the Manager was received a phone call from Rip Off Report. They told him about the complaint that an employee just wrote about him and the company.
The Manager called my friend into his office to work out a deal.
The Manager was waiting in the office with a tie and all the other things my friend needed for his uniform.
When my friend got to the office, the Manager gave him everything he needed. Then, he said, "Lets make a deal, I will give you full pay for the entire two weeks you've been off work and here's an extra $300. But, you can only have all of this and keep your job here, IF, you remove your complaint from Rip Off Report!"
My friend said, "Fine. I'll do that. But, if you do something like this again, I'll see you in cout."
The Manager told him, he had to remove the complaint right away. He had him use the computer in the Manager's office and the Manager watched him remove it.
By letting the employee keep the job, paying him for the time he was off,giving him what he needed and giving him an extra $300, the company probably saved Thousands, if not Millions of dollars. Because, if that report had stayed on Rip Off Report and tons of people saw it, nobody would of done much business with the company ever again. Then, maybe somebody would have even put it on the NEWS.
BTW, the company I'm talking about here is: "SECURAMERICA, in Orlando, FL. Don't ever contract that company out! They've screwed me and a bunch of other people! In fact, they have screwed the LITERALLY ALL THEIR EMPLOYEES! They cut everybody's pay and treat people like s#@t! Don't ever work for SECURAMERICA! You've been warned!
Overall, this site is great, evn though they don't resolve ALL the problem that people report, at least it's a good way to get a little revenge!
Good site for those who know how to sort information from misinformation.
Tip for consumers: Don't believe everything you read. I think even the website tells you that.Ask Brian about RipoffReport
"Ripoff Report.com" is an amalgam of disguised corruption run by a man named Ed Magedson. There is no staff, no secretary; nor is there any "panel of arbitrators".
In the social vernacular Ed Magedson is an Internet Loser, a self-styled egotist who is outspoken about his grandiose accomplishments, yet doesn't possess so much as a high school diploma.
In clinical terms Ed Magedson is a sociopath. He cares nothing for his fellow human beings, seeing in others only how deep he can stick his plumbing in them financially. When he moved from the streets of New York to Mesa, Arizona, it was for the sole purpose of being at the ready when his parents died, so he could mine their estate. He goads his adversaries into legal confrontations with the enthusiasm of a child anticipating a trip to Disneyland. His only friends are his enemies, especially those who dare sue him in court.
Magedson, a balding, overweight, 62-year-old admitted pedophile, runs the highly successful website "ripoffreport.com". In reality it's a slickly-disguised, strong-arm confidence game that solicits complaints from legitimate consumers, and then blackmails the subject of those complaints - usually companies with deep pockets - into paying large sums of money to have the derogatory information suppressed. The lesser problem with his website is he spends way too many pages waxing poetic about his lifetime of highly improbable accomplishments, while giving barely a nod to his real victims. To describe Magedson as full of himself would be an understatement. Indeed, his ability to interact positively with his peers leaves much to be desired.
Magedson claims he never edits comments that have been submitted. That would be good if it were true, because his literary skills are typically 5th grade: he writes in fragmented sentences, doesn't know how to make paragraphs, can't differentiate between fact and innuendo and has so aggravated his webmaster, that he is now charged for any editing services he needs. In fact, Magedson is so illiterate, he cannot even restructure the paragraphs he lost when he edited a single submission into one large monolog. The result? Ripoffreport is a slovenly, tabloid attempt to create something that could have been useful, were it done with any degree of skill, professionalism and moral fiber.
His egotistical attitude, along with his 60's throwback hippie appearance, haven't exactly endeared him to the locals in Maricopa County, Arizona, where he ekes out a living selling nebulous publications and questionable services on his ripoffreport website. Magedson claims negative reports cannot be "bought" away, yet companies that want negative information removed can in fact, do so simply by sending this con anywhere from $2,000.00 to $100,000.00 (Magedson calls it his ''sliding scale'') along with a monthly "maintenance fee" to keep the negative comments suppressed (as opposed to removing them entirely, as legitimate websites do). Then Magedson, posing as an imaginary panel of anonymous arbitrators, places a disclaimer by the negative comments. Despite claims to the contrary on his website, Magedson is drawn to legal confrontations - where he is usually the loser - like a moth to a candle, ever confident this, finally, is going to be his big winner of a case. It hasn't happened of course, but in Magedson's sadistic mind, hope springs eternal.
Meanwhile, he rambles about freedom of speech but, somehow, can't get it through his concrete coconut that defamation, specifically libel and slander, are still against public policy - whether in real life or on the Internet. Meanwhile, he relies entirely on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which absolves websites of liability whenever false statements are placed by their users. And that's where he derives his income: blackmailing legitimate companies into paying for his "protection" against further negative comments visitors place on his website.
Magedson redefines all that is evil about the depravity to which mankind can sink.
Livid emails he sends indicate a clear need for a psychiatric evaluation; indeed, Magedson freely admits he "hides" because he believes "people are out to get him" - presumably from his legal troubles, ranging from litigation entanglements with local authorities to the victims of his corporate extortion schemes. His Mafia-style version of cyber blackmail is a creative new skill he honed on the streets of New York, and has cleverly applied to his Internet victims, usually businesses and large corporations, that would rather pay to keep Magedson's pockets greased, than to spend money on lawyers and protracted litigation.
To see a sharper profile of the Internet's most dangerous egomaniac, see:
The brutal antics of this mentally impaired bully make an even more compelling argument that industrial-strength regulation of the Internet is long overdue.
Tip for consumers: It has been suggested - and is highly probable - that Ed Magedson writes his own complaints, then creates a fictitious author. That means, be careful how much you publish about yourself ANYWHERE on the Internet: some enemy can use it against you by posting it on ripoffreport.com. - and good luck getting it removed!Ask Justin about RipoffReport
Had a problem with a Firestone Tire Shop putting on new tires without my permission. negligent service on another car before that.
They were not willing to explain why or what they will do...
They made a lot of stupid mistakes.
I think auto repair should have cameras on repairs to our cars!!!!!
Anyway... I have tried to use BBB before in the past and they were useless.
Where is an average hardworking consumer to go?
I had paid for new tires I didn't need and couldn't afford because they .... were scamming me and i and a set of semi new tires sitting in the garage.
Put it on Ripoffreport which got the attention of District manager that played around and finally refunded the new tires!.
Again.. What can an average consumer do when getting ripped off by auto repair shops!??? NOTHING!!!!!
In this case. it worked for me!
It's a shame that a lowlife like the owner of ripoffreport.com can claim to be a "consumer advocate." After reviewing the methods of how the site is run, it's nothing but a lazy, unethical, easy way to make money, not much better than "revenge-porn" sites.
Basically, anyone can ANONYMOUSLY post any kind of nasty rumor about anyone- a business competitor, an ex, a disgruntled employee. You don't have to verify that you even have a real email address. You don't have to use your real name. Once you have "registered" you can than make up ANY kind of lie you want, and it will rise to the top of Google looking like a legitimate warning about a bad business.
THEN the business, person, or nonprofit who is having their life destroyed can only remove the damaging rumors from Google by paying thousands of dollars to the site (which claims that the money is for 'arbitrators' who don't actually exist. In reality, the owner of the site just copies and pastes a disclaimer at the top of the article.)
Even if you're tempted to use ripoffreport.com for a legitimate gripe against a business (unlike most people who just use it as a way to destroy other people's lives), please read the Forbes article on this site's awful founder and owner. It's not worth helping this guy make another dime destroying jobs, lives, non-profits, and livelihoods just because he found an easy and sleazy way to get rich.
I am sure Ripoff is in shady business. They are extortionist that make companies pay thousands of dollars to them so they can remove a review. But, they never really remove them. I heard most reviews on there are not even real. Probably written by Ripoff themselves. It's sad this site can't work to it's true purpose.
This website does not require any facts to support complaints. I have found this to be a Jerry Springer of websites intent on destroying people and business versus valid truth.
Additionally concerned because anyone that I am aware of that has visited the site ends up with a terrible virus on their computer.
some frauds or our competitors lie that they use our service and we never ship them any items. we contact Ripoffreport.com they said, if we want to remove that fraud lie review, we have to pay ripoffreport.com to do that. This ripoffreport.com is a rip off website, they just want money from you and never offer help for innocent people. we should never trust this website at all. they should be shut down.
Reports about Kleargear said they wanted $2k to remove her own review. That's ridiculous. People should have the right to remove their own content. They use people to gain profit. It's not user friendly. Wouldn't recommend this site.
It's a shakedown scam. Exploiting people's desires to "stick it to the man." In reality, they do no such thing.
Any competitor, ex-boyfriend, or just a troll can post anything under any name, with no fact-checking or accountability. You can post "reports" about any person, non-profit, or business. It's a way for people to destroy and hurt other people.
Then the damaged persons (innocent or guilty) can not get their lives back unless they give this slimeball $2000. And he justifies the jobs and lives he's ruined by fancying himself a "consumer advocate."
Real consumer advocates do the work of fact-checking! Ripoff report only cares about extorting real businesses and nonprofits for money!
It is one of those sites that could be helpful if the owner cared anything about content, but instead it is nothing but a libel site. The owner of the site refuses to remove ANYTHING! Instead a person is offered to pay a ton of money for a company to come in and enhance their reputation by moving the Ripoff Report posting down the google search engine list.Please note RRO has their own preferred company to do that and make them even more profit. Their website is pure trash.
Ripoffreport.com will extort your business to have a false complaint one person has about your business, even if this complaint was resolved. One complaint out of tens of thousands. The owner Ed Magedson is a wanted fugitive and uses Google adwords and spamming keywords to get the complaint high in search ranking but even worse he is using money he gets from bad scam artist company's advertising on his website. Get rich quick schemes, bad credit loan schemes, fast cash loans who prey on the poor all of the company's and crooks that you normally associate criminals to our ripoffreports advertisers. That is correct he takes money from criminals, fraudsters and thieves and he is operating a website that supposedly a consumer can complain about the very businesses he is supporting and making him rich. If you go to his website make sure you clear your history and cache afterwards you will be spyed on by the lowest of bottom feeders and crooks if you do not clear your cookies and spyware Lookup to see if the actual rip off company's that are supporting have any complaints listed, they do not because he removed the complaints when they agreed to the paid advertising and his extortion. I am certain that eventually this guy will be locked up and made to pay. The BBB rates ripoffreport.com at F its lowest score it seems that Mr. Ed Magedson does not answer complaints about his business ripoffreport.com but yet he terrorizes honest businesses with lies and then tell that business he will remove the lie if you pay Mr Ed thousands of dollars, that is extortion. You can change all of this by writing your senators and congressman and put this bully behind bars.
Pretty solid complaint website, another good one is pissedconsumer.
I reported a notorious internet scam to these people and they totally blew the report off. They have developed a relationship with the scam and gave it high praise meanwhile characterizing me as deluded or dishonest. It appears that people who have gone after ROR in the past have succeeded in cowing it down.
Malicious website. No way to verify that any report on the site is true or a bunch of invented garbage. Criminal's paradise for online abuse, defamation and libel.
As a business owner I was notified by ripoffreport.com that they had received a complaint from one of my customers. After clicking on their link to what I thought would take me directly to the complaint, instead I received their order page.
I then when directly to their main webpage, ripoffreport.com, put in my company's name and received the following response:
Approximately 0 Reports Found
I don't believe this site serves a useful purpose for businesses, but it may do well for consumers.
I have followed Ripoff Report for several years, and pass-along some information to family friends.But the reviewer may just be too subjective. You cannot believe them all.
Yes !!! I had a recent little problem with a dishonest bunch of collection whores in Tulsa, OK, who had placed a derogatory remark on my credit
history. NORTHSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, doing business as EQUINOX COLLECTIONS, also in Tulsa. Equinox reported on my credit history that I owed a crooked doctor, GARY R. LEE, MD, in Tulsa, $300 bucks for a 1995 bill that a conscienceless, psychopathic osteopath named FARRAR said I owed. FARRAR was a devious jack-off ambulance-chasing JERK, that was so incompetent, he had no practice except for personal injury cases that some unscrupulous Tulsa lawyers were sending him. This Lee character bought FARRAR's practice. So, 18 years later, this Gary R. Lee tries to extort me. I placed some carefully worded reviews of Gary Lee, ad his collector, EQUINOX/NORTHSTAR. They erased/removed the derogatory remark form my credit. Ed Magedson, the founder of WWW.RIPOFFREPORT.COM, has saved a lot of people, a lot of grief, and pain. If YOU get a bad review on Ripoff Report, answer the review. That is, unless you're a crook. And in that case.....take your punishment. You deserve what you get.... a swift kick in the arse. HES/GROVE, OK
RipoffRiport.com needs a report of itself on itself.
Ripoff Report is a scam., Greedy charlatans who found a new way to blackmail every business in America.
You CAN remove reports, IF YOU PAY. How's that for being impartial?
Rip people off all you want, then pay them. You'd be fine. Charlatan mentality for the professional charlatans.
RIPOFFREPOT.COM IS A GOOD WEBSITE THAT EMPOWERS PEOPLE LIKE ME!
I like any kind of website that gives people a voice, even if they make money on us. As long as they do not delete our reports UNLESS the business being reported of wants to do the right thing for the consumers that reported it.
Otherwise, ripoffreport.com is by far one of the best site to get your voice heard!
I just filed my report on RIPOFFREPOT.COM against Carmax.com and Roadloans.com for discrimination in FAIR LENDING ACT, and I am proud that I can read my report and share it to others.
Fact is: WE NEED MORE POPULAR SITE LIKE RIPOFFREPORT,COM !
A bad and totally unfair place. Anyone with a grudge of any kind against a business, or even a competitor can post whatever lies they like. Sure, you can, as a business owner, post a rebuttal, but the rebuttal appears way down in the page where few people see it, and also serves to boost the page in search engine findings so more potential customers will find it. When they do, they see the blaring negative headline and may never actually visit the page itself to see the rebuttal. This damned place has allowed many good companies reputations to be maligned and damaged. Shame on this site. May they rot.
it is an extortion site. company is asking money for a removal of negative feedback left by a competitor.
I like this website, but I think their UI needs an update. Just read the reviews and then research. A lot of helpful reviews and helps allow people to get back scammed money.
I like this site you can write or view others reviews of their experiences. Its pretty easy to get a picture how companies relate to us as consumers. So if you are curious about a service check it out first.
My story with ripoff report
Ripoff report is for consumers to report bad businesses.A report was made about me.It calls me whore drug addict child abuser. The report has my name, my child's name,her photo(under 18),phone numbers, our home address in NY which we had move from for safety. Cps was called They told me it was not my fault that I was a good mom but I needed to call the police because they had endangered
the welfare of a child by the info that was put on ripoff report.The police told me that there was nothing they could do where all the people involved lived in different states it was a fbi issue not a police issue.The officer told me what I needed to do to keep my child and I safe 1.move 2.change my isp. Change my email and phone numbers.It took me over a year to have ripoff report remove my child's name off the report.Ed told me if I contacted him again he would put my child name back on the report and worse.I have contacted them so many times they blocked my email address. Same goes for google, bing,yahoo and microsoft. I have all the emails saved.I am not what ripoff report makes me out to be. I am not a business.
What gives them the right to post details about me let alone made up story's that I can prove are not true. Could you please sign my online petition to remove ripoff report.Its time to end the false reports,cyber bullying, extortion and slander.One min of your time could save a life.http://wh.gov/VEQ
By Samantha Rollins
I can tell you with me ripoff report gets my highest rating. I was personally cheated out of my money from a so-called "honest" company that used dishonest means. I am thankful that I was able to post a permanent warning on this site about their activities so as to warn others about their ways and shame the company.
This is why I like this site so much because it means that the site does not remove reports like some sites that take money and will take down the reports. Ed Madgeson has actual been sued for millions of dollars in order to get him to take down the reports on his site but because he stands for freedom of expression and the first amendment rights of others the courts are always in his favor.
People often have a tendency to discredit consumer advocacy sites and say they are scam but they cannot be blamed for the reports because they do not put them there. Reports are done by different individuals and with the hundreds of thousands of reports on this site it is impossible for one person to write them all.
I only blame consumer advocacy sites if they take down a legitimate report because they were cowards or greedy for money but I cannot blame this site because at least it still gets an A plus for standing up courageously and refusing to take down its reports.
The only problem with the ROR that I have is with editing reports which sometimes it may not always want to and sometimes trying to find reports and the long wait one must experience at times in order to actually see one's report but I know for sure they are not removed from the site.
Now that's integrity to say the least that cannot be bought or sold. We could all learn a thing or two from that.
This site allows defamation and worst - does nothing to stop it.
THIS SITE SEEMS TO EXTORT MONEY FROM COMPANIES TO REMOVE BOGUS REPORTS.
Like Sitejabber, Ripoff report.com is a site which takes consumer input and posts them on a searchable database for all to see. This is a second site which I go to whenever I do not find enough information about businesses here on Sitejabber.
They allow rebuttals to unflattering posts, and refuse to take ANY reviews down for any reason. (including the rebuttals). This way, they are able to be fair and balanced insofar as the business being reviewed can defend themselves if they so choose.
Oddly, there are not many who do. This leads me to believe that the critiques stand as being valid and true ; either that or the businesses being criticized do not care or unaware of the critique. Either way, I almost always screen all of my internet transactions now through one or both of these sites.
I think this is a great website that can really help people not get scammed. I do think it has a large potential for misuse which may dilute it's affect a little but the idea was a good one. Some of the posts are not needed - like the ones regarding CPS and personal issues but the majority of the data is very useful.
Very similar to this site. Getting the news out to people about scams and rip-offs. One can post rebuttals to the reports if one disagrees.
THESE GUYS ARE NEVER GOING TO PAY YOU AND WILL HAVE NO REMORSE FOR STEALING FROM YOU!! I KNOW THIS FIRST HAND AND FROM HEARING IT FROM THEIR OWN MOUTHS!!
Well, Tracy H. has brought this to my attention just today about ripoffreport.com that's been on the web for quite a while.
Now, I don't know about the owners of the site but I know I've posted legitimate complaints on there. Anyway, the owners have had charges brought against them and Tracy H has provided us with a link so have a look and decide for yourself. I'll be avoiding them in the future and just stick with SiteJabber.
Great for the reporter but, watch out if you're the "report~ee" There are always 2 or more sides to a story and unless the reporter of such information is quite sure of his/her facts, they need not post there (whew)
Thanx a hoot for this heads up hon <3
I've read that Ripoff Report has engaged in some shady business practices.
Here are some pieces about them on the news:
Here's their Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripoff_Report
This is a very serious consumer advocacy web site:
"Helping you, the consumer...
Search the Ripoff Report before you do business with retail stores with bad return policies, checking & credit theft, rebate fraud or other unscrupulous business policies such as phony auto repairs, auto dealer bait-and-switch tactics, restaurants with bad service or food, corrupt government employees & politicians, police corruption, home builders, contractors, unethical doctors & lawyers, online stores that sell non-existent products, dead beat dads & moms, landlords & tenants, fraudulent employment & business opportunities, and individual con artists who scam consumers".
The site makes clear that filed reports CANNOT be removed, even by an attorney's appeal, which means your claim is forever.
If you've been burned and need to voice your ire, this is unquestionably the place to do it. Highly recommended as SAFE & EFFECTIVE. Free web site.