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Ajay Kolla tries to hide negative stories – Fake Copyright Scam in 2022

Our review of Ajay Kolla is based on this attempt to hide critical reviews and information from the internet by way of impersonation, fraud, cybercrime, and perjury by deliberately submitting a fake DMCA takedown notice at Google.
2.6/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #1 in category Investigation

Fortunately, we’re very familiar with this modus operandi, which has been documented and investigated by Lumen Database and other organizations over the past few years. It was clear that the copyright takedown notice that Ajay Kolla sent to Google was fake, especially since the so-called “original article” was made only to trick Google’s employees.

Our review of Ajay Kolla is therefore very critical because it makes Ajay Kolla an entity of suspicious character, stupid enough to commit perjury, impersonation, and fraud to manage their (sic) reputation, or lack thereof.

Who is Ajay Kolla?
Ajay Kolla was the CEO at Wisdom IT Services. He was arrested for cheating unemployed youth by maintaining two websites namely wisdomindia.com and wisdomgulf.com.

Fake DMCAs

Ajay Kolla attempts fraudulent copyright takedown

A thousand years of reputation can be built (or, in this case, lost) on the actions of a single moment. Ajay Kolla seems to be very worried about important information being posted online, so it has decided to take action. In this article, I’ll look into what happened, including how I decided that the takedown requests were fake, what the likely reason was for abusing the DMCA process, and what the possible effects of organized takedown attempts could be.

TypeDetails
SenderHansindia
Date02-16-2019
Allegedly Infringing Linkhttps://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Telangana/2019-01-25/Cyberabad-police-arrested-Wisdom-Jobs-CEO-Ajay-Kolla-for-cheating-job-seekers/481953
Original Link Targeted 1http://www.ucnews.in/news/Cyberabad-police-arrested-Wisdom-Jobs-CEO-Ajay-Kolla-for-cheating-job-seekers/1247272519242691.html
Original Link Targeted 2https://yuvabytes.blogspot.com/2019/01/wisdom-jobs-scam-ceo-ajay-kolla.html
Original Link Targeted 3https://republish.in/world/cyberabad-police-arrested-wisdom-jobs-ceo-ajay-kolla-for-cheating-job-seekers-the-hans-india.html
Original Link Targeted 4https://republish.in/sports/my-brother-would-only-join-barca-or-madrid-after-man-united.html
Lumen Database Recordhttps://lumendatabase.org/notices/18125060

Since the past few years, I have been investigating fake DMCA notices sent to Google, analyzing evidence of misuse of the DMCA process. As part of this investigation, I found almost 700 notices that are likely part of a plan to use the DMCA notice and takedown process in a way that violates the law in order to get real news articles and other important information taken down from the internet.

What were they trying to hide
Cyberabad Police arrested Wisdom Jobs company founder CEO Ajay Kolla on Friday for playing fraud on job seekers in India, Middle East and North Africa. They seized records and computers of the company and enquiring them. Wisdom Jobs is an Indian employment website operating from Hyderabad . On specific complaint, the Cyberabad police formed 10 special teams of Cyber experts and busted the wisdom jobs fraud.

According to Cyberabad  Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar, they cheated unemployed youth by maintaining two websites namely wisdomindia.com and wisdomgulf.com. They cheated the unemployed by saying that they have MoU and Agreements with more than 4, 000 companies across the world and especially with gulf companies.

After pre registration by the unemployed, they call the client repeatedly till they become scapegoats for them and collect the fee on the name of resume writing, forwarding. To win the confidence of clients they even conducted fake interviews to the clients with their staff. They collected fee in US Dollars and the fee collected was 500 US Dollars from each client.

It has 3 crore registered users across the world including lakhs of users in India. According to police, they have cheated the unemployed clients by collecting  crores of rupees from them as fee for providing jobs. 

It has posed as  one of three major job portals in India along with Naukri.com and Monster.com which provides skill-tested and assessed job seekers.

The notices I found use the “back-dated article” technique. With this technique, the wrongful notice sender (or copier) creates a copy of a ‘true original’ article and back-dates it, creating a ‘fake original’ article (an article that is a copy of the true original) that at first glance appears to have been published prior to the true original.

Then, based on the claim that this backdated article is the ‘original’, the copiers send a DMCA to the relevant Online Service Providers, alleging that the true original is the copied or ‘infringing’ article and that the copied article is the original article — requesting the takedown of the true original article. After sending the DMCA request, the person who sent the wrong notice takes down the fake original URL, likely to make sure that the article doesn’t stay online in any way. If the takedown notice is successful, this means the disappearance from the internet of information that is most likely to be legitimate speech.

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Before we proceed any further, please note the following points which may come in handy as you scroll down and read the rest of the investigation –

  • The original article was published on www.ucnews.in.
  • The DMCAs were clearly filed by Hansindia, as evident in the Lumen Database records (listed above), as well as seen on the Google Transparency Reports.
  • We are taking suo-moto action and are in the process to file a counter notice and have the original web-page restored on Google Search. Ajay Kolla could have sought legal counsel if the complainant believed that the content on the target web-page was indeed ‘defamatory’, or if www.ucnews.in was liable for damages for any copyright infringements. Ajay Kolla took no action.

Ajay Kolla, whether knowingly or unknowingly, committed several crimes. Even if Ajay Kolla hired an agency to “remove the damaging webpage from Google,” ignorance is not an excuse. Exactly what was Ajay Kolla expecting the agency to do to deliver the results? Magic?

Crimes Committed by Ajay Kolla

Cyber Crime, Impersonation, Perjury and Fraud

On , we identified a notice on Google Transparency Report informing us that a Ajay Kolla review or critical article had been removed, or attempted to be removed, from the Google Search Index after they were served with a fake DMCA notice.

The common elements are typically as follows:

  • A takedown notice seeking the removal of some online content, usually but not always a DMCA notice, is sent to either that content’s host or to a search engine such as Google.
  • The content in question that the notice seeks to have taken down or de-listed is the original version of the material.
  • The online content that the notice claims is the original is actually the copy, and of course, was placed online after the original material.
  • Sometimes the copier goes as far as creating a fictitious website to host their copy, one that looks like a newspaper or magazine or other online publication. But of course, the domain of such a site will have a dubious provenance.
  • Needless to say, the sender of the takedown notice in question doesn’t have the copyright in the material at issue, or any rights to it at all. The sender’s actual motivations vary, but may include both financial gain and censorship.

Lumen did some pilot research and wrote about this a few years ago, and we’re now looking into it again, in the hopes of both learning more about the phenomenon generally, and developing some ways in which to better recognize this type of notice earlier on, possibly even somewhat automatically, and without a lot of labor-intensive detective work on when domains were registered, when pages were created, and so on.

Click here to visit Google Search page for ‘Ajay Kolla’. It’s likely if you scroll down to the bottom of this Google search results, you’ll stumble upon this Legal Takedown notice (pictured below)
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Our Investigation

Exposing Ajay Kolla and fake DMCAs

Businesses use multiple approaches to removing unwanted material from review sites, as well as Google’s search results. Thanks to protections put in place to allow for freedom of speech in the United States, there are very few ways to go about this in a legal manner. Without a legitimate claim of defamation, copyright infringement, or some other clear violation of the law, businesses are limited in their abilities to remove negative reviews and the search results linking to them.

Faced with these limitations, some companies like Ajay Kolla have gone to extreme lengths to fraudulently claim copyright ownership over a negative review in the hopes of taking it down.

All of the articles for which fake DMCA notices have been sent talk about criminal allegations like corruption, child abuse, sexual harassment, human trafficking, and financial fraud against US, Russian, and Khazakstani bureaucrats, people who allegedly belong to the Russian mafia, and people with very high net worth. Some high-profile bureaucrats are mentioned in most, if not all, of the material. Materials at the URLs in question show how a powerful group of people are connected and how they work together. They also suggest ways that this power is abused.

Is Ajay Kolla involved in a scam?

Yes. It appears that Ajay Kolla is involved in fake copyright takedown notice scam. Here is one of the fake DMCA notice files by Ajay Kolla – https://lumendatabase.org/notices/18125060

What is Ajay Kolla trying to hide?

Go to www.ucnews.in to learn more about Ajay Kolla. If the link doesn’t work, you can search for www.ucnews.in at www.archive.org

Who filed the fake copyright notice to benefit Ajay Kolla?

Hansindia was the name used by the perpetrator to try and con Google

Where was the fake content planted by Ajay Kolla?

As per LumenDatabase, the fake content was planted at https://www.thehansindia.com and the DMCA filed on
IS Companyname BEHIND THIS FAKE DMCA?
Since the fake copyright takedown notices were designed to remove negative content for Ajay Kolla from Google, we assume that either Ajay Kolla directly, or someone associated with Ajay Kolla is behind this scam. In many cases, it is a fly-by-night Online Reputation agency working on behalf of Ajay Kolla.

Potential Consequences for Ajay Kolla

How serious is impersonation and perjury

Under Florida Statute 831.01, the crime of Forgery is committed when a person falsifies, alters, counterfeits, or forges a document that carries “legal efficacy” with the intent to injure or defraud another person or entity.

Forging a document is considered a white-collar crime. It involves altering, changing, or modifying a document for the purpose of deceiving another person. It can also involve the passing along of copies of documents that are known to be false. In many states, including Florida, falsifying a document is a crime punishable as a felony.

Additionally, under Florida law, “fraud on the court” is where “a party has sentiently set in motion some unconscionable scheme calculated to interfere with the judicial system’s ability impartially to adjudicate a matter by improperly influencing the trier of fact or unfairly hampering the presentation of the opposing party’s claim or defense.”  Cox v. Burke, 706 So. 2d 43, 46 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998) (quoting Aoude v. Mobil Oil Corp., 892 F.2d 1115, 1118 (1st Cir. 1989)). 

Ajay Kolla Fake DMCA Scam

The crime of Forgery is a Third Degree Felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

What happens now?

Someone needs to be held responsible

Business(men) like Ajay Kolla invest a lot into their Online Reputation Management, and for good reason. And it works wonders for then. However, when they fail to mitigate a critical review, unpopular opinion or a damaging public information, it hurts their ego. And for someone as ‘rich’ and ‘powerful’ as Ajay Kolla, it’s all about their ego.

Gripeo.com will in our own capacity, do all we can to hold someone responsible for this incident. Here is what are we preparing for –

  • Inform Google that a fraud has been committed against them by Ajay Kolla.
  • Share our findings and evidences with journalists, media houses and other bloggers.
  • Informing Lumen Database.
  • Filing counter notice on behalf of the victims of this scam.
  • Informing Google Support to retract their decision on removing the original URL on Google Search.
  • Ensuring that the critical articles and reviews get more exposure and awareness.
  • Seeking legal counsel if we decide to pursue a lawsuit against Ajay Kolla.
  • Expand our investigation and identify similar fake DMCAs based on common factors.

Since Ajay Kolla made such efforts to hide something online, it seems fit to ensure that this article, as well as other critical information on Ajay Kolla, including but not limited to user contributions, remains a permanent record online for anyone who is interested in Ajay Kolla.

A case perfect for the Streisand effect

In order to make such an investigation possible, we encourage more online service providers to come forward and share copies of content removal requests with us. If you have any information on Ajay Kolla that you would like to share with us, kindly email us at [email protected].

All communications are confidential and protected by our WhistleBlower Policy.

Our Verdict on Ajay Kolla

Ajay Kolla Rating and Review

Based on the data available online, including but not limited to the alleged criminal actions of Ajay Kolla, here is our estimated rating on Ajay Kolla. Our users can contribute their own assessments of Ajay Kolla below.

2Expert Score
Unethical, Blatant and Suspicious

Ajay Kolla seems to be involved in alleged fraud, forgery and impersonation. The fake DMCAs raise questions over Ajay Kolla’s ethics, intelligence, judgement, or lack thereof.

Ethics
2
Trust
2
Transparency
2
Brand
4.5
Positive
  • Reputation
Involved in DMCA scam
  • Allegedly committed perjury
  • Allegedly assisted Fraud
  • Has something to hide

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