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Scott E. Chapman

Scott Chapman’s Answers

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  • Will creating a trust or corporation or redacting my public records help remove me from people search sites?

    Last year, I opted out of more than 30 public search sites; however, Radaris and a few others refuse to remove my info. Last year, I used Radaris' "removal tool," After I used it to remove my info, it would suddenly reappear / appear under anothe...

    Scott’s Answer

    I would only add that generally this becomes a more expensive prospect than anticipated by most.

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  • Internet defamation.. Searched my name under Yahoo & sickened! My full Married with Maiden name is a sex/porn website!

    Tonight I searched under "Yahoo" my Married name,which I discovered many positive searches for past accomplishments I've done throughout our community,also among was under my Maiden and Married names..Both as I have be re-married! This was the fo...

    Scott’s Answer

    While I'm sure this is very upsetting, there is little to nothing you can do about this. There are likely many people in the country with your same name. The fact that they created a website before you does not give you any right of action if they use it for nefarious purposes. However, if this were a person that was using the site to attack you, that is another story altogether. It appears from your description though, that this is a situation of another person with your name doing bad things. There is a person is my city with my name who has gotten 4 DUI's. On the public records, if you searched it, you'd find my exact name with 4 DUI's. It's not me, though. There is nothing I can do about that. It is frustrating but a reality that we all have to deal with in the Information Generation.

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  • Can I be sued for defamation for my AVVO review? My review was my honest opinion of the events.

    Review is upon Karen Connolly, Las Vegas.

    Scott’s Answer

    There are unwarranted lawsuits filed every day all over the country.
    But to focus on your liability...you have little to none. It is very doubtful that a jury would ever convict you for an opinion review, unless that opinion crossed the line and spewed false and defamatory information that harmed another. In the latter case, you would potentially be exposed to liability.

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  • Are there any guidelines for websites like mugshots.com to follow when reposting public information?

    I was arrested on Jan 19 2010 in dekalb county I got out in April of 2010 and the case was closed in october of 2010 with the charges against me not even being presented to a grand jury. Mugshots.com did not repost my booking photo until January 7...

    Scott’s Answer

    There are very few guidlines in this scenario. Free and public means free and public. Arrest records of public records and anyone can look them up, mugshots is just making it easy for the public to earn money. Otherwise, follow Barry's advice.

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  • For a tell a friend email and spam, does the domain name being referred need to be the same as the website it is referred from?

    I am sending a "tell a friend" email online. The header of the e-mail will say domain A and have link A in the e-mail body. However, the site where the user inputs their details to do the sending is on domain B. Is this ok, or does it need to be ...

    Scott’s Answer

    The CANN-SPAM Act governs this activity. What you're doing is pretty specific, so you will need to consult with an attorney. You can gain some information doing a general search of the CANN-SPAM Act Summary. Therein you may find your answer too. Good Luck!!

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  • I have facebook messages harassing me sent after11 p.m.- is this a violation of the FDCP?

    Was not sent from the business facebook- from an emlpoyees persoal page- I am NOT friends with her and have my settings private- she found me because I am friends with a mutual friend

    Scott’s Answer

    It is fairly easy to pursue the cease and desist letter and that will likely stop it. If she is an actual debt collector, that is not clear. If she is, then there may be an issue.

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  • My hosting company mixed up some payments and placed a potentially damaging message on my website.

    The message specifically stated "Account Suspended", yet the payment had been made a few days back, but because of some changes I had made a month before, I was unable to get access to the account, to determine exactly what the issue was. I called...

    Scott’s Answer

    If a false statement was made about you, you may have a claim, but doubtful you have damages and you need both for a lawsuit. Good Luck!!!

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  • Cyber-stalking / Cyber Harassment -It continues to Escalate

    Because of personal indiscretions a woman has posted on multiple web sites that I am a cheater / liar. Initially she posted PG photos of me on these sites including my email address. Freedom of speech I suppose. This started Jan 2012. Since then I...

    Scott’s Answer

    In short, yes you have recourse. You have MANY options, both criminal, civil & practical. You should start with the practical, contacting Facebook and other sites to requesting they take the material down. Your name being used as a domain name is much easier...its just not allowed, especially to point to inapproriate things. This may take more effort, court order or simply ICANN can step in under certain circumstances (see link). For your full remedies, you need to contact your local attorney that knows this area of law. There will be many things specific to your jurisdiction that can only be known by an licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. Best of Luck!!

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  • What sort of disclaimer needed for a contest where people submit entries to win a free makeover (voted on by the public online)?

    Potential participants will be asked to submit a piece of their business marketing material which they feel could need updating, for a chance to win a free graphic design makeover. Entries will be posted online, and several rounds of public votin...

    Scott’s Answer

    Michael's advice is perfect. Look for similar items to copy, but note that they may not be 100% accurate. In order to be certain spend the few 100 dollars to hire an attorney to draft one for you.

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  • Well a few years ago i was at cybercrimes.gov and president bush had announced never use your real name online and always keep

    your computer in a centralized location and as a matter of fact it was president george w. bush that said it , so is there a law or isn't there a law ?

    Scott’s Answer

    There is no such law and you can put your computer whereever you want in your home.

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