JLBCTech Houston Computer Repair

Thanks to someone who recognized the picture of my office and e-mailed me about it we have yet another contestant for the annual hall of shame awards for being the crummiest office thief. This time it’s a company called JLBCTech, located at 1200 Smith St, Suite #1600, Houston, Texas 77002 (713-623-1266). According to the blog associated with their business website for JLBCTech;

We provide computer support in Houston with both Home Offices and Small Business since 2007 and we have been fortunate to be to work with some amazing home office setups. Here’s a small collection of some of our clients that have home offices that have blown our minds and redefined the word Home Office

JLBCTech, Houston Texas, Cardoza, Computer Repair and Services, misleading advertising material

The crap above was posted by them on September 21, 2012. So let me get this straight, then. The text above comes associated with a picture of my home office. A home office that, based on the pictures used, was located in THE NETHERLANDS (and is currently being moved to California) and most certainly not in Houston, TX.

Even more offensive is the fact that JLBCTech claims the pictures on their site are of home offices of “some of their clients”. That’s news to me because I certainly am not, nor ever will be, a client of this JLBCTech place. I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them based on how they have taken images from different places, clearly without permission, and then using them to make their business look either interesting or “high tech” to those who may not know any better. Where I’m from we have a word for companies and folks like that; scammers!

If you look at the other offices they have on their site you may suspect that these people at JLBCTech are pretty big LIARS. If you look at the image titled “Home Office in The Woodlands” you may recognize the office as belonging to Mickey Slater in Portland Oregon. Likewise, the image titled “Mac Setup in Home Office in The Woodlands TX. Apart from the beautiful Mac Setup that this is, what caught our eye was the custom chair…Very relaxing chair” actually belongs to Carl-Johan Kihlbom from Sweden.

JLBCTech, Houston Texas, Cardoza, Computer Repair and Services, misleading advertising materialThe company JLBCTech is run by Jonathan Cardoza, Bessy Cardoza, Josue Cardoza and Sergio Meza, according to the website’s “about” page. I assume these Cardoza’s are all family. They might not be, but if they are, then I must conclude that copyright infringement and lying must “run in the family” because certainly, any of these people at JLBCTech Computer Repair must have been very aware that these offices are not of their so-called “clients”.

JLBCTech reminds me a lot of AwareBear Computers (a computer repair place in Pittsford, New York). They claim to do virus removal, data recovery, small business solutions, and Web Design and SEO Social Media. Again, I should warn everyone reading this to ever do any business with a company that so clearly lies about their stuff and have no problem using copyrighted material they have had no permission to use. You want these people to design your site? So you can be liable for whatever material they might integrate on it?

It is almost creepy to see how much JLBCTech reminds me of Andre Alves and AwareBear. Maybe there is something really wrong with a lot of these types of “computer repair” places that appear to have a need to show off things they have absolutely no involvement in. I wonder if it’s a virus that’s going around at these places. Clearly it’s a virus they have not been able to remove and will need a little extra “help”.

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Jared Grey of MultiPlex PC

This is an article to educate you, my readers, about copyright infringement, but also to have some satirical laughs at the expense of a copyright infringer who might not have foreseen how copyright matters could be the trigger that uncovers more about your business than you would want people to notice. You will learn:

  • What does not work in defense of Copyright Infringement.
  • Why you should never hire an SEO company to SPAM the internet.
  • Why, if you engage in other questionable business behavior, you should hope to never run into someone who happens to be adequately capable of exposing that.

Jared Grey, the Copyright Infringer

MultiPlex PC in Orlando Florida, owned by Jared Gray, BUSTED for image theftIt came as a bit of a surprise to me (thanks for the tip Nathan!) to see thousands of web pages showing videos of a company called MultiPlex PC LLC (Orlando, Florida) that include a picture of my Home Office (the 5.0 version of that particular setup).

I was able to identify 6 videos, all of a similar nature, a slideshow of products and multi-monitor setups, used as a marketing vessel for the products and services of MultiPlexPC, that included this image of mine. And, as it appears they have been on there for over two years (since May 2009, to be exact). And of course, the videos and images on the MultiPlex PC Blog also reflected that, as you can see here.

When searching for videos using MultiPlexPC as the keyword it became very clear that YouTube was not the only place these videos and MultiPlex PC’s “marketing and advertising” could be found. Out of about 3100 results, half of them were all copies of those original YouTube videos, and about a fourth of all of those appear to be local copies and local uploads to various other video storage services. Still, the total number of domains that would need to receive a DMCA ran in the dozens. It seems MultiPlex PC really wanted to cover the entire internet wit their marketing goals.

Jared Grey of MultiPlexPC in Orlando Florida, BUSTED as an office thief!Of course, anyone using the images of my office, without permission, either willfully or by reckless behavior and committing an act of copyright infringement can understand that sooner or later such things tend to catch up with you.

And it certainly has for MultiPlex PC and its owner Jared Grey. A DMCA takedown notice had already been sent to YouTube while Mr. Grey, the owner of Orlando Florida based MultiPlex PC LLC responded to the matter.

Mr. Grey explained that they did “not have login credentials to the Youtube account anymore” and that “the email account associated with it had been hijacked some time ago” and “because there has been no documented revenue generated from the YouTube videos I did not find it advantageous to recover the account”.

Why would I care if the videos did or did not generate any revenue, documented or otherwise? :-)

But what’s even funnier was the request for documented evidence that the pictures are actually mine. Or, as Mr. Grey put it;

“If I can recover the account I will remove the videos in question, but I will need to see documented (time stamped and watermarked photos should do) evidence that the pictures are actually yours and that you’re not simply claiming they are yours to try and generate income by threatening litigation.”

I can understand Jarod Grey’s desire to know that I am indeed who I say I am but asking for proof when anyone with access to a search engine could easily tell certainly made me laugh a bit. Of course, my attorney would be laughing even louder while presenting tons of volume of proof in court. :-)

The Law

Mr. Jarod Grey of MultiPlexPC was very adamant in stating that he would not pay for monetary damages for the following reason;

“I find claim that a couple of pictures buried deep in a YouTube video are generating the kind of revenue for our business that you claim. Since you cannot prove that we have made money from the videos, and I can more likely prove that we haven’t”

Mr. Grey offered to remove the videos from YouTube, something which would have been taken care of by the DMCA that went out, and it became clear that once again we have encountered someone who is, indeed, ignorant about copyright law. After a little educational response it might have gotten a bit more clear, or perhaps not quite yet, but in case you are wondering why MultiPlex PC’s concept of not having had any financial gain from those advertisement videos does not hold water;

  • In the civil context, the term “willful” has a well established meaning and most courts use a “recklessness standard” to enhance statutory damages for copyright infringement. And while the statute does not define “willful”, it consistently defines it as including reckless behavior.
  • In a copyright infringement case you, as the owner of the material in question, do not always need to prove that the infringer profited from their actions. But it does help you build a better case and often gets you higher damages awarded. Instead, one can easily sue for punitive damages which are damages which punish the infringer for wrongful conduct.

Committing acts of copyright infringement as part of creating and spreading around video material used as marketing material or advertisements for your business, products, or services, does not require much effort to take to court. Depending on the situation the actual case itself may not require a lot of effort either.

A follow-up e-mail from Mr. Grey said that he was going to take care of removing the videos from YouTube (I guess the credentials had materialized quickly) but asked me why there is no public section on my website that presents the commercial licensing and cost of my images. Now that’s certainly one I never heard before. Probably because nobody else ever brought it up because it is quite irrelevant.

In a free market the owner of any property, intellectual or otherwise, can set whatever price they wish. And it may very well be that larger corporations end up paying more for something that smaller businesses can get cheaper.

The Cost of DMCA takedown notices

After a little further education, provided for free, to Mr. Jarod Grey of MultiPlex PC, I also made it clear that removing all the material from dozens of places through the DMCA process can become quite expensive because of the time and effort involved. And that I certainly did not see a valid enough reason why I should be picking up the tab for thousands of dollars worth of DMCA’ing.

In the meantime, Mr. Grey of MultiPlex PC has been going about removing videos from different places and told me that various SEO companies in the past might be responsible for the content having spread so widely over the internet.

That’s possible. It doesn’t absolve one from the responsibility and legal liability. And in this case it should be a lesson for everyone else that if you are not 100% sure of the source of the materials you use, and there is a chance that you might have been infringing on someone’s copyright, that having an SEO company help you spread the material far and wide is likely to only further harm you down the line.

The “we’re a poor company, don’t sue us” approach

Mr. Grey told me they did not “have any money to pay” me and that with their small margins the profits go back into “trying to grow” (the company) and “paying bills”. Well, welcome to small business 101. That sums up the bulk of all small businesses. But, of course, is not an excuse for copyright infringement. Mr. Grey also informed me that they didn’t have money for an attorney to battle a lawsuit, would not do any more than remove the videos in question (before I provided only a partial list of those I had found), and that I should feel free to sue because if I get a default judgment there’d be no money anyway. So being poor and defenseless is now a good enough excuse for copyright infringement? :-)

At that point the decision is up to me, of course, but you have to wonder how much of what Jarod said is true and how much is just a collection of words in order to discourage someone from spending a few bucks on a lawsuit that yields nothing at all. After a quick round of investigating Jared Grey and MultiPlex PC I am currently convinced that this is not a very trustworthy individual.

It is possible that the cost of engaging in a discovery process during a legal case would show otherwise. But the first thing I recommend doing is to dig up as much information about the other party before making any decisions. And this is where it gets really interesting because the behavior of Mr. Jared Grey of MultiPlex PC in Orlando Florida, claiming to be “The Leader in Multiple Monitors” and being a computer building company dedicated to providing the avid market trader, video game enthusiast, poker player, engineers, and graphic artists with “unmatched computer buying experience”, has started to show some really interesting and deceptive practices.

What Trading Technology Review wrote about MultiPlex PC

Others already exposed Jared Grey of MultiPlex PC in Orlando FloridaThe Trading Technology Review website, owned by Market Pirates LLC, has made some very observant comments about MultiPlex PC, LLC. Please allow me to highlight some of those here;

“It is interesting that they offer a FXBootCamp trading computer since Wayne McDonell (the owner of FXBootCamp) just bought a trading computer from another vendor.”

“They show a number of companies under the heading “A Few Companies that trust us…”. This statement seems to be a stretch since we know that some of them have strong relationships with other computer vendors.”

“You will need to pay an extra $200 to get a 3 year warranty with on-site service. the warranty is listed as “complete” and not “limited”. There is no legal definition of a warranty that is “complete”. The correct legal term is “full”. I don’t think they know what they are getting into with their lack of legal understanding.”

“Like many who aren’t, they call themselves “The Leader in Multiple Monitors!”"

After my little bit of research I have to agree with Trading Technology Review. Those who call themselves leaders in anything usually aren’t. Those who say they are the most trusted usually aren’t. And the comment that MultiPlex PC has a lack of legal understanding is something I became quite aware of when I received the initial response from the founder and CEO, Mr. Jarod Grey. It is a bad idea to be in business without at least basic legal knowledge about your products and services.

Meet Jared Grey, the trader who is raking in the money!

Jared Grey of MultiPlex PC pretends to make money and then says they are a poor companyHow about this one? An article on Ezine@rticles from someone who recently upgraded their computer to run multiple monitors and noticed a great improvement in their day trading productivity. The article claims “Since I have upgraded to just 4 monitors instead of 1 I have made an extra $24,000 this year”.

But then also mentions “If you’re in the market to purchase a day trading computer and multiple monitors, check out Multiplex PC”.

Does it surprise you that the article is attributed to someone named Jared Grey?

The somewhat incoherent writing of the article could be interpreted in different ways but to me it reads as if Jared was trying to get some internet marketing going while trying not to be too outrageously blatant about using a place like Ezine@rticles to post pure advertisements (like many others do and will use it for).
But that was back in November 2008. Jared Grey has certainly picked up on how to do more of it and I will show you exactly how in the next paragraphs.

How Jarod Grey of MultiPlex PC tries to get sales

Disclosure is everything. Posting comments and statements online, pretending you are a satisfied customer of a business, not disclosing that you either work for the business or own it, is a very bad thing to do. Because sooner or later it comes out and your reputation is forever destroyed by your own actions.

Even if at some later time a miracle occurs and real customers, if there are any, would start posting raving reviews of your products, people would no longer believe it because it is entirely possible that those too are fake. Don’t believe me? Just ask Andre Leite Alves of Aware Bear Computers in Pittsford New York just how he dug his own grave with that one.

MultiPlex PC Orlando Florida TOTALLY BUSTED!!!

Here is a comment on a blog article about multiple monitor setups. Notice the inclusion there to my old 5.0 setup over at another site? Notice anything about the name of the person leaving the above comment? Yes, jgreyorl is short for Jarod Grey Orlando, as in Orlando Florida. You can find a lot of interesting things if you search for that short name and many of the things you find will lead straight back to MultiPlex PC in some form.

Also notice how Jarod Grey is pretending he recently bought a triple monitor array and plugs MultiPlex PC in there with a link to the site?

“Glad to see other people putting their rigs up for us to see”, however, I’m not sure how to interpret that because to me it actually reads more like “Great to see pictures of stuff we can grab and use in our advertisement videos because we clearly have nothing of our own to show so we will just pretend we have been involved in any of the setups of which we just stole the images and we hope nobody is ever going to find out”.

Someone always finds out. And if your past behavior is like this, and if that is the way you wish to run your business, then don’t start crying when your business ends up losing any reputation it might have gained in the future.

Jared Grey of MultiPlex PC copyright infringement

At about.com there is a similar post by a similar “jgreyorl”. Asking to see more pictures of multi monitor setups that his “fellow day traders” use. Asking for images so there would be fresh material to grab and use for the commercial purposes of MultiPlex PC? And again, in this post Jared Grey once again plugs his business without actually disclosing that he is the owner.

I would not trust MultiPlex PC and Jared Grey after all this crap

Over at ecoustics.com Mr. Grey responds to someone and tells them to try out MultiPlex PC because “THEY” have much better products. Why would the owner of MultiPlex PC have a need to refer to his own company as “THEY” instead of “I” or “WE”? Oh, because he was once again trying to not be too blatantly obvious about him plugging his business everywhere he can and doing so in a very “spammy way”!

Jared of MultiPlex PC PRETENDING to write as his own customer

And there the deceptive Mr. Jarod Grey of MultiPlex PC is doing it again! Passing himself off as a satisfied customer and this time trying to cover it up by saying “I spoke to all the other companies out there and Kevin at Multiplex PC was super nice and helpful.”.

Uhm, if there is a Kevin there, which there might be, I don’t know, why would Jared need to refer to him in this particular way? And why would the owner of MultiPlex PC need to speak to all the other companies out there only to decide to buy from his own company? Jared, you’re busted again!

MultiPlex PC Multi Monitor Company by Jared Gray, deceitful practices on the internet

OK, just because you like reading how Jared Grey has completely failed to realize that doing this stuff under his own name is generally something that only really stupid con-artists end up doing, let’s have another one. Over at the trade2win forums, Jared Grey “personally recommends MultiPlexPC” because he “purchased a Proplex 2100 from them” and because “they burn-in the components for 24-48 hours”. Once again, posted jgreyorl, once again using “they” to refer to the company he owns.

It’s getting a bit boring now, isn’t it? Feel free to google around yourself and see just how much more of this you can stand to laugh at. Of course, Mr. Grey might only now realize, gee, what if I do all that and instead use different names and… oh, wait, I might actually be educating Mr. Grey again and I don’t think it would be in anyone’s best interest for him to get better at this tactic of trying to do business. Even Project Honey Pot has an interesting bit on Jared and MultiPlex PC and the spam violations it implies:

The Project Honey Pot system has detected behavior from the IP address consistent with that of a comment spammer. Below we’ve reported some other data associated with this IP. This interrelated data helps map spammers’ networks and aids in law enforcement efforts

Of course, anyone googling Jarod Grey or MultiPlexPC are very likely to arrive on this site where, probably, after this exposure, it is difficult to believe anyone would believe an honest post or actual review by an actual customer because Jarod has soiled his market by trying to increase sales this way. Ah, well, live and learn.

The moral of this story should be clear if you made it this far. Never have an SEO company bloat and spread your marketing materials and advertisements if they contain copyrighted material that you are not authorized to use. Also, never step on the copyrights of someone who really does take it seriously and will investigate a little before making any decisions regarding lawsuits. And whatever you do, don’t do any of these things in public view on the internet where it remains forever-and-ever to haunt you.

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Aware Bear Computers Again

Our favorite habitual liar and serial copyright infringer, Andre Leite Alves, of Aware Bear Computers in Rochester, is at it again and proving himself to now also be a habitual perjurer. And no, I am not talking about his Rochester Perennial Exchange “website”, which is nothing more than his attempt to link-build to gain a tiny bit of SEO juice in the hopes that all the negative exposure of his business activities and habitual lies would no longer score as high as they have done.

Andre Leite Alves of Aware Bear Computers, the moonlighting photographer, perjured himself AGAIN!

This week, Andre Leite Alves, Mr. AwareBear, has once again perjured himself, in an attempt to file a DMCA against this site and three of the images used (in good faith used under 17 USC Section 107 which allows for such considering the context of this site). This is not the first time Andre Alves has attempted to do so. Remember many years ago when he filed a false DMCA (against my domain registrar) claiming the images of my office were actually his and that I was the one infringing on them? Perjury might be something Andre Alves was born with but since I am not a doctor I don’t know that for sure. Lying and displaying deceit, however, that I think has long since been proven.

Scroll down to read the actual DMCA takedown notice that was filed.

Andre Alves is not the brightest bulb as most of you have already noticed. I can only imagine how much time and money Andre Leite Alves has spent (possibly from the Aware Bear business account) on the many feeble attempts at influencing search results. But the consistent and persistent failure of his efforts to accomplish anything is truly mindboggling. I also believe that Andre Leite Alves must think that my office is actually a time travel machine because he very seriously botched his DMCA attempt, like he botches a lot of things, just ask any displeased customer of Aware Bear Computers in Rochester.

It seems Andre Leite Alves really can’t do anything right!

Andre Leite Alves, a habitual liar and serial infringerPrior to filling out the DMCA, Andre Alves uploaded 3 images from this site. Images which at one point in the past (2009 and 2011 to be exact) were on the Aware Bear Rochester website. Then proceeded to create a blog post in WordPress and backdated it to December 7, 2007. Then labeled the images as (C) 2001-2012 to create the impression for the DMCA Agent that this site had taken them off of his site, and proceeded to state such, under penalty of perjury. Except what our clueless clown Andre Alves failed to pay attention to, because he is not really a detail oriented guy, is that images from 2009 and 2011 appear in his post that is dated several years prior to those.

I honestly do not have a time travel machine but I think Andre Alves believes I do. And for those of you paying attention, he botched one of the images even worse by having it in the 2012/03 upload folder. Anyone using WordPress will understand where I’m going with this. Images uploaded March 2012, in preparation for his false and incorrect DMCA filing, made to appear as if they were actually there in 2007. And he also needs people to believe there was no activity on his link-heavy blog between 2008 and 2011? Nice one, Andre! You must think other people are equally as dumb as you are.

Andre Alves, who appears to also moonlight as a “full time” wedding photographer (a full-time wedding photographer and full-time computer-repair guy, eh), must not understand digital images all that well because he clearly also forgot about things like date stamping and additional digital data embedded in those very image files. What that exactly means I will not explain because there is no reason to try and educate Andre Leite Alves. Instead I will just save this really good information for any situation where I may need them to pull the rug out of under any attempt at legal harassment. There are two other indicative issues with his DMCA attempt but those too, I will save for later. :-)

What Andre Leite Alves (or should I refer to him as the Aware Bear that is unaware most of the time) also failed to think about is the fact that two of the images are cropped from the site they were originally on and are not the actual crop size of the images as they were at the time. It is nothing short of amazing that the exact crop is actually dated 2007 on his “blog” because they are clearly the exact crop I took. The old Aware Bear site(s) and content are probably not in Andre Leite Alves’ possession anymore so he didn’t notice it. Luckily, I always cache and copy everything just in case such is needed to provide proof and evidence. :-)

Why did AwareBear Computers’ Andre Leite Alves spend $99 on a false filing?

So what’s up with these images and why would Andre Leite Alves spend $99 on trying to have them removed through the DMCA process? Nothing in particular, really. It is clear he attempted this as a “test” to see if it would work and if it did he could then proceed and start filing more false DMCA’s as long as he had a few dollars to spend on it. But the reason the habitual liar and serial infringer wanted the images gone is clear; they expose his habitual lies in a no uncertain manner.

The image that is a screenshot of one of his web pages, with the so-called testimonials on it for example. As already shown previously, testimonials from allegedly happy customers have been used throughout the years and attributed to different names at different stages during the changes of the Aware Bear Computers website(s). Also, the exact same text of the supposed testimonials has been found posted elsewhere and passed off as real testimonials, yet also attributed to different people in different places. Under 17 USC Section 107 I of course am showing exactly that.

The other two images have a bit more history to them. The first was taken from the Aware Bear website (in the state it was in at the time) to show that it was not just my office that Andre Leite Alves pretended was his. Also, a friendly and smart person e-mailed me with the links to the actual website designs in the image, as they belong to Template Monster and are not designs ever made by Aware Bear Computers. Ditto for the small image pasted into the monitor in that arrangement.

After I pointed that out and used the image to show this, Andre Leite Alves immediately modified the image on his website to contain an email address instead of the office and also took out the small design pasted in the monitor. He left the Monster Template images on there. Perhaps he bought those templates or decided he would take his chances. During that year the Aware Bear website underwent a lot of changes as Andre Leite Alves tried to wipe out all the obvious lies like claiming to be an official Apple Repair Center (yeah, right, ask Apple about that one).

Speaking of Apple. Did anyone notice the banner image at the top of Andre Leite Alves’ “link farm” blog? Do you feel you have seen that image before? That’s because you probably have. On Apple’s website! So clueless Andre can’t even build a “link-farm” blog without yet again using content he’s not authorized to use!

The full DMCA takedown notice as it had been received by my web host.

Please note that I have taken out the name and details of the copyright agent. As it turns out the actual filing was done through a 3rd party website and the chain of action on the DMCA is a little complicated to explain, nor really of any interest here. The copyright agent is someone I know and respect and it became increasingly clear what exactly transpired and what Andre Leite Alves attempted to accomplish.

Notice of Copyright Infringement
Received: 2012-03-26 21:42:02 from [name removed] to DreamHost Abuse

Please see attached notice of copyright infringement, which has also been pasted below. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter. Please note that, in addition to the below infringement, the site itself appears to be nothing more than a spam redirect and an attempt to capitalize on my clients domain name.

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and/or the European Directive on Electronic Commerce (EDEC). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512 of the U.S. Copyright Law and EU Directive 2000/31/EC. I wish to report an instance of what I feel in good faith is an instance or Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.

You are either registered with the U.S. Copyright Office as the designated service provider agent to receive notifications of alleged copyright infringement with respect to users of the service or have listed this information as the appropriate account to file such complaints on your site.

1. The material which I contend belongs to myself or my client, and appears illegally on the Service is the following:

Various AwareBear Images

2. The material appears at the website addresses:

http://www.andreleitealves.net/images/gibberish-large.jpg
http://www.andreleitealves.net/images/awarebearfakewebdesign1.jpg
http://www.andreleitealves.net/images/awarebearfakewebdesign2.jpg

3. The material appears on my or my client’s Web site at these addresses:

http://www.andreleitealves.[other]/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abc1.jpg

http://www.andreleitealves.[other]/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/abc-design.jpg

http://www.andreleitealves.[other]/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/abc-design-2.jpg

4. My contact information is as follows:

[name and company details of the DMCA agent removed]

Filed on Behalf of:

Aware Bear
Andre Alves
5 Monroe Ave
Pittsford, New York 14534
Phone: 585-473-7035
Email: solutions@awarebear.com

5. I have a good faith belief that the use of the material that appears on the service is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or by operation of law.

6. The information in this notice is accurate, and I am either the copyright owner or I am authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

I declare under the perjury laws of the United States of America that this notification is true and correct.

Signed:

[name removed]

Note: [company name removed] is acting as an authorized DMCA agent and is solely responsible for the preparation and submission of the DMCA notice.

Don’t you just love the lies Andre Leite Alves manages to concoct?

As the DMCA takedown notice reads, “Please note that, in addition to the below infringement, the site itself appears to be nothing more than a spam redirect and an attempt to capitalize on my clients domain name.”

So this site is a spam redirect now? Amazing! I challenge anyone reading this to google the name of the habitual liar and discover the countless attempts he’s made to influence search engine results to combat the negative exposure that his actions have received here and in other places over the many years. It is unfortunate for Andre Leite Alves and Aware Bear being presented in a satirical manner here but there is a limit to how many times this clown should get away with his lies.

I think poor Andre was projecting a little too much when he came up with the “spam redirect” idea considering that he has produced tons of content and posted it all over the internet for just one single purpose. And yet, even after spending so much time over those many years, he accomplished nothing with it (nor will he, but he hasn’t figured that out yet, as I said, he is not the brightest bulb).

It’s also funny how all of Andre Leite Alves’ link-farm experiment sites use basic WordPress themes. I wonder if he will be starting to claim those are his designs just like he seems to do with anything that his eyes see.

The images will be back up shortly as I entertain the full counter notice of the DMCA process. In order not to expose the current web-host as this process resolves itself, you can view the images here, here, and here if you want.

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Gerald Jameson YourLocalTechGuy

Gerald Jameson Your Local Tech Guy caught conducting copyright infringementA recent tip (thanks McQ!) by someone who recognized my office on a website that has nothing to do with me had led to yet another entry in the Office Thieves Hall of Shame. Today it’s Gerald Jameson, also known as Your Local Tech Guy (at yourlocaltechguy.com).

The website that the image of my home office was discovered on contained a little bit of information about its owner and his business, such as:

My name is Ger­ald Jame­son and I would like to be your local tech guy. I have over 20 years expe­ri­ence set­ting up, maintain­ing and repair­ing com­puters and var­i­ous sys­tems.

I guess those 20 years of experience did not include the the experience or knowledge that simply taking pictures from the web, no matter how much you might like them, and using them on your own website and/or for commercial and business purposes. I don’t know much about computer repair but I bet that repairing computers must be easier than repairing reputations.

Not only can I help with hard­ware, I can help with soft­ware set-up, choos­ing the right soft­ware or train­ing. This also includes Inter­net marketing,web design, graphic design, and pub­li­ca­tion design.

So if you have prob­lems with your com­puter, need a web site designed or just need advice on the lat­est tech I can help you.

This, of course, is the part why Gerald is present in the Office Thieves Gallery of Shame. Someone offering web design services, commercially in Shelby County and Tipton County, and yet did what he did? I would not want to work with such a web designer who might end up using copyrighted material without permission. In fact, I advise everyone to avoid such “web designers” like the plague. Especially since it could get you exposed like Shami Haq and Andre Leite Alves of Aware Bear Computers.

You could say if it is hard­ware, soft­ware or tech related, I have been involved with it.

And now getting caught at copyright infringement can be added to the list of things Gerald Jameson has been involved with. :-)

It does speak for Gerald, though, that he replaced the unauthorized picture of my home office with something that could very well be some home office stock photo within mere hours of me notifying him of the infringement and offering the option to remove it or properly accrediting and linking it to its original source website. I suspect doing the latter was too complicated for Gerald as he just replaced the image and then decided to hide in a corner, not even trying to pass off a lame explanation along the lines of “I didn’t know you can’t just take pictures off the internet” or “the web designer did it” (which would’ve been funny considering Gerald’s YourLocalTechGuy business offers web design services. :-)

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Shami Haq Innovative Consulting Group

I think Aware Bear Computer Repair (i.e. Andre Leite Alves) may have been pushed from its coveted number one position in the office thieves’ hall of shame by a company called Innovative Consulting Group (using the domain name groupiconsulting.com), founded and co-owned by the very unreliable and suspicious Ihtisham (Shami) Ul Haq.

For the record, I have nothing to do with this fraudulent and illegally operating international ‘company’ called ICG, nor do I have any stake in any activity that either promotes, endorses, or encourages the outsourcing of software development (or any other such) activities.

Summary

Innovative Consulting Group, in its own words, “is an IT consulting and development company in service on the market since 1999″ and they “help companies around the world” through the many outsourcing activities that it allegedly offers. This company was found to be using an image of my home office on its main website, fraudulently implying that I am involved in facilitating or rendering of their “good services”.

The copyright infringement by Shami Haq and Innovative Consulting Group (Islamabad Pakistan)After a very quick round of legal negotiations and settlement offers, Shami Ul Haq agreed to pay US$25.000 as a settlement fee and to remove the image from the ICG site. Shortly thereafter Innovative Consulting Group (ICG) took the addresses of its US office location (in Virginia) off the site and substituted a phone number for the address of its Australian office—only to replace that with an e-mail address a day later and after being confronted with the fraudulent addresses used by his company, in silence and the dead of night took off the Australian address too. Clearly, Innovative Consulting did not wish to be found anywhere besides its office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Just as obviously, these are the sudden actions of a company or one or more individuals that have something to hide. In this hall of shame exposé, you will learn just what ICG has to hide—and it’s not just the fact that they are operating unregistered businesses illegally. Read all about Innovative Consulting Group in Islamabad, Pakistan. We’ll even show you the REAL images of their American offices. I guarantee you’ll get a few laughs out of it.

The website of Innovative Consulting Group (ICG) at the time of notification of copyright infringement. If the site still exists after this hall of shame exposure, you can find it at groupiconsulting.com.

A little background to put things into perspective

Those of you who know me personally or professionally know my clear and outspoken opinion on the subject of outsourcing (to low-wage slave-labor countries in what still is or used to be called the Third World). My experience with outsourcing, in particular assisting companies that have “outsourced their butts into a corner”, is such that I not only apply that experience to help those who have ended up with minor or total disasters as a result of such outsourcing but also help and prevent such disasters from happening in the first place. You will often hear me talk and consult about the dangers of outsourcing to companies in India and China as well as helping the companies in the Western part of the world understand just why things are not always as easy, clear, and cheap as they had hoped for. Some companies I’ve consulted for have lost millions of dollars on outsource projects. This goes far beyond “They are taking the jobs away from us,” though in many cases that is also true.

You can imagine that I would consider the association of my office with an outsourcing company that targets Western countries a direct attack on my integrity and reputation. The more than 17 million visitors to my website attest to the strong public association between those office photos and my business. Based on the photo on the Innovative Consulting Group website’s home page, it would be easy to assume I was affiliated or associated with them, or worse, had a stake in the company and its activities, and therefore never mentioned Pakistan because I wished to drive outsource money away from India and China and into my own pockets. That would be an entirely reasonable, if incorrect, conclusion for a visitor to the ICG website to reach. I’m sure you understand that under these conditions I was ready to take on this company head-on. I was not about to let them get away with this.

The information from the web designer

I became aware of this copyright infringement when I received a tip regarding screenshots posted to Deviant Art by Bilal Malik and decided to notify Bilal of the trouble his client was in and how he, as the designer of the Innovative Consulting Group website, could be in trouble depending on the kind of indemnification clause in his contract with the company.

The Innovative Consulting Shami Haq Scam as presented by the webdesignerBilal Malik immediately removed the image from his Deviant Art pages and informed us that he did not have any part in the copyright infringement because the company (Innovative Consulting Group) did not want to pay for stock photography and provided their own content to the web design company that Bilal worked for when he designed ICG’s website. He also informed us that he created this design for the ICG web-site around March of 2009. That meant nearly 2 years had passed between the creation of the site and my discovery of the infringement.

The other interesting thing that Bilal Malik said, however, was that both he and Innovative Consulting Group were based in Pakistan and there would be no way to sue over copyright matters. Luckily I had already consulted with my attorneys on this matter and re-educated Bilal on that subject.

Facts about copyright law in Pakistan

Anyone else who thinks that copyright laws don’t exist in Pakistan is misinformed. The fact is that Pakistan signed the Copyright Ordinance of 1962. This Ordinance is a derivative of the English Act of 1914. In addition to that Pakistan is also a member of the Berne Copyright Union and Universal Copyright Convention. In 1992 the Copyright Amendment Act was signed into law in Pakistan and since that time allows for stiffer penalties and damages for offenders that are guilty of copyright infringement. Even of more interest is that under section 71 of Pakistan’s copyright laws it is not only the company that commits the act of copyright infringement that can be held liable: liability extends to every person who was in charge of the company at the time the infringement was committed.

First contact with Mr. Ihtisham Ul Haq ( Shami Haq).

Because I believe in a personal approach and keeping the lawyers locked in their cages until they are deemed necessary, I sent off a notification with additional information to ICG. They were informed of the infringement, the consequences, the unforeseen effects, and of course their legal position and my thoughts on how to resolve the matter. I prefer to have companies and individuals settle their matters out of court if possible, because it’s the best option for everyone involved and there is often no real benefit from the higher costs (and higher damage claims) and length of time involved in a formal legal suit.

Shortly after that a response arrived from someone who signed with just “Ihtisham,” without giving any indication of his or her full name and certainly not a job title. Rather unprofessional, I thought. But then again I am not familiar with business etiquette in Pakistan. The best part was that the response said that the images of the home office used indeed “showed similarity”. (Gee, ya think?!) And the message asked whether more of my images were found elsewhere on the site. But “Itisham” entirely failed to take responsibility for ICG’s actions, even though it was no longer possible to blame the web designer for the infringement. Needless to say, if you do that you’ll just get the legal chapter and verse in more detail.

Settlement reached

Chapter and verse read and the lawyers rattling the bars of their cage with eagerness to take things to a higher level, another response arrived from Mr. Shami Haq saying that he was ready to compensate me for falsely associating me with his business.

Based on the length of time the image was used and because it incited visitors to the ICG website to question my ethical standards and statements regarding outsourcing, and because Innovative Consulting Group deliberately committed copyright infringement as well as false advertising , my lawyers recommended I make an offer with the following options. One was a lump sum payment of US$25.000. One was a rectification on their website for the duration of one year with a mutually agreeable text that would disclaim my perceived association with them. Or a combination of the two for half the amount as a lump sum and half the period of time. Very quickly Mr. Ihtisham Ul Haq responded that they preferred to settle according to the first option, a lump sum payment of US$25.000 and asked for bank information, etc. to deal with the matter swiftly.

The speed at which they agreed was both surprising and suspicious. The general assumption was “That’s too quick, it appears they have something to hide”. Well, clearly they had, and did, and still do, but we’ll get to that part next! :-)

My reputation is NOT for sale for $25

A few days later another response from Shami Haq of Innovative Consulting Group arrived asking whether he was correct that the US dollar amount was “twenty-five” dollars. I guess the notion of the number actually meaning “twenty five thousand” must not have occurred at the time of agreeing to that particular settlement option. I can’t begin to tell you how much we had to laugh but let’s just say that the entertainment value provided by ICG that day was certainly one of the best so far.

It does show, however, that something is seriously wrong with Innovative Consulting Group if they consider US$25.000 to mean “twenty-five” dollars. Even with the cultural difference of dots and commas there’s just no way you can mistake that number for its actual value. But then again, ICG and Shami Ul Haq claim that the company provides:

High-quality development such as web design and development, database design and integration, programming, web site maintenance, e-commerce solutions and Application development. We help companies around the world to leverage the power of the Internet by placing highly qualified design and programming specialists, project managers, and analysts at their fingertips. We beat deadlines and leave our clients completely satisfied. In addition, the relatively our weak Currency is allowing us to drop our prices, making us a favorite service provider for US-based clients. We have the skills you need, and we have the credentials, portfolio and client references to prove our abilities.

AND THIS COMPANY CLAIMS THEY ALSO WORK IN THE FINANCIAL IT INDUSTRY?!

It’s real easy to drive the point home here. What company in their right mind would want to outsource their development or IT tasks to these amateurs? Are you sure you want to have such numerical errors in your financial systems? Outsourcing is cheap and you get what you pay for but in the case of Innovative Consulting Group you might actually see your numbers vanish by a thousand-fold when “experts” like Shami Haq are part of your business. It does show that Mr. Ihtisham Ul Haq has the ability to make money disappear. :-)

But that’s not all Mr. Shami Ul Haq can make disappear. Read on to learn just how he made his offices in the USA and Australia disappear OVERNIGHT.

But first let’s have a good look at this company and then the founder and co-owner because it is crucial to understand what is being presented and how what is being presented ends up being nothing more than a total scam based on lies and other very suspicious behavior.

Who are Innovative Consulting Group?

According to their own words they claim to:

Maintain high ethical standards in our dealings with clients and business partners, and make decisions that factor in our principles first and foremost. We treat each client’s business as our own. We care how they perform over the long term.

Ethical standards? I would argue that a company that doesn’t want to pay for stock photos and would rather steal content from the web has the ethical standards of a weasel with a drug addiction problem. Treat the client’s business as your own? I wasn’t your client and never will be, thank you very much. Please don’t treat my business as your own as you have done for nearly 2 years!

Since our inception, we have been committed as both business and community leaders. We believe that to build a successful company we must contribute back to our community in hopes of making it a successful environment for others. By making financial donations to registered charities that provide food and shelter to the needy, we hope to fulfill our obligation towards those that Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala tests by financial hardship.

I plead ignorance on the whole Allah Subhana thing they mention but I can read the financial hardship part and I think they might be in for that for the long run. If not by the trouble they have unleashed upon themselves and by their own decision and doing then certainly by the in-depth investigative exposé about the scam these jokers are running and how they target US companies who wish to outsource (their money) to this Innovative Consulting Group in Pakistan. I think that real financial hardship is yet to hit them.

Oddly enough, if you dig real deep you will find that this “multi-national outsourcing company” with the allure and presentation of that of a large corporation actually in more recent years only offered web-design and development services. But overnight it transformed itself into what you can see on their website at groupiconsulting.com. Some of the people and companies that allegedly outsourced their money to them include:

  • Ken Dawson / Federal IT Publications, USA
  • Usman / NEIMS
  • Ikram / CCP
  • Steve Philly web Solutions, USA
  • VisageIT, USA
  • Phoyola ArqITech, USA

Who is this Shami Haq (a.k.a. Ihtisham Ul Haq)?

Shami Haq, liar, thief, plagiarist, copyright infringer, con-artistShami Haq claims to have been educated as MCS Software Engineering 1999-2003 at the Naval University. Unfortunately I was unable to obtain any verification of that. Based on public information out there, Shami Haq’s specialties (and that of the Innovative Consulting Group ‘company’ that he founded) include; Project Consulting, Software Development, Web Development, IT Infrastructure, Web Design, IT Outsourcing, Offshore Dedicated Team. It’s a shame that his specialties fail to list “content theft” and “impersonation” and “lame copyright infringement” along with “pretending to operate foreign businesses” and “pretending to be a multi-national company”.

Mr. Ul Haq also claims to be the founder of Federal Advantage, which operates in the Information Services Industry and provides on-demand federal resources & contact solutions. Or is otherwise described as “A collaboration of information for businesses to gain more opportunities to do business with the federal government”.

If that’s not enough for you, he also claims to be the founder of Federal IT Publication which is some kind of “GSA IT Catalog” and an “informative IT Directory offering in-depth information about vendors who provide products and services on GSA Schedule 70″. Mr. Shami Ul Haq also claims to have been the owner of WebSauce Technologies, a web design company that supposedly existed for a period of 3 years between 2002 and 2005. From the details on WebSauce you can see that Shami offered his “services” for $5 per hour. Yes, that’s right, $5.

If you look at the way Innovative Consulting Group, through its website, presents itself as a large multi-national outsourcing company and then examine their actual activities you will find that it is mostly just really simple and below average web stuff. Perhaps the presentation of the company was wishful thinking or just pure delusion. Either way the reality shows it is definitely deceptive.

Where is Innovative Consulting Group based?

Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Business Addresses Before Being CaughtInnovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Business Addresses After Legal Trouble StartLet’s get to the real fun part and expose the Shami Shame for all to see. Yep, you’ll now learn the true locations of this amazing outsource company from Pakistan. I’ll provide you with some images of the locations and the addresses that were listed on the Innovative Consulting Group web-site. You will learn all about this fraudulent company and its founder and co-owner an what he’s involved in when he’s not trying to sell glass top dining tables from the so-call “business address” in Australia (oh, yes, that’s right, we have plenty more information on the location in Australia and Mr. Shami Haq than we’re publishing here… yet).

During our legal communications and interactions the US office address was removed from the ICG website as was the office address in Australia. Instead the office in Australia only had a phone number. A day after those changes were detected the Australian office ‘lost’ its phone number and only listed the central e-mail address for the company. Eventually everything except the address in Pakistan was removed from the site. Suspicious? Offices that vanish into thin air might be a common thing when the owner of the company is called Shami Haq. This is the behavior of someone with a very clear and present consciousness of the need to hide. Unfortunately for Mr. Shami Haq, we already had the addresses and kept them on file and also have screenshots of everything. So now let’s have a look at these addresses. Put on your laughing face because you’re going to need it!

The US office of Innovative Consulting Group

8507 Kernon Court. Lorton, VA 22079. USA.
Phone: 702-626-09033

Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia

Is it just me or does this US office location and address simply not match the allure and presentation provided by their multi-national looking IT outsourcing services website?! And guess what, the property at 8507 Kernon Ct, Lorton Virginia is owned by a Mr. MAHMOOD HAIDER.

Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia
Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia
Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq Mahmood Haider 8507 Kernon Court Virginia
In fact, if you really want to know, at the time of writing this the land value is $78.000, the building value $187.333, the total property value is $265.330. It’s 1554 square feet of land with a 1440 square feet living area. It’s a 2 story townhouse (4 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms) connected to water and sewer but has no gas connection but does have a fireplace. It was built in 1986 and the most recent sale is from 03-28-2006 at a price of $425.000. The sale before that was 4-26-2000 for a price of $165.000.

And just how are MAHMOOD HAIDER and Shami Haq connected? Once I have information on that I’ll be sure to let you know in an addendum. Perhaps Mr. Haider is the co-owner of Innovative Consulting Group because no other co-owners can be legally found or discovered by regular means.

Mahmood Haider also sold a property on Eastgate Lane 7312 to Sarah K. Anderson for $333.000 and another property on Curtier Drive 6035 to Travis J. Upton and Tiffany A. Wight for $180.000. However, before you start wondering, no, there appears not to be any license for a realtor or real-estate agent by that name.

The phone number listed (703-626-0933) belongs to the Herndon, Virginia area. Other information also directs the radius of the location to include the 8507 Kernon Court location in Lorton).

The Australian office of Innovative Consulting Group

13 Rolain Ave. South Morang, Victoria 1732 (should be Victoria 3752), Australia
Phone: 04-3128-1331

Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq 13 Rolain Ave South Morang Victoria Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq 13 Rolain Ave South Morang Victoria

Another little plot somewhere in a typical residential area that certainly does not fit the way the company presents itself as a large internationally operating corporation. And not only that, according to other information, another company is registered to the address at 13 Rolain Avenue; Zach’s Distributors. A company that distributes funeral, cremation, etc. goods and materials.

The other thing to take note of is the postal code that ICG listed on their website. It consistently shows 1732 when in fact the actual post-code is 3752. Strange that an international outsource company like Innovative Consulting Group can’t even get their own post-code right, doesn’t it?

The Pakistan office of Innovative Consulting Group

Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq E-11/3 MPCHS Islamabad PakistanSuite #03, 2nd Floor, Multi Trade 1, Plot #11
E-11/3, MPCHS, Islamabad. Pakistan

Phone: +92-51-253-4529

Indeed, it’s one large building site based on those images. However, those image may be quite old and likely actual buildings now exist at that location.

Of course, it could be a site that recently saw some impact of terrorist-seeking drones or just a complete mess of some other kind. The lack of building cranes, vehicles, or stashes of materials do make it seem odd for just a building site. Either way, this is the location of a company that presents itself as a big outsourcing multi-national? If you believe that I’ve got easterbunnies with bridges to sell you.

And if that’s not enough the address and phone number are used in other places on other websites as well. For example a company called ETCON ME, based in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates, with just a PO Box, a phone number and an e-mail address.

Shami Haq Innovative Consulting scam: Same Address and Phone Number as ETCON ME Innovative Consulting Group Shami Haq Ihtisham Ul Haq AddressThis comany, ETCON ME, also lists an address and phone number in Pakistan that is identical to that of Shami Haq’s Innovative Consulting. The phone number also shows up for a completely different address for Innovative Consulting. This time on an address listed as: 1-B, Street No. 50, F-7/4, Islamabad, Pakistan. This while the listed “owner” of the company is: shahzadyounis91.

Business license and registration

You can probably sense this one coming a mile away. After some initial searching and contact with the relevant agencies and authorities in both Virginia (US) and Victoria (Australia) it became clear that neither ICG nor Shami Haq had no business registrations or business license in either location.

Anyone with a little knowledge about business knows that it’s illegal to conduct business without the required registration, license, and in specific cases various permits. This may very well explain why, after our initial round of legal interactions, the company’s website no longer had their foreign offices listed. Let’s look at their business statements once again:

In addition, the relatively our weak Currency is allowing us to drop our prices, making us a favorite service provider for US-based clients. We have the skills you need, and we have the credentials, portfolio and client references to prove our abilities. We maintain high ethical standards in our dealings with clients and business partners, and make decisions that factor in our principles first and foremost.

So here we have a company, Innovative Consulting Group, founded and co-owned by Shami Haq, who also goes by the name of Ihtisham ul Haq, operating illegal and unregistered business entities with addresses in Australia and the US, claiming to have credentials and high ethical standards.

There are more appropriate ways to describe this situation and for lack of such on their site I will happily provide it: Innovative Consulting Group is FRAUDULENT and Shami Haq runs A SCAM. Because no matter how you examine this, left right top or bottom, front or back, the unregistered illegal nature of the non-existent business entities used in their “dealings” with alleged clients is everything except honest and ethical and truthful. Instead, it is all the opposite of that. Everything about Shami Haq’s Innovative Consulting Group reeks of misrepresentation and suspicious behavior.

Their “testimonials” are FAKES!

Yes. It’s not just Andre Leite Alves of Aware Bear Computers who’s good at writing fake testimonials and then removing them from the site when the fraud is exposed. Shami Haq is equally pathetic when it comes to the way he DECEIVES potential clients with FAKE testimonials. For example, here are a few that come straight from the site of Innovative Consulting Group:

Innovative Consulting was an amazing service provider to work with. Their quality of work was excellent, and completed all specifications required. They even made some changes after the project was complete. They did a great job, and we will use them again. Highly reccomended A++.Steve Philly web Solutions, USA

Innovative Consulting did a great job on my project. Their quality of work was excellent. All specifications were completed and on time. Price can”t be beat. Highly reccomended A++.
Steve Philly web Solutions, USA

Innovative Consulting showed infinite patience in developing the web portal and did a great job. In the instance that there were problems they took great pains to sort it out once I brought it to their attention. Would definitely work with them again.
VisageIT, USA

I am so glad that I chose Innovative Consulting. The staff was professional and very, very helpful and patient. I will definitely work with them again. I have begun referring my friends to them. They gave me exactly what I was hoping to get in a website. Two thumbs up for Innovative Consulting!!!
Phoyola ArqITech, USA

Shami Haq too stupid to change his FAKE testimonialsGuess what. There is no company in the US by the name of Steve Philly web Solutions. Go look it up yourself if you think otherwise. Or better yet, try and find that portal mentioned in the “testimonial” of VisageIT. But the best is yet to come. Try finding that oddly named Phoyola ArqITech. There exists NO SUCH COMPANY. In fact, as you can see below, that company ONLY exists on 3 pages on the internet; two of which are testimonial pages of Innovative Consulting Group (i.e. Shami Haq’s scam company) and one that you will find on the NEW SCAM COMPANY called GLOBAL CONSULTING (www.gc.com.pk).

Notice in the lower-left corner of the page (click the image to enlarge) it has the exact same testimonial as that over at the Innovative Consulting Group website. Are all these fraudulent con-artists operating on the same low intelligence that they always re-use their fake testimonials? It certainly appears that way for Mr. Shami Haq!

Their “company news” is FAKE TOO

Shami Haq of Global Innovative Consulting calls this a successful delivery of a platform siteIt is not just the testimonials that are obvious fakes. The company news on the Innovative Consulting website is just as fake and designed to create a false perception that Shami Haq and his company had an involvement with the projects mentioned there. But the facts are that he had nothing to do with the National Rabta Information Portal or the “Successful Implementation of SIM Information System”. The company news articles are just general articles taken from the actual reporting media in Pakistan as you can see here and here.

The only company news article that fits Shami and his scams is the one about having successfully delivered a new platform site for “Coach To Coach”. Or as the news article puts it; “Innovative consulting Web consultants have melt there skulls in the implementation of social netoworking plateform for CTC. CTC is a global networking company designed to promote the finest qualities of each individual coach in their respective field”. Yet the date on that company news article has changed at least twice in the past two weeks and I don’t know what’s so successful about having created the site that you can see in the image on the left.

Global Consulting Pakistan

Global Consulting, another SCAM COMPANY by Shami HaqShami Haq probably thought that he could dump his US and Australian “office addresses” from the site and in a worst case scenario just make the entire site vanish just like any other criminal and con-artist would. So he prepared Global Consulting (www.gc.com.pk) as the next NEW SCAM to continue on with his fraudulent business activities. Unfortunately that will not happen for Global Consulting since it is now nicely exposed and available in recorded form here on the site.

The domain has only been very recently registered and if you examine the site (I won’t be putting up all the screen shots of all the pages here even though I of course have them) you will find the structure, topics, areas, and everything except the design, to be identical to the Innovative Consulting Group website. Except the Global Consulting site is not yet finished because Sami has been working his butt off trying to setup that new scam. He even hasn’t gotten around to adding some suspicious addresses on the new site.

Global Consulting Shami Haq SCAM PakistanShami Haq can not spell simple wordsPoor delusional wannabe-scammer Shami Haq even has this little “IBM Business Partner” logo on the Global Consulting site. Guess what… Oh, you already guessed. Yes, IBM has never heard of either Shami Haq or Ihtisham Ul Haq or either of the companies! The second screenshot on the left shows a different design for his latest scam. Note that the image that was pretended to be used as the site’s main page has a copyright notice of 2010 (while Innovative Consulting listed 2009 even though it was 2009), proving this to be the “fallback” plan Shami has to rid himself of the crisis of ICG. Also note that the footer says “designed by Megatronix Studio”. That’s a web design company in Pakistan. Once Shami noticed that we had discovered his latest scam under a new name and with yet another new site he quickly removed everything from the web server and put up the sign you can see on the left. Yes, you’re right, he can’t spell construction. Then again, why would you want to outsource a single dime to a scam that claims their site is “under upgradation”. It’s not even a word.

Also compare the following two texts of Innovative Consulting Group’s website and that of Global Consulting’s website. From Global Consulting:

Global Consulting is an IT consulting and development company in service on the market since 1999…. Global Consulting team with experience of over 8 years is available to ensure client satisfaction through timely and quality service provision. We help companies around the world to leverage the power of the Internet by placing highly qualified design and programming specialists, project managers, and analysts at their fingertips. We beat deadlines and leave our clients completely satisfied. In addition, the relatively our weak Currency is allowing us to drop our prices, making us a favorite service provider for US-based clients

And the one from Innovative Consulting Group:

Innovative Consulting is an IT consulting and development company in service on the market since 1999.. Innovative Consulting team with experience of over 8 years is available to ensure client satisfaction through timely and quality service provision. We help companies around the world to leverage the power of the Internet by placing highly qualified design and programming specialists, project managers, and analysts at their fingertips. We beat deadlines and leave our clients completely satisfied. In addition, the relatively our weak Currency is allowing us to drop our prices, making us a favorite service provider for US-based clients…

Wow. What a scam. And what an obvious scam. Just as well this con-artist is being reported to all available authorities before any US company ends up losing their money to a fraudulent individual with most definite suspicious intentions.

Shami Haq engaged in PLAGIARISM AS WELL

You think you’ve heard it all? You haven’t. If you look at the text portions of both the Global Consult and Innovative Consulting websites you will see a use of the English language that Shami Haq has been incapable of in his communications with us. He stole most of the text on his websites from OTHER SITES. Here’s just one small example from their services descriptions:

Application Maintenance Service which handles all the small to big complexities pertaining to your business applications. We can correct the defect and also enhance the capability of the application.

Now GOOGLE IT.

Want another one? How about this one:

Offshore Outsourcing has come a long way from its origins as a strategic source of inexpensive talent. Global Consulting offers world-class offshore outsourcing and consulting services guaranteed to cut costs and improve quality.

Which is the same as this one over at another outsourcing place called Netsoft Consulting:

Offshore Outsourcing has come a long way from its origins as a strategic source of inexpensive talent. NETSOFT offers world-class offshore outsourcing and consulting services guaranteed to cut costs and improve quality.

Maybe you want an even more interesting example to show just how widespread the Shami Scam goes? OK, let’s have one. Here’s a text straight from the ICG and GC scam websites:

As responsible citizens of this world, we try to do our part in making our surroundings, and the world by extension, a better place to live. Since our inception, we have been committed as both business and community leaders.

Shami Haq Stealing and Committing PlagiarismThis is the same text used by a company called Gleam Technologies, IIIrd Floor, #16-7-310, Azampura, Chaderghat. Near Sahifa Masjid, Hyderabad-500024. See for yourself in the image linked here. Who’s ripping off who here? Is India stealing from Pakistan or the other way around? Given Shami’s questionable activities I’d say Shami is the one doing the stealing.

But there is something even more interesting about that Gleam Technologies website. Notice the little “Integrated Services” logo in the bottom left? Where have you seen that before? Yes, on the Innovative Consulting Group website! Incidentally, the same text is also used by TechZone Systems, LLC.

As you can see, the exact same word for word text portions can be found on other (some also rather dubious!) websites. What did all these websites, including Shami’s sites, use for this? Some pre-baked “scam in a box” product? Some kind of “all your lies for $4.95″ type product or did they just all decide to copy major portions of texts from other sites, companies that really do know what they’re talking about when they had those texts written for their (original) site?

Shami the scammer is even so careless and negligent to show that he has been stealing most of the site for the new scam company Global Consulting. Pay attention to the screen grab via this link. So in addition to all those technical, development, and IT services the company also has a service called “INTERVENTION FOR TEENS”? Yeah, right. Forgot to remove some left-over bits from a set of frames you copied from somewhere, Shami?

I (do not) hate to be the one to say it but it looks to me like Mr. Shami Haq is not just a completely failed web-fiddler but a rather failed criminal who’s still trying to learn the basics of deception, lying, and stealing. Considering all the things you can read about here (and double check for yourself if you want) it is evident that Shami wants to become a “Mr. Scammy” and follow in the footsteps of bigger criminal con-artists. So far he’s being an amateur at all of it, though. Copying texts from other outsource companies in India? If you ask me that’s beyond pathetic and exceedingly desperate.

Bottom line, both Shami Ul Haq’s websites use copied portions of texts that originate from at least 51 other websites. If anything, it does PROVE that Shami is good at stealing. It also SHOWS that getting caught hurts when it gets exposed like this.

What’s next?

Quite a bit, actually. It wouldn’t be in my best interest to announce that here, but you can imagine that some further investigation is going to take place while I have my lawyers notify all the relevant authorities regarding the illegal business operation and suspicious behavior by Shami Haq and Innovative Consulting Group. Pending some of the further information we’re awaiting, a decision will be made to start legal proceedings. If nothing else it might rid the world of a fraudulent company and their vague misbehaving founder before they grab more money (and perhaps jobs) by illegal means out of the economies from their preferred ‘hunting ground’ in the US.

On a slightly related subject there is another even more serious thing to consider. Lots of organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) repeatedly bring to our attention the money laundering schemes conducted by shell companies (i.e. front companies) in the west in order to funnel the money generated to Pakistan to fund international terrorism. I’m sure you’ve heard of it in the media over the past many years just like we all have heard and seen it. In case you haven’t you can familiarize yourself with the subject matter here, here, here, here, here or here, or maybe even here and here.

Considering the profile of this company, the illegal operations in Australia and the US, the sudden disappearance of their office addresses the moment that Innovative Consulting Group through Shami Haq discovered that the matter of the copyright infringement was going to be publicized, the clearly fraudulent nature of the construction and presentation the company wishes to project, and all the other information above, certainly can be categorized as “suspicious behavior” and “suspicious activity”. As we’re frequently informed, such suspicious activities should be reported to the proper authorities so it can be examined and dealt with.

Conclusion

Would you really want to outsource anything to Shami Haq (a.k.a. Ihtisham (Shami) Ul Haq) and his Innovative Consulting Group (groupiconsulting.com) or Global Consulting (www.gc.com.pk) knowing that:

  • Shami Ul Haq enters into agreements it does not honor.
  • has fast moving office addresses that can vanish overnight.
  • does not appear to be operating as a legal registered business in Australia.
  • does not appear to be operating as a legal registered business in the USA.
  • copies their texts and mission statements and company values from other sites.
  • are now proven to be deceitful liars and NOT real businesses.
  • was unwilling to pay for stock photographs according to the web designer.
  • is careless and negligent when it comes to using content without permission.
  • pretends to be a lot more than the company really is.
  • claims to render services for the financial sectors but don’t understand basic numbers.

What if Innovative Consulting Group provides cheap web design and development work to you and by its own ignorance and carelessness causes you to be exposed to potential legal trouble and in response to your complaint will simply move offices again in the dead of night? They certainly show all the typical behaviors normally associated with a fraudulent operation.

I’m sure everyone agrees that all of this says:

GAME OVER SHAMI!

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