The most F***ED UP business -these guys are extorting me for cash

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Alright, I'll be perfectly honest and say that I was arrested not that long ago. It was a bullcrap arrest and a case of mistaken identity, but I had to stay in jail overnight and was released the next day without any charges or being required to go to court. But later in the mail I get a letter from a local website (I have redacted these for privacy reasons of course).  
 
Front of Envelope: 
   

No Caption Provided
 Letter Front Page:  
 
No Caption Provided
  
Back of the letter: 
 
No Caption Provided
  
So basically, for $200.00 this business says it will keep others from using their notification services against me.  
 
Here are the services they offer for sale to anyone who wants to mess with you: 
 
1) They canvass your neighborhood putting flyers about you at every residence. 
 
2) For certain crimes they will publicly put you up on billboards. 
 
3) They will monitor arrest records for landlords and employers. 
 
But you can get out of all that by simply sending them $200.00 
 
This is a really f***ed up business and seems to me nothing other than extortion. i don't know which side of the thin gray line of legality they are on, but I'm going to have to get a lawyer involved.  
 
Goddamn sleezebags everywhere in this world. 
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#2  Edited By MooseyMcMan

Who would go through the time and effort to print up all that stuff and distribute it? I bet the whole thing is a hoax. Still definitely a scam, but I doubt they would actually take the time and spend the money to do any of that.

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#3  Edited By Rolyatkcinmai

This is surely illegal.

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#5  Edited By The_Laughing_Man

If you used google you would see that website was shut down. 

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#6  Edited By SexyToad

That doesn't look real.

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#7  Edited By ShadowConqueror

Find a lawyer who will give you a free consultation, see what they think.

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#8  Edited By SarjuTheRapper

fucked up

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#9  Edited By dourin

On a side note: Oh, hey, another duder from KC! But yeah, as others have said, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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#10  Edited By NickL

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

This is surely illegal.

I've said that about a lot of things and been wrong.

edit: Looks like this is one of those few cases were it is illegal.

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#11  Edited By mosespippy

Well, if it was a bullshit charge and they go around publishing stuff saying you are a criminal then that is libel since you were never charged/found guilty. If they tell people then it's slander. And this certainly seems like extortion. So nail the fuckers to the wall in court.

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@MooseyMcMan said:

Who would go through the time and effort to print up all that stuff and distribute it? I bet the whole thing is a hoax. Still definitely a scam, but I doubt they would actually take the time and spend the money to do any of that.

This, come on.
The things they threaten with are more expensive than what they're asking you.
 
Also, if you're pretty sure it was a crap arrest and nothing major I'd be delighted in your stead to see my picture all over town and on billboards. 
Their money to waste, I'll fucking revel in their loss!
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#13  Edited By NickL

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

Who would go through the time and effort to print up all that stuff and distribute it? I bet the whole thing is a hoax. Still definitely a scam, but I doubt they would actually take the time and spend the money to do any of that.

This, come on. The things they threaten with are more expensive than what they're asking you. Also, if you're pretty sure it was a crap arrest and nothing major I'd be delighted in your stead to see my picture all over town and on billboards. Their money to waste, I'll fucking revel in their loss!

The idea is that someone pays for their services to plaster someones face all over town i think.

If someone got killed in a DUI accident and the guy "got away with it" I could easily see a situation were lots of people would look for revenge like this.

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#14  Edited By Benny

Uh is this for real? Seriously what the fuck is going on here?! Firstly I have to question the fact that this is your first post, secondly that you have the strangest looking avatar I've ever seen. Thirdly, why NONE OF THE REST OF YOU HAVE COMMENTED ON EITHER OF THESE THINGS!?

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#15  Edited By MistaSparkle

Saw this same thing happen to a guy on reddit, but didn't read too much of it. Pretty sure everything was ay-ok for him though.

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#16  Edited By MooseyMcMan

@NickL said:

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

Who would go through the time and effort to print up all that stuff and distribute it? I bet the whole thing is a hoax. Still definitely a scam, but I doubt they would actually take the time and spend the money to do any of that.

This, come on. The things they threaten with are more expensive than what they're asking you. Also, if you're pretty sure it was a crap arrest and nothing major I'd be delighted in your stead to see my picture all over town and on billboards. Their money to waste, I'll fucking revel in their loss!

The idea is that someone pays for their services to plaster someones face all over town i think.

If someone got killed in a DUI accident and the guy "got away with it" I could easily see a situation were lots of people would look for revenge like this.

Well, the implication was that the crime this guy supposedly did wasn't anything bad like accidental homicide. And if something like that did happen, then the whole community would likely already know, and if they didn't, the person who was going to distribute the stuff would just do it, and not go through this scam company.

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#17  Edited By NickL

@Benny said:

Uh is this for real? Seriously what the fuck is going on here?! Firstly I have to question the fact that this is your first post, secondly that you have the strangest looking avatar I've ever seen. Thirdly, why NONE OF THE REST OF YOU HAVE COMMENTED ON EITHER OF THESE THINGS!?

Because it is for real. You are a bit late to the show.

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#18  Edited By Doctorchimp
Creed, 30, said he received death threats and had to relocate his family, which includes two small children, after news spread about his website.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/05/3692483/owner-shuts-down-blabbermouthkccom.html#storylink=cpy

Wow there really is justice in the midwest...who would have thought?

@A Touch of Class (ATC): Don't worry about it dawg, dude's a piece of shit. Just y'know...stay out of the slammer...

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#19  Edited By JCTango

@A Touch of Class (ATC): That's pretty messed up - aren't they afraid to get charged with slander or something?

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#20  Edited By iamjohn

@NickL said:

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

Who would go through the time and effort to print up all that stuff and distribute it? I bet the whole thing is a hoax. Still definitely a scam, but I doubt they would actually take the time and spend the money to do any of that.

This, come on. The things they threaten with are more expensive than what they're asking you. Also, if you're pretty sure it was a crap arrest and nothing major I'd be delighted in your stead to see my picture all over town and on billboards. Their money to waste, I'll fucking revel in their loss!

The idea is that someone pays for their services to plaster someones face all over town i think.

If someone got killed in a DUI accident and the guy "got away with it" I could easily see a situation were lots of people would look for revenge like this.

Call me crazy, but I'd like to believe if someone got killed in a DUI accident and the guy "got away with it," chances are he probably wasn't guilty. Otherwise, he'd have been convicted of vehicular manslaughter or murder.

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#21  Edited By NickL

@iAmJohn: I remember when I used to have faith in humanity too.

Hold onto those days for as long as you can.

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#22  Edited By Hailinel

Blackmail charges incoming in 3, 2...

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#23  Edited By McGhee

Tell them to go fuck themselves. That is all.

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#24  Edited By stinky

doesn't make sense,they would lose money by posting the information on venues like billboards.

and flyers? the guy is going to travel across the state to your hood and paste flyers up?

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#25  Edited By Toxeia

Did no one notice that the OP made his account only 45 minutes ago?

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#26  Edited By iamjohn

@NickL said:

@iAmJohn: I remember when I used to have faith in humanity too.

Hold onto those days for as long as you can.

Either way, if a dude is acquitted and a third-party like this tries to accuse them of the crime they've already been cleared of, that's pretty much step one towards a libel/slander suit unless they're some crazy case like OJ Simpson where they win the criminal case but lose the civil suit.

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#27  Edited By BraveToaster

@The_Laughing_Man said:

If you used google you would see that website was shut down.
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#28  Edited By Dagbiker

I would sue them for slander, also for blackmail. He might not have any money left if he liquidated his company, and you are not entitled to any of his personal funds if the business was a LLC. But at any rate you should file a complaint with your Attorney General.

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#29  Edited By Dagbiker

@BraveToaster said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

If you used google you would see that website was shut down.

Even knowing that the website is shut down, i would be freeked out too knowing that some guy got my Mug shot from a crime I didn't commit.

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#30  Edited By rachelepithet

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#31  Edited By Vinny_Says

Can someone explain to me how someone just gets access to mug shots?

surely this whole "business" is illegal....

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#32  Edited By BestUsernameEver

@The_Laughing_Man said:

If you used google you would see that website was shut down.

Is this an advert?

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#33  Edited By Shady

He also asked kcsr.org’s owner to take down photos and personal information posted by message board members about Creed’s family members who had been arrested. Creed said he didn’t care whether the message board left up the information about his own 2010 DUI arrest, but he asked it not to punish his relatives.

The irony here is delicious.

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#34  Edited By Roflwaffles

How do you have spaces and parentheses in your name?

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#35  Edited By Hailinel

@Vinny_Says said:

Can someone explain to me how someone just gets access to mug shots?

surely this whole "business" is illegal....

Anything that's in the public record can be easily obtained.

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#36  Edited By Grixxel

@Shady said:

He also asked kcsr.org’s owner to take down photos and personal information posted by message board members about Creed’s family members who had been arrested. Creed said he didn’t care whether the message board left up the information about his own 2010 DUI arrest, but he asked it not to punish his relatives.

The irony here is delicious.

How he thought this would have been a good idea, even if it was legal or not, is beyond me. Got what he deserved.

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#37  Edited By cornbredx

I don't know if OP is legit or not, but the article about this sites closure is great. So, for that this thread is win.

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#38  Edited By Levio

extortion acts fail when they become publicly known. never forget that kids

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#39  Edited By rollingzeppelin

The dude running that site is an idiot. Not only is he engaging in morally dubious, potentially illegal activity, but the people he's blackmailing are those that are willing to break the law.

The news story talked about him having to move his family due to death threats, well no shit. What do you think would happen when you threaten criminals?

Edit; The guy who ran the site I should have said.

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That's a case of black male.

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#41  Edited By ajamafalous

You guys have no fucking idea how angry I am that I'm on the third page and nobody has posted this yet. 
 
  

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#42  Edited By NlGHTCRAWLER

LOL!!!

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#43  Edited By rollingzeppelin

@ajamafalous said:

You guys have no fucking idea how angry I am that I'm on the third page and nobody has posted this yet.

Holy shit! Man I remember that song now, I was in 11 when it came out. Oh, the terrible music I listened to (or rather force-fed from Much Music) when I was young.

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#44  Edited By MrKlorox

From the dude who ran the website:  

“You win,” Creed wrote. “I’m sincerely sorry to have pissed so many people off, caused the trouble I did, and for everything else. … Can’t change what’s been done ... the past is the past, and I apologize.”

 
Yeah sure, "Past is past". I hope the internet won't be so forgiving and forgetful.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/05/3692483/owner-shuts-down-blabbermouthkccom.html#storylink=cpy
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#45  Edited By BraveToaster

@Dagbiker said:

@BraveToaster said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

If you used google you would see that website was shut down.

Even knowing that the website is shut down, i would be freeked out too knowing that some guy got my Mug shot from a crime I didn't commit.

There are websites that store the mug shots of people who have been arrested, so obtaining a mug shot of someone wouldn't be difficult.

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#46  Edited By Dagbiker

@BraveToaster said:

@Dagbiker said:

@BraveToaster said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

If you used google you would see that website was shut down.

Even knowing that the website is shut down, i would be freeked out too knowing that some guy got my Mug shot from a crime I didn't commit.

There are websites that store the mug shots of people who have been arrested, so obtaining a mug shot of someone wouldn't be difficult.

Ok.

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#47  Edited By Turambar
@Dagbiker said:

I would sue them for slander, also for blackmail. He might not have any money left if he liquidated his company, and you are not entitled to any of his personal funds if the business was a LLC. But at any rate you should file a complaint with your Attorney General.

I don't think slander would work since the guy was in fact arrested and charged.  But this seems like an open and shut harassment case.
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#48  Edited By L44

This is one of the wierdest first posts I've ever seen.

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Oh man, no idea how relieved I am to see that the guy who made the website got taken down. This scared me as well as ticked me off badly. Thanks to the person who posted that link. Saves me a good deal of anxiety.

@ajamafalous: Hahaha, glad to see other people know of them. Btw, you ever see this acid trip music video of theirs? :D

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#50  Edited By Sylinder

I want to be a Euro-trance dude and ride around on a unicorn with my angelwings. Bouncing on the grass, flying in my bubble or maybe just catch a ride on my stingray!!

That right there is some next-level "RiFF RaFF", on some next level shit, out-of-control BALLIN` is what that is!

PS. Anyone else notice at the 2 minute mark in that "Heaven when you kiss me" video. The girl has rope marks around her neck. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??