by Rupert Insider
Veteran readers of this blog will know that we managed to get KopTalk kicked off News Now (NN) on January 5th 2007. That was a major blow to KT and a boost to other LFC sites and even to the mainstream media which had been squeezed out of NN by KT’s dominance of its “Football-Liverpool” section. Now we would like to get Koptalk kicked out of PayPal. But we need the help of all LFC fans.
We hope it won’t take the same time in the case of PayPal but we should be prepared. PayPal is much larger than NN and much more automated. It will be more difficult for us to enter into personal correspondence. That’s why we need as many as possible to lodge a complaint.Once again a blog reader has suggested the initiative. I will call him “Barry Insider”.
Its important to stress that this is not a campaign for the sake of it – but because we believe KopTalk has used PayPal to defraud LFC fans and others.
Oldham uses PayPal to collect for unregistered charities, to sell fake memorabilia, to sell copyrighted and licensed material for which it has no licenses, to sell membership in a fraudulent “Insider” service in one form or another and he uses it to sell goods and services without VAT and to illegally sell or raffle tickets to games. He used it for four years to collect deposits on a book he did not write and then, rather than refund the depositors, he requires them to request refunds which he pays without interest.
He uses PayPal to sell his false claims that his site is for the “mature” when it is administered by teenagers, and claims that one of the members is an owner of LFC and others are VIPs, when that is not true, and that KopTalk and/or its news is LFC “official” or close to the club, when it is a pariah site shunned by the club.
He sells soft porn on his site and linked to another porn site he owns. He makes objectionable references to child pornography and paedophilia and similar topics that are out of context in a football site especially one which sells memberships to children and which is moderated by children.
In addition we have evidence that Oldham has developed a system of fooling members into paying twice for memberships, or he overcharges them and charges for memberships that have expired or they never had. He uses it to collect stakes in illegal gambling schemes, and also stakes in competitions which are not transparent.
He has a history of fraud on the internet including his sale of illegal satellite TV cards which he did not deliver and he carried out this fraud under an assumed name.
In this post I am merely announcing our intention and seeking comment, advice and other feedback.
In a day or two I will post a guide from Barry on how to complain and a page on the blog that summaries the issues. You will be able to link to it when you make your complaint.
In the meantime I would urge you to read PayPal’s Pal’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and spot for yourself where KopTalk may be in breach.