A great majority of these reports on this website are actually complaints of being defrauded in one way or another. In this way, we also function as a consumer advocate as, using these reports, we are informing our users about potentially bad services or faulty good and potential scams. Some of the users also use this website to warn others about the bad acts of different individuals, as per their own perception. The writers of the reports, called authors, are required to create a free profile and fill up a form containing their personal information and need to testify that whatever they are posting on the report is true, as per their best knowledge. Once our support staffs have gone through the reports to remove prohibited contents, such as financial information or obscenities, the report gets posted and is searchable via search engines like Google.
Beside that, Web Warning continuously receive requests from the media to help in their stories, government law enforcing agencies around the country to help with their investigations, lawyers to help them with certain cases they are handling and victims who want to know more about the experiences of fellow victims. This is why we always recommend that you opt for communications from us as you never know when you are in a position to help someone or when someone else is in a position to help you with information sharing.
Factual, Not Emotional: We understand that when you are coming to Web Warning, something has gone bad and you have had a bad experience. You might be justifiably upset. However, a report which has nothing but venomous words in it is not helpful to other users nor it will be considered to be legitimate. For example, “John Dalrymple’s graphics design agency is horrible and better be avoided” is neither meaningful nor informative. We can understand that you feel horrible about them to write something like that but none knows the reason behind that. While there are many fancy words in the dictionary, using the simple and comprehensible words will make your report more credible and understandable. Readers aren't always adults.
Choose Your Words Carefully: While we provide you with an open forum to tell everyone your personal story in your own words and to inform other readers about certain individuals or companies so that they can decide whether to do business with them or not, it is important that you choose your words carefully. Do not simply copy and paste from other’s reports as that might mean copyright infringement. Although opinions are protected by Free Speech right given by the constitution, many people make a statement of fact which are nothing but opinions and get into trouble later.
Take Defamation Suits Seriously: The number of defamation lawsuits are increasing every day as our legal department or any reputed attorney can tell you. In our experience, these cases are mostly based on reports people write when they are totally upset or they don't comprehend what they are writing in the report. Cooking a story with fake or vague information to put someone, like ex-partner, ex-spouse, a competitor, ex-employee or employer etc., under bad light are completely actionable against under the law and if you think “I won’t get sued if I make the story vague”, you will be taken by surprise. It doesn't worth the risk, trust us. Even when people speak the truth, the other party might bring lawsuits claiming that the former is lying. So keep all the information, documents and proofs ready with you as you might need those to defend yourself.
No Online Harassing or Bullying: If you have come to Web Warning because something bad has happened to you, feel free to report it but remember, washing the dirty linen in a public forum like this website is never a good idea. Once more, the information is not really helpful to other users or the consumers and it can lead to criminal proceedings against you for harassment or defamation. This is the age of the internet and any stain follows you a long distance nowadays. Would you want to explain to a loved one or a potential customer about these charges in future? Give it a thought. It's okay to be furious but always chose the logic over emotions and vent your feelings wisely. Let's maintain the standard of the reports high.
Note To Our Users: No Web Warning staff, including our legal department, can give you any advice on what exactly to write and whether the report might be considered to be defamatory. If you are about to submit a report to Web Warning and you aren't sure of the content, you are encouraged to consult a lawyer in your area who can guide you the best. If you don't know any good lawyer, the local Bar Association might be a great place to look for them. Alternatively, You can check the Web Warning Legal Directory™ to see if any attorney has advertised his services in your area. Please keep in mind that we don't vouch for any attorney who has advertised on Web Warning Legal Directory™ and therefore, we can not give you any guarantee on the quality of service you will receive nor can confirm everything they have said in their advertisement. You should do your own research on different attorneys and law firms who may assist you, irrespective of how you came to know about them, and ensure that they can help you in the best way for your issue.
• No Removal: Web Warning has a principle of never removing the complete report. If someone asks us to remove a report, the answer will be a flat NO. Our Terms of Services clearly states this fact and by creating a User Account on this website, you have agreed to abide by those. This also includes any “settlement agreement” which you might enter into, with the other party. Just because you have reached a deal with the author doesn't mean that you can now simply disregard the Terms of Services.
• No Editing: Once a report has been created and posted, the report remains “as is” which means you can not edit or modify or remove the report in any way anymore. You should ensure that you type true facts appropriately and double check everything before you press the Submit button. If you fail to do these, we are not to be blamed.
• Update A Report: If you want to edit the report on a later day, you can always log into your free user account and post an update to rectify erroneous information, provide additional information and explain how things have changed since your last post or the issue has been completely resolved. If the issue has been resolved, the consumers will know that how that particular business took care of you! After all, to err is human and better human beings rectify the mistakes.
Web Warning will make editorial changes, if needed, which might include removing repetitive content from the title which might be intentional or due to some technical faults. We will also redact information which violates our Terms of Conditions or are against our other policies. Similarly, Web Warning reserves the right to insert additional comments to explain something, like whatever got hidden in the redaction or responding to people who might want to take on Web Warning for some reason, but these editorial insertions are clearly marked so that they are not confused with the original report of the author.
Think About This: We are witnessing an increasing trend where companies are abusing the judiciary as a tool of reputation management. Some companies don't give a damn about the truth and only thinks of reputation management and they will go against an author of a particular report so that they can get relief from the court which might order a particular post to be removed, from the search engine index as well as the website where the report was originally posted. Furthermore, until the case is in a state where they have a favourable anti-SLAPP law, the author might be powerless against such actions against them.
Suppose the author has stated the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, literally, the content should be, ideally, not removed. But what if the author didn't receive a proper intimation about the litigation or didn't have the resources to defend his case? That can have several implications for the user and in a way, stifle the free speech which is required in a society.
We have fought many a cases for long against those orders of removal of content from our site, especially when the court order is based upon the default system as we know there are several fatal flaws in the system. The author didn't receive any notification of the litigation, the author doesn't have the money to fight the case or maybe they were intimidated to enter an agreement to allow a default order so that the report can be done away with. There are some valid arguments on the other side of the coin as well, like some people and businesses are victim of intentional and baseless defamation, and that's not to ignore either. However, there must be a perfect balance, the bullies shouldn't get away with bullying innocent citizens.
The SPEAK FREE Act of 2015: Currently, this is an area of hot legal debates. Supporters of free speech are fighting for a federal anti-SLAPP law implementation. Presently, H.R. 2304 – SPEAK FREE Act of 2015 is being advocated for and if you support the same, you should get in touch with your local representative and show your support about this initiative. You can go to the government website ( https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2304) and know more about this bill. This law will govern you and your future generations so speak up. Your right of free speech is dependent upon it.
• The story is convincing to us and compelling. You can read more about How to make a great report in our FAQ section.
• The story must also have a high resolution and clear image, a photo, a drawing or a cartoon would be great.
After you submit the report and the report passes the review process and is published on the website, submit the same report and image via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “FRONT Page | Report Submission Re: Name Of Business/Individual.” in the subject line of the email. Please remember, reports need at least a couple of hours to appear on our website.
Without doubt, any site where people can come and freely post their opinions will end up in some type of controversy. Sometimes, the people and companies mentioned in these reports get very angry and ask us to erase these reports as the report contains some information which, while being true, might hurt their business. We believe that these accurate and true reports are actually useful for the society. This is even truer when they are exposing some unscrupulous businesses. Sometimes, on the other hand, they are angry because the contents of the report is false and defamatory. Sadly, we receive hundreds and thousands of reports and therefore, we have no way to checking the facts to judge the true and the false. Web Warning makes all their authors testify that the information in their reports are true and maintains a general policy of not removing the reports completely as we don't want scam business get away with bullying authors into removing the report. You can view our policy regarding the same by clicking here.
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• Be specific in your email: If you want to report a possible violation of Terms of Services, please include a link of the report which contains the violation. Cut and paste the concerned portions of the report in the email as well. Don't just say, “the report contains my confidential information” as we can't guess what you are referring to. We don't have magic powers nor are we X-men so if you want our help, you must be specific and not leave anything to guessing.
Legal Issues: For detailed information on legal issues like subpoenas, Web Warning’s policy for court orders, the law by which Web Warning is immune to most legal claims about third party contents, copyright claims and more, check our resources on the Legal Issue page which can be found in the drop-down menu of the Help & FAQs tab in the main menu, located at the top of every webpage of this website.
At Web Warning, we believe that our ways of operation are more transparent and consumer oriented. We maintain a permanent record of bad businesses. Unlike BBB, all the reports published on our website are available to all the people out there, world-wide. In most of the cases, you can track down the complete history of any company on Web Warning which makes us an important record keeper to check with before you deal with any company.
Web Warning is a source of uncorroborated information and the information presented in the reports and the follow-up posts,are at the sole discretion of the author from the general public. As stated in the Terms of Service, Web Warning has zero representation and offers no warranty about the usefulness or accuracy of any of the information which are posted by third parties. By using the website, you, hereby, agree not to hold Web Warning, all or any of its owners, staffs, contractors, representatives, agents or other related entities responsible for any information you see here. It is solely up to you to do your own research and validate any claim which are made on this website. It is recommended that, you make your own decisions, after doing your research from multiple sources, about companies and individuals names in any report or subsequent posts. The bottom line is, Do You Won Homework.