Ed Magedson, founder and editor of Ripoff Report is an emotional terrorist who makes millions of dollars a year from publishing false and offensive content masquerading as ‘consumer advocacy’. As is evident in this Forbes article, Magedson seems to take delight in his power to hurt people. Magedson apparently did not like the Forbes article and very soon after derogatory content was published on Ripoff Report about the author, Adam Tanner. Magedson regularly publishes the home addresses, phone numbers and even birth dates of minors on webpages containing false content about their parents (such as referring to them as prostitutes, pedophiles and/or deadbeat dads and mothers).
Even if the webpage on Ripoff Report contains a legitimate consumer complaint, Magedson refuses to remove terms such as ‘fraud’, ‘whore’ ‘skank’ or ‘drug dealer’ unless he is paid by one method or another. Magedson regularly refuses to remove identifying details and photographs about children even after their parents literally beg him for months to at least remove the content about their kids. This may prove to be Magedson’s ultimate downfall!
Ripoff Report publishes maps of the home location along with photographs of the children on many of the webpages. Magedson is a monster who, by these actions puts children in danger from pedophiles. He appears to ‘get off’ from his power enabled by a high Google page rank and ability to inflict harm and this is portrayed in the Forbes article as well as numerous blog posts.
There is current evidence that Magedson actually paid a troll who was publishing content on Ripoff Report to include photos of minors because he was ‘angry’ with the children’s father. Magedson will only remove content if he is paid thousands of dollars. Ed Magedson purports to be the voice of the consumer but he is an extortionist who pays his minions to write false material. In fact, Magedson’s self described ‘reputation hitman’, Darren M Meade was recently indicted in a US court on a range of charges including extortion and witness tampering.
So it was quite amusing, but not surprising to learn that Magedson has somehow annoyed members of Anonymous and 4chan. According to various reports, Magedson is in hiding because people want to kill him. I don’t condone violence but I cannot say that I am surprised. The video showing his residence that was published by a member of 4chan was removed from YouTube within hours because Magedson complained. I am informed that is will be back online 100 fold very soon.
Clearly, although Magedson uses ‘freedom of speech’ as an excuse to earn $15 million a year from his various extortion activities that are masked as consumer advocacy. Magedson does not believe that the re-publication of factual information or opinion applies to information about him and sends his attorneys Maria Crimi-Spethand Adam Kunz to shut down, more often than not unsuccessfully, the dissemination of anything he does not like. In fact, as is evident in a range of documents submittedinto the Iowa case, the removal of material from Ripoff Report for substantial payment is rife. In fact, this extortion has been going on for more than a decade.
This is Magedson’s home address. He owns a luxury house in an upmarket suburb, Fountain Hills, near to the city of Phoenix Arizona. Ed Magedson’s home address is registered with the county court so it took a mere couple of keyboard clicks for anonymous members to find it.
15821 E Jericho Dr
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Magedson bought this house in 2009 and a Google search for the address displays extensive maps of its location as well as photographs and specifics of its layout.
If my blog host and server company receives a complaint from Magedson’s attorneys (Jaburg & Wilk) let me say this: Before you consider taking this post offline, please check the Maricopa County Court Documents. I think that you will find that Magedson’s address is a public record. Anonymous found it quite easily. Please also look at this list of URLs from Ripoff Report. It is clear that Magedson publishes the addresses and location of minors because he is cruel and gets a kick out of his power to not remove them even though it relates to children. Ed Magedson clearly likes the power to destroy lives afforded to him by Ripoff Report but apparently Magedson has pissed off some people with more power and resources than him.
I have heard rumours that a drug cartel is looking for Magedson because he refused to remove a ror report that included location details about one of their people’s family. I can imagine that by nature of their business drug traffickers don’t like their identity and location publicised on the internet. I cannot say if this rumour is true. Magedson is prone to cry to the police or FBI with exaggerated tales that there have been death threats against him. For the record, I have not heard first hand that members of a drug cartel that does business in the south west of Arizona (he only lives a couple of hours drive from the business center of the most powerfull drug cartel in that area) is looking for Magedson. It is just a rumour. However, from what I have read, it is not wise to cross these people if one values their life.
From what I have read, even bodyguards are not sufficient protection because they can be bought off or persuaded. Magedson is notoriously cheap and I doubt he would pay enough to ensure loyalty. Plus those cartels have way more capital and resources than Magedson. I doubt whether the loyalty of any bodyguard to a client would extend to giving up his families lives. Maybe it is better to take the extra cash and see the client’s head on a stick than those of their families? All I am saying that Magedson has pissed off too many people by refusing to remove material from the website. If I had dissed a family member of a drug cartel I would not even trust people on the payroll let alone bodyguards, especially if one liked to party with young guys, or order take-away food.
So while Anonymous and 4Chan are his current problems at least they are displaying their grievances in the public domain. Moreover, they are not violent and Magedson is in no danger of personal harm from them or their associates. But I doubt whether Anonymous and 4chan are his biggest problem. It is just a question of who gets him first, the Feds or the cartel. If I were in his position I would be knocking on the Feds door. Magedson has hurt a lot of people but he has also pissed of some who are more powerfull than those that can be kept at arms length by his attorneys. I do not condone violence or drugs and I have no links to those that do. But I have done a lot of research over the last four years for my case. All I am saying is that if I were Magedson I would worry that my head would turn up on a stick in affluent Fountain Hills and my body south of the border and not trust anyone, let alone those he pays for protection and other services.
It seems that our victims’ advocacy is not the only people to stand up to Ripoff Report. After four years of reading emails, blog posts and comments from victims detailing their unanswered pleas to this despicable extortionist to remove humiliating, false and offensive material from Ripoff Report this video shows an actual extortion attempt: