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P4P targets journalist

If you ask any journalist they will most likely tell you, “journalism isn’t an easy job.” This is especially true when it comes to reporting on predators and scammers. Journalist, Meko Haze of discuss global, has been reporting on the lengthy criminal activities of the 501(c)4, “Punished for Protecting (P4P.) While we have, in the past, covered articles on this very organization, we have never gotten the backlash that he has endured.

P4P alleges that they are an advocacy group. Desperate families, who utilize their services, quickly learn that this “nonprofit” organization is anything but nonprofit. With excessive fees, that range into the thousands, families are given false hope and misinformation by this group; that is just the tip of this iceberg.

The information provided to these families falls into the category of “sovereign citizenship.” If you are unfamiliar with what this is, here is a brief explanation. In short, they believe in “God’s law.” They do not recognize any laws passed by the courts, and are recognized by the government as being a terrorist group. P4P had been exposed countless times for spreading this sort of information, alongside false affadavits. This is where our article picks up, regarding Meko Haze.

Following what is clearly his moral convictions, Meko began a campaign of sharing information. The information discussed how P4P’s founder, Francesca Amato, alongside several others, were breaking multiple laws. Unlike our platform, Meko did get retaliation. While most of it has been the typical nonsense we journalists deal with daily, the group decided to step it up a level.

The accused initially claimed that the journalist was, in fact, paid by CPS to derail their movement. We have found nothing that proves the claim. What we did find, sadly, is the claims didn’t end there. Other claims included child trafficking, pedophilia, and even being a fraud himself exist. This failed to silence Meko.

Earlier tonight, I watched a live video broadcasted by Meko. The video took a rather disturbing turn when Robert Slaven, boyfriend of Amato, joined the comments. Though being given multiple oppurtunities to call-in live and be interviewed, Slaven declined. Instead, he left a variety of comments that contained implied threats of bodily harm against the journalist.

While it was clear that Slaven intended to proclaim innocence of the various crimes, some being felonies, his actions only further harmed that notion. Another fact that has harmed them stems from the families they claim to have helped. We have seen cases in which the families spoke against the organization. One such case came from overseas. While a relative lives in the States, P4P took $5000 from an elderly couple. Worst of all, it didn’t stop there. After violating a “stay at home” order, due to the SARS-CoV-2 situation, the organization demanded an additional $3000 from the couple.

With the nation being in a state of shutdown, including courts, this leads me to not only ask, “why did they really go to California?” But also, “where did the money really go?” It is estimated that a trip to California, from New York, would only cost around $1000. This meams, if they really went as they claim, there is a lot of money unaccounted for.

This is the same conclusion, Meko had come to. The same conclusion that has gotten him threats of bodily harm from alleged P4P representatives. Beyond that, it has also gotten the police called.

Recently, Meko attempted to reach out to Amato, using the number she claims is for her organization. After answering the phone as her organization, Meko speaks. At this point, she tells him to never call her personal phone again, insults him, and abruptly disconnects the call. This call lead her to file a police report against the journalist. This report brings about a few problems, however.

To start, by answering the phone as your organization, she is not claiming it as a personal number, as she attempted to claim. Furthermore, by filing the report with police, she is willfully making a false accusation. To be a legitimate claim, he would of had to call her personal number. Since he made the call during a live video, her claim can be easily disproven, and I hold no doubt that it will be.

There is a fine line between harassing a journalist and outright conducting in criminal activity against one. When that line is crossed, it is time for accountability. I have no doubt that Meko has already gathered evidence to use in court, nor do I doubt his integrity. What I do doubt, is an organization, that claims to be for children, exploiting families and bullying those who speak out. Both of these are actions P4P are guilty of. If you would like to read more on this organizations, articles are linked below.

Francesca Amato uses covid-19 fears to scam family out of 5000

501(c)3 not found

Advocate scam

Advocate exploits sexual abuse victim

Secret congressional meeting

Local shop accused of predatory practices

UPDATE: The store in question has released a statement. We are including it here.

We understand everyone’s concern, we Will match or beat any advertisers price on any product that we carry. Business needs to carry on, We sell protective gear along with many other businesses. If we ever have a price that you think is too high we will do our best to beat or match competitors price. We sell essential ite.ms, and these products are needed by people locally because all of the supplies are going to hospitals. These products need to be available for the public and we are doing our best to bring these products to you for the best prices possible. I understand that we are under attack, but we are here to talk, and I know that if you find a better price let me know. We get these gloves from our supplier, and I think that people should understand that these products are necessary for the regular people too. We will be glad to talk to anyone about any concerns that you know. anyone commenting are doing this based on hype and not because you have been charged too much because we bring low prices. There has been a brigade against me, but I have called the Board of Health who gave me the guidelines for me to sell these essential products. We are doing a service and I hope anyone mad can give me a call or stop in for the best possible price. NOBODY that ACTUALLY knows me or visits my store will see that we will do everything possible to bring you the products that you want for the besyt possibe price.

Additional information
We recieved photographs containing the prices of items that no longer appear on the site. We are posting them here.

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Recently, the ‘Director of sales and Marketing,’ Lindsay Catherine Lorence, recieved backlash after posting, “We’ve got all the essentials! Stop by Treasure Point or hit me up! 206 Marine Drive, Anderson. 765.643.5822.” The backlash stems after it was discovered that she, acting on behalf of her business, ‘Treasure Point,’ had apparantly bought out available supplies at other local retailers before allegedly price gouging the items for resell.

The post, which amounted to a lot of controversy, shows that the small business may have been hoarding the items.

The above shown items bring even more question due to the fact the store is listed as being a ‘car stereo’ and ‘motorsports’ retailer. However, predatorial business practices, post the SARS-CoVID-2, outbreak, aren’t unheard of.

Recently, there was public outcry when a Tennesse resident began stockpiling supplies for resell on Amazon. In the end, he was forced to donate the items, currently faces charges for price gouging, and had his items removed from the site.

When looking at ‘Treasure Point’s’ previous images, we found no indication that the store, prior to the outbreak, ever carried the items they are now accused of gouging. For this reason, and due to the outcry, we reached out to the store for comment. Currently, we have gotten no response.

Sadly, unethical practices such as this are becoming all to common. For Indiana residents, the state to which this store is located, a consumer complaint can be filed with the following telephone numbers: 1.800.382.5516 or 317.232.6330. Alternatively, an online complaint can be made here.

The DOC articles update

It’s been awhile since we’ve touched on this subject. Within those articles, we had withheld the identification of our source, and will continue to do so. However, we have been granted permission to release the name of the facility to which the articles discussed. If you need a “refresher,” the articles can be found here, here, and here.

As you may recall, we spoke of how the whistleblower had gone months without employment, a common trend among those who speak out against law enforcement. In recent times, even members of our platform have recieved messages from people alleging to be former employees, thoug some of their profiles state they are current officers.

The articles, to which we spoke of, derived from an correctional facility out of Oklahoma. Mabel Bassett Correctional center has a long history of alleged cover-up as well as corruption among the officers. Beyond this, there are many other accusations regarding the facility. In one review, the individual alleges,

It’s infested with mole,kitchen has roaches and medical is the worst. An inmate received notice from medical that she was exposed to HEPATITIS A and medical refused to give her the vaccine, so now how many inmates have been effected in this facility????

Other accusations, some to which had been confirmed, range from officers refusing to stop fights to a potential cover-up of a death (unconformed.)

While this article is a basic update, that isn’t what caught my attention. As stated, members of our team had gotten some messages from an alleged former officer. Recapping one of the messages, the individual wrote, “I got a random message not long ago asking about the place and I looked at the reviews and saw ur comment.” When asking about the comment, I was informed that he had no memory of writing anything regarding the facility, and so we looked.

Searching on Google reviews and Facebook, it would appear that the statement was, in fact partially true. There was a comment left on Facebook, an oversight perhaps. Upon showing the member the screenshot, he did recall it, stating it was to bring awareness for those negatively effected by this place. However, the messaging person wanted information about our whistleblower. Details we cannot, and will not provide.

WoC has had a long standing policy of not revealing sources. Should the individual contact me for this information, I will be obligated into citing our policy to them. This protects our sources and prevents potential retaliation. Over the years, we have learned many things. One of these things is nobody ever asks for sources without having a reason. While the reason may very well be for information, as a platform we have an obligation to protect them; we simply can’t maintain trust and credibility if we reveal those who trust us to withold their identities.

This article isn’t much, just an update with some other details. Unless we get something more critical, we are planning to end fiture updates regarding this facility here. While we still haven’t revealed some information, such as the name of the captain, it’s not due to the lack of knowledge. In fact, we using nothing more than a lastname, we were able to find the captain on Facebook. The rest of the information is being stored away for the “just in case” factor. While we hope to never need to, we will only do another article if the facility does any future retaliation against our sources.

Dahvie Vanity: the abuse discussed

Recently, it seems that there are many things coming out regarding internet celebrities. However, lead singer for the band, ‘Blood on the dancefloor,’ Dahvie Vanity has had accusations floating around him for years. Though the abuse and rapes are coming to light now, this isn’t the first time it’s been highlighted.

Vanity began his career as an internet sensation. In the days of Myspace, his music quickly appealed to the youth, which placed him into the perfect position for exploitation. For many of his fans, he was an idol. However, not every girl kept that aspect of innocence. Vanity, according to many, made a point of targeting young girls who were already vulnerable. Some came from broken homes, others were emotionally vulnerable, all of these children were made victims by this predator.

The singers’ victims include Dianna Farrell (2007,) and the infamous Jessi Slaughter (2010.) However, there are dozens of other young women who have come forward regarding his sexual abuse. The most disturbing aspect, to all of this, is the fact Dahvie has yet to be held accountable. Although he has had encounters with law enforcement, he seems to only get a “slap on the wrist,” in one instance, a mere warning. How is this possible?

While there are two alleged investigations pending, one has to question the police, who allowed this man to walk free. In the past, Vanity had a method for silencing his victims. Writing songs about some victims, bullying them, or even sending his die-hard fans to torment them, it ensured their silence. After the rape of ‘Jessi Slaughter,’ those of us around at the time, witnessed the horrific bullying she endured. This including doxxing, death threats, phone calls, and so fourth. At the age of 12, she made an apology video, potentially under duress from Vanity and his fans. In this video, she apologizes for accusing him of rape; it was at that moment, he had won her silence.

His abuse, once exposed initially, had cost him tours, band members quitting, even friendships. Ironically, however, it didn’t appear to affect his following much. In recent times, he has made a “new” start on Facebook. His Blood on the dancefloor page remains highly active with frequent postings. This presents a problem. First, let’s talk about Facebook’s TOS.

According to the terms of service a convicted sex offender cannot have an account. This means, that should he ever face justice, Facebook would be required to disable his accounts. Because he’s not convicted, the said problem arises, one that could had been avoided if law enforcement had done their job. With over one million followers, Dahvie Vanity, currently, has access to countless teens. Through this, there are thousands of potential new victims. While Chris Hansen has taken on his investigation, it may do little in swaying Vanity’s followers. Given past ordeals involving those who expose Vanity, it may only serve to enrage them into defending their fallen idol.

Handling a dox threat

This article isn’t like the ones we typically write. Instead, this is a basic guide into handling a dox threat, as well as handling the situation after a dox. My platform, and myself, aren’t new to this. In 2017, while facing a three year smear campaign, I had been doxxed, alongside my family. Needless to say, I have had plenty of time to prepare for another round.

Initial threat

If you have never been through something like this before, the mere threat of being doxxed can be a very serious element to contend to. Having your information made publically available, without your consent, not only places you in potential danger, but those around you as well.

Rather or not the dox happened, you must remain calm. Remember, if you go into a panic, you aren’t able to think clearly and therefore miss potential evidence.

Collect Evidence

Always keep a record of the evidence. The more you have, the easier it is to prove. If the would-be doxxer is broadcasting his intentions, screencap it. The same goes if they are bragging about past doxxings. Remember, doxxing can be a felony, it can have added charges such as stalking, and you cannot afford to not have enough evidence.

Find Support

In most cases, pertaining doxxing, the individual has a history of the behavior. With that in mind, finding former victims, who have been threatened or doxxed, may be critical. The reason for this is it demonstrates a past behavior. In the law enforcement field, the past behaviors will often dictate those of the future.

Centralize

As you collect evidence, especially from other victims, find a way to centralize it. By having it in one location, law enforcement is able to get to it mich more quickly. In the case of Vincent Nicotra, we have a gallery for this very purpose.

Statements

This is especially essential when reporting it to law enforcement, links provided below. Having a written, or typed, statement will allow you to summarize without the pressure. If going to the police with a prewritten statement, always be sure to sign the end of it.

Reporting

In cases to which there are multiple victims, this maybe a challenge. When reporting, and using other victim names, try to be accurate. If you do not know their real names, try using an alias they are known by. For example:

Youtuber: John Doe

Though it isn’t their actual name, it does give law enforcement a means of contacting the individual. So who do you report these crimes to?

First off, you want to start with your local law enforcement agency, this begins the legal trail. If all they can do is take a report, that’s fine, don’t be discouraged, you are making a trail that dhows you have reported the situation. Now, once you do this, you may file an ic3 report.

An ic3 report, as it’s commonly called, is the cybercrime division of the FBI. By this point, you would had hopefully collected the evidence needed, should they ask for it. However, it never hurts to mention, within your report, other victims, centralized evidence location (if applicable,) and any information you may know regarding the doxxer.

FBI ic3 complaint form

Vincent Nicotra: Doxxing

Earlier this year, people witnessed the moment journalist, Chris Hansen, terminated his web designer, Vincent Nicotra. The termination was a result of countless unethical behaviors that ranged from false DMCA claims to doxxing. While you would think the lesson would had been clear, it appears that Nicotra is back to doxxing.

Nicotra implying that she was doxxed. Being that he posted this, implies he had it done, or did it himself.

Doxxing

Doxxing is a common method for obtaining personal information about a targeted individual. If used to harass the target, doxxing can be classified as a form of stalking, one of many reasons it is illegal. Illegal doxxing is the method of obtaining personal information and posting it online with malicious intent, exactly what Vincent has a history of doing.

Due to the nature and legalities of doxxing, social media sites have options for reporting this behavior. Twitters’, for instance, can be found here. Beyond going to social media, a victim can report these crimes to agencies such as the FBI. Information on this can be found here.

With each dox Vincent continues on innocent people, it is obvious that he either doesn’t care about the legal effects or is completely oblivious to them. The facts are simple, in a case such as this:

  • What Vincent is doing is illegal.
  • His doxxing can be classified as stalking, especially since he has doxxed some people several times.
  • Vincent can go to prison for these crimes.
  • Being that most of his victims are spread throughout several states, he could face felony charges.

While it is unlikely that Vincent will ever stop without legal involvement, we still issue this article as a warning to him. Furthermore, we present this article with the hopes that his victims are able to get the justice they deserve.

Predators: not a tos violation

Recently, alongside multiple people, our platform fought to get, what was clearly a predatorial account on Facebook. Although getting a profile like this removed should be an easy task, it has proven to be the exact opposite. After dozens of reports against the profile, individual images, the message from Facebook has been the same: “the profile does not violate our terms of sevice.”

Our platform initially learned about this profile from Twitter. As we have, other individuals were attempting to get it removed due to the graphic images and postings detailing interests in pedophilia. Thus far, dozens of people have taken to twitter, posting the profile link, in a desperate attempt to removing the profile.

Facebook’s blatant allowance of this, and profiles like this, to exist leads to many questions. Unlike the old days of Facebook, they have removed the option to rebuttal their decision, leaving users with no options to explain why the profile needs to be taken down. The actions of Facebook should be of great concern for parents, eapecially if their children utilize the site.