The Irony of Avid Life Media passing legal threats on the internet is delicious

If Avid Life Media aka Ashley Madison used fake female profiles to lure men to paying for the service, such customers guaranteed to keep their mouths shut if they were not satisfied with the results who also had to pay $19.99 to leave Ashley Madison with a “full delete” service that itself appears to be a scam, at what point does the following come into play since Avid Life used the wires to conduct the business enterprise:

(1)“racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions of title 18, United States Code: Section 201 (relating to bribery), section 224 (relating to sports bribery), sections 471, 472, and 473 (relating to counterfeiting), section 659 (relating to theft from interstate shipment) if the act indictable under section 659 is felonious, section 664 (relating to embezzlement from pension and welfare funds), sections 891–894 (relating to extortionate credit transactions), section 1028 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents), section 1029 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with access devices), section 1084 (relating to the transmission of gambling information), section 1341 (relating to mail fraud), section 1343 (relating to wire fraud)………

Following the link to Wire Fraud, a predicate act under this statute reveals the following:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

You know folks, depending on how you look at the Ashley Madison hack, I could see an argument for the Impact Team being considered whistle blowers if the above is true.  Maybe the FBI needs to divide its Ashley Madison hack investigation in two and explore whether websites like Ashley Madison are a modern day version of a lonely heart scam that used to be perpetrated by old fashioned snail mail back in the day.

Those of you that remember the Sherry murders should also remember they were killed because they were blamed for the disappearance of Kirksey Nix’s pile of money he derived from running a jailhouse lonely heart scam targeted at gay men.  Due to the inherent interactivity of romance websites like Ashley Madison where a fictitious account can reel in the marks by the truckload this version of ye ol’ lonely hearts scam need not depend on an extortion component to make big money.

Still in all today after the 2008 financial crash officialdom calls this type of stuff Capitalism. Back in the 1970s such rackets were termed organized crime.

10 thoughts on “The Irony of Avid Life Media passing legal threats on the internet is delicious”

  1. Apparently Avid Life Media didn’t get everything rolled out.

    Ashley Madison was working on an app called What’s Your Wife Worth

    In a June 2013 email, Noel Biderman, ALM’s chief executive, offered some feedback on the app’s development. “Choice should be ‘post your wife’ and ‘bid on someone’s wife,’” he wrote, adding: “I am not sure we should be asking for real names—rather usernames.”

    Seems like there are probably a lot of AM users who would have stepped on their d*cks with that app had it launched prior to this hack. Seems like it would have been another major opportunity for AM to charge for “account deletions” as word got around social circles who was being voted on and why.

  2. Holy Hacking Hoe Writers ? Batman,

    Hello – After reading there was an employee who sued AM for 20 million for typing her poor wrists off creating fake women profiles I’m thinking this holy hack was an inside job or insider aided.

    Motive, opportunity and revenge for only making $25,000/yr. misleading unhappy men into thinking they were connecting with horny women which don’t exist. And the real horny ones that do exist have hormonal imbalances with too much testosterone who later grow hairs under their noses and seduce younger men in their immediate environment.

      1. rfp:

        So you have seen some women grow hair IN their noses. Interesting. They could have been nymphos in their hay day with hair in their ears too.

        P.S. I’m not an endocrinologist but I did stay at a Holiday Express with a nymphomaniac and she explained her unquenchable thirst for orgasms. And thank goodness I lost touch with her before my instrument got out of tune.

  3. Under their noses? like mustaches? Old hairy horny women?
    Do you men stay up all night thinking about this? Amazing how and what you think about women.
    Men are the Dumb ones subscribing to AM and having affairs with Fake women. Hate to think what these guys would do with Real Women given the opportunity. Maybe they need the Fake ones.. So How many men are out there cheating with REAL women and no one knows? It is So sad that it all comes out on the web and has to be exposed like this. It has definitely ruined many lives.

    1. Well yes, some do evidently.

      Of the women profiled in that GQ story I linked in this post one was horny and the rest were 1. Unhappy with their current marriage and looking or 2. Completely clueless about their unhappiness in their current marriage and looking.

  4. The CEO of AM , Mr. Biderman, has been fired/resigned but I think it is interesting that the parent company Avid Life Media is based in Toronto, Canada and we all know that Canada has a very weak free speech law and so the civil courts there should award huge amounts to people claiming slander of their names and reputations.

    And the attorneys representing the millions of plaintiffs filing their 500 million dollar lawsuit plus against Avid Life Media and AM in Canada will also be awarded big time legal fees as long as they address the Court as “My Lord” and “My Lady”. Oh yeah, can’t wait to see a Canadian company get hosed by their own Lords and Ladies.

    1. More revealing because this (the bots) required capital expenditures to pay for the programming. Will they want to argue that an internet company didn’t understand how it’s proprietary software created bots to engage the customers?

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