The price to remove your name from a website? Is it Extortion, Blackmail or a Scam?

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Is my removal Scam, Extortion or blackmail?

A recent episode of the Anderson Cooper daytime talk show focused on celebrity blogger Nik Richie aka Hooman Karamian and some of his site victims of TheDirty.com. Most of the episode talked about claims of extortion, scams, blackmail and the legalities of the website.

The episode featured Kelly, a former Miss North Texas who claims her life and pageant career have been ruined by malicious posts on TheDirty.com. Kelly tells Anderson about the process she went through to submit a request to remove anonymously-posted content from Nik Richies The Dirty website.

Kelly tells Anderson she had to open a PayPal account and pay $12.95 a month to request her “dirt” be reviewed and ultimately removed.

Nik Richie, owner of TheDirty.com, tells Anderson he stopped that program and that “to get something removed on TheDirty.com is now free.” However, he explains there is a fee to have a request expedited via TheDirtyArmy.com aka The Dirty Army.

“How is that not extortion or blackmail?” asks Anderson.

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“It’s not because I remove stuff all the time for free,” says Nik. He continues to tell Anderson that the charge is for his time and effort. “If I don’t take the post down, I actually refund the money,” claims Nik.

Anderson reads the definition of extortion, according to Black’s Law Dictionary, “The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use or actual or threatened force, violence or fear.”

He continues, the definition of blackmail is, “Unlawful demand of money or property under threat to do bodily harm. To injure property, to accuse a crime or to dispose disgraceful defects.”

Below is the clip if you want to watch more.

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