Ojuola Infotech Scam | Nigerian Scammer and Thief

I had just finished presenting the Copywriters Pricing Bootcamp and was preparing to bring to market the most comprehensive pricing resource for copywriters ever created.

The landing page was ready to go and I was getting excited about the launch. The attendees had been ecstatic about the content and I felt confident that the copywriters in my world would welcome this exciting new product as a great way to start 2015, especially as an aid to earning more this year.

The evening before the launch I was on Amazon feeding my book addiction when what do I see?

One of my four Copywriters Pricing Bootcamp ebooks is being advertised!

I didn’t just happen to see it… it was in my face, being heavily promoted! There, along the right side of the screen, was the distinct orange and black design I had worked on for so long, oversized, looking back at me.

At first I was massively confused. I had two other ebooks on Amazon but I had not planned to put the four Bootcamp ebooks there. Yet there it was right in front of me, Copywriting Basics for Copywriters & Consultants: Meet Your Income Goals — Guaranteed!

And then I saw it. My name as author, CHRIS MARLOW, had been replaced by OJUOLA INFOTECH. And my brand had been hijacked. CHRIS NOTES was now OJUOLA NOTES.

Interestingly there was also another name on my book, Bolakale Aremu. My book… with two authors.

bolakale aramu ojuola infotech nigerian info thieves

Searching the title of my book brought more alarm. It was being sold at virtually every bookselling outlet on the Web!

Barnes & Noble. Books-a-Million. Abe Books. Every Amazon site in every country that Amazon is in. And at all the smaller booksellers and even listed in the catalog for books, Ingram.

It was being sold on Kindle. As an ebook everywhere. And as a hard copy (ridiculous as it’s only 47 pages!). My thief also had it on Amazon for a lower price as “used.”

It became clear that I had a real problem that was going to cost time and money. Not a great way to start the year!

After my shock I became incredibly pissed. I’d been “raped” of my authorship… my brand and product had been stolen… and I was being prevented from bringing my larger product (of which the book was a significant component), to market.

But as is my nature, I was determined that this nasty info thief was not going to win! How could someone who has to steal, be smarter than me? I had not even thought at this point about exposing him.

Thus began my search on the keywords, Ojuola Infotech. It didn’t take long to learn more about him.

I discovered that “Ojuola Infotech” has two faces. Literally.

This one is his real face. Look at eyes. I see a calculating man in those eyes. He lives in Nigeria but he says he lives in Philadelphia.

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This is the picture he portrays on some other sites. This one is on Twitter.

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If you want to see how a Nigerian info-thief operates, just look up Ojuola Infotech on social media and the other pages he has. Here on Elance® he reveals that he’s from Nigeria:

ojuola infotech nigeria

Early on in my investigation I went to his Facebook page. There he was alongside his family in front of a house, all dressed in the colorful garb that I assume is common to their nationality.

I didn’t take a screenshot, dang it, because it’s the polar opposite of who he portray himself as. Soon after, he blocked me… probably because I was going around the Internet and wherever I could leave a review on my book, I would expose that he was a thief and this book was not his. He was on to me.

As I continued to gather all of the online information that I could about my book, I discovered with great alarm that the thief had bought an ISBN number for my book.

Through Bowker® that would cost $125. This is when I knew I was up against a professional who wasn’t playing around. Did he have my other three books in the series? Would I soon see them stolen as well?

My next move was to contact an Intellectual Property Lawyer.

His first question was, “Do you have that book copyrighted?”

“Ummm… well, yes… I put copyright notice on the work itself.”

“No,” he said. “I mean is it registered with the copyright office? And what about the brand… is it trademarked?”

The answer to both questions was a rather weak no.

We couldn’t go after him because he’s in Nigeria, but the first step in getting my book off the bookseller sites was to get my ebook a registered copyright. So that’s what I did as fast as my fingers could type.

I’d heard good things about The Trademark Company, so that’s where I went. Although you can register a copyright for as little as $35 at the U.S. Copyright Office, I didn’t mind paying $99 to The Trademark Company just to make sure it was done quickly and correctly.

Even though it takes five to eight months to receive a Certificate of Copyright from the U.S. Copyright office, you’re protected as soon as your copyright has been filed. I got my notice in just two hours.

My next step was to find the legal department of Amazon. It turns out that if you have a claim of copyright infringement, you have to comply with their process. Fortunately it was easy for me to prove that the book was mine. I had the other three books that make up the four-part collection and took a snapshot of my files proving the dates and components of the book.

While it was easy to prove my ownership, the process was tedious and it made me angry I had to do the process over and over again, one by one, with each online bookseller.

Amazon was swift in accepting my claim as true. However they said it might take some time to take the book down, and indeed it took about two weeks to get them off of the Amazons in all of the countries they’re in.

In the meantime, I continued to contact Barnes & Noble, Abe Books, Books-a-Million and some other smaller concerns. It killed my schedule for getting paying work done. But now, Ojuola and his buddy Aremu, are not making money off me. Since I caught them so quickly it’s doubtful they made any money at all.

But they’re probably making money off of other poor souls. They have four or five other books out at the same time as mine (such a coincidence!), and they are almost surely stolen.

So how did it happen to me?

According to my webmaster, he came to my site (probably using keywords related to copywriting or income), saw my landing page for the Copywriters Pricing Bootcamp product, and went searching for the downloads page. Even though I had created a cryptic URL, he still found it.

How do I prevent him from stealing from me again?

I don’t use a downloads page any more. Instead I’m using a service (E-junkie), that delivers the files via email.

He’d be a fool to mess with me again, and I doubt that he will. Because Ojuola Infotech is a very busy scammer. While looking at his online “properties,” I found this one where he offers to set up a non-U.S. PayPal account for you. (Obviously, he got his buddy Bolakale Aremu to pose as a client.)

ojuola paypal linkedin

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In his sell copy, Ojuola Infotech reveals that PayPal will not allow some countries, including Nigeria, to use its services.

Imagine that.

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186 Responses to Ojuola Infotech Scam | Nigerian Scammer and Thief

  1. Samuel O. Olaleye December 3, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Hello Chris, I’m a Nigerian and I just read your blog now about this Ojuola guy. He has stolen my book also – “Study In Europe Tuition-free”. He’s been selling it since January 2015. This book of mine has over 750 pages and took me over 2 years to write. I almost started crying when I saw it. Please help me ma’am. How will you help me stop him?

    • Chris December 3, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      HI Samuel… I am so sorry! But here is what you do. Go to Amazon and show them all of your data that it took to create that book, like take pictures of the files and their dates. They know he’s a book thief as you are not the only one to come forward from my post. It took a lot of work on my part but when the second victim went to them, they were swift in taking her book down. So it might be even easier for you. Once amazon takes him down — and this might take a few weeks — go to the other booksellers like Abebooks, Barnes & Nobles and anywhere else you see him selling at and tell them amazon took the book down and you want them to do the same. For all of them you will deal with their legal department… there is some paperwork but it is the same for all of them. These booksellers are very sensitive to selling books that violate copyright laws. If you can prove copyright ownership it will be even easier for you. If you did not copyright through the appropriate venue, do this now before contacting any bookseller. GOOD LUCK… it took me 4 months to get my book back. Then when you get it back post his name everywhere you can on social media. The only way to beat these bastards is for us to self-police.

      • Samuel O. Olaleye December 15, 2015 at 3:19 am #

        Thanks so much ma’am. I’ll take actions immediately. He is even selling it on fiverr. Please, how do I get the copyrite ownership?

        • Chris December 15, 2015 at 10:03 am #

          I don’t know if Nigeria has its own copyright office but in the U.S. you would file your work with the U.S. Copyright office. If that seems intimidating, you can use this company, who will do the work for you for a reasonable fee (and they would know if your being in Nigeria would make any difference to the copyright:
          http://www.thetrademarkcompany.com

          I have used them myself. Good luck! You can get your book back, you just have to get your copyright and then go to amazon, then all the others AFTER amazon has taken it down.

  2. Charles May 17, 2015 at 12:33 am #

    To Chris !

    I was fooled to and bought his Fiverr extreme training ebook 1 year ago. Very bad service, copy pasted notes in it, no updates to higher versions as he stated. I tried to talk to him , he banned my facebook profile, after he insulted me, he blocked both of my emails and my skype too.

    Learn this. His username on fiverr is “bestanimators” . Yesterday I send a complaint to Fiverr that he is selling Fiverr reviews using some other accounts. This is totally forbidden.

    Check his page, send a complain to Fiverr and ask them to search about his endeavors on the Internet and ask them if they are still sure they want to keep him as a freelancer there with that bad reputation only because he makes them money.

    I won’t be following this page, but feel free to reach out on my personal mail address.

    Good luck,
    Charles

    • Chris May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      too bad! I would have asked for the money back! But what thief would do that haha. I did send him an email asking why he steals people’s livlihoods. I got his email and address from another author whose book he stole, and she got it from amazon. I hope it freaks him out that I am EMAILING HIM.

  3. Michele Engel May 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    I am SO glad you are sharing this information with the community at large. I’ll share it, as well. I’m sorry you had to go through this experience, Chris!

  4. Bob May 9, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Awesome! Way to go, Chris……love it when the good guys (and gals) win!

  5. Irfan Siddiqui May 9, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I feel sorry for your experience you had with an Nigerian.

    I’d have not landed here unless I have seen an update on my friend Bamidele’s profile. It’s really shocking to see someone doing such fraud online where it’s not tough to being caught.

    I don’t question on your experience just to tell you that all Nigerians are not same. I have been friend as well have worked for few Nigerians including my friend Bamidele. My experience working for him is great.

    I’m thankful to you for drawing your concern here online. This will educate others from being fraud by these smammers.

    Thank you,
    Irfan

  6. Melissa Contreras May 8, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Oh my goodness Chris! I just heard in a FB group about this and came to read about it. How annoying. Glad you could do something about it and thank you for sharing your experience.

    Sending you good vibes!

    Melissa (still in the UK!)

  7. Bamidele Onibalusi May 8, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m sorry you had to go through that.

    I’ve followed the news on movie producers complaining about piracy for years now, but I couldn’t really feel their pain until I started creating and selling work of my own; the thought of having it stolen and sold for profit makes me cringe.

    The writer’s biggest fear is having her work stolen, and I would be furious if someone took one of my paid ebooks, replaced my name – while still using the original design – and tried to make money from it by selling it as HIS own.

    It’s even more embarrassing that this guy is Nigerian; I’m saying this as someone who is indeed proud to be Nigerian, and I believe it goes without saying that not all Nigerians are like this.

    People like this are everywhere, so I won’t see it as an issue isolated to Nigeria; Nigeria has a population of 180 million people, around 60 million of whom use the internet, so crooks like this are expected to manifest.

    Your response to this is classy, though, and I’m very sure Ojuola Infotech (or whatever other fake name he chooses to use later) already regrets stealing your work.

    I’m also glad that there’s a silver lining to this; you get to educate yourself more about protecting your work, which keeps you protected from much bigger thieves in the future, while at the same time educating other writers to do the same.

    Keep up the great work!

    Best Regards,
    Bamidele (a proud Nigerian)

    • Bamidele Onibalusi May 8, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      I also shared this to create more awareness about this, and so others can learn from your experience and protect themselves better.

    • Chris May 8, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      Hi Bamidele,

      It’s wonderful to hear from a Nigerian who can help add perspective. Yes, thieving is in almost all cultures (where is it that they cut your hands off if you steal? Maybe not that country LOL). Here in the Internet community I think we have to work together to call out people like Ojuola Infotech not only to shut him down but to show what can happen to them if they steal. This can (hopefully) convince them that it will be easier to produce their own work and therefore cut down on this kind of thing. Certainly there is no “Internet police” to do this for us! The other thing that I hope to show through all of this is that the Internet is not some big amorphous thing. It’s made up of communities and just like physical communities, people get to know each other. A lot of the people who responded to this post know each other from social media, from working together on projects, from meeting at conferences, from being in the same niche… and so on. So coming together as we have makes us stronger against those who would hurt us. If Ojuola Infotech is reading this, he might feel shame to realize what he has done to me… one would hope, anyway. He’s still selling 4 or 5 other books and I doubt that they’re all his.

      • Bamidele Onibalusi May 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Hi Chris,

        It’s sad indeed to hear Amazon still has those other ebooks online.

        After posting a link to this article on Facebook, a follower – also Nigerian, has promised to reach out to authors of the other ebooks and notify them about this.

        Indeed, the power of a community is amazing. It’s great to see how much more we can achieve when we’re united than when we’re alone.

        Best Regards,
        Bamidele

        PS. I’d love to send you an email but can’t seem to find an address on this site, except the long contact form on your contact page. How do I reach out?

        • Bamidele Onibalusi May 15, 2015 at 4:32 am #

          Never mind, I eventually realized that not all the fields on the contact page are mandatory; I’ve sent you an email, and it’s about a very important issue with this site’s theme.

          Let me know if you got it!

          • Chris May 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

            Hi Bamidele, I did … I looked … and I could not see anything. But thanks for taking the time!

  8. Julie Perrott May 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Thank you for such a great heads-up. Sorry to hear that it has caused such grief. They are still on Facebook, from what I can see but I’ve just blocked them, and were you aware there may be a ‘possible’ connection to https://lovelarpei.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/a-;laud-oh-lord/

    This link came up on twitter when I searched Ojuola Notes.

    Thank you again.

    • Chris May 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Thank you Julie 🙂 I had not thought of searching the brand. The cop has his facebook page back up but not Ojuola Infotech. He does have at least 3 aliases. I’d be surprised if he steals from a copywriter again!

  9. Bilal Khan Meo May 7, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    report copyright

  10. Benedict Paul May 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Came across this Copyblogger post and immediately thought about you & your predicament.

    Hope it helps.

    http://www.copyblogger.com/protect-your-content/

  11. Adrienne May 2, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Wow Chris, what a disturbing thing to have happen to you. I would have been pissed to and done everything in my power to stop that thief. I’m SO glad you outted him like that and hopefully the next time anyone Google’s his name they’ll run across this post and learn that he’s about as dishonest as they come.

    I know that put a cramp in the way your year started off but you probably helped a lot more people who may have already been ripped off by him in learning what they can do about it.

    Glad everything turned out okay for you and you put a stop to them, for now at least.

    ~Adrienne

    • Chris May 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you Adrienne… I am learning a lot about Internet thieves through this process and will get it into a blog post soon!

  12. Doc Reiss May 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Dear Chris,

    There is no reason to tolerate a thief like Ojuola Infotech or his apparent cohort, Bolakale Aramu. Good for you for fighting back. And through it all you have helped me and countless others with your knowledge so we can be protected as well. Thank you.

    Keep Smilin’

    Doc

    • Chris May 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

      Thank you Doc… your encouragement comes at the exact moment when I am going, “Ugh… I have to make a video to do a better job of exposing him.” Onward ho…

  13. Daniel G. Taylor May 1, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Hi Chris,

    You’ve done well to expose this thief.

    On the copyright side of things, the US is a signatory to the Berne Convention. That means you own the copyright as soon as you create it.

    While this is the law in America and the other nations who are part of the agreement, capitalist America couldn’t make any money from copyright like this.

    And thus the idea for paying to register for copyright (a right you already have under the law) was born.

    Daniel

    • Chris May 1, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      Yes Daniel… I agree with you. I also think there are lots of professions that purposely make things complicated so you have to buy rather than do it yourself 🙂

  14. Sue Brewton May 1, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    I agree with Nancy Ross Brewer, what a horrifying story! Many thanks to you, Chris, for sharing and educating. I’m going to be publishing for the first time this year, and I’m so happy I came across your article. I will be forwarding it to all my writer friends. Thanks again!

    • Chris May 1, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      I hope you’re on my mailing list Sue … I’ll be publishing the steps to getting your copyright in the least-cost manner in the next few days 🙂 Sign up at:

      http://chrismarlow.com

  15. Vee April 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    That’s so scary Chris! I really admire your persistence in gaining control over your book!

    • Chris April 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

      Thank you Vee! Some copywriters are stepping up to help me obliterate him in social media… Ojuola Infotech’s face will be plastered everywhere in connection with the word SCAM!

  16. Mari April 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Reblogged here, Chris. http://wp.me/p2skCr-t7

    Thanks again. I’ll definitely follow your advice!

    • Chris April 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      You rock Mari — thank you! Dianna Huff gave me some good SEO advice so the blog will show up in more places in social media!

  17. Nancy Ross Brewer April 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Horrifying story, but I have to say I’m not surprised. Too many folks from Nigeria attempt connections on LinkedIn, only to then try to scam others into clearly illegal situations. What a waste of human talent. I don’t care if other cultures don’t think it’s wrong, we do! Wrong, wrong, wrong! Best of luck with a good final resolution on this, Chris.

    • Chris April 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      thank you Nancy — I’m working on some resources for us. Stay tuned!

  18. Leila Zogby April 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    The pen (or word processor in this case) is mightier than the sword!

    • Chris April 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      I love that, always have, because it is SO true!

  19. Barb O April 30, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Oh, Chris, what a story! Thank you for thinking of us in the midst of your pain. I was curious if ojuola had some kind of special meaning, so I googled it. You might get a kick out of this first part from one site (namesdoor.com – part in ” ” copied in all its original glory, upper case in [ ] my comments):

    “Name Ojuola life path number is 2. Humans with life path number 2 are characterized by special sensibilty and much compassion for others.” [SO MUCH FOR NAMESDOOR’S CREDIBILITY!] “They perfectly understand how to interpret ideas and plans of others. You like to help and realize those plans.” [OH, SO HE WAS JUST HELPING YOU OUT, EH?!] “Therefore you make an intelligent follower and an excellent assistant on whom one can always rely on.” [SO MAYBE YOU COULD HIRE OJUOLA INFOTECH AS YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT!]

    Oy!

    • Chris April 30, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Ha! A little levity is welcome here. Thanks Barb… one of our commenters here did some research and found out that Ojuola Infotech has a THIRD name… don’t know if it was always there or if he is already changing his name due to this blog post. I did go to LinkedIn and reported him.

  20. Mari Barnes April 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Chris, I’m so sorry you had to deal with this but I thank you for sharing all the information. I’d like to re-blog, with your permission.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      OMG Mari, please do. This is what it’s all about… getting the word out… thanks!

  21. Coach Dee April 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Here is the link to his FB profile. https://www.facebook.com/bestoflawal?fref=ts

    • Coach Dee April 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

      And the alternate FB profile for “Aremu Lawal” https://www.facebook.com/aremu.lawal.5

      • Coach Dee April 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

        Oh and his Skype name: Ojuolaconnect in case you want to talk to him. This guy is everywhere and looks like stealing from everyone he can find. Crazy!!

  22. Coach Dee April 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    I am sorry you have had to go through this, I can’t imagine the frustration and anger you felt. This is eye opening as it just didn’t even cross my mind that someone would take anothers work in black and white, slap their name on it and sell it as their own.

    Anyway, a little searching and I think your perpetrator is only one person making use of several persona’s to cover his tracks. He now goes by “Lawal Aremu” on both YouTube and FB. and has the same picture you posted. I am sure he will simple continue to change his name as he gets caught. Seems they feel very bold and untouchable hidden behind their computers in a far away country where not much can be done to them. Again, I am sorry.

  23. Coach Maria April 29, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    You can also go to his LinkedIn profile and click on “more” near the connect button. Then report him to LinkedIn and send them the URL to your story.

    LI will “eventually” look at his profile.

    I fact, anyone who reads this can do that!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

      Oh Maria… this is the kind of thing we need to learn! Thank you, I will do that right now…

  24. Coach Maria April 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Sorry you’ve had to go through this.

    Years ago I found a competitors main offering (PDF) online as I was looking for something. I was shocked

    I searched another few words and added PDF to the search and find my $200 eworkbooks.

    I purchased a shopping cart.

    If anyone has the pay using Paypal button (or other firms buttons) on their websites AND they have documents parked on their website awaiting, those files are available to anyone who searches the topic.

    Best to use a shopping cart or affiliate program, that “hides” the documents online, with full password protection.

    I haven’t had anyone steal my books, as you have but I deal with people who take my articles (in full) and put their names on them. Big pain.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      HI Maria, the more I read here, the more I think we need a “report a thief” resource. Anyone know of anything like this? I’d like to submit two names: Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu.

  25. Paul Black April 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    Without a doubt this is one of the worst author’s nightmares out there. Thanks so much for the advice in the above post. I’m expecting a couple of books to be out this year and I’m grateful for your telling us what to do to try and keep this from happening to us. You’ve done a very brave thing and have benefited all of us who make a living by writing.

    Paul Black

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      HI Paul, thanks for letting me know it helped you for me to expose Ojuola Infortech… and that through this post we have discovered some protections. Seems like us copywriters are all writing books… I am SO curious about what they are!

  26. Kathleen Cleary April 29, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    It really saddens me to read of the heartless, callous way some can just steal what was hours and hours of research and detailed work for you and simply try to profit assuming they won’t be discovered. The scam is up…at least for those two names…until they start again with new names! Really, how do they sleep at night? Well, the name ‘Chris Marlow’ has probably become an unexpected nightmare! Kudos for your persistence in exposing them!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      Ha! Great observation Kathleen… that Ojuola Infotech may wish HE’d never met ME!

  27. Cecelia April 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow – Chris – This is horrible! Thanks so much for taking the time to fill us all in on the potential dangers. And as others have said congratulations for coming out fighting.

    I feel badly for people like Eni Victor. It can’t be enjoyable to be painted with the same brush as some criminal, just because he happened to be born in the same country.

    I do hope you write that ebook with all you’ve learned. It has a far greater reach than anything on copywriting.

    Good luck with getting this guy and his friends out of your life – forever!

    Cecelia

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Thank you Cecelia… you echo my sentiments exactly. Like anything else, the way to change it is to fix it. And right now we’re doing something about that. Thanks for the encouragement on the book. I’m getting other stories coming into my inbox. I may have to take a closer look at that book idea. Do you think an Internet thief might want to steal a book on how to protect yourself from Internet thieves? Rhetorical 🙂

  28. Celine April 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    What a remarkable story Chris! And what a survivor you truly are.

    Thank you Ojuola Infotech for stepping into our hen house, for in so doing, you inadvertently shone a very bright light on your wicked schemes making us wise to them. And in our new found wisdom have grown highly protective of our intellectual property. In short, the more you foolishly expose yourself the weaker you will become.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      I love it Celine… so well put… but then what else would we expect from a masterful copywriter 🙂 You’re right… Ojuola Infotech is a pretty dim bulb to steal from a group of people who are smarter than he is.

  29. John Ming April 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    What a gut-wrenching story! Thank you for posting it so that we can learn something from your experience to help us protect ourselves. So sorry that it happened to a nice lady like you. Good copywriters like yourself are so busy writing high-quality content that they rarely think about the dark side of intellectual property theft – until it happens. You handled it in exemplary fashion, notwithstanding the enormous cost in terms of time lost and mental anguish. All copywriters can learn a valuable lesson about “copyrighting” from this.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks John… the World Wide Web seems so big, but in reality it’s pockets of niches. Ojuola Infotech has been called out in his niche of Internet Marketers. I believe social media will be his undoing. If I had time to keep doing this, I’d go into his network in LinkedIn and spread the word there. I could also join the many groups he’s in and do the same there. He’s trapped, like the skunk he is.

  30. Vicki Hogue April 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    How terrible, Chris. It is too bad that there are people like Ojoula Infotech in the world who steal the works of others. I wish you much success in continuing to expose the thief!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      With your help Vicki, and the help of everyone else here, Ojuola Infotech will go down.

  31. Phil Dunn April 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Smack em down! Go Chris.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Will do Phil. Alarmingly, I’m getting emails from other CWs and there is a current spate of online identity theft. I will come out with the details in an email tomorrow…

  32. Chris April 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    I mentioned that elsewhere… it does sound like a good idea and I sure do have a case study I can use 🙂 And finally Ojuola Infotech would be in a book legitimately hahaha!

  33. David Tomen April 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Chris,

    I hope you don’t mind but I took the initiative to share this with Joel Friedlander, Penny Sansevieri and the Books and Writers group on LinkedIn.

    I’m a published author (not nearly as successful as you yet! :-)), but had my entire GoDaddy account hacked. And it took me nearly a year to get everything re-built from scratch. (Funny to because I first published on eJunkie back in the day and thought it “old-fashioned” in 2015. Shows how much I know …)

    I truly feel your pain and admire your bravery in going after these characters.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
    David

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

      OMG David — please do! This is all about spreading the word! And the warning. Thank you very much!

  34. meredith April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    As I was reading through the comments I kept thinking, someone has to write an ebook about how to protect yourself from thieves like Ojuola Infotech and his cohorts. Whaddya say, Chris?!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

      I mentioned that elsewhere… it does sound like a good idea and I sure do have a case study I can use 🙂 And finally Ojuola Infotech would be in a book legitimately hahaha!

  35. D Kendra Francesco April 29, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    This showed up under a quick search in the US version of Amazon (note the difference in spelling, from Aramu to Aremu)

    http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Share-Platters-Art-Nutrition-ebook/dp/B00S1L4HYA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

    There are two other books there; he’s touting studying in Germany.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

      I may have misspelled the Bolakale name, thank you for pointing that out Kendra. Their name is on four or five more books and even though they stink of theft, I can’t prove it and so they remain.

      • D Kendra Francesco April 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

        I wasn’t thinking that you misspelled it. I was thinking that he “got clever” and changed the spelling just enough to mislead, so we might want to consider that when searching.

  36. Steve April 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    That’s a bold Nigerian thief, all right – and unfortunately there are many more of them!

    That extra layer of security can make all the difference, so thanks for sharing your experience, insights, and usual good advice.

  37. Maureen April 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Good for you, Chris, talk about attention to details, this guy didn’t know who he was tangling with! Thanks for telling your story, I’m sure it will be useful to others.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

      Thank you Maureen, I am determined to see the name Ojuola Infotech fade away and by posting you are helping me do that.

  38. Susan April 29, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Chris, good work! In this community, we are often called upon to protect our clients’ work as well as our own. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and for clarifying the difference between claiming copyright and actually filing for the official record of it.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      It was news to me too Susan… thank you for being part of the discovery 🙂

  39. nicolas April 29, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Nigerians are infamous for this. They even have pop tracks celebrating the scammer life style. Go Chop Your Dollar was a big hit in 2005 and there are plenty of new artist doing the same type music.

    Wonder if they get bootlegged too?

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      I wasn’t aware of this Nicholas… but we have evil music here too so I shouldn’t be surprised. The world’s good people have a lot of work ahead.

  40. Kim April 29, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Go get’em, Chris! So, glad that you did this for the sake of all of us. Thank-you.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      HI Kim, thank you for your support!

  41. Daryl Thompson April 29, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Chris,

    So sorry you had to go through this nightmare. And massive kudos to you for making “lemon out of lemonade” by creating something positive out of a negative situation by outlining the steps necessary to protect yourself in case this happens to someone else. Thanks so much for that, you rock!

    Best,

    Daryl

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      Thanks Daryl… good WILL come out of it. It’s like putting a pebble in a pond… when you put this much energy out and others help as we are doing here, it’s impossible not to generate even more energy. Someone might even get the idea to write a book about info-theft! Don’t you think that would be a seller? Maybe the king of info-theft himself, Ojuola Infotech, should be interviewed – hahahaha!

  42. Stacey Morris April 29, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Terrible story – sorry you had to go through all of that. But you do provide a helpful roadmap for the future. It could happen to anyone, and now we have a good idea of how to handle it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      HI Stacy… good to hear from you. Yes, it will be interesting to watch Amazon and see if Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu are still there in a few months.

  43. Lydia Mills April 29, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Wow – this is a real eye opener and kinda scary too. I wonder how many other people these guys have stolen from.

    It seems as if a lot of these crooks and scammers come from Nigeria. What’s with that?

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      I have no idea why Nigeria has this reputation and I feel bad for the legit businesses there, as Ojuola Infotech and his buddy Bolakale Aramu (the cop), hurt their own people (and thus themselves) by doing this. the Internet (for those countries who have it), puts us all in each others’ back yards.

  44. Chris Allsop April 29, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    A lesson learned for all of us, Chris. Thanks for sharing on how to avoid something like this!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      HI Chris — I have seen scams like Ojuola Infotech exposed online before. I think that the longevity of expose sites and the keywords do actually put these guys out of business. Sure, they pop up again. But you can’t just give up and let them win.

  45. Scott Sorrell "Mr. Charge Higher Prices" April 29, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Chris, don’t be so quick to dismiss this guy’s ripoff as behind you. All he has to do is change the title and republish the book, even under a different authorship name, without your even realizing he has done so. And even if you luck out and catch him, he can do the same thing again and again. Maybe some expert out there can give advice as to how to spot such a re-skinning quickly. Doing a unique phrase search on Google won’t work, because the actual text of the book cannot be crawled by search engines unless he posts the manuscript online somewhere as a PDF or other text doc. Can anyone advise?

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      Good point Scott… Ojuola Infotech presents as a sophisticated thief so you may be right. One thing I learned in this is that Amazon has long fingers. Somehow behind the scenes they’re very connected with lots of other resellers. When they took the book down suddenly it disappeared from a number of other bookseller sites, lessening my work. I have to wonder, as big as they are, if they check for duplicate content. After all, we can do that ourselves with our own sites as I learned in another post here. So best prevention is to #1. copyright your work; #2. lock your document; #3. Do not upload it to an unprotected page; #4. Get it on Amazon before the thief does (if you want to be on Amazon at all). At least that’s my thinking so far…

      • Chris April 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

        Has Amazon removed the other books that he had published? After having proof that he was stealing property and selling it as his own, I would hope Amazon would shut down his account and stop any pending payments that he ‘earned’.

        They should have some personal or business information on him so such as a business license or the equivalent of a Nigerian SSN so at learn he would have to get a new business license I would think.

    • Susan April 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Scott,

      I agree with you and will add some shadings on your comment

      I have had google index text in password-protected PDFs in a password protected membership site. The only way to stop google from doing this is to “no index” the page, which your membership software may or may not do.

      You say “Doing a unique phrase search on Google won’t work, because the actual text of the book cannot be crawled by search engines unless he posts the manuscript online somewhere as a PDF or other text doc.”

      I think “won’t work” is a little strong here. Doing a unique phrase search on google may turn up something–such as a protected PDF on a protected site–but certainly not all instances.

  46. Marnie Hughes April 29, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    So glad you did this, Chris. Some of us might not have had the courage (or time or brain power) to deal with this assault. Thank you for representing all who create for a living and standing up against criminals. Am inspired!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      Thank you Marnie… Ojuola Infotech has several other books as mentioned before and I strongly suspect they are stolen too… there are signs… I feel for those authors. If I could find them and help them I would!

  47. Ron April 29, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Chris.

    Sorry to hear your story.

    But kudos to you for going after the guy.

    I had to file a lawsuit against a very popular, multi-million dollar info-marketer because he stole sales copy from me without paying me for it … despite the fact that we had signed a contract spelling out my retainer plus my royalty.

    And when my attorney served him this lawsuit, he hired a lawyer to try to get the case dismissed. Because apparently, he believes that he can steal my work without paying me for it.

    I bring this up, because … I know I’m going to win my case since I have a ton of evidence against this guy. And once I win, I’m going to post the judgement on a website that links to this guy’s name and his business.

    Why am I going to do this?

    Because the only thing that is going to stop thieves is by shaming, humiliating, and embarrassing them in front of the world.

    My lawyer says I can do this since a judgement is public records. So I’m not doing anything illegal by posting it online.

    Sadly, everybody thinks this famous info-marketer is a swell guy. But that’s about to change when I show the world who he really is.

    Anyway, kudos to you for taking action!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Wow Ron … I sure do wonder who that is! But I’ll offer you support in any way I can. I had a similar experience with an entity that EVERYONE knows in the copywriting world. The only reason I didn’t go after them is that other business comes to me from that direction. I agree with you… the cops aren’t going to take down the Ojuola Infotechs of the world… we need to do our own policing.

  48. Ciaran April 29, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Fair play to you for getting it all sorted out so quickly. I can’t imagine I would have had the calmness required to sit still and type for longer than two minutes after seeing that lowlife had stolen something of mine. The more shares this gets the better, though I imagine he’ll just change his name and do it all again to some other poor souls.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      HI Ciaran… I thought the same thing… that Ojuola Infotech will just get a new name. But if you look him up, he has quite a few scam sites and he’s in social media. It will take a lot of work to rename everything… time consuming at the least. Perhaps he will realize he’ll make more money writing his own books rather than stealing and scamming. He’s not a very good scammer anyway… you’d have to be a real idiot to buy anything from his sites, they are so lacking credibility and trust factors, and the writing is awful. The best thing he has going are his other books on Amazon which are very unlikely his. I’m hoping he will come to the conclusion that it’s more work to steal than it is to be legit. PLUS I have high hopes that our friend here from Nigeria, Eni, is able to get some pressure applied from the good Internet marketers in Nigeria.

  49. Linda H April 29, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Chris,

    Go into LinkedIn and see if you can find this person too. He may posted the book for sale there and if you can prove he stole the book from you and contact Customer Service, they may boot him off LinkedIn for fraud.

    I had an experience where a French client notified me that my image had been pirated and provided a link. I discovered that someone was using my image fraudulently starting in LinkedIn and on 10 other websites and profiles. I reported the fraud to each site. The person, who I believe was a web developer I fired and who hacked my website, was booted off LinkedIn and several other sites for fraud and for infringement of membership policies.

    Glad you discovered it and went after him. There are so many imposters and scammers. While it’s flattering to think that your work is worthy of being kidnapped, it’s frustrating to discover it and have to go after someone.

    Thanks for the tips on how to handle it and for mentions of the services you used.

    Meanwhile, you go girl.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Good idea Linda… and sorry you had your IMAGE stolen! Geez! That would upset me worse!

      I did look for him on LI… found him connected to a couple of high profile copywriters and let them know about it. I don’t see any selling, just his lies. Ojuola Infotech is the member of many groups, including “breast enlargement.” In my research on Ojuola Infotech I discovered that the info he steals and the scam sites he builds are around the subjects of making money or better health. I see a man who is looking to find where the money is and has figured out that selling money and health are the two most lucrative places to be. I would imagine that he’s in the “breast enlargement” group to see if anyone there has anything he can steal.

  50. Eni April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    This is so shameful.

    I got notice of this page because it was shared in a group I am a member of on Facebook.

    It’s quite sad how Nigerians have earned a bad name because of too many rotten eggs. Yes… I am from Nigeria, and there are good marketers doing their things in a legit and lawful way.

    I am sorry this happened to you. And I am glad you were able to successfully pull through.

    I’ve equally shared this post on FB, and know that the top internet marketers in Nigeria, will take up his case.

    Keep winning, ma’am.

    Regards,
    Eni Victor.

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      Oh Eni — thank you for your comments! And for your connections! Yes, it’s sad when a few bad apples spread their rot around. When crime shows up in the Internet marketing community it chips away at trust even when you know who the perp is (are you listening Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu?). Eni, we thank you for helping this endeavor!

  51. Pete April 29, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Sorry to hear about the hassle this caused you Chris, but thanks for laying out a pretty nifty ‘How-to’ for anyone else this happens to.

    Good to see you righting this wrong.

    Btw, I was an attendee for the Copywriters Fees course you taught that eventually featured in the stolen ebook, and found it very useful. Highly recommended!

    You clearly put a lot of work into the course & book and I’m glad any recognition you get is finally going where it deserves!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      Thanks Pete — so thoughtful of you to share! And it makes me feel all of this was worth it.

  52. Angela April 29, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to warn us of this type of theft and how you took care of it. I’m saving a copy of this page and will review it again. I’ll investigate what a downloads page is so I fully understand it if I ever do a book launch (I hope to some day).

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      Hi Angela, A downloads page is the page where the link is that you can download your purchase from. My webmaster told me that Ojuola Infotech knows one thing and that is how to find pages that are hidden from view until after you buy. So he doesn’t buy the book, he just finds the page the book is on and downloads it directly. I had 29 items on that page.

      Of course I have no idea if he stole just that one item… of the 29 items, 4 were books. This isn’t really over… I’ll have to keep checking the Internet to see if he comes out with any of the companions books. Hopefully our work here will not only save others from him but also show him that it’s not good to steal from copywriters who know more about Internet marketing than he ever will!

  53. Carol Bentley April 29, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    I’ve just searched for his name on amazon.co.uk Got 9 different Kindle books of which 5 have Bolakale Aramu as the author.

    Glad to say none of my books came up under his name – but such a diverse range of topics really does throw up warning signals.

    I do hope the real authors manage to get the same result you have Chris. And, in the meantime, as you say, let’s make the internet too hot for both of these low-lifes!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:02 am #

      Hi Carol — yes, I’m pretty sure those are stolen books. Bolakale Aramu is a Nigerian cop. What is he likely to know about writing or Internet marketing? A dirty cop in cahoots with Ojuola Infotech. Plus I’ve studied the few book reviews they have. They sound fake. No effort put into them and they all sound the same. AND all the books are published in the same month that mine was stolen… in January. How many of us could write 5 good books in a month and what intelligent author would bring them all out at the same time? Fake everything. Thanks for helping out!

      • Carol Bentley April 29, 2015 at 8:45 am #

        Just a thought, do you know if he knows how to break the Adobe Password Security applied to a PDF ebook?

        That’s how most of my ebooks are delivered, just electronic versions of my printed books, but I always add the password to try to prevent plagiarism.

        • Chris April 29, 2015 at 10:13 am #

          I have no idea because I did not buy my book from him, but you bring up an important point. I just discovered how to lock my PDFs and will do so from now on! Thanks for sharing that tip Carol.

  54. Sunny Walker April 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    OMG, Chris, this story is mind boggling. SO PROUD OF YOU for both having something so amazing for someone to intend to rip you off and 2ND, for got after the SOBs.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      Hi Sunny — thank you. Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu will know that they stole from the wrong niche market ha ha. You don’t steal from copywriters and get away with it! We’re not powerless. We know marketing. And we unite. Ojuola and Bolakale… how many friends do YOU have supporting you in your intellectual property theft business? I don’t see any comments on YOUR blog.

  55. Stan Scott April 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    Thank you for coming out with this publicly. I’m sorry this happened to you.

    I put a copyright notice on my book when I had it published in 2008. After reading your horror story, I went to the copyright office and paid the $35 to get the additional protection. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

      Hi Stan… thanks for letting me know. ACTION is the only thing that matters, and you did it. I’m assuming it wasn’t an arduous process judging by the tone of your comment. I’ll be doing that myself tomorrow, on past content I did not properly protect. And Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu… you’re on notice. You can’t steal from me or my friends and get away with it!

  56. Walt April 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks for the information. Glad that you cleared the way to recover your book. Sorry to hear that it happened to you at all. the Internet is certainly a complicated way of doing business. I published books before it was available and it was much simpler then. Keep up the good work and thanks for the heads up.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Oh yes, everything seemed simpler in the old days Walt… and I miss them. But despite the thieving Ojuola Infotechs and the Bolakale Aramus, the Internet has allowed many more (legitimate) authors to be heard. Although the Internet has given many more of us a voice, it looks like we have the added responsibility of shutting down the crooks!

  57. Richard April 28, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Chris, thanks for this timely article. I’m definitely going to pay more attention to copyright from now on. It’s hard enough to make legitimate, honest money from our writing without some Nigerian creep trying to cash in on our hard work. Thanks again, and continued success to you.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      I appreciate your support Richard. It is my intention to show Ojuola Infotech and Bolakale Aramu that stealing authorship is not the road to success. I caught them so quickly I’m sure they didn’t make any money off me.

  58. Peter April 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you so much for sharing you traumatic experience. It is a lesson to us all who thought that having placing Copyright on our property was sufficient.

    Unfortunately there are low life’s in every corner of the world, but what goes around … come around and they tend to get what they deserve in the end.

    As a web designer I am constantly finding ways to prevent thieves from stealing from my clients. Unfortunately in this day and age, as fast as a solution is found, someone will find a was to counter the protection.

    All the very best with your launch Chris.

    Peter

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

      Thanks Peter… I too thought that just putting a copyright notice was enough… back in the day I’d mail my manuscript to myself and not open it, with the postmark supplying the proof. Those days seem innocent now!

  59. lin April 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Chris, thank you so much for sharing this, I am just about ready to publish my book and now I will take your advice and make sure that I have my copy write in place. This is very sad that others steal from hard working people. I am so glad that you were able to get your material back.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      You bet Robert… I’m glad this came at the right time for you!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

      HI Lin, ebooks are just $35 at the US Copyright Office… other works are other prices. Here’s the link:

      http://www.copyright.gov/

  60. Susan Greene April 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Chris, I give you credit for fighting back and winning. I’ve had copy stolen by competitors, mostly web pages I’ve written. It’s infuriating, and I’m only talking about pages. I can imagine the rage you must have felt when your whole book was stolen.

    Again, kudos to you for springing into action and coming out the victor. You go, girl!

    • Chris April 29, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

      Honestly Susan… as I continue to talk with CWs on this topic in the last few days, I’m seeing a LOT of theft. I think someone should start a forum where we can all report the thieves, scammers, and their modus operandi.

  61. Quinn Eurich April 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Chris!

    So sorry this happened to you! You know my take on roasting the offending items over an open fire.

    I’ve shared this on FB to 2 large groups of people involved in writing and publishing so the word is definitely getting out!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      Bless you Quinn!

  62. Fran April 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Chris, I have been following you for a number of years now. It disturbs me how easily this jerk stole from you! I am so glad you were able to resolve the whole thing and thank you for sharing this horrible experience with everyone. I will certainly be much more cautious when I finish my e-book and go to publish it. I will also be looking into a copy write/trademark as well.

    Thank you again!

  63. Lisa Berman April 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Ugh! What a total nightmare Chris. I was reading that post in horror and thinking he’ll get his. He’s going to cross the wrong person one day…

    At least you got it back and you know how to protect yourself (and so do we, now!).

    Thanks for sharing!

  64. Bob April 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    My heart goes out to you! I know how much pleasure what I write brings to me. I would be very upset if someone stole anything I wrote and claimed to have written it themselves. I’ve heard of many Nigerian scams before. This ranks up there as one of the worst. The sad thing is that because the web is world wide it’s taken you a lot of time and effort to reclaim your book.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

      HI Bob — I’m getting emails in my inbox today from others who’ve had close encounters with theft. I don’t know if it’s a trend or not. Years ago I discovered that an outfit had hijacked my entire Marlow Marketing Method™ for Copywriters course and were selling it. At that time a counter showed that there had been 20,000 downloads. They had courses from Dan Kennedy and other Info-marketers too. They were in some obscure country so there was nothing we could do about it. My friend Tina Lorenz has something stolen and she HIRED someone to get it back. I have the name somewhere in case I ever need it. In this case I had to be the one to do the detective work.

  65. Shawn Dady April 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I am very glad you won!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks Shawn… that’s what us copywriters do, right? 🙂

  66. Alan Graner April 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Good for you Chris. Many years ago my creative partner and I created an ad that we discovered online for another company. We immediately contacted the publication and asked them to remove it or face possible legal action. They complied. We also contacted a lawyer who told us, quite bluntly, it wasn’t worth the time and money to go after him. So we did what any self-respecting creative team would do. We placed a curse on him. Don’t know if it worked, but we felt better.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      OMG that’s funny… same thing here. Would I spend the time to sue over a book? There is such a cost to that as well. My doctor POISONED me and I had to weigh the cost of suing against inner harmony, time, and money. Decided to get well without her… or a trial. So yes, I hear you on that. Letting the world know is the better route and it will take care of itself.

  67. Olive April 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    So despicable.

    Thanks for sharing this so we can all be aware of the predators out there.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Olive — and if you can share it too, that would be great! I’m getting ready to spread the word in social media next. Ojuloa Infotech, you messed with the wrong crowd!

  68. Lee April 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    How shocking for you Chris. The horror of that moment – discovering YOUR book on Amazon, with HIS name on it will be forever etched in your mind. Thanks for sharing the sordid details of this nightmare. It’s a shame you can’t press charges and lock the @#$%^&
    up, but your approach is the next best thing. Shut him and his ship o’ fools down!

    I am sharing. The word’s got to spread to writers near and far.

  69. Donna Creighton April 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Chris, Kudos to you for your tenacity and determination. What a trial! Thanks so much for telling your story. It will raise awareness and educate us on the liabilities of authorship. All I can say is GOOD FOR YOU! (Bad for him).

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      Thanks Donna… who knows, maybe Ojuola Infotech will go out of business. He lurks in our part of the world as he seeks to sell marketing and money-making information. It’s funny but no matter how big a niche is, everybody gets to know each other and this can make it hard for a scammer to operate.

  70. Robert Wedge April 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    So sorry that you had to go through this. I admire your determination and resourcefulness in shutting this thief down. I would expect nothing less from you.

    I believe in Karma. I believe in the Law of Cause and Effect…immutable laws of the universe. He’ll get his.

    Sail On!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Robert — I believe in Karma too. Maybe it’s happening right now! 😉

  71. Angela April 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Chris,

    Thanks so much for exposing this scammer. And for sharing all your hard learned lessons on how to protect your hard work!

    Good for you for staying the course and getting your book back!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Thank you Angela. Something else I learned… I was surprised that my book was being promoted so heavily. But I found our that if you have books on Amazon that have enough good reviews, Amazon will start promoting your books for you! I have a couple of books there with the same branding. I’m wondering if that’s why this one was getting such heavy promotion. It sure wasn’t from Ojuola Infotech or Bolakale Aramu. I went to their books, and anywhere I could find the one they stole from me, and wrote in the reviews section not to buy, that they were thieves and scammers. Amazon let some of the bad reviews stay and rejected others (maybe I swore or something ha ha).

  72. Rachel Cunliffe April 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    A colleague sent me a link to your post as a warning to not use downloads which aren’t delivered securely – we did our first ebook using Gumroad (other clients of mine use EJunkie like you are now). It’s awful what happened to you, and thank you for taking the time to document it so others can learn from this and hopefully it happens less.

    You might be interested in this post: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/07/16/how-to-profit-from-selling-digital-products-part-2/ in which the author mentions getting scammed on Amazon by someone selling a stolen version of the book (via a torrent). He talks about how he checks Google once a month for torrents of his book in there too.

    Best wishes with your ebook,
    Rachel

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Rachel, thank you so much for your comment and for sending that link. It was a fascinating and illuminating article. A lot there to check out. I had never heard of “torrents” and I’m still fuzzy about what they are, will need to study more deeply. Gumroad looks really good. I used to have expensive shopping carts but I don’t want that expense right now… glad to see there are more affordable solutions popping up. Folks, if you sell info, I would def go to the link that Rachel shared.

  73. Alistair April 28, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Chris. I am so sorry to hear about your challenges. You give so much to the writing community and to be treated this way by some scum bag is very sad. Time for the public flogging and castration I think.

    The worst of it is, it takes your total focus away from the real game and eats away at you. Unfortunately, shit does happen. Now, as hard as it may be, it is time to rise above all that. Life is too short. Learn the lessons. Look for the new opportunities. You have so much to give.

    We all have so much love and respect for who you are and what you give, that well transends the negative energies created by this low life common thief. Don’t let the bastard get you down. You are way better than that. We all support you.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      Alistair, my heartfelt thanks. Us copywriters have such a strong community. I often tell my friends that I wish all the copywriters in the world lived in Palm Springs. Copywriters are special people. And no Ojuola Infotech, you’ll never be one of us.

  74. Pryor April 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Someone told me once that if I wrote something and published it on the internet, it became “mine” by copyright law. I always thought that sounded fishy–now I know! Thanks for educating us, Chris.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Yeah Pryor… truth is, if you want to be fully protected, ya gotta spend some money. I will say that all of the booksellers take copyright infringement very seriously. While it took time to get the book off the Internet, all but one responded quickly and treated me with respect. I also discovered what a behemoth Amazon is. They are so connected to the other booksellers that when they took my book down, it came off some other sites too without my having to contact them.

  75. J.Michael Palka April 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Chris,

    My heart goes out to you. As a self publisher I am surprised you did not copyright your book(s) upon completion. They say college is expensive, try the real world. I can only imagine the swell in your stomach as you first viewed the crime. Then all the work to get things put right. You are an incredible lady with so much to offer. I wish you the BEST in all your future ventures. As always, Be Healthy, Stay Happy, and Prosper my friend.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Thank you Michael… it’s in the past now and a hard lesson learned. I’m going to get my brand trademarked too, as soon as I get the final design.

  76. Gary April 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    This is a timely warning to us all to protect our writing, our words, our experience, our skills, our knowledge, our means of making a living. Thanks Chris for sharing your story – I can tell it’s taken a lot out of you in terms of time, energy, frustration and anger – and well done on pursuing things to restore some sense of justice.
    It’s not just Intellectual property on things like books, I’ve heard of domain names and brand names being “borrowed” by people in Nigeria to make money off the back of others.
    Some clever and very desperate people out there… maybe our friend Mr Infotech could write an e-book on how to prevent your IP being stolen and give the proceeds to charity and do something positive with his skills (take a leaf out of Leonardo di Caprio’s character in “Catch Me If You Can” – turn a negative into something more positive)

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      yes, I love to turn lemons into lemonade. As in Ojuola Infotech is a lemon who shall be crushed 🙂

  77. Dave Chappelle April 28, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Perhaps he failed the Nigerian email scam course (http://j-walk.com/other/conf/index.htm) and must now resort to stealing others’ property.

    I admire your determination and persistence, Chris.

    There’s not a lot one can do when the thief is on the other side of the world. It’s not like Hollywood portrays — as if it’s easy to waltz into Nigeria and go all (Walking Tall, Billy Jack, insert your revenge movie title here______) on his sorry thieving ass.

    The USA likes to declare war — why not vote for a pres who’ll declare war on Intellectual Property thieves?

    Seriously… the prez has ordered drones to murder USA citizens without trial, so why not Nigerian thieves? May not stop the practice, however it’ll lower the recidivism rate.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      OMG this is so funny! Folks, check out the link. Thanks for this laugh Dave. As to policing, we cn probably do a better job of this than any president 🙂

      And while we’re at it, thank you, you criminal Ojuola Infotech, for providing this opportunity for us to learn how you thieves operate. Let’s not forget Bolakale Aramu, the crooked Nigerian cop that’s in cahoots with Ojuola Infotech. We’re watching you too.

      • Dave Chappelle April 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

        The name Ojuola Infotech MUST be fake… not even the person who started the analyst firm Infotech is named Infotech, let alone Ojuola Infotech.

        And anyone who uses multiple pics… heck for all we know none of those pics are of book thief Ojuola Infotech… or his pal in crime the crooked Nigerian cop Bolakale Aramu… both of whom deserve to have some serious ordinance delivered to their backsides.

        Glad you enjoyed the (http://j-walk.com/other/conf/index.htm) link Chris — I hoped it helped you laugh a little in what is a very trying time.

        And thank you for teaching us valuable lessons about IP protection and how to handle IP theft decisively yet professionally.

        • Chris April 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

          Geez… I had not thought about the fact that he may be using a stolen identity as well… and this is happening to some CWs as I will outline today in an email I’m sending out… along with an idea I have that might help us all.

  78. Gloria April 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Wow! What a nightmare! Thanks for the lesson. Think I’ll be contacting the Trademark Company shortly!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Since I have a lot of stuff to protect I’m going to learn how to do it myself for $35. But if you want to use a service, the Trademark Company was better priced than Legalzoom.

  79. meredith April 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    If he spent half as much time and energy on legitimate work, he’d be successful enough and wouldn’t need to steal. Glad you found him, Chris, and thanks for the warning. Unfortunately, we all need to spend our own precious time protecting ourselves from people like him.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      No kidding Meredith… he is a very busy man and none of it looks legit!

      • Julie April 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Wow! I don’t know how people like this can sleep at night. They are obviously too stupid to do the work themselves–and figure its easier to copy a pro (which you are). Im glad you got your book back Chris. Karma will take care of this loser–not to worry!

        • Chris April 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

          Thanks Julie. As mentioned before, I think we are helping the Karma along right now 🙂

  80. Casey April 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Wow Chris, thanks for sharing your story. Very eye-opening!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      We gotta watch out for each other. Thanks for weighing in Casey 🙂

  81. Gina April 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I had no idea it could be this easy for them. Thank you for the e-junkie resource, that will be really helpful.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      HI Gina, I’m sure there are other resources but e-junkie is low cost and it works well. I just uploaded a HUGE zip file to ejunkie and it worked like a charm! I can highly recommend it.

  82. Sandi Sherwood April 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi, Chris,

    What a nightmare! I’m sorry you had to go through this, but I applaud your perseverance in going after him. I only wish jail time were possible! A thief broke into my house and took my computer (along with all my jewelry), so I’ve had property stolen but never intellectual property, which has to be much worse. Thanks for sharing your story. Lesson taken to heart.

    Sandi

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      A thief broke into my boyfriend’s house and stole a gun. the cops found him AND the (now sawed-off) shot gun and did not do anything to him at all! We do have to watch out for ourselves!

  83. Steve Coombes April 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Wow, as I’m wrapping up my first book now this is quite an attention-getting horror story. I’ll be sharing this article to hopefully save others the pain you went through. Thanks for sharing your story, Chris!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      I’m so glad it came at the right time Steve… and I should have asked everyone to share… thank you for doing so! I just got an email from a subscriber who passed on another nightmare story like mine.

  84. Stephen April 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    What a horrible and frightening story. Good for you for getting it fixed but I wonder how many others have been victims and don’t even realize it.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      Yes Stephen… Ojuola Infotech has four or five other books that I suspect are stolen. The brands are all different. One sells how to make money on Fiverr. I looked up Ojuola Infotech on Fiverr and he has “proof of earnings” on his blog but the name has been redacted. Now if he wanted to prove that he makes money on Fiverr, why would he redact the name? He is actually a pretty stupid thief.

  85. Melissa April 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Chris, this is terrible! I wonder how many other authors he has stolen from. And they are sure they cannot do anything to him? What an outrage! I would have felt the same way. If he wanted to be a copywriting great, he should have invested his time and money into training, not stealing.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      He’s in Nigeria. That’s how he gets away with it. I think we can take care of this scum by just doing what we’re doing. Of course people like him just change names, but at least we know we can deliver our files safely. I don’t think he has a future as a copywriter. His blog says, “Be informed so you won’t be deformed.” At least he’s good for a laugh!

  86. Minnie April 28, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Wow. So disheartening.

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks Minnie… I got the book back so in the end, I won!

  87. Hannah April 28, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    You go girl!

    • Chris April 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks Hannah!

    • Dale April 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks for exposing this turd, Chris. That’s one of the things I admire about you–you sweat the details.

      • Chris April 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

        Thanks Dale… now I have to go looking for typos ha ha!

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