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What’s the truth about Rip-Off Report® Founder Ed Magedson?

Consider this quote which first appeared online in 2004:

“Ed Magedson of is a WANTED criminal that extorts individuals that have posted on and legitimate companies for money and he may be operating one of the biggest criminal enterprises ever created on the Internet … .”

The author of these words clearly has a strong negative opinion about Ed Magedson.  No question there.

But what about the facts? Are they true?  Is Ed Magedson really a “WANTED criminal”?  Is the Ripoff Report a “criminal enterprise” engaged in extortion?  What’s the REAL truth behind these allegations?

With so much written about Ed Magedson, the founder of the original consumer complaint website, it can be hard to separate the facts from the fiction.  Some people call him a hero, while others say he’s a criminal.  Obviously, someone is lying.  So what’s the real story?  Who is telling the truth?

We created this site to help answer that question.  Our goal is to help bring the truth to YOU, the educated consumer.  We know that some people will never agree with Ed Magedson and his mission to give a voice to the consumer.  We understand that.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but as the saying goes, “you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.”

If you’re looking for facts about Ed Magedson, you’ve come to the right place.  On this site you will find information about Ed’s views, facts about his background, and details of his history as a tireless consumer advocate.  We will also confront and expose many of the popular myths about Ed and the Ripoff Report®.

Our goal is NOT to change your opinion about Ed or his work.  Instead, we’re here to give you the facts so you can decide for yourself who’s telling the truth and who is not.  We hope this helps to set the record straight and to present the real truth that Ed’s critics have worked so hard to conceal.

Next: Ed Responds to Critics

This blog is about issues that are important to ME and that I want to share with my friends, colleagues and the public. If you want to comment on the issue at hand, please do. Please keep in mind that THIS IS NOT THE PLACE to bring up specific reports. If you have a specific issue please email [email protected].

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  1. Royal says:

    Mr. Ed Magedson I came across your website and found the same company who charged an unauthorized amount on my credit card. The consumer’s report was similar to what happen to me. I said what an awesome website where you can report a rip off or scam that happen to you so other consumers could beware of or alerted to the company’s rip off or scam tactics.

    Man you provide an invaluable and much needed outlet for consumers to report their frustration with being ripped off and victims of a scam. I thank God for you. Keep up the good work and may your website continue to grow and be a wonderful outlet for frustrated consumers. Let the buyer beware.


    Thank you very for the comment — so happy to hear helped you!


  2. Rich croft says:

    Maybe you should get the facts the information on Jack Croft is inaccurate

  3. Alan Boden says:

    Your rent said nothing about the accusation against you Dash that you charge thousands of dollars for the rebottle report from businesses that are accused of ripping off consumers. This seems disconcerting at the very least. It doesn’t seem like a level playing field for both businesses and consumers when there is this kind of charge level at a defending business….


    Sorry — it looks like maybe you dictated this on your phone? In any case, it seems you have received inaccurate information about how Ripoff Report works. We NEVER “charge thousands of dollars” if a company wants to respond to a complaint. This is called a “rebuttal” and it’s 100% free. We have never charged even one penny to allow anyone to post a rebuttal, but don’t take my word for it — just pick any report on our site and then try to post a rebuttal. If you do that, you can easily confirm that rebuttals are 100% free….always have been, always will be.

    — ED

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