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iForex.bg/Zifx.com threatens the FPA
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Some companies seem to think that no one is allowed to say anything negative about them. It looks like iForex.bg/Zifx.com is one of these. This is what they sent to the FPA on Friday from firstname.lastname@example.org ...
This is official warning, made in the presence of an official notary and 2 other witnesses, in which the staff at IFOREX.BG and ZIFX.COM request you to remove the untruthful and ungrounded opinions expressed in your page at:
Zifx | iForex.bg | Zifx.com reviews and ratings
If you do not conform with the above request within 3 business days, an official complaint will be made to your host, the relevant authorities, and a court claim will made for the financial damages caused by the statements at the above page.
Regards - Marin Yanev
I still haven't decided if I find this to be more funny or only pitiful. Marin didn't bother to say which review or reviews he was talking about. The most recent one when he sent this was 5 stars, so I'm guessing it wasn't that one.
Rather than letting Gerard have all the fun, like he did with Easy-Forex when they made an unsupportable threat, I wrote the reply myself...
I'm in charge of the FPA's reviews.
This is an official notice made in the presence of the FPA Review Moderation Team as well as the FPA Scam Investigations Committee.
As you can see from the very top review left by Felix, issues with your review page have been handled before. What possible reason do you have for attempting to threaten the FPA now?
The FPA has never and will never bow to blackmail. If you have an issue with a specific review, you are free to post a "No rating" review as a company rep to correct what you feel are mistakes. If you feel that a specific review has malicious intent and can prove to me that it isn't factual, I'll deal with it appropriately.
If you continue to waste the time of your notary and other witnesses with such pointless threats, then I or someone else here will be sending a notification out to over 40,000 traders worldwide. That notification will warn them not to trust any reviews about your company since you seem intent on trying to have all negative reviews removed by threats and blackmail instead of professionally presenting facts.
I give you 2 business days to reply or else I'll have to consider posting your email on your review page and may decide to go ahead with that mailing. Either withdraw your threat or send a proper complaint backed by facts, not threats.
I also sent Marin a reminder note yesterday. I told him that failure to reply would be interpreted as his permission to post his message to the FPA with some commentary. He decided to not reply. Instead, a new 5 star review did show up for iForex/Zifx that accuses the negative reviewers of being psychologically unstable. Even though I really doubt the authenticity of that review, I've decided to approve it anyway. That way everyone can judge it for themselves.
Before approving that dubious 5 star review, iForex/Zifx had a rating of 1.680 stars. Adding that 5 star rating gives them 1.808 stars. I don't know how many other sites Marin made threats against. I do say that if you see a site that has nothing but good reviews for this company, I wouldn't trust it. There's a chance that those threats may have made bad reviews go away, leaving only good ones behind.
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