Received a Defamation Threat from Ari Hinnant

I have heard of nutjobs on the Internet but I have to say this is my first close encounter with one.  Four weeks ago, I had the misfortune of encountering an online scammer named Ari Hinnant, who allegedly is a best-selling author that wanted to give to the world.  She made these outrageous claims of books sales that no reputable author could ever accomplish anonymously.

You can read about the two prior encounters here:

Anyhow, you would think she learned her lesson and keep a low profile.  So, on a LinkedIn Group, she makes this post in a group full of experienced publishers, authors, editors, writers, etc.  Everyone knows she is running a scam because of what she wrote which I have pasted here.

Tips on Selling over 100,000 books for the fearless author

Hello fellow fearless writers,

I’m going to tell you step-by-step how I sold over 100,000 books. I will make this process effortless.

1. Create an explosive book. The title must be off the hook! The book and title must be irresistible! Inside the book, the first page my have 10 plus bullet points one what is inside the book. Once again, they must be irresistible. Once your book, website and publishing’s company is complete its time to hit the street.

2. Book hundreds of radio interviews.

3. Advertise on TV, cable, radio, etc..

4. Most importantly, own all your work. Create your own publishing company. Do not give your power or money away.

If you want me to show you how to sell tons of books… let me know. I will show you how to sell over 250,000 books in 18 months or less. Effortlessly.

Contact me at: ari@changeyourlife.org

Tell me.  Does that smell like a scam or not?  And get this, the LinkedIn Account holder is named Bliss L. but the message says to contact Ari!  Yet another fake name and account.

Anyhow, everyone is piling on with wise cracks of her claims.  I share my prior investigation and the moderator Judy (a consummate publishing pro in her field) thanks me.

So, I get this email tonight from an “arnold lewis”.  It is a bit sick but it proves what a nutjob Ari is.

I was going to buy a book from you… then I read that you are a child rapist on Linkdn.  Now I know why you write such mean things about people.  I’m going to spread the word that you are a pedophile.  I will make sure that every social network knows about your past.

Let’s assume for a minute that what she said was true.  Who the heck says to themselves, “Gee, that looks like a great book.  I think I want to buy it. BUT, she “reads” through some LinkedIn post that the author is supposedly a child rapist?  Imagine that.  LinkedIn is where a whole bunch of networking and business discussions are going on and someone just conveniently discovers a little-known “news flash” about a child rapist.

So this “arnold lewis” supposedly has just met me and now feels the need to spread word about me being a pedophile.

The investigator within me decides to look at the email headers.  This is what I find.

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Subject: Sex offender
From: arnold lewis <arnoldlewisjr@gmail.com>
To: matt2@ascendbeyond.com
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Now, I am no expert here but I do some poking around to check where this email is coming from.  Clearly, it is being sent from a Gmail address (which Ari is infamous for using). What do you think the chances the email sender’s real name is “arnoldlewisjr”?  I would have to say “arnold” is “ari”.  If you study her writing patterns and languaging, it is consistently bad English!

Anyhow, based on past behavior patterns, it did not take long to figure out who it was.  For the record, this was my reply to Ari Hinnant and “arnoldlewisjr”:

Ari Hinnant,

You are fooling no one.  You are once against impersonating someone.

If you decide to post these false allegations, you better believe that I will be tracking you down personally and hold you responsible for such actions.  I suggest you watch yourself.

You are the one who has been scamming people.  Jennifer Cole knows it, another editor knows it, and I know it.  All of your messages will be traced I promise you.

Matthew

I truly hope I don’t have to write about this again but when someone is going to make some outrageous statement about me that has no basis in fact, you have to fight it even if it is a nutjob.  And the best way to fight it is to just make it public to defuse it.

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Ari Hinnant Posts (I don’t want to propagate this crazy 2009 incident any further but to protect my online reputation, I have to list these links for people that don’t know the my unfortunate history of calling out this online scammer.)