by Structured Settlement Watchdog®
What appears to be a diabolical campaign by Sovereign Funding Group is taking the structured settlement industry hostage on the Internet.
Check out the a Google search for Pacific Life Structured Settlements and MetLife Structured Settlements for example
Download Metlife structured settlements - Google Search 50% of 1st page listings affected!
A significant number of first page search results highlight a devious use of the terms "pacific life structured settlements" and "metlife structured settlements" (and many others) in their page titles , descriptions and URLs but link to a factoring website that solicits the user to sell their structured settlement payments. I've previously written about the apparent connection of that site to Sovereign Funding Group. The toll-free number listed on the site leads to a voice mail using David Springer's voice. David Springer is the Principal of Sovereign Funding Group.
Here is the trademark information for "Pacific Life" and "MetLife" from the United States Patent and Trademark office.
Surely it cannot be ethical for Sovereign Funding Group to create (or have someone create for them) a "fly trap" to dominate search results in the manner shown in the Google search results above, so that when someone clicks (in the example) on "Your info for Pacific Life Insurance Company in Texas" or "More Info on Pacific Life Structured Settlements" it leads to a factoring website connected to Sovereign Funding Group. I have spoken to Mr. Springer about this recently and yet the problems persist. What's up David?
This phenomenon is like a super virus spreading throughout the primary and secondary structured settlement market. A Google search for a Sovereign Funding competitor show that a whopping 80% of the first page Google search results point to the webuypayments,net website with a toll free number leading to David Springer's recorded message on voice mail.
It also appears that some of the listings will show 404 errors after multiple clicks, leading you to believe that these are inactive websites.
Whether you are a structured settlement broker, life insurer or a factoring company, be vigilant for use of your name and trademarks in the manner shown.
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Who Owns WeBuyPayments.net? July 25, 2011
In November 2011, Mount Airy Maryland's David Springer was sued by several competitors in the structured settlement cash now space. In April 2015, in his findings of fact United States Federal Judge Marvin Garbis, after due deliberation and consideration of the evidence and testimony at an August 2014 trial in Baltimore, found David Springer liable to Woodbridge Structured Funding and tied David Springer to the webuypayments scheme.