by Structured Settlement Watchdog®
Additional information concerning the Structured Settlement Quotes online platform has found its way to the Structured Settlement Watchdog. The domain structuredsettlement-quotes(dot) com is hosted at an IP address associated with Boris Drubetsky, the Chief Operations Officer of Genex Strategies, Inc., a Vancouver Canada company that is led by NASP member Roger Proctor. At the time of publishing of this post, the Zoominfo.com listing for Genex Strategies also lists a Dover, Delaware address which is a mailbox at a UPS store that corresponds to Genex Capital and links to the Genex Capital website.
According to his LinkedIn profile Boris Drubetsky has been COO of the company since July 2009.
In February 2012 I received an anonymous email which included some material from the Better Business Bureau that appeared to tie Structured Settlement Quotes to Genex Capital as one of the addresses listed on the material corresponded to Andrew Cravenho's home address. Upon information and belief Cravenho was bought out of SSQ.
In May 2012, the Better Business Bureau records for Structured Settlement Quotes, Inc. listed Roger Proctor (Ceo Genex) as " Customer Contact" and Boris Drubetsky as principal. Subsequent to a blog post that I published in May 2012 , the BBB report was changed and Proctor's and Drubetsky's names were removed.
In early July 2012 SSQ launched a new website which contained:
1. Purported review pages of competitors of SSQ and Genex Capital.
2. Misrepresentations that four primary structured settlement brokers were factoring companies.
3. A testimonial about Andrew Cravenho, who it is believed at the time it was posted was not associated with the company.
4. Specially targeted review/complaint pages for Genex Capital competitors JG Wentworth/Peachtree and Woodbridge. We previously reported on January 15, 2013 about the "black hat" search engine optimization technique that was employed to promote the Woodbridge and JG Wentworth pages here.
5. A load up of virtually every insurance company in the United States, with the insurers' trademarked brands captured so well that if someone is looking for structured settlement quotes , SSQ's listing for that company dominates the search result. See for yourself by entering structured settlement quotes and this sampling of insurance companies. There are MANY more.
Insurance Company (fills up pages of results!)
The financial ratings for some of these insurance companies on the SSQ website, transcribed from other sources, are old and inaccurate. The urls that would be useful to consumers are often neither complete nor live.
On September 4, 2012, after SSQ did not respond to my lawyer's letter sent in July 2012, I sent an email to Boris Drubetsky asking him to remove an inaccurate listing that appeared on the SSQ website concerning my company. I included in my email these 3 items
Website informer print out with an IP address for both the structuredsettlement-quotes.com production and staging websites traced to Boris Drubetsky, Coquitlam, BC Canada with an email of firstname.lastname@example.org Download Boris+Drubetsky Hosting Download Staging SSQ Boris Drubestsky Download Structuredsettlement-quotes SSQ Boris Drubetsky
To which Drubetsky responded by email.
"Thank you for your request; regrettably I am unable to assist you with in this matter as Genex has nothing to do with StructuredSettlement-Quotes(dot)com. Moreover, I am not, nor have I even been the president of Structured Settlement Quotes Inc. I suggest you contact Brad Jones" [ so at this point there is denial of anything to do with SSQ, despite Boris Drubetsky being named in the Whois record with an @Genex Capital.com email address as being the focal point for complaints and as the host would be the appropriate target of a DMCA take down notice ].
On September 9, 2012 Boris Drubetsky changed the registration of a website called structuredsettlementwatchdogs.com to be private. Download Structured Settlement Watchdogs Dot com Boris Drubetsky 3-10-2013 . [That website made unauthorized copies of the Structured Settlements 4Real content during the period March 2010-April 10, 2010] The September 9, 2012 date coincides with the scheduled deposition date of a material witness in a John Doe litigation Shortly before the deposition was scheduled a Philadelphia lawyer known to represent Roger Proctor appears on behalf of the witness, Nicholas John Jackson of Annapolis MO. There is evidence that that ties Boris Drubetsky to that witness. For example in June 2012, Drubetsky briefly held the registration of the Jackson's domain and then operational website Sellingyourstructuredsettlement(dot)com and later Jackson was threatened with a lawsuit over after he changed it back.
November 15, 2012 Boris Drubetsky appears on SEOMOz.com discussing the installation of an SSL certificate and the loss of search engine rankings
"So we made a big mistake with our website last month. Without thinking things through, our entire website was switched to using a SSL certificate and https urls on all pages of the site. I know it is recommended that SSL is only used on sensitive pages, but we have a lead form on all pages. Of course Google is taking some time to adjust to all of our urls changing. A week later we lost all of our Google search rankings".
On December 10, 2012 a do it yourself press release for SSQ is released on PRWeb referencing apparently referencing the Google search engine issues that were mentioned by Boris Drubetsky in the November SEOMoz forum. Yet the new statements are attributed to "Brad Jones". To wit...
"In November 2012, StructuredSettlement-Quotes.com decided to do something that few companies within their industry do – provide their clients with robust, reliable security for their personal and financial information by implementing SSL encryption across their website. The initial result of this was a total loss of Google search results, something that most companies would never stand for".
On February 4, 2013, I receive an anonymous tip from a third party in the structured settlement industry (presumably in the secondary market) alerting me to what I confronted Boris Drubetsky with on September 4, 2012, namely the IP address tracing the hosting of structuredsettlement-quotes.com to Boris.
- So does anyone question who is behind SSQ anymore?
- Now the question becomes why all the layers of concealment?
- If you generally have good prices and good service, which they do, why does SSQ need to use others' trademarks and brands?
- How much financial revenue is SSQ and its principals deriving from its apparent strategy to use the brands and trademarks of others to steer web traffic?
- Why is SSQ listing a Hartford Connecticut address and no other, with no registration with the Connecticut Secretary of State?
Genex Capital IS doing business in the State of Connecticut as is clear by being awarded the Bronze by the readers of the Connecticut Law Tribune for 2012.
Genex Capital became a member of The National Association of Settlement Purchasers (NASP) which states it "is dedicated to ensuring the secondary market for structured settlement transfers remains fair, competitive, and transparent. We strive to improve awareness and understanding of how this vital market works". (emphasis added).
As a result of the settlement of litigation against Genex Capital and Genex Strategies, Inc. in June 2015, Genex had to disclose its involvement in SSQ on the SSQ website. Wonder why they just didn't do so in the first place.